Why Mexico’s Pacific Coast Should Be on Your Family Bucket List
Whilst a colourful culture, friendly locals and amazing weather are already all you need for an amazing family vacation, it’s Mexico’s Pacific Coast’s natural playground that will bring the biggest joys and lasting memories.
Whilst a colorful culture, friendly locals and amazing weather are already all you need for an amazing family vacation, it’s Mexico’s Pacific Coast’s natural playground that will bring the biggest joys and lasting memories. Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, have endless beach, sea and jungle activities that will leave you with everlasting memories.
Sandcastles, Sea and Sun
When it comes to holiday activities with the kids, playing on the beach is top of the list. Mexico’s Pacific coast has many sandcastle-friendly beaches to choose from.
A firm family favourite in Puerto Vallarta is Los Muertos beach. The three-mile-long beach is centrally located, walking distance from the Malecón in the Romantic Zone. It is the liveliest, with the most activities, such as water sports and swimming. Relax on umbrellas and palapas and let waiters from the beachside restaurants bring all sorts of food and drink right to your beach den!
Considered to be ‘Mexico’s largest swimming pool’, Rincón de Guayabitos in Riviera Nayarit’s Compostela municipality is perfect for children of all ages. Its location on a bay means small waves and a firm, sandy bottom. Kids can wade in as far as they’re comfortable so it's a very safe choice. The town of Guayabitos is also worth visiting for colorful souvenirs and new dining options opening each day.
Discover Marine Life
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s rich marine life is a real treat for families. Aside from snorkeling and diving, you can get up close to sea animals with a variety of excursions.
Wildlife Connection offers the amazing opportunity to visit dolphins in their natural environment and to participate in a research project that helps understand and protect dolphins in Puerto Vallarta. With their Dolphin Tour you visit a resident bottlenose dolphin group, get to hear them interact and will most likely be able to swim with them - a truly magical and educational experience!
The sight of baby sea turtles is guaranteed to bring joy to both children and parents. Riviera Nayarit has been leading in turtle protection programs with turtle farms dedicated to the harvesting, hatching and releasing of baby sea turtles. As well as being an interactive, educational and emotive experience, you are directly contributing to the preservation of turtles and the environment! Find out more here.
King of the Jungle
One of the Pacific Coast’s biggest attractions is the lush jungle. Home to hundreds of colorful birds, exotic plants and crocodile-filled lagoons, these protected areas make for an exciting adventure for the whole family!
Looking for a thrill? Explore the jungle via zip lines! Puerto Vallarta is home to Mexico’s longest and fastest “Superman” zip line, for those wanting the most excitement. Enjoy the Extreme Puerto Vallarta Zip Line Adventure with Vallarta adventures and rest assured with the safest double-safety wire zip lines and international ACCT standards.
With so many national parks you may be wondering which to choose! La Tovara National Park in Riviera Nayarit is a bird paradise made up of 1,600 acres of primarily mangroves and marshland and you can explore it all on a boat tour. In addition to all the birds, you’ll see crocodiles and reproductions of floating homes.