The Ultimate Guide to Family-Friendly Adventures in Puerto Vallarta

Spending time with family is important, and there’s no better way to experience this precious family time than on an adventure to one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities.

From the family-friendly beaches that Puerto Vallarta has to offer to activities for the kids, we've curated this guide to help you make the most of your visit. 


Let’s look at what you and your family can look forward to during your visit!

Relax in Puerto Vallarta’s Southern Bay

Family-Friendly Adventures in Puerto Vallarta

Treat your family to an enchanting day in the sun-drenched beauty of Banderas Bay. Vallarta Adventures invites families to join the Yelapa & Majahuitas Adventure — an extraordinary experience that combines cultural exploration, water play, and onboard entertainment.


Families can opt for a sun-soaked day on the pristine beach or set off on a family-friendly hike through the town. Immerse yourselves in the unique blend of beach life, the majestic Sierra Madre mountains, and the meandering Yelapa River. 


Marvel at colorful murals and tile art perfect for that family postcard.

Enjoy a Majahuitas Beach Day 

Family-Friendly Adventures in Puerto Vallarta

Next on the agenda is the exclusive Majahuitas beach — a hidden gem adorned with a laid-back, family-centric atmosphere. Dive into a day of kayaking and paddleboarding in the crystal-clear waters, or sit back and relax while the kids play in the sand. 


Whether your family loves water activities or simply desires a sun-soaked day by the sea, Majahuitas provides the perfect setting for both.

Explore Las Caletas

Escape to a tropical paradise, explore exclusive beaches, and create lasting memories with activities tailored for every family member with the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour

Family-friendly Activities in Las Caletas

Las Caletas is more than a beach; it's a paradise waiting for your family to explore. 


  • Gourmet Lunch: Indulge in a delicious meal in the heart of paradise.

  • Snorkel, Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard: Dive into the crystal-clear waters and explore underwater wonders.

  • Clay Modeling Class: Unleash your creativity in a fun and educational activity.

  • Animal Encounter: Meet friendly macaws and beautiful parrots.

  • Nature Hike: Explore scenic vistas and tropical wildlife.

  • Cooking Class: Learn to cook local delicacies.

  • Kids Adventure Park: Delight your children with zip lines, face painting, and more!


Whether you seek pure relaxation in shaded hammocks strung between towering palms or thrilling exploration through snorkeling, kayaking, or paddleboarding, the day is yours to craft. 


But there’s something special we haven’t mentioned yet.

Meet Puerto Vallarta’s Dolphins

Combine your visit to Las Caletas with an incredible dolphin encounter that’s sure to excite the little ones. 


Dive into the enchanting world of Pacific Bottlenose dolphins in our specially designed habitats. Before immersing yourself in the crystal-clear shallow water, knowledgeable guides will provide you with fascinating insights into the unique anatomy, behaviors, and distinctive characteristics of these incredible marine mammals.


Forge bonds through playful hugs, gentle touches, and the magic of hand signal communication, creating memories that will last a lifetime. And don't miss the chance for a wet dolphin kiss — an adorable moment that captures the joy of this extraordinary encounter.


But the adventure doesn't stop there. 

Experience the sheer power and graceful movements of the dolphin as you glide belly to belly across the pool at thrilling speeds. This breathtaking ride is sure to leave an indelible mark on your family's memory book, creating a cherished moment you'll carry with you long after your encounter with these magnificent creatures.

Discover Islas Marietas

Immerse your family in the unparalleled natural beauty and captivating coastal panoramas of the Marieta Islands, a pristine haven protected within the Islas Marietas National Park. Enriched with native wildlife and some of Mexico's most breathtaking landscapes, the Islas Marieta Eco-Discovery Tour offers a unique opportunity for families to connect with nature and create cherished memories.


Expert guides invite your family to experience the natural wonders of Las Islas Marietas at a leisurely pace. Dive into the serene seawater for an unforgettable snorkeling adventure, discovering the vibrant marine life that calls these waters home. 


As part of the Islas Marietas Eco Discovery Tour, enjoy a full lunch and a boat visit to our exclusive Majahuitas Beach Club. Nestled at one of the Pacific Coast's most secluded and beautiful beaches, this oasis offers white sand beaches and turquoise waters — an ideal setting for family relaxation and play. 


Whatever natural wonders you seek, our tour of Islas Marietas in Puerto Vallarta is your gateway to an enriching family experience.

For the Adventurous Families

For an extra-special experience, book the popular Marieta Islands Hidden Beach Tour and walk on the famous "Lover's Beach." While our Islas Marietas Eco Discovery tour is focused on ocean exploration and wildlife encounters, the Hidden Beach tour provides a unique opportunity to visit this renowned destination. 


Note: This tour has a minimum age limit of 12 years old. 

Become a Dolphin Trainer

Trainer for a day

Families can step into the shoes of a dolphin trainer with Vallarta Adventure’s Dolphin Trainer for A Day Experience!


Your family will begin the day at the Dolphin and Sea Lion Center in Nuevo Vallarta, where you’ll be greeted by Marine Mammal Specialists. Join them on an informative tour of our facility, gaining insights into the care and training of dolphins and sea lions. Learn the ins and outs of these incredible marine mammals, setting the stage for a day of hands-on experiences.


You and your kids will engage in exciting water activities, play, and interact with our friendly dolphins and sea lions. To top off this once-in-a-lifetime experience, each participant will receive an exclusive Dolphin Trainer for a Day official t-shirt and a Diploma — a tangible reminder of the special experience you shared as a family.


Note: The minimum age limit for this tour is 12 years old. 

Make Memories With Your Family in Puerto Vallarta

When it comes to making memories with your family, it all comes down to being together — but spending that time in Puerto Vallarta can make it that much more special. 


Check out the family-friendly beaches and activities Vallarta Adventures offers to make the most of your visit to Puerto Vallarta and ensure your family goes home with amazing memories.

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