One of the anxieties that vacationers have when taking their children with them on their trips is how you are going to keep them entertained. The great news is that Puerto Vallarta is a child friendly destination. There are lots of worthwhile and fun activities awaiting kids of all ages here in Puerto Vallarta. Take a look below at some of the things you can enjoy with your kids and what makes Puerto Vallarta child friendly.
Rio Cuale Island
The Isla Rio Cuale was designated as a kids’ area in the 70s for local children. This island is formed by the inter-locking waters of the Cuale River and is found in the center of Puerto Vallarta. How to reach this island is part of the adventures that kids will love. They have to walk through two hanging bridges to reach this island. Attractions in this island include the statue of John Huston, the cultural center of Puerto Vallarta, and hundreds of kittens that find shelter in this island. These kitty cats are taken care of by nature lovers who would love to have your kids cuddle and play along with these very cute animals.
El Rio BBQ
Another great place to go for a child friendly afternoon in Puerto Vallarta El Rio BBQ. It is not an ordinary barbecue restaurant. It is a little paradise for kids to enjoy! the menu offers special ribs and chicken barbecues as well a fries which all kids love. A local delicacy of watermelon and jicama salad will add fresh tastes to your kids’ palate. Occasionally, there are live music performances where kids can follow along with their best moves on the wooden dance floor. The most wonderful feature of this restaurant is the river which lies below it. Kids can swim, play, dive, swing off, make sandcastles and even observe tadpoles and other river creatures of the El Rio Cuale. All these can be done under the watchful eyes of parents who can enjoy their time as well in this great restaurant. El Rio BBQ is only 10 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It can be reached through Libramiento Highway.
Las Animas Trail
Only thirty minutes from Puerto Vallarta’s town center, an awesome trail awaits children, (recommended for children five years and older). The trail to Las Animas starts in Boca de Tomatlan, a town that can be reached by taxi, bus, or rental cars via the South Shore highway, called the Carretera a Barra de Navidad. The trail begins from the river’s south side. Friendly locals are also willing to direct you to the beginning of the trail. It will take you approximately two hours to get to the end of the trail. This time is worth every second with all the tropical features to feast your eyes upon. There are tropical plants, birds, and beaches and a river to explore.
This is the beach which is most suitable for kids. Las Animas beach is so magical that kids would not want to leave this place. But they need to reach this beautiful child-friendly resort first. You can arrive here by finishing the coastal trail, riding a water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan or Los Muertos Beach, or being part of organized group tours. Some of the amazing things kids can do here are feeding the fishes, snorkeling, or jumping off the pier to the cool waters. Making new friends is another interesting thing to do here especially if you are part of the organized tours. More adventurous kids can take a hike to the far South end of the beach where a waterfall awaits. After all these fun-filled activities, kids would want to re-charge their body energies with some delectable meals. No need to worry about what to eat. There are colorful and appetizing restaurants on the beach. One of the best child friendly activities in Puerto Vallarta.
Nothing can compare to a family trip that includes humanitarian features. In Puerto Vallarta, you and your kids will have a chance to share your blessings and be blessed as well. There are various organizations in Puerto Vallarta where you can donate monetary values, animal supplies, used items for children, or even medical supplies. Some of these organizations are Corazon de Nina children’s home and Casa Hogar Maximo Cornejo Orphanage where kids can see other kids who are in need of attention and homes. Purr Project is an association with an advocacy for animal protection and welfare. The DIF old age home has a program called adopt a grandparent that can change your kids’ perspectives about life. Doing things like these will create not only a great adventure, but an unforgettable experience for your kids that they will keep in their hearts.