When her family comes to visit Cynthia Andrade, Tribune designer and woman who knows all, shes spares no time in showing them the town. With six children in tow, Cynthia, her brother and his family set out on a long weekend adventure.
1Rio Cuale Mercado – an excellent place to explore with knick-knacks, hidden treasures and great Mexican snacks (on the second floor) the ‘flea market’ is the place to pick up some souvenirs for those who you left back home.
2Malecon – let the children run free as you stroll along the Malecon. The Malecon is the hub of Puerto Vallarta. There is always something to see and do with its myriad of sculptures, sand castles, vendors, shops and restaurants, live music, clowns and characters.
3Dinner – On the north end of the malecon on the second floor is Tino’s Seafood Restaurant. A very popular restaurant for locals and visitors alike, be sure to try the grilled red snapper (Huachinango) the local seafood specialty.
4El Faro – The light house on Marina Vallarta’s malecon offers up a spectacular view of the bay. If you have a romantic evening planned, there are many wonderful restaurants along the Marina and a stop at El Foco will only make your night that more special. (unless there are six children crowding around you)
5Marigolante Boat Tour – A great day trip, perfect for families, this replica Pirate ship features pirate shows, singing, swordfights, and a 2-hour stop at Majahuitas Beach for snorkeling, beach volleyball, banana boat rides, kayaking, includes breakfast, lunch and an open bar.
6Aquaventuras – a day at the water park still holds memories for me thirty years later and this park is one your children are not soon to forget. With a ride called the ‘toilet bowl’ and the chance to swim with dolphins, this water park in Nuevo Vallarta is a great days adventure. Locals enjoy significant discounts.
7Tired and ready for dinner? – Take the kids to Peter Piper Pizza, across from the cruise ship terminal, and sit back relax and let your kids burn off the remaining sugar while you munch on decent pizza and catch your breath.
Cynthia Andrade is originally from Mexico City but has long called Puerto Vallarta home. A proud mother to three children, she also works tirelessly at the Tribune where she has been the designer of this newspaper for coming on 15 years. One of her favourite experiences is when she helped to organize a Vicente Fernandez concert that saw all the proceeds donated to the CUC (Centro Universitario de la Costa) library and at the end of the evening shared a drink with Jalisco’s most guapo mariachi legend.