Many travelers imagine Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, as an overcrowded Mexican beach town, overrun with tourists — which it can be in certain areas and at peak season — but there’s so much more to the stunning city than that.
The historic city expands well beyond the boardwalk and Señor Frog’s and runs along centuries-old cobblestone streets, weaving around architectural beauties covered in pastel paint, boasting an authentic locals-only feel with old-world charm.
Such a place exists on the historic side of town. Feel like a local and explore the city on a slower pace in Versalles, a historic locale and unsuspecting neighborhood. North of La Vena and east of the beach, this part of town’s blossoming foodie culture is perfect for families looking for an authentic Mexican dining experience, but with the ease of (a lot) of English-speaking locals and walkable attractions.
For something trendy and off-the-beaten path, but with all the regional favorites, try Abulón, Antojería del Mar. With fresh seafood, incredible guacamole and some of the biggest (and best) margaritas in town, this stop is a must for fresh, local cuisine. Enjoy the open-air atmosphere and the kids can climb on the play equipment under a banana tree — all far away from the pounding house music and club scene by the boardwalk.
Walk around town enjoying the low-key splendor of the rainbow-painted buildings and shops lining the quiet streets — a rare find in this town. This corner of the city is a true find for those looking to escape the crowded beach bars and restaurants and get away from downtown for some local cuisine. Enjoy the best of both worlds, as this town is expansive.
Get a lay of the land with the experts of Puerto Vallarta Food Tour’s new culinary tour and immersive exploration through this up-and-coming side of town. It’s truly the best way to see the city like a local.
Enjoy the beach and the less-hyped section of town on a family vacation with a little geographical shift.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
The zoo is the perfect place for children to see and potentially interact with wildlife. Whether your family is filled with animal lovers or you just need a good excuse to get out and about, here are some of the country’s best zoos for your next family adventure:
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
The mad bobbing of sunny yellow toy ducks vying for the finish line has become a popular community event and fun family activity around the world — with many events staged to benefit local or national charities. Event-goers “adopt” a brightly colored, numbered rubber duck, pop it into a water source (usually a river or a stream) and wait to see which duck crosses the finish line first. Winners typically are awarded a prize donated by a race sponsor, while proceeds from the duck adoptions go to benefit a specific cause.