Family Friendly Holidays in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Nuevo Vallarta

Juan Ignacio R. - Mexico Travel StoriesTwo of the loveliest and most exciting areas I’ve been to in Mexico on the Pacific Coast are Ixtapa and Nuevo Vallarta. In my opinion, you will find whatever you want in a holiday and so much more at either of these two places. Plus, both of these destinations have been included in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice 2011 list for the Top 10 Family Vacations in the Caribbean and Mexico.

Ixtapa is a fantastic place located north of Acapulco. There’s miles of beaches, lots of sun, amazing ocean views and unforgettable sunsets. And if that’s not enough, there are a bunch of activities like snorkeling, sailing or diving. If you are up for ziplining, I recommend a day at Adventure Park (Parque Aventura). It’s a great place to get some exercise and enjoy a fun day with the family.

For a more “traditional” Mexican experience you can head over to Zihuatanejo – on one of the most beautiful bays of Mexico. You might remember Zihuatanejo as the place Tim Robbin’s character, Andy Dufresne, talked about in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption.” As in every town in Mexico, you will find a great variety of shops and boutiques offering clothing, arts and crafts, leather goods and more.

Heading north towards Bahia de Banderas – one of the most famous and biggest bays in the world – you will find Nuevo Vallarta. The number of attractions in the area always impressed me and if I dared to list all of them, it would take me a very long time! If you have a chance to visit this beautiful place, be sure to check out the big 300 slip marina. Other great family activities are the tours of the Sierra Madre, swimming with the dolphins, sailing and whale watching.

Next time you are in need of a family vacation, think about Ixtapa or Nuevo Vallarta. These destinations really have something for everyone!

This week on the RCI Blog, we’ll be sharing photos and stories from RCI subscribing members who have visited these places. Be sure to check back! And stay tuned next week when we write about even more family friendly locations in Mexico.

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