On Mexico's Pacific coast north of Puerta Vallarta, the Riviera Nayarit stretches for over 100 miles and has beautiful beaches, surfing beach towns, verdant mountains where visitors can do canopy tours -- see Top Things to Do in the Riviera Nayarit.
Resorts cluster on the long sweep of Banderas Bay; much of the beach is usually calm enough for little kids to wade, while some spots may have waves for boogie-boarding and body-surfing. Adjacent Punta Mita has two family-friendly luxury resorts.
See a map of the Riviera Nayarit and Banderas Bay.
Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons Punta Mita resort.
This luxury (and not all inclusive) resort is in the gated area of Punta Mita, at the north end of Banderas Bay. The Four Seasons
brand is known for its pampering, and goes the extra mile for families with amenities such as milk and cookies upon arrival, kids' menu, and complimentary child toiletries and supplies. This resort has a "Kids for All Seasons" kids club for ages 5 to 12 and family activities. Families will like the heated lazy river. Check prices at Kayak.com Check prices of other Mexico resorts in the area
Photo courtesy of Grand Velas All Suites and Spa Resort
This luxury all inclusive resort on Banderas Bay has multiple pools, spacious suites with terraces, and (a new marker of pampering) pillow menus. Families will find a kids pool, kids club, and kids' activities. Location is just a short drive from Puerto Vallarta’s Gustavo Díaz Ordáz International Airport.
Photo courtesy of Marival Resorts & Suites Nuevo Vallarta.
This all inclusive resort on Banderas Bay has a kids club, teen activities, family pool, and playground. Kids can try boogie-boarding, mini-golf, and more activities, and may be able to take surfing lessons right in front of the resort (if conditions permit.)
Families can find large suites and terraces at this property, and several villas with private pools as well. Location is not on the beach; guests make use of a private beach club located at the Marival Resorts and Suites a half-mile away, where guests can also use the kids club and other facilities. Chauffeured golf carts shuttle guests back and forth. The Residences has several restaurants on-site, and an all inclusive plan includes golf green fees, some tours, and a number of hours of nanny services. (Always check resort websites for updates.) Check prices
This all inclusive resort has a secluded cliff-top location, spectacular views, lush grounds with walking paths, three pools, kids' club, and reasonable rates. Location is near the beachside village of Bucerias. Check prices
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The St. Regis is next to the Four Seasons in Punta Mita, and is another luxury property that's not all inclusive. This resort has 22 acres, heated pools, family pool, adult pool, fully equipped cabanas, butlers for your room, and pool butlers. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is has received the AAA Five Diamond Award.
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Palace Resorts is a brand of quality all inclusive Mexico resorts with locations primarily in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera area. The Vallarta Palace Riviera Nayarit has a prime location on Banderas Bay. Check prices