The Palmeras Residence
Perks for the Parents
This bright, beautiful villa with a shared community pool, set in an old coconut plantation 2.5 hours north of Puerto Vallarta, is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation with the kids, where you can run barefoot all day. The area is quiet without a booming nightlife or tourism industry and fairly remote. It is a short walk through tropical gardens to a pristine beach. There is a daily cleaner and a cook who makes delicious local fresh food for children and adults alike, available for an additional fee. Relax in a hammock while the kids build sandcastles, watch wildlife or take to the waves on a kayak or boogie board.
Why Kids Love it
It is a short walk for little legs through the palm trees to the beach, where kids with find nothing but waves, sand and blue skies. From August to October, sea turtles lay their eggs here and guests can help the turtle camp gather eggs from nests. From November to January, the group allow guests to release baby turtles into the ocean. The pool has a 2 shallow ends and is great for young swimmers. The TV has Netflix. Parents should be advised to bring their own card games, art supplies, books etc. Beach toys, boogie boards and buckets and spades are provided. High chair and Pack 'n' Play provided.
Things to Know
Minimum stay: 7 nights, bookable Saturday-Saturday only. The residence is in a remote area of coastal Mexico which appeals to a more adventurous family traveler. Younger children will need supervision: there is an ungated pool, ungated stairs and steps and the ocean on the doorstep. The cook (optional but highly recommended) costs $30/day for adults, $10-20 for kids, including all food costs. You can choose no days, all days or anything inbetween. The primary grocery stores - Costco, Walmart and Mega - are in Puerto Vallarta; the staff can shop for fresh local goods for you nearby. Provisions provided otherwise are basic. Phone and WiFi can be intermittent. There is kayak hire nearby.
About the Location
The property is 80 miles north of Puerto Vallarta airport with an optional shuttle service. Car hire can be arranged and there is parking, but it is not strictly necessary. It is set in a coconut grove with a quiet, secluded beach a short walk away and there is very little nearby by way of nightlife, tourism and restaurants. Nearby activities include the beach, kayaking, boogie boarding, horseback riding and wildlife watching. Puerto Vallarta is the closest major town and is approximately a 2.5 hours’ drive away. Breaking up the journey with a visit to Punta Mita or Sayulita is a good option.
This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom residence has a pool, tropical gardens and semi-outdoor lounge/dining areas. The inside features a kitchen and indoor lounge with board games plus 3 double bedrooms, 2 with kingsize beds and an ensuite bathroom and the other with a queensize bed. One bedroom is on the ground floor with direct access to the veranda. There is a separate bathroom. There is a semi-outdoor lounge with a palapa roof on the second level, accessed by outdoor steps.
Bright and welcoming. The orange-colored villa is bright, spacious and stylish with tiling to keep it cool and high ceilings. It is designed for indoor-outdoor living with lounge/dining spaces on the veranda with views of the gardens. We love the views, the coconut grove setting and restorative and unspoilt coastline, miles away from big resorts. Most meals are taken outside and the expansive grounds leave lots of room for children to be independent and explore.
Playa las Tortugas, Riviera Nayarit
Mangroves, coconuts and turtles
Turtle Beach is a beautiful 8-mile long stretch of golden sand on the coast of Nayarit, around 2.5 hours from Puerto Vallarta. Home to endangered sea turtles, it is unspoilt and pristine, with protected mangrove estuaries, former coconut plantations and quiet coastal communities. A local wildlife protection organization can brief the kids on turtle conservation, and you can play on the beach for much of the day without seeing a single soul beyond the local wildlife.