Minutes from the airport but miles away from your everyday life, Velas Vallarta is just the all-inclusive family vacation you need

While you might think of all-inclusive resorts as reserved for honeymooners, we’re here to say that they really should be at the top of your list for your next family vacation. All the planning that typically goes into a family vacation is left up to the experts. Just show up with your swimsuits and appetites, ready for a real vacation.

Puerto Vallarta is just a short flight from much of the U.S. and it’s the ideal destination for foodies, parents, and beach-loving kids. Velas Vallarta offers massive suites, activities for all ages, an amazing kids club, and so much more. Peek our highlight reel below and then scroll on for the nitty gritty details.

The suites at Velas Vallarta are perfect for families

Whether you are planning a vacation with toddlers or teens (or even your extended family), Velas Vallarta has the suite for you. All rooms are condo-style with a kitchen that includes a coffee maker (KEY for early risers), microwave, cooktop, and full-size fridge. The two-bedroom suite has two bathrooms, a large living room, and a spacious deck. Bringing the grandparents along? Add on the attached studio room or go for an even bigger option to keep everyone happy. Some suites even have their own plunge pool!

All-inclusive means that your suite will be stocked with sodas, beers, bottled water, snacks, and pretty much anything you need when you get snacky. Room service is available 24 hours so you can get tacos and margaritas delivered immediately upon arrival from the airport. 

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The Pools & Beach at Velas Vallarta

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Trust us, you are going to be spending all your time at the pool. Connected by a fun waterway, there are two main pools at Velas Vallarta. The activity pool has a swim-up bar, water volleyball net, and activities throughout the day like water aerobics. The other pool has a more tranquil vibe with loads of shaded lounge chairs surrounding it. There's even a mini pool for the kids right near kids club. 

You can get drinks and food delivered to you poolside, which is pretty much the vacation dream. If you forgot your pool floaties or goggles at home, head to the shop in the lobby for everything you might need. 

Sandy toes more your thing? The beach at Velas Vallarta is right beyond the pool and easy to access from your suite. Shaded lounge chairs are available if you want to set up camp for the day. 

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The Food at Velas Vallarta

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In addition to 24-hour room service, Velas Vallarta has top-notch dining with plenty of variety for kids. For breakfast, head down to Restaurante La Ribera where you can enjoy Mexican favorites like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles while you watch the waves crash nearby. We recommend getting your lunch served poolside with taquitos topping the favorites list for both kids and parents. Upscale dinner vibes are on tap at Restaurante Andrea where the menu changes from Asian to Italian and more depending on the night. 

Kids Club at Velas Vallarta

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Kids ages 4 to 12 can take part in activities through the on-site Kids Club, all included as part of your stay. With water balloon fights, stone painting, board games, and mini disco on the agenda, we know the kids won't want to leave. Kids Club hours run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with a break for lunch. You can even get in an early dinner sans kids if you want. 

Activities at Velas Vallarta

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If keeping busy is how you enjoy a family vacation, you can definitely lean in to all the activities offered at Velas Vallarta like karaoke nights, circus shows, Spanish lessons, and crafts. Early risers can join in beachside yoga to set the mood for the day. While the kids are at Kids Club, book some time at the on-site spa for relaxation and rejuvenation. There are also tennis and pickleball courts, a fitness room, and a nearby golf course. 

If you time your visit right, you might even get to join in a sea turtle release as there's a protected nest right near the resort!

Things to Do near Velas Vallarta

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When you are ready to venture off-property, the hotel can arrange transportation to get you to the trendy Zona Romántica or wherever you'd like to visit. For a feel of a real neighborhood with a central square, church, and shops, head to Pitillal and spend a few hours walking the town. The kids will love all the paleta vendors (go for the melon for a refreshing treat) and you can snag some huaraches to bring home with you. 

Getting to Puerto Vallarta and the Resort

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Velas Vallarta is conveniently located next to Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport and you can easily take direct flights there from Dallas, LA, SF, and many other U.S. cities. You can prearrange pickup from the airport with the resort for less than $20 and they will have VIP Transfers waiting for you upon arrival. This is key when traveling with kids because the airport can be a bit hectic and overwhelming after a long flight. A 15-minute ride will have you at the resort in no time with a margarita to welcome you. 

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Editor's note: This trip was paid for by Velas Vallarta but all opinions belong to the writer. 


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