While it may be rare, we have just returned from our first ever kid free holiday since becoming parents! Okay, so it has only been about 6 years of travelling with kids as our two are still quite young, and they were very much missed on our quick break to Mexico, however a few days sans kids can be great fun too!
We spent 4 nights in Puerto Vallarta, as part of a work incentive trip and it was amazing, however what surprised us was one of the most memorable moments of our tropical escape was our day trip with Vallarta Adventures, visiting the incredible Las Caletas Beach Hideaway!
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Our day trip was organised by my work, so we actually didn’t know much about it before the day other than the fact it was a catamaran trip to a private beach with water and land activities. It sounded great and not too different to one of the days spent on our honeymoon in Fiji at a private island in the Yasawa Islands. Relaxing and tranquil.. however Las Caletas was so much more!
How to Get to Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta
A visit to Las Caletas Hidden Beach is via a boat, as part of a private day trip experience organised with Vallarta Adventures.
Our day trip began relatively early with hotel pick up and bus to the wharf, where we boarded our catamaran ready to transport us to Las Caletas. Now I will admit I am not a great boat traveller so I did have my ginger tablets ready to roll as soon as we boarded and am glad I did because about 15 minutes in, I did feel pretty icky! But thankfully that was around when the entertainment kicked off.
Our crew consisted of J.C and his team and they were pretty much the highlight of our entire trip! On our way to Las Caletas, the boys entertained us with a dance off, each showing off their signature dance style and then getting down with a bit of playful competition between them. Plenty of laughs to be had! More on that later!!
Las Caletas Beach Puerto Vallarta
When we were almost at the Las Caletas private beach getaway, the staff at the island gave us a fantastic demo of what to expect for the day by showing us exactly what cool stuff was on offer before we even got off the boat!
Down one went on the zip line, another jumped off the giant water pillow and launched yet another staff member into the water and as we moved around to the jetty, there stood a massive line up of staff in their white uniforms waving to us. WHAT A WELCOME!!
Not to mention the fact that when we got off the boat, we were served with a help yourself welcome taco. Yep, a WELCOME TACO! Pretty much life was made in that second. Everywhere should have welcome tacos! And it was so good! You could even watch the tortillas being made right there while you lined up.
So with a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other, let’s talk about the island!
What to Do on Las Caletas Hideaway
There is something for everyone at Las Caletas. The private island has been set up for adventure day trips and has so many incredible facilities and offerings. There are hammocks scattered everywhere through the trees, along the beach and over the water. There are even a couple floating in the water on little wooden platforms!! So cool.
If you are there to relax for the day, you can simply pull up a beach chair or hammock and enjoy an endless array of food and drink. Oh, did I mention the open bar??? Like seriously, how awesome is that! And indeed I did make the most of that relaxation with an accidental mini nap in a beach hammock before lunch. It had to be done!
So if relaxing is your goal… you are well and truly covered for this! But there is so much more you can do at Las Caletas beach Puerto Vallarta!
If you love nature, you are also going to be very happy because not only can you enjoy guided walks through the jungle or just get a little lost exploring all the sights yourself, you can also get up close and personal with some unique wildlife.
There are macaws and other smaller parrots that you can pose with for photos if you like, or just admire from a distance. They otherwise chill out on their perches or enjoy some snacks, completely oblivious to the tourists that come to see them. Very cool!
And you also have the chance to meet a cute little squirrel monkey, just like the ones we took the kids to see in Monkeyland Punta Cana. I had to have a picture with them just so I could show the kids. They adored the little monkeys so much! Actually our kids just love all animals really!
You can also see flamingos on the island, which was fascinating to me to see them in such beautiful vibrant pinks. Every time I’ve seen one in the past they have been such a pale pink that I thought the pink flamingo thing was an exaggeration. Apparently not! So pretty and great to watch!
Apparently there is also seals on the island but we didn’t realise this until after we visited the island.
If you are keen for a wild time and love a bit of adventure, there’s plenty to keep the adrenaline pumping too! There is a small zipline that goes into the water, plus as I mentioned before, the jumping pillow that you can have fun launching each other into the water!
There are water sports like paddle boards, kayaks and more. And just the chance to swim in the water at Hidden beach!
Otherwise you can just enjoy exploring the areas of the island where you are able to, with endless pathways, and the rustic beach decor like this random doorway along the path. There is so much to see and look at. You will have a hard time fitting it all in for the few hours you are on the island.
There is a teen hang out area with plenty of adventure activities just for 12-19 year olds, including a massive awesome Vallarta Adventures water slide, along with the adult adventure activities and a few more Teen Cove teenager only activities to make their trip memorable.
If you are visiting Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta with kids, of course they are catered to as well, with the animal encounters being pretty cool, but also a kids adventure park for ages 4 to 11. Kids need to be 1.2m to play on the adventure park, where they can climb and move through the adventure playground area. Lots of fun for sure!!
For the smaller kids, they will enjoy playing on the beach, swimming and joining you for some water sport fun too, like the kayaking.
Food and Drinks
Aside from the brunch taco on arrival, you are served up an amazing buffet lunch with plenty of variety to suit different tastes with meat, salad and bread, plus of course there is dessert too! The food was great and the best part is there are tables and chairs and buffets scattered all around the beach front area so you can take a seat at any one and enjoy the scenery and meal.
There is of course an open bar while you’re on the island and this means pretty much any cocktail your heart desires. Ask them to surprise you and try something new.
There are bars scattered all over the island so you never have to line up for a drink or walk too far. So awesome!!
Okay… now let’s talk about the entertainment on the way home!
The one downfall of the day is the time on Las Caletas Hidden Beach goes far too quickly. You only get a few hours to spend and there’s so much to do so you need to make the most of your time before it is time to bid the island farewell. Luckily the entertainment on the way home is beyond epic. Like seriously… it was our favourite part of the entire day, and the day was pretty amazing!!
When you get back on your boat, you expect a somber but relaxing trip back to the mainland. You get handed a drink for the trip and away you go. But then something crazy takes place and you will laugh so hard your face hurts… at least we did!
Our crew put on the best performance on the trip back. J.C and his team kitted up in various costumes and lip synced their way through the musical ages in the ultimate lip sync battle. From beatles wigs to afros, glitter jackets and fake guitars, who would have thought it could be so funny! But it was one of the biggest laughs we have ever had and it made the entire day one of our favourite day tours we have ever had!
Seriously… you need to do the Las Caletas trip just for the boat ride!! The rest is just a bonus! And while there are two catamarans, we are assured that the other crew was pretty hilarious too! We are sure we had the best one though ;)
Do yourself a favour and if you are in Mexico, make your way to the beautiful Puerto Vallarta and book your Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta Adventures trip! You won’t regret it!!
Tour is through Vallarta Adventures to Las Caletas Hidden Beach. The total duration of the day trip is 7 hours from pick up through to drop off, so make sure you have with you what you need for the day. Mostly you want your swimsuit, sun protection, shoes suitable for the beach and any daily essentials you need. Leave the rest at home!
This day trip will suit any age group as there is something for everyone to do on the island. It is currently priced from $139US however check out the website for more up to date information and bookings.
The Las Caletas Beach Hideaway excursion leaves from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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