Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico - School is about to be let out for the year and it's time for a well-deserved summer vacation to enjoy the Riviera Nayarit's gorgeous beaches. Families usually look for summer camps for their kids where they can brush up on their sporting, artistic and social skills, so we've put together a list of ten excellent options for children and teens.
10. Úumbali Summer
We'll start with a special mention, since Úumbali is in Tepic and not in the Riviera Nayarit, but because of its excellent eco-education, it's well worth a visit to its facilities during the summer. They'll have lots of art-related activities, a working farm, a bakery, environmental education, exploration, environmental awareness, recycling, a vegetable garden workshop and more. For information call (311) 114-7038 or visit Úumbali on Facebook.
9. Summer Club at the Escuela de Vela de la Cruz
Located in the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the Escuela de Vela de la Cruz will welcome kids as young as 8 years old during July and August to their Summer Club for sailing workshops in the Optimist, Laser and 420 styles. Hours are from 1 pm to 5 pm, and classes are limited to 15 students per day. For more information call (322) 135-9791 or visit Escuela de Vela de La Cruz on Facebook.
8. "Riendo nos entendemos" at Casa Clü in San Ignacio
Located in the country village of San Ignacio, Casa Clü is a fun recreational and learning center where children can feel to express themselves thanks to their "laughter is the universal language" philosophy. They offer several workshops including art, sports, school, nature, tours and other activities this summer. For information call (322) 133-9661, visit lacasaclu.com or La Casa Clü de San Ignacio on Facebook.
7. Summer Workshops at Amigos de La Cruz
Music, dancing, art, recycling and swimming are all on the Amigos de la Cruz Summer Workshop Menu. They will offer two groups, one for kids ages 6-10 and another for teens 11-14, and it will take place on the grounds of the CETMAR Elementary School. Hours are from 9 am to 1 pm from July 26–August 5. Register your child at solsequi123(at)gmail.com or by calling (322) 298-3101. Visit Amigos de La Cruz on Facebook.
6. Punta de Mita Foundation Summer Workshops
The Punta de Mita Foundation counts on its US volunteers to set up fun games for kids at its Community Center for two hours a day, three days a week from July 17-28. A Finance Workshop for children will also be offered by Intercam on July 15 from 11 am to 12:30 pm. For more details call (329) 291-5053, email info(at)fundacionpuntademita.org, or visit Fundación Punta de Mita.
5. Summer Workshop "Contribute to Conservation With Your Cellphone"
The San Pancho Bird Observatory is offering a unique practical/theoretic workshop focused on learning how to manage the citizen Naturalist and Birdwatching scientific platforms with an eye on the conservation of the species. It includes nature tours to observe birds. It's recommended for children 12 and older and will be held July 10-14 and 17-21. For more information write birdingsanpancho(at)gmail.com, call (322) 139-7242, or visit Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho on Facebook.
4. Sailing Camp at VYC
Nuevo Vallarta's Vallarta Yacht Club extends an invitation to their new summer classes for kids who want to learn to sail or are looking to brush up on their skills. Students can choose to learn light sailing in the Optimist and Laser categories or windsurfing with international bilingual instructors. Dates are June 26-30, and July 3-7 and 10-17 from 11 am to 6 pm. For inquiries please call 01 (322) 297-2222 or write to office(at)vallartayachtclub.org You can find all the details at VallartaYachtClub.org.
3. Surf & SUP Camp in Sayulita
Javier "Bicho" Jiménez and Felipe "Pipe" Rodríguez, both on Mexico's national paddling and surfing teams, and US great Shelby Taylor will be holding a series of Surf, SUP and Yoga training camps Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm from July 17-21 and August 7-11, 2017 in Sayulita. For registration contact shelbytaylor(at)gmail.com. More details at Sayulita JrSup on Facebook.
2. Entre Amigos A.C. Summer Workshops
As they do every year, Entre Amigos A.C. in San Pancho has put together a variety of art, sports, educational, science and community development workshops created and shared by volunteers from around the world. Kids and teens ages 3 to 16 are welcome to the Riviera Nayarit's Cultural Capital from July 24 through August 11. For more details call (311) 258-4377, write to biblioteca(at)entreamigos.org.mx, or visit EntreAmigos.org.mx.
1. La Patrona Atlético Madrid Football Camp
Spain's Club Atlético de Madrid will be holding a Summer Camp - San Pancho Campus in the Riviera Nayarit at the La Patrona Polo Club (July 17 – August 11). This will include four weeks of training for kids and teens. For more information, call 044-322-146-7714 or 01 (322) 297-2334 ext. 106, or visit the Atlético de Madrid website.