We are thinking of our first trip to Puerto Vallarta during Christmas time, for about a week. We need some help to decide where to stay. We are a family of three with a 4 years old girl. Probably won't do All Inclusive. Instead we'd like to explore and find local restaurants to try. It would be great if the breakfast is included but that is not a must. So my questions are:
1. Is the weather warm enough to be in the water? The answer would help us decide if a nice beach is a must for the chosen hotel. My friend mentioned that it was too cold to get in the water during that time of the year when they went. It kind of hesitate me - isn't it supposed to be a beach vacation?
2. Old town, Neuvo Vallarta, South Shore hotel area, Conchas Chinas, Las Glorias
With some search and read, it seems that most of the activities and to-do's are in old town area. So if we stay in Hotel Zone, we will have to take buses. Online booking usually shows lodgings located in above different areas, which baffled me. How would it be like staying in each area, transportation, eating, activities wise? If someone can kindly share pros and cons of each option that'll be great. Better yet, we can also use some hotel recommendations. We'd like to stay somewhere with easy access to the activities. Looking at Paradise Village Beach Resort and Spa OR Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa OR if it runs too high, maybe some boutique hotels in town.
3. Suggestions for what to do in PV
It would be the first time for us in PV. Any suggestions for a week long family vacation with 4 years old kid would be greatly appreciated. Specifically, should we consider an excursion trip?