When to visit Puerto Vallarta for whale-watching, diving and festivals galore

John Hecht

Mar 25, 2022 • 7 min read

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Visitors come from far and wide for Vallarta Pride in late May © Inti St Clair / Getty Images

Timing can make all the difference when visiting Puerto Vallarta , a wildly popular resort known for its sublime jungle-backed beaches and emerald waters, tucked onto Mexico's Pacific coast.

The pleasantly cool and dry winter and spring months can cost you a pretty peso, but an epic whale-watching experience might warrant the peak-season splurge. The sultry summer months, in contrast, are a bargain hunter's dream, as long as you don't mind the heat and more frequent rainy days.

Autumn brings  Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a uniquely atmospheric Mexican tradition in which families pay respect to deceased loved ones by laying out colorful altars decked with offerings for the departed, coinciding with low prices and increasingly sunny weather.

Deciding when to visit Puerto Vallarta will depend on your budget, the experiences on your bucket list and how much sunshine you expect for your peso. When traveling with kids , you may want to consider the drier peak or shoulder seasons to maximize time on Puerto Vallarta's sandy beaches. Whether you're looking to see the wildlife, soak up the sun or experience local culture, here's the lowdown on the best time to go.

A humpback whale breaches at Puerto Vallarta

High season is the best time for whale-watching (December to April)

Many folks make a point of visiting Puerto Vallarta from December to March when thousands of humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay for the mating season. There's a definite wow factor in getting up close to these majestic 30-ton creatures as they leap out of the sea. Tour company Ecotours de México runs four-hour whale-watching outings using boats equipped with hydrophones (underwater microphones that let you listen in on the whales’ mesmerizing mating calls). There's even a small chance of spotting a whale shark or gray whale this time of year.

Weather-wise, these are the coolest and driest months, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. And with warm but not scorching daytime temperatures, this is prime time for lolling on those lovely sandy beaches. A winter visit comes at a price, however: travel can get downright expensive as snowbirds flock from the north, and hotels and airlines hike their rates considerably. The influx turns into a flood for spring break in March.

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For the best diving, visit during shoulder season (May to August)

The hot summer months bring warm water temperatures and excellent visibility to Banderas Bay, making it arguably the best time to explore Puerto Vallarta’s prime diving sites, though rain becomes more common from June onwards. Dive shops such as Banderas Scuba Republic run snorkeling excursions to serene palm-fringed coves and scuba outings to remote islands, where you can glide in the company of giant manta rays, hawksbill turtles and pods of wild dolphins.

Once the city gets spring break out of its system in March, prices become more manageable. You can score shoulder-season hotel deals throughout May and June, except for the last week of May, when the spirited Vallarta Pride fest takes over the city. Hotels fill up particularly fast in the LGBTIQ-friendly Zona Romántica, Mexico’s most thriving gay beach destination. In July and August, hotel rates gradually increase over the Mexican vacation period, though they're still well down on the winter peak season.

Low season is the b est time to experience Puerto Vallarta like a local ( September to November)

Not only is fall one of the most affordable times to visit, but it’s also the most colorful, as Mexicans celebrate the nation's Independence Day on September 16 (and the evening before) and Día de Muertos on the first days of November. Even Halloween on October 31 gets some love in Puerto Vallarta’s gringo-friendly restaurants and bars. Note that inbound flights to Mexico can be more expensive during the celebrations.

The weather remains hot and sticky, but the warm waters and increasingly sunny days are highly conducive to swimming and snorkeling, and best of all, you get to enjoy them without the crowds. Be ready for some disruption to travel as locals switch their attention from catering to tourists to spending time with family during this time.

Here's a monthly guide to what you can expect through the year in Puerto Vallarta (but note that all events are subject to change).

January is expensive, but has great weather

Relatively cool weather makes this one of the best times of the year to visit, with the caveat that it comes with a hefty high-season price tag. Don’t miss the annual fiesta in the nearby mountain town of San Sebastián del Oeste. Key events: Fiestas Patronales San Sebastián del Oeste, Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day)

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February is peak whale-watching season

Temperatures remain delightfully cool (while still warm enough for time on the beach). February marks the height of whale-watching season, as both humpback and gray whales congregate on Banderas Bay for mating.   Key events: Carnaval

March marks the beginning of spring break

The really busy season arrives with the warmer weather as Puerto Vallarta gears up for spring break madness in March and April. Key events: Banderas Bay Regatta

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April has crowds and high prices

The mercury continues to rise, but it remains fairly dry. Semana Santa (Holy Week) sees crowded beaches and exorbitant hotel and airline prices.   Key events: Semana Santa

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May hosts a major Pride fiesta

Visitors come from far and wide for Vallarta Pride in late May, a weeklong fiesta with parades, wild street parties and entertaining drag shows. Hotels in the gay-friendly Zona Romántica are often booked out months in advance.     Key events: Vallarta Pride, Festival Cultural de Mayo

June is a good time to find bargain rates

The rainy season begins, bringing heavy afternoon downpours but mostly sunny mornings. A great month to snag bargain hotel deals. Key events: Día de la Marina (Navy Day)

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July sees an increase in local tourism

The muggy summer heat carries over into July as the busy Mexican vacation season starts, bringing many local tourists. From July through December, you can participate in sea turtle releases. Key events: Sea turtle releases

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August is steamy and hot

Ready for some steamy nights? August is one of Vallarta’s hottest and wettest months, and domestic tourists continue to pour in for the summer Mexican vacation period. Key events: Jardín Botánico Raicilla Festival

September is for celebrations

Always up for a fiesta, Vallarta celebrates Independence Day with a bang as fireworks light up the sky and bars and nightclubs rage into the wee hours on September 16. Key events: Día de la Independencia (Independence Day)

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October is still hot, but less rainy

The heat is still on, but the rainfall begins to diminish. A visit at the end of the month allows you to compare and contrast Halloween on 31 October and the Día de Muertos celebrations on the first few days of November. Key events: Halloween

November welcomes Día de Muertos

As the rainy season winds down and colorful Día de Muertos altars pop up in plazas and cemeteries across town, it's hard to imagine a better spot to soak up one of Mexico’s richest traditions. Key events: Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), Festival Gourmet Internacional, Torneo Internacional de Pesca Marlín y Pez Vela

December is busy for the winter holidays

The temperature begins to drop a few notches with the winter holiday season in sight. You can still find decent hotel deals in the first few weeks of December. Key events: Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

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Best Times To Visit Puerto Vallarta

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant and the room rates are affordable. During these months, rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists compared to the winter high season. If you're interested in whale watching, however, visit from December to March. Just prepare yourself for the area's most astronomical travel fares.

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Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful beach destination on Mexico's Pacific coast, and it enjoys mostly pleasant, sunny and warm weather year round. Although each time of year has its draws, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from December through March, when you’ll find nearly perfect weather conditions, very little chance of rain, and fun activities like whale watching. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, this guide will give you the essential information you need to plan your trip.

The Weather in Puerto Vallarta

The weather in Puerto Vallarta is very nice for most of the year, but in the springtime, temperatures can be unpleasantly warm, and most of the rain falls during the summer. June is the hottest month in Puerto Vallarta with an average temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) and although it never really gets cold, January has the coolest temperatures with an average of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).   September is the wettest month with an average of 16.9 inches (429 mm) of rain.  

Rainy season isn’t all bad: late afternoon thundershowers can be quite spectacular, with thunder, lightning, and sudden downpours. It usually rains in the late afternoons and evenings, so it’s usually possible to get in some beach time during the day. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, so you should be aware of the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes if you’re visiting during that period, although Puerto Vallarta’s privileged location in a bay with nearby mountains offers it some natural protection from storms.

Puerto Vallarta’s Peak Tourist Season

Most of Puerto Vallarta’s international visitors plan their visits to coincide with optimal weather conditions, from late fall through spring. Puerto Vallarta has also seen an increase in spring break travelers in recent years. Mexican visitors come in the two weeks surrounding Easter and during the summer, when children have school holidays. In the spring, days are typically hot and humid with highs around 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius) and at least half the days have some rain. The advantage of coming when there are fewer tourists is that there are lots of great deals on flights and hotels during the summer months. When the weather’s hot, it can be a good time to hit the beach; the pleasantly warm water makes for great swimming, snorkelling, and diving conditions.

Whale Watching Season

Conveniently, the humpback whales’ migration brings them to Puerto Vallarta’s Banderas Bay at the same time as tourists flock to the destination, between December and March. Early in the season, you’ll see more adult whales, and if you go toward the end of the season, you’ll have a better chance of witnessing baby humpbacks. Seeing these gentle giants breaching (jumping out of the water) and playing together is an amazing sight. During these months, you’re almost guaranteed to spot some whales whenever you go on a boat ride in the bay, and sometimes even from shore. Pacific bottlenose dolphins can be seen throughout the year, and sea turtles and manta rays are frequently spotted as well.

Spring in Puerto Vallarta

The weather in March is very pleasant, with warm days and cool evenings, but by April it’s warming up, with an average high of 82 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (28 to 29 degrees Celsius). With these higher temperatures, the water is warmer, so it can be very pleasant to swim at this time of year. However, this is also when the whales leave the bay for cooler water. May tends to be hot and humid, with rain becoming more frequent toward the end of the month. Puerto Vallarta has become more popular with spring breakers in the past few years, but they tend to concentrate in a few specific resorts and at night in the nightclubs around the Malecón, so you can still find quiet beaches to enjoy without crowds.

Events to check out:

  • Banderas Bay International Regatta : Hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta yearly in March, this is the largest cruising Regatta on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Summer in Puerto Vallarta

Summertime in Puerto Vallarta is typically hot and humid with highs around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and lots of rain. The increased rainfall makes the vegetation grow lush and green, and makes the rivers and waterfalls more enjoyable. It’s also sea turtle hatching season, and thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches along Banderas Bay during the summer months. Because these beaches can be busy, several hotels sponsor sea turtle protection projects, and visitors can participate in releasing baby sea turtles to the sea. Hotels and resorts generally have lower occupancy rates during the summer, so it’s a good time to find deals or get added perks such as upgrades and free nights.

  • The Banderas Bay Fishing Tournament is held in July and prizes are offered for the largest marlin and tuna, as well as for the largest number of fish caught in a "catch and release" mode.

Fall in Puerto Vallarta

The rain continues through September, although the temperatures cool off a bit. In October the weather is increasingly pleasant, with more sunny days and comfortable temperatures as the month goes by. Many activities that are on hold during the summer months resume in the fall, such as the Historic Center Art Walk , which is takes place every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. from the end of October through May.

  • The Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival is held over a few days in November. Guest chefs from around the world are paired with participating restaurants where guests can enjoy their culinary creations. 
  • Day of the Dead celebrations : From the last day of October through the first few days of November, there are multiple festivities in town to mark the occasion, mainly concentrated in the center of town and along the Malecón. People paint their faces like sugar skulls, there is dancing, food, plenty of merriment, and a parade.

Winter in Puerto Vallarta

Temperatures get cooler, and generally are at their most pleasant this time of year, with warm days and cool evenings. Temperatures reach their coolest in January, with an average low of 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius). Ocean temperatures also drop to their lowest, attracting humpbacks and whale sharks, but it’s still comfortable for swimming and enjoying water sports. 

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations are held from December 1st through December 12th and there are processions to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe each evening, with the most elaborate one occurring on Dec. 12.
  • The National Charro Championship —a four-day event celebrating Mexico’s national sport, charreria —takes place at the end of January and beginning of February. It’s held at the Arena Vallarta with some events held concurrently in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

The best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta is during the months of December through March. At this time, the weather is perfect, rain is seldomly experienced, and whale migration season is at its peak.

Puerto Vallarta experiences afternoon showers and thunderstorms from July through October. This time period also coincides with hurricane season, when local authorities keep their eye on tropical storms.

The cheapest month to fly to Puerto Vallarta is in August. The weather is generally hot and afternoon thunderstorms are frequent, but you avoid the beach resorts' high time (November and December).

Time and Date. "Climate & Weather Averages in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico." Retrieved December 22, 2020.

Current Results. "Puerto Vallarta Mexico Temperatures & Rainfall Averages." Retrieved December 22, 2020.

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‍ Puerto Vallarta, with its stunning beaches and vibrant culture, is a popular destination on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Whether you’re a beach lover, an adventure seeker, or a culture enthusiast, Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone. But when is the best time to visit this tropical paradise? In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the weather patterns, tourist seasons, and key events throughout the year to help you plan your perfect trip to Puerto Vallarta.

Understanding the Weather in Puerto Vallarta

One of the key factors to consider when planning your trip to Puerto Vallarta is the weather. The city enjoys a warm and pleasant climate year-round, but there are variations in temperature and rainfall throughout the seasons. Let’s take a closer look at the weather patterns in Puerto Vallarta.

Winter (December to February)

Winter in Puerto Vallarta

The winter months, from December to February, are considered the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. During this period, the weather is nearly perfect, with mild temperatures and low chances of rain. You can expect average temperatures ranging from 72 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 29 degrees Celsius), making it ideal for exploring the beaches and outdoor activities.

Spring (March to May)

Spring in Puerto Vallarta

Springtime in Puerto Vallarta brings warmer temperatures and higher humidity. March is still pleasant, with warm days and cool evenings, but as April approaches, the temperatures start to rise. May can be hot and humid, with an increase in rainfall towards the end of the month. Despite the rising temperatures, spring offers quieter beaches and great deals on flights and hotels.

Summer (June to August)

Summer in Puerto Vallarta

Summer in Puerto Vallarta is characterized by hot and humid weather. June, the hottest month, sees temperatures reaching around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). The city experiences afternoon showers and thunderstorms, which can be quite spectacular. However, the rainfall brings lush greenery and enjoyable river and waterfall experiences. It’s also the season for sea turtle hatching, offering a unique opportunity to witness this natural phenomenon.

Fall (September to November)

Fall in Puerto Vallarta

Fall in Puerto Vallarta brings relief from the summer heat as temperatures start to cool off. September is the wettest month, with occasional tropical storms and hurricanes. However, Puerto Vallarta’s location in a bay with nearby mountains offers some natural protection from these storms. October offers increasingly pleasant weather, with more sunny days and comfortable temperatures. Fall also marks the return of many activities and events, such as the Historic Center Art Walk.

Puerto Vallarta’s Tourist Seasons

Tourists in Puerto Vallarta

To make the most of your visit to Puerto Vallarta, it’s essential to understand the city’s tourist seasons. The peak tourist season aligns with optimal weather conditions and major events, while the off-peak season offers more affordable prices and fewer crowds.

Peak Tourist Season (Late Fall to Spring)

From late fall through spring, Puerto Vallarta attracts a large number of international visitors seeking the best weather and outdoor activities. This period coincides with the migration of humpback whales, making it an excellent time for whale watching. The city also sees an increase in spring break travelers and Mexican visitors during school holidays.

Off-Peak Season (Summer to Early Fall)

The summer months, from June to early fall, offer a quieter and more affordable experience in Puerto Vallarta. With hot temperatures and occasional afternoon showers, it’s an excellent time to enjoy the beaches and take advantage of discounted rates on flights and accommodations. The warm ocean waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Key Events and Activities Throughout the Year

In addition to the weather and tourist seasons, Puerto Vallarta is known for its vibrant festivals and events. Here are some of the key events you might want to consider when planning your trip.

December – Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations

Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

From December 1st to December 12th, Puerto Vallarta celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with processions to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This religious festival features parades, music, dancing, and fireworks, offering a glimpse into the local culture and traditions.

January – The National Charro Championship

Charro in Puerto Vallarta

The National Charro Championship is a must-see event for horse and rodeo enthusiasts. Held at the Arena Vallarta, this four-day championship showcases Mexico’s national sport, charreria, with thrilling competitions and traditional performances.

February – Banderas Bay International Regatta

city buildings near body of water during daytime

If you’re a sailing enthusiast, don’t miss the Banderas Bay International Regatta. Held in March by the Vallarta Yacht Club in Nuevo Vallarta, this regatta is the largest cruising regatta on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Watch as sailboats compete against the stunning backdrop of the bay.

March – Vallarta Yacht Club Charity Cup

The Vallarta Yacht Club Charity Cup is a sailing event that combines friendly competition with charitable giving. Participants race sailboats, and the proceeds from the event go to local charitable organizations. It’s a great way to enjoy the sport of sailing while supporting a good cause.

April – Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival

Food lovers flock to Puerto Vallarta in April for the Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival. This culinary extravaganza brings together renowned chefs from around the world who collaborate with local restaurants to create unique dining experiences. Indulge in gourmet meals and discover the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine.

May – Vallarta Pride

pride in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Pride is a weeklong celebration of the LGBTQ+ community , featuring parades, parties, and cultural events. The festival highlights Puerto Vallarta’s inclusive and welcoming atmosphere, making it a popular destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.

Whale Watching Season (December to March)

As mentioned earlier, Puerto Vallarta is a prime location for whale watching. From December to March, humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay. Take a boat tour and witness these majestic creatures up close as they breach and play in the water.

Sea Turtle Hatching Season (Summer Months)

During the summer months, thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches along Banderas Bay. Participate in sea turtle protection projects and have the opportunity to release baby sea turtles into the sea. It’s a magical experience that highlights the importance of conservation.

The Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta: A Summary

Based on the weather patterns and key events, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from December through March. During this period, you’ll enjoy pleasant temperatures, minimal rainfall, and the opportunity to witness whale migrations. However, Puerto Vallarta offers something unique throughout the year, so consider your preferences and priorities when planning your trip. Whether you’re seeking vibrant festivals, affordable prices, or a quieter beach experience, Puerto Vallarta has it all.

Remember to check the local time zone and adjust your travel plans accordingly. The official time zone in Puerto Vallarta is Central Standard Time (CST). Be sure to coordinate your activities and transportation based on the local time to make the most of your visit.

For more information on Puerto Vallarta’s nightlife, gay-friendly hotels, tequila tasting tours, and botanical gardens, check out the following blogs:

  • The Ultimate Guide to the Best Gay Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Start planning your dream vacation to Puerto Vallarta and immerse yourself in the beauty, culture, and warmth of this tropical paradise.

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The Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta [2023]

By: Author Lora Pope

Posted on November 18, 2023

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Wondering what the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is? Let me help! I’ve been living in Puerto Vallarta for three years and have experienced every season here.

Planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta can feel like navigating a maze of choices, especially when it comes to picking the perfect time to visit.

Imagine landing in this tropical paradise only to find yourself caught in unexpected weather or missing out on the vibrant local events that make Puerto Vallarta truly special. That’s the last thing you want on your much-anticipated getaway, right?

As someone who’s not just traveled extensively but also calls Puerto Vallarta home, I’ve experienced firsthand every season this beautiful city has to offer. From the bustling peak season to the tranquil charm of the rainy months, I’ve been through the good and the bad.

Understanding the unique rhythm of Puerto Vallarta’s seasons is key to unlocking the best vacation experience. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning traveler, this guide is tailored to help you navigate the seasonal nuances of this beach paradise to determine the best time to go to Puerto Vallarta.

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Overview of Puerto Vallarta Weather

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Puerto Vallarta’s weather is a year-round invitation to beach lovers and sun seekers. As someone who’s lived here and experienced the full spectrum of its climate, I can attest to its warm, inviting nature.

The city never really dips below 72 degrees °F, which is perfect for those of us trying to escape colder climates.

November to April are the driest months, where the weather is at its most pleasant — dry and just perfect for outdoor adventures. This period aligns with popular activities like whale watching . The sight of these majestic creatures in the bay is something you don’t want to miss!

As we move into late spring, the higher temperatures come, bringing a more tropical, humid feel. July and August, the hottest months, average around 81 degrees Fahrenheit. But, the humidity can make it feel more intense. Still, I love this season for swimming in the ocean as it’s so refreshing.

The Puerto Vallarta rainy season, running from June to October, is an experience. Contrary to what you might think, it’s still a good time to be here. There are fewer crowds and the thundershowers, often short and spectacular, are incredible to watch.

I’ve spent many days marveling at the dramatic thunderstorms from the comfort of a cozy café or my balcony.

Plus, they usually only come in the late afternoons and evenings. This means you can still enjoy sun-filled mornings on the beach. Also, The sunsets during the rainy season are WAY prettier.

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September and October is hurricane season, but Puerto Vallarta’s unique geographical location, nestled in a bay and shielded by mountains, offers some natural protection against hurricanes. However, as witnessed in recent years , nature can still make its presence felt strongly. These are the wettest months.

In terms of temperatures, January and February are the coolest, but even then, it’s pleasantly warm, ranging between 61.3-83.8 °F. From there, each month gets progressively warmer, peaking in August with highs between 73.4-92.7 °F.

Puerto Vallarta High Season

A radiant sunset painting the sky with hues of orange and pink over the tranquil waters of Puerto Vallarta's coast

The high season in Puerto Vallarta, from November to April, is the most popular time to visit.

The cooler climate of the northern hemisphere draws a vibrant mix of tourists, especially from Canada and the U.S.. The atmosphere is electric, with parties and gatherings at every corner.

The bay area becomes a lively hub, brimming with energy and stories from every corner of the world. The bars are lively, the beaches are bustling, and the spirit of adventure is palpable. It’s a time when making new friends feels as easy as enjoying the perfect beach day.

The weather is comfortably warm, not too hot or humid, ideal for enjoying the beach and achieving that perfect tan. It’s also the best time for outdoor activities. The lush greenery, courtesy of the preceding rainy months, makes hiking an absolute joy, and the waterfalls are at their most majestic.

quimixto waterfall puerto vallarta

This season also brings the best conditions for surfing. Although you can ride the waves year-round in Puerto Vallarta, the north swells from December to April are particularly spectacular, especially in spots like Sayulita and San Pancho.

However, it’s worth noting that with the high season’s allure comes higher prices, especially for accommodations.

Whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta

humpback whale tail coming out of the pacific ocean in puerto vallartab mexico

The whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta, aligning with the high season from December to March, is a period I hold close to my heart.

It’s a time when the majestic humpback whales grace Banderas Bay, offering a spectacle that’s both awe-inspiring and humbling. Having spent countless hours on the water during this season, it’s an experience that never loses its magic.

Early in the season, you can spot adult whales, but as the season progresses, the bay becomes a nursery to adorable baby humpbacks swimming alongside their mothers. On boat trips, you’re almost guaranteed a close encounter.

And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures from the shore.

During my time here, I’ve also had the fortune to witness whale sharks while snorkeling or diving between December and February. These gentle giants of the sea add an extra layer of wonder to Puerto Vallarta’s already rich marine life.

This is the whale and dolphin watching tour we recommend as it’s led by a biologist!

Low season in Puerto Vallarta

drone shot of los arcos marine parm from above. a boat goes past the islands with the backdrop of mountains.

The low season in Puerto Vallarta, spanning from May to October, is often overlooked, but it holds a special place in my heart. This is when the city reveals a more serene side, a stark contrast to the bustling high season.

The streets are quieter, the beaches less crowded, and there’s a sense of calm that pervades the air. It’s a time when Puerto Vallarta feels like it’s all yours to explore.

During these months, the weather is warmer and more humid, with heavy rain showers most days. But don’t let that deter you. The rain, usually in the late afternoon or evening, brings a refreshing respite from the heat and adds a lush, vibrant green to the landscapes. Mornings are typically sunny and perfect for beach outings or exploring the town.

One of the biggest perks of visiting during the low season is the affordability. Hotel rates drop significantly, making luxury stays more accessible. It’s also a great time for deals on tours and activities.

As a local, I’ve enjoyed some of my best dining experiences during this season, with more opportunities to interact with chefs and locals, adding a rich layer to the culinary adventure.

The low season also coincides with some unique natural events like the sea turtle hatching season, a magical process that I’ve been fortunate to witness.

Seasons in Puerto Vallarta

Here are the pros and cons of each season in Puerto Vallarta to help you decide when is the best season to visit Puerto Vallarta.

Winter (December, January & February)

lora walking along a beach in puerto vallarta looking at a pink and yellow sunset

This is the peak of the high season. The weather is idyllic, with clear skies and moderate temperatures, perfect for beach lounging and outdoor activities. There’s also tons of events put on by the expat community, making it easy to meet people if you’re new to town.

It’s also the prime time for whale watching, a must-do in Puerto Vallarta. However, be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices during this period.

If you’re averse to party crowds, avoid visiting Puerto Vallarta in February when spring breakers come and during Easter Weekend in April.

Spring (March, April, and May)

puerto vallarta pride parade

As the high season winds down into the spring months, the weather remains warm and pleasant, but with fewer tourists. This is a great time to explore local attractions without the rush. The city’s vibrant energy is still palpable, but with more breathing room and often better deals on accommodations.

In my experience living in Puerto Vallarta , I’ve never seen rain until June. And it’s usually late June!

One thing to note is that Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations for Mexican travelers to visit during Easter (Holy Week(. The city becomes a giant party with locals and international visitors. It’s a lot of fun, but if you don’t like crowds, avoid coming until after the holiday weeekend.

For all the LGBTQ+ community travelers looking to experience gay tourism in Puerto Vallarta , May is the best month to come, as this is when pride happens.

Summer in Puerto Vallarta (June, July & August)

two girls on a rock in front of palo maria waterfall puerto vallarta

This is low season, characterized by warmer temperatures and more humidity. This is when Puerto Vallarta shows its more tranquil side.

The rain, mostly in the evenings, brings a refreshing change and turns the surrounding jungle lush and green. Plus, all the waterfalls are full again!

It’s the perfect season for budget travelers and those seeking a more authentic local experience. Some events to check out:

Restaurant Week : Try out the hottest restaurants in the city as they offer innovative three-course menus at a reduced price. It is a great time to support local businesses after the low season and try delicious Mexican cuisine.

Independence Day is on September 16th. Mexicans love to celebrate, so expect parades, fireworks, and lots of parties all around the bay!

Fall (September, October, and November)

A woman wearing a black swimsuit and hat on the beach.

As the temperatures start to cool, the city begins to welcome an increase in tourist activity, especially towards November. This period offers a delightful balance of pleasant weather and moderate tourist presence, making it ideal for those seeking a mix of relaxation and cultural immersion.

However, it’s important to note that this shoulder season also coincides with the hurricane season. In recent years, Puerto Vallarta has experienced at least one major hurricane annually during this period.

While the city’s location in the Bay of Banderas offers some natural protection, and hurricanes are not a frequent occurrence, it’s a factor worth considering when planning your trip.

During my time here, I’ve seen how the community comes together to prepare and support each other during these rare events. It’s a testament to the resilience and warmth of the local people

Despite this, fall remains a beautiful time to visit. The Day of the Dead celebrations in early November are a cultural highlight, showcasing rich traditions and colorful festivities.

FAQ: Best time to visit Puerto Vallarta

What month has the best weather in puerto vallarta.

The best weather in Puerto Vallarta is typically found from November to April, with March and April offering the most ideal conditions.

What is the rainy season in Puerto Vallarta?

The rainy season in Puerto Vallarta runs from June to mid-October, with the heaviest rains usually in August and September.

What month is hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta?

Hurricane season highest risk in in September and October.

What is the coldest month in Puerto Vallarta?

The coldest month in Puerto Vallarta is usually January, with slightly cooler and more comfortable temperatures.

What is the busiest month in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto vallarta in December is typically the busiest month, coinciding with the holiday season and winter vacations.

What is the cheapest time to fly to Puerto Vallarta?

The cheapest time to fly to Puerto Vallarta is usually during the low season, from early June to October.

What are the hottest months in Puerto Vallarta?

The hottest months in Puerto Vallarta are July and August, characterized by high temperatures and humidity.

Can you swim year round in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, you can swim year-round in Puerto Vallarta, as the ocean temperatures remain warm throughout the year.

Is the ocean warm in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, the ocean in Puerto Vallarta is generally warm, especially from June to October when the water temperatures are at their highest.

What is the slow season in Puerto Vallarta?

The slow season in Puerto Vallarta is during the summer months, from June to October, coinciding with the rainy season.

Final thoughts: When is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta?

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta hinges on what you’re seeking from your vacation. For those who prefer perfect beach weather and a vibrant social scene, the winter months from November to April are ideal.

This period offers the quintessential sunny holiday experience, with a bustling atmosphere and numerous cultural events .

However, if you’re looking to avoid crowds and enjoy lower prices, consider the summer months from June to October. Despite being the rainy season, these months reveal a quieter, more authentic side of Puerto Vallarta, with lush landscapes and warm ocean waters.

Ultimately, every season in Puerto Vallarta has its unique charm and advantages. Whether it’s the lively high season, the tranquil low season, or the culturally rich fall, this beautiful city caters to a wide array of preferences and promises an amazing experience any time of the year.

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The Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Weather, Prices, Events, and More

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If you are not too sure when it’s the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta and you are planning a trip to the vibrant Mexican city on the Pacific Coast, you have landed in the right place.

In this post, I will share when is the best time to visit the city for weather, family vacations, events, prices, and more. I will also give you an overview of what Puerto Vallarta is like each month.

At the end of this post, you will know exactly when it’s the best time for you to visit Puerto Vallarta, for your ideal vacation.

With a huge variety of experiences to offer, Puerto Vallarta is a gorgeous beach destination in Mexico where you will find both the hip upscale vacation and the authentic Mexican charm in one place.

But the kind of experiences you can find here vary depending on the time of the year, so knowing what to expect for each time of the year will make your trip even more memorable.

In this post, I’ll also lay out the different seasons of Puerto Vallarta based on how much tourist activity it gets, and the month-by-month weather of this dream destination. But before that, I’ll tell you about the town itself.

Puerto Vallarta beach at sunset - The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most famous destinations in Mexico.

Stunning beaches, a rich marine life, thriving nature, a vibrant historical center, great hiking trails, lots of shopping, and one of the most charming traditional Mexican-town vibes—Puerto Vallarta has it all.

These features, combined with underwater adventures, exploration, food, and luxurious beach-city vacation experiences, attract thousands of tourists to Puerto Vallarta every year.

So, with that being said, it’s time to get on with our main topic for the post without any more delay. Let’s start with the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for the specific kinds of vacation experiences you can find here.

🌡 🌧️ 🌞 I suggest you get to the end of the post for interesting stats on weather, temperature, and more !!

The best time to go to Puerto Vallarta at a glance

Many things change in Puerto Vallarta throughout the year, including the prices for hotels and flights, the kind of experiences offered during a vacation, and definitely the weather.

What’s more, the best time for different kinds of vacations changes with them as well. Such being the case, it’s hard to know which period of the year would be best to plan a trip to Puerto Vallarta to get the best of it.

You can find out the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for the kind of vacation you have in mind below.

Puerto Vallarta Playa de Muertos

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for families

Visiting Puerto Vallarta with your family is a fun experience, and it’s even better if you do it during the right time of the year. The best months for it would be between April and May.

This is when Spring Breakers have left and the rain season is still a month or so away.

The weather is excellent, and you can find lots of amazing deals on lodgings as well. The best part about it all is the fewer crowds, which means a more intimate and memorable experience for you and your family.

If you want to enjoy a family trip with lots of snorkeling and water sports, you can also plan your trip between May and June.

The best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta when you’re on a budget

The low season (July through September) has the cheapest room rates and flight options, but it’s not necessarily the best budget option.

If you’re looking for affordable prices without compromising on the fun, I recommend planning a trip right before the low season begins (May and June) or ends (September and October).

This is when there are still plenty of lodging options easily available, the weather is decent, and there are lots of things to do as well.

Puerto vallarta south coastline

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for surfing

Puerto Vallarta is big on surfing, so much so that many tournaments and events take place around it in this town.

Pro surfers come to the town all year round, but the majority of them visit here between November and March. That’s the best surfing season in the Puerto Vallarta area, from Banderas By through the Riviera Nayarit, when the North Pacific swells hit the bay.

However, from Punta Mita and Sayulita area, just an hour away, surfing is pretty much available all year round, especially for intermediate and beginner surfers.

The best time to go to Puerto Vallarta for whale watching

Whale watching is another popular activity in Puerto Vallarta. If you want to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing these majestic creatures, December through March is the right time.

If you are passionate about whales as I am you can check out my full post on Whale Watching in Mexico for further details on all the top places where to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Sunset from the beach

The best time to go to Puerto Vallarta by season

The Mexican tourist seasons are usually three main ones based on weather and climate. Puerto Vallarta similarly has these three seasons, the High Season, the Low Season, and the Shoulder Season.

Every season has its advantages and drawbacks, so I have listed an overview of each one in this section.

High Season (December through mid-April)

High season in Puerto Vallarta means the most number of tourists you will see in town in the entire year. Everything from the weather, activities, and exploration is perfect during it, so it’s no surprise that so many people visit here during the high season.

The peak seasons within this time of the year are Easter ) Semana Santa and Christmas. Semana Santa is the most important holiday in Mexico, so besides the high numbers of international tourists, you also have huge growth in local tourism at this time of the year.

As a result of this, hotel prices are at their peak, it’s very difficult to find a place so you need to book in advance, and you will have bigger crowds in every popular tourist spot.

You should keep that in mind and if you really want to travel at this time of the year, make sure you book your flights and hotel room way in advance.

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The weather in Puerto Vallarta from December through April

Humidity and temperatures are pleasantly lower. The skies are clear, with little to no chance of rain. Both the watersports activities and party scene of Puerto Vallarta thrive during the high season as well.

The best encounters with marine life are also offered from December to February, and the latter half of the season brings students vacationing for their spring break and then local families celebrating the Holy Week (Easter) to the town.

  • Great weather.
  • Lots of fun activities, partying, and vibrant nightlife.
  • Plenty of opportunities to see majestic marine creatures including migrating humpbacks.
  • Higher rates on pretty much everything, including lodging options and flights.
  • More crowds, especially during the later days when spring breakers flock to Puerto Vallarta.
  • Fully booked hotels and lodgings (which makes it important to reserve room months in advance to avoid dealing with availability issues).

Sayulita beach

Low Season (July through September)

With the highest temperatures and humidity of the year and more rainy days, the low season doesn’t see as many tourists as in the winter season.

However, this is when kids are out of school, so expect an increase in family vacations.

Prices are definitely lower than in winter but they are not at their lowest. However, you may find a good deal at this time of the year.

There is more chance of rain and although hurricanes are not so common on the pacific coast, they are still likely to hit, most likely in the form of tropical storms, but they can still affect your vacation.

  • warmer water
  • More affordable prices.
  • surf is possible
  • Lots of families and kids.
  • Hotter and more humid compared to the high season.
  • Overcast weather and rainy days
  • chances of hurricanes

Puerto Vallarta aerial town overview

Shoulder Season (May through June)

Shoulder seasons are the best to find great hotel deals and better airfare.

The gaps between the high season and the low season comprise the shoulder season of Puerto Vallarta. This is when you can find the best of both worlds.

The weather isn’t as hot and rainy as the summer months, but also not as dry and cool as the winter months.

You can find great lodging options, and the ocean temperatures and underwater visibility are excellent during this season, which makes for the best snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving experiences.

The water temperature starts to get warmer in March when we have the lowest water temperature of the year.

  • Cheapest flight and hotel rates.
  • Warmer ocean temperatures.
  • Best visibility underwater.
  • Little to no crowds.
  • The water temperature is still chilly compared to August temperatures
  • The rainy season is starting

Puerto Vallarta Sunset

Shoulder Season (September through November)

In September and October, you may find some hotels and tourism-related businesses of the town partly close up for annual repairs and maintenance work.

But you can still find a lot of lodgings available.

This time of the year is probably the best to find hotel deals and great airfares. The higher chance of rain and tropical storm discourage most people from traveling and that is why if you want to take your chance you may find amazing deals.

At this time of the year, the water is warmer but there is less visibility for snorkeling and diving.

  • Warm ocean temperatures.
  • Hotter and more humid weather (September and October)
  • More chance of rainy and overcast days.
  • The water is murky when it rains before.

The best time to go to Puerto Vallarta by month

Puerto Vallarta is warm throughout the year, but there are variations in the weather each month. These include things like the humidity, rain, and temperature highs and lows.

Below is a breakdown of the Puerto Vallarta weather for each month.

Also, I have included the major events that take place in a given month in case you need some fun things to do for your bucket list.

Puerto Vallarta in January

January is one of the months when the weather in Puerto Vallarta is at its best. The temperatures are very pleasant, with clear skies and only two rainy days on average.

The afternoons are perfect for lots of exploration and excursions, but you might need a layer at night because the temperatures sometimes drop a little.

The water temperatures are also great in January, so you will see lots of exotic marine life in the ocean, including humpback whales and whale sharks.

Puerto Vallarta events in January

Vallarta cup.

The Vallarta Cup is held during January, with daily races in Banderas Bay followed by parties in Nuevo Vallarta.

La Virgen de la Paz Festival (Our Lady of Peace)

Also, you can go see the festival of La Virgen de la Paz (Our Lady of Peace) in the nearby village called Bucerias during January—a 9-day celebration with lots of cultural activities, food, and entertainment events.

Puerto Vallarta in February

The cool temperatures of January carry over into February, so you can expect warm afternoons and cool evenings.

Skies are even clearer in Feb, with very little chance of rainy days or even overcast weather. If you want to see some baby humpbacks, this is the best month for it.

Puerto Vallarta events in February

Mardi gras and carnaval parade.

The Mardi Gras and Carnaval Parade take place near the end of the month. It’s a grand celebration that begins with a parade from the Hotel Zone, going through the Malecon and Centro, and ending near the Los Muertos Pier.

The town, especially the Zona Romantica, is vibrant with parties and special events for many days after this parade.

Sayulita Festival

Just keep in mind that the parade sometimes takes place in March, but there is also the Festival Sayulita in February that you can attend in the small town of Sayulita less than an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta malecon

Puerto Vallarta in March

March is the first month marking the onset of the dry season in Puerto Vallarta. The temperatures start rising from here onwards, so you won’t need any warm clothing unless you’re going on a hike or sunset sail.

The water temperatures, on the other hand, are their coolest but still comfortable enough for water sports.

March events in Puerto Vallarta

Banderas bay regatta.

Speaking of water sports, the Banderas Bay Regatta takes place during March as well. This event includes sailboat races and lots of parties, live music, dancing, and food.

Just make sure to book a place to stay well in advance, because hotels are filled with locals and tourists visiting the town during this time.

Dama Juana Raicilla Festival

The Dama Juana Raicilla Festival is a two-day celebration of the liquor called Mexican moonshine (raicilla). You can attend tastings, mariachi music, and dances, and find lots of other fun events.

Carnaval Day

Also, the first Tuesday of the month is Carnaval Day , which is celebrated with kids’ parades in the streets and everyone wearing party masks.

Puerto Vallarta historical center

Puerto Vallarta in April

The driest month of the year, April brings warm days and some humidity with it. There are no chances of rain, and the sunlight starts getting a bit intense (especially towards the end of the month), so it’s not a bad idea to bring sunscreen .

Puerto Vallarta Events in April

Puerto vallarta taco festival.

Luckily, April has lots of amazing events to make up for the warmer temperatures. The town’s taco restaurants come together for the Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival to offer the best of this Mexican delicacy.

El Dia del Nino

El Dia del Nino (Children’s Day) is also celebrated during April, and you can participate in it by handing out toys and candies to children.

Vallarta Azteca International Folklore Festiva

To top it all off, the Vallarta Azteca International Folklore Festival takes place near the end of April and lasts until early May. People from all over Latin America participate in it with dance troupes to perform traditional dances at different places in town.

Puerto Vallarta in May

The hot and balmy weeks progress onwards in May. Average temperatures also rise up along with the ocean temperatures, making them perfect for water sports and surfing. The chances of rain are fewer, but they still might be a day or two of rain.

Vallarta Pride event

The Vallarta Pride event takes place in May. If you don’t already know, this town is popular for its inclusive community, so this 9-day festival is a huge event of the year.

The activities include parades, beach parties, dance and music events, and film festivals. You will find most of these in the Zona Romantica (also called the Old Town).

Puerto Vallarta anniversary

The Puerto Vallarta anniversary celebration also comes in May, with the MayoFest bringing 5 days of concerts including all kinds of music, lots of entertainment events with sports activities and parties, and a huge fireworks show at the end of the festival.

Restaurant Week

Restaurant Week is also celebrated in May, usually in the last week of the month. You can enjoy the unforgettable culinary delights of Puerto Vallarta in the participating restaurants all across town.

Puerto Vallarta Puente de muertos

Puerto Vallarta in June

The dry season comes to an end with May, which means June brings overcast days and more rainfall with it. The heat and humidity also increase during it, but the water is excellent around this time of the year.

Watersports activities like swimming, surfing, and snorkeling are great with warm temperatures and better visibility.

Lots of festivals on the beaches and docks, and tournaments on the sea, take place during June as well, with the month’s first day celebrating El Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) when boats are launched into the Banderas Bay for the opening ceremony to lay out flowers on the water.

Puerto Vallarta in July

July precipitation levels are almost at their peak in July, but not yet.

The ocean temperatures rise even higher so for those of you who can’t bear cold waters this is the time for you to go swimming!

Puerto Vallarta July events: baby turtles releasing

Many hotels have turtle release programs, and these usually begin in July and go on until as long as December.

You can attend one of these events to see adorable little sea turtles being released into the sea. You can also participate in one of these programs and help release sea turtles into the sea.

Puerto Vallarta Sunset

Puerto Vallarta in August

The rainy season peak continues in August, with half of the month’s days raining and higher temperatures. Humidity is also pretty intense during August and ocean temperatures are the warmest they will be all year.

Puerto Vallarta Events in August

There are no particular events scheduled for August but make sure you check with the hotels that organize turtle releases on the beach.

Also, read the full article on Puerto Vallarta in August for more detailed info.

Puerto Vallarta in September

September is when the rainy season of Puerto Vallarta starts to decline a bit. The temperatures also decrease, but not much so it’s still hot and humid.

The days are usually overcast with chances of rain, but it’s not as frequent as in July or August.

Puerto Vallarta Events in September

National charro day.

September 14 is the National Charro Day. Mexican cowboys (charros) dress in their finest and ride down the streets of Puerto Vallarta on this day, which is followed by a parade at night.

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican independence day is celebrated on the 15th of September all across the country, so you will see lots of fireworks and parades on this day as well.

View in Puerto Vallarta from one of the luxury hotels in the old town

Puerto Vallarta in October

The first half of October is pretty much similar to September when it comes to the weather. It’s hot and humid, and the temperatures are only slightly lower than in the previous months.

But the latter days of the month have fewer rainy days and clearer skies.

Puerto Vallarta Events in October

Halloween is celebrated in Puerto Vallarta on October 27th a few days before the Day of the Dead which is the most important event in all of Mexico.

Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica Conference

The Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica Conference takes place earlier in the month and includes workshops, cooking demonstrations, special dinner events, and food and wine tastings.

Down Town Puerto vallarta

Puerto Vallarta in November

The best weather in Puerto Vallarta starts to show by November. The temperatures start lowering, and humidity is also noticeably lower by the end of the month. Most of the days are dry and clear, but you can still expect some rain.

Puerto Vallarta Events in November

Day of the dead.

In Puerto Vallarta, the Day of the Dead is a week-long festival that includes Art exhibitions and displays of pretty colorful shrines in town squares and along the Malecon (boardwalk).

Read about the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca as well .

Festival Gourmet International

The Festival Gourmet International is a 10-day festival in which local chefs invite international chefs into their kitchens to create unique and delightful culinary experiences for the people of the town.

Fishing tournament

The other international event in November is a fishing tournament that lasts for three days.

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Puerto Vallarta in December

The best weather of the year starts in December. The town is breathtaking this time of the year, and the temperatures are a comfy warm.

The humidity is lower as well, and the chances of showers fall down to twice in the entire month.

December is when most of the days in the month are occupied with festivities and events.

Processions to Guadalupe

The first 12 days of the month see processions to Guadalupe. These processions are to celebrate Virgin Mary’s appearance to Juan Diago centuries ago. Dances, music, traditional cuisines, and fireworks are part of the festival.

Christmas Posadas

The Christmas Posadas is another significant event of the month. It starts 9 days before Christmas and goes on until Christmas Eve.

During it, the participants remember and reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn. When they finally reach the designated spot, the party is officially started. On the last day, a mass with special fireworks is held at the church.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is also celebrated very remarkably in Puerto Vallarta. There are fireworks, concerts, and parties throughout the town, and you can participate in most of them without any fees.

The fireworks show over the bay is breathtaking. You can best see it from the Los Muertos Pier or the Zona Romantica.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Puerto Vallarta by month

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Humidity levels in Puerto Vallarta by month

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Average Ocean Water temperature in Puerto Vallarta by month

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Average wind speed in Puerto Vallarta by month

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Hours of daylight and twilight in Puerto Vallarta by month

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The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta: the best weather

As you could see there is no one best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. It all depends on what you are looking for.

However, I can tell you when is the best weather in Puerto Vallarta.

It comes during the high season—particularly between December and May. This is when the skies are the clearest, the average daily highs fall below 85°F (30°C) and the water temperatures are perfect for swimming and surfing.

The marine life of the region truly comes alive during these cooler months as well, which means you can see the humpback whale migration and lots of other undersea creatures.

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Isabella is traveler and animal lover, a former tourism professional with an multinational background that lead her to Mexico, that she can proudly call home. After seven years in Cancun where she's still a resident, she took a bold leap, leaving her fancy job to embrace a nomadic lifestyle. She traveled all over Mexico, from Baja California to Ciudad Juarez, Oaxaca, Chiapas Hidalgo exploring and living like a local. Isabella founded Let's Travel to Mexico to help travelers plan their own trip on and off the beaten path in this beautiful land that she loves so dearly.

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The Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for Weather, Safety, & Tourism

The best times to visit Puerto Vallarta for ideal weather are

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Average temperatures in Puerto Vallarta vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above . If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Puerto Vallarta, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 91.1°F (32.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.8°F (24.9°C) at night.

Puerto Vallarta Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

Puerto vallarta temperatures (celsius), “feels-like” temperatures.

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Puerto Vallarta Perceived Temperature (F)

Puerto vallarta perceived temperature (c), average puerto vallarta temperatures by month.

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

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If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Puerto Vallarta are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of June 25th.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Puerto Vallarta.

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Puerto Vallarta (in).

Average Rain and Snow by Month

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Puerto Vallarta has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (66.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (75.7%).

Wind in Puerto Vallarta is usually calm . The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 5 knots (5.8 MPH or 9.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late May to early June where average top sustained speeds reach 14.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Puerto Vallarta.

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Average Wind Speeds

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All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

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Is it safe to travel to puerto vallarta.

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Mexico; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories . This advisory was last updated on Dec 04, 2023.

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is January, followed by February and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Puerto Vallarta in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

Most popular months to visit, overall puerto vallarta travel experience by season, spring (march through may).

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.1°F (30.6°C) and 79.5°F (26.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Puerto Vallarta, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Puerto Vallarta to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 82.8°F (28.2°C) and 79°F (26.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico?

Planning to visit Puerto Vallarta? Find out the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico and avoid the crowds, and bad weather for the perfect vacation.

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most popular travel destinations. Full of gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, boutique stays, amazing local restaurants and entertainment this small coastal city is a fantastic spot to kick back and enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Puerto Vallarta is a great destination all year round (for the most part) with agreeable temperatures and things to do but it does have distinct seasons, both for weather and travel. Keep reading to find out the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico and start planning that ideal trip.

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When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Puerto Vallarta?

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is in the shoulder season months of April, May and June and October and November. These months offer the best balance of weather, fewer crowds and better travel deals. From April to June, you’ll be able to grab some great hotel rates yet the weather still remains good and not too hot. If Holy Week and Easter fall in April, make sure to visit after this peak time.

October and November can be a little wetter and prices begin to increase, but this time is a great time for snorkelling and diving. While many destinations in North America experience hurricane season at this time, Puerto Vallarta is rarely affected due to its strategic position inside Banderas Bay.

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Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico by Travel Season

Puerto Vallarta sees visitors at all times of the year. It’s a fun, attractive Mexican destination that truly never stops. Nevertheless, Puerto Vallarta does have distinct travel seasons. Knowing what they are and when they fall is crucial when it comes to planning the perfect trip to Puerto Vallarta.

When is High Season in Puerto Vallarta?

The high season in Puerto Vallarta runs from December to mid-April, generally during the Northern Hemisphere’s winter months. It’s when Mexicans and international tourists alike flock to the seaside town to escape the winter and enjoy the best weather. During this time the weather is pleasantly warm yet not too hot- an average of 29°C/85°F.

This is also the dry season in Puerto Vallarta and at this time of the year, you’ll see the clearest skies. Surfing is also at its finest and it’s also the season for migrating Humpback whales. If whale-watching is high on your list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll need to visit between December and March, during the peak season.

Other peak times in Puerto Vallarta include Easter and Holy Week and Spring Break. Prices and crowds briefly increase at this time but for a short period only.

Pros and Cons of Visiting During High Season in Puerto Vallarta

– Everything is open, in full swing, and buzzing

-There are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and connect with others.

-Great climate and great weather with low humidity; many sunny days.

-Little rain- these are the driest months to visit

-Fewer bugs and mosquitoes

-High prices of hotels and flights

-Much less or no travel deals

-Crowds on beaches and in restaurants and bars, tours and resorts operate at full capacity

-You’ll need to make advanced reservations for everything, with little space for spontaneity

-More traffic

When is the Low Season in Puerto Vallarta?

The low season is July-September in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The summer months are the hottest months of the year. This time also has the most humid weather with daily high temperatures of about 33°C/91°C. During this time you can also expect thunderstorms and heavy rains. Most days get a little rain each day but it’s generally not enough to ruin your day. Skies can be grey, however.

The low season is the perfect time for budget travellers to visit Puerto Vallarta as this is the time you’ll be able to find the most deals on flights and hotels.

Head to Skyscanner to begin shopping around for discounted flights to Puerto Vallarta.

Pros and Cons of Visiting During Low Season in Puerto Vallarta

-Few crowds and empty beaches

-Much less movement and traffic

-Discounts are available on flights and accommodation making it the cheapest time to visit

-No need to reserve restaurants and tours far in advance

-Great time for scuba diving and snorkelling with warm waters and good visibility

-Weather is hot, humid and the rain can be unpredictable

-Top hotels and resorts may be closed for renovations

-Not all bars and restaurants will be open

-Tropical storms can pass through during this time.

-No whale watching

-Rain especially during the late afternoons

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When is Shoulder Season in Puerto Vallarta?

The shoulder season in Puerto Vallarta generally falls in spring and fall/autumn. During the months of May and June and then October and November you’ll be able to get the best of both high and low seasons in Puerto Vallarta.

The weather is sunny and hot- hotter than the cooler winter but also cooler than summer. You’ll also see much less rain than during the rainy season of the summer months.

There’s still a great travel deal to be had during the shoulder season. Flights are affordable and so are some of the best hotel suites and resorts. After the high season is over in May and June, prices drastically begin falling and in October and November, they begin to increase a little after the low season but still remain affordable.

For those that want both decent weather, not too many crowds and affordability, the shoulder season months are the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

-Good weather but expect to see some rain

-Fewer crowds

-Good travel deals and cheaper flights are available

-Most restaurants, resorts, and shops will be open.

-Tropical storm season could put a dampener on your vacation (especially in September or October)

-The weather won’t be at its best

-No whale watching at this time

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What’s the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Best time to beat the crowds.

The best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta without the crowds is in the low season or shoulder season. Between May and mid-October, you’ll find Puerto Vallarta to be mostly crowd free.

That doesn’t mean it’s completely deserted, however- Puerto Vallarta’s low season is really short and you will still find digital nomads here year round but generally beaches, resorts and activities aren’t crowded. All in all, July and August are the least crowded months but then again these are also the rainiest months.

Best Time Good Weather

The best weather in Puerto Vallarta generally happens from the end of November until May. It’s not too hot or humid with daily highs of around 30°C. This is also the driest time to visit and the period of February to May sees the least amount of rain.

That said rain and cloudy days can happen. With the changing climate nowadays nothing when it comes to weather is certain. When living in Puerto Vallarta throughout January, February and March, we definitely had our share of cloudy days and the occasional downpour.

During the low, summer seasons the weather is hot and humid with highs of about 33°C, however given the humidity it often feels hotter. This is also the cloudiest and rainiest time too. On the bright side, the ocean is at its warmest in the summer and you generally won’t need a wetsuit for surfing or snorkelling.

*For me personally, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is to find a balance between crowds and the weather. This is why the shoulder season is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta Mexico solely when looking at these two factors. July, August and September aren’t crowded but then again the rain might just ruin your time there. The months of December-April see beautiful weather but it can get extremely crowded and expensive. The months of May, June and October give a great alternative for a mix of both fewer crowds and decent weather.

Best Time for Whale Watching

The whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta runs from late November to the end of March. At this time Humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters of Banderas Bay in the hopes of mating and rearing their newborns.

Adult whales tend to be more active at the beginning of the season, so December. If you hope to see a newborn the best times to go whale watching are in February and March. Most whales leave towards the end of March.

If whale watching is high on your bucket list you’ll need to visit Puerto Vallarta during the high season.

For those who plan to go whale watching, I highly encourage you to book your tour with a responsible agency that cares for the animals and the environment. It’s important that tour guides respect the animals by keeping their distance yet there are too many companies that prioritise profit over the environment.

This Whale Research Tour for example allows you to go out with biologists who study the whales. Not only will you learn more from them than on any other tour they look out for and respect the animals.

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Best Time for Watersports and Outdoor Activities

The best time for outdoor activities depends on what you want to do. For exploring the nearby Mismaloya jungle, and for any other outdoor, land activities the best time to be in Puerto Vallarta is during the dry season. From November to April, especially you’ll find lower temperatures, less humidity and clear skies perfect for outdoor activities.

For the jungle, the worst time to visit is during the rainy season when rains bring mud, impassable roads and even landslides into the jungle. The rains also attract swarms of mosquitoes which don’t exactly contribute to a pleasant experience.

For water sports, diving, surfing and snorkelling, the opposite is true. The best time to visit is the low season of June- September where the summer means the water is at its warmest. It’s also at its clearest meaning this is the best time for snorkelling and scuba diving. However, when it comes to wildlife like whale sharks, whales and manta rays December to February is best.

When it comes to surfing you’ll first need to head out of Banderas Bay; Sayulita and Punta Mita have the best surf spots nearby and not Puerto Vallarta itself. Surf is good all year round but you’ll catch the best breaks from December through to May.

Read more: 12 Noteworthy Things to do in Punta Mita Mexico

Best Time for Good Deals

For the best travel deals, you’ll need to travel in the shoulder and low season. During the low season, you’ll find the best flight rates but they aren’t so bad during the shoulder season either. During the shoulder season, you’ll be able to find some great rates for even some of the top resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

It’s worth being aware that often in the low season, hotels close for refurbishment or close partly so while you might be getting a good deal it’s also a good idea to check your vacation won’t be plagued by construction noise.

To find the best rates for flights, I always use Skyscanner and turn on notifications for deals and price changes. For hotel deals, I love using booking.com and Expedia . If you’ve got a resort or hotel in mind, it’s also worth subscribing to their email list and you’ll be notified of any deals and promotions they are running directly.

Best Time for Families

For the best vacation deals, weather and fewer crowds, the best time to visit for families might be during the shoulder season. From April to June and then again from October to the end of November you’ll be able to find discounted rooms for the whole family or great deals on larger villas and rentals.

At this time the weather is also good without too much heat or rain and there are also fewer crowds.

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Major Holidays and Festivals in Puerto Vallarta

Christmas, new year and winter holidays.

Christmas, New Year and the Winter Holidays coincide with the international high season for travel to Puerto Vallarta. These holidays are the high season at its peak. If you dislike crowded restaurants, beaches and resorts, it’s a good idea to avoid visiting at this time.

Not only that, but Mexicans also have their winter vacations so the areas see a lot of people travel to the Jalisco coast to spend their downtime with their families.

This is also the time you’ll find Puerto Vallarta to be most alive. Everything is open and in full swing, except perhaps on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when you might find many more local restaurants to be closed. You’ll be able to see many concerts and New Year’s events like fireworks but you’ll definitely need to make dinner reservations in advance.

Spring Break

The first couple of weeks of March means more young crowds as college students head to Puerto Vallarta for spring break. It can mean a busy time in Puerto Vallarta, especially on the beaches, in the nightlife areas like the Zona Romantica and in resorts that cater more to spring break travellers.

Holy Week and Easter

Holy Week and Easter are a big deal in heavily- Catholic Mexico. Schoolchildren are off school and many Mexicans head to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy some time with their families.

In the two weeks surrounding Easter, many Mexicans and International visitors flock to Puerto Vallarta. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a crowded and expensive time to visit Puerto Vallarta. If you can avoid Puerto Vallarta at this time and arrive just a week earlier or later, you’ll find better deals and far fewer crowds.

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day, held on 15th September is one of the largest nationwide celebrations in Mexico. Generally not too many people travel at this time as it’s only a two-day festival.

If you’re in Puerto Vallarta at this time you’ll see many locals gathering together for mariachi, music, fireworks and food. On the 16th September, there’s a huge military parade through town.

Dia de los Muertos

Held on 2nd November, the Day of the Dead is another significant day in the Mexican calendar. On this day Mexicans decorate altars in their homes to welcome back their ancestors and relatives that have passed. It’s believed that on this day the passage between the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing connection with the dead.

You’ll find a lot of activity in the Municipal Cemetery as locals go to decorate the graves of relatives. You’ll also find various parades, Catrina costumes, dance, music and food around places like Hidalgo Park, and the Zona Romantica.

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Is there a Time to Avoid Puerto Vallarta Mexico?

I’d personally avoid the low season in Puerto Vallarta. During the months of July, August and September it can be extremely hot, humid and rainy and if you’ve come to Puerto Vallarta for the beach and outdoors then you might leave quite disappointed. September is the wettest month in Puerto Vallarta.

I’d also recommend avoiding travelling to Puerto Vallarta from mid-December to mid-January as this time tends to be the most crowded and expensive time to visit.

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Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top beach destinations , and it’s easy to see why. It’s a lively city on Mexico’s Pacific coast, with charming cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and incredible scenery. From Vallarta, you can enjoy snorkeling excursions, hike through lush jungles along the coast, lounge at chic beach clubs, and dance the night away in countless nightclubs.

And while there are fun adventures to be had at any time of year, you may wonder when is best to visit to get the most out of your experience.

Spoiler alert: In my opinion, early November is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta to experience the best weather and lower prices. While tourism will be ramping up, there will still be fewer people in the city at this time than if you wait until the peak season hits in late November.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta?

The ideal time to travel to Puerto Vallarta ultimately depends on your priorities. Is perfect weather the most important factor of your trip? Would you prefer to save some money by visiting outside of the peak season when the crowds are thinner? Or, maybe the purpose of your trip is tied to an attraction like whale watching or great surfing conditions? Getting clear on your priorities will help you determine the best time to visit the city. 

When to visit Puerto Vallarta for the best weather

For perfect weather, visit Puerto Vallarta during the winter months. From November through April, you can count on warm days and low precipitation. During this time, you’ll experience the lowest humidity levels and the most comfortable climate. 

Of course, the idyllic weather draws crowds, and these months coincide with the high season. Prepare yourself for high occupancy rates, busy beaches, and higher prices if you visit during this time of year. 

What is the cheapest time to go to Puerto Vallarta?

The low season will inevitably be the cheapest time to visit Puerto Vallarta. The low season coincides with Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season: June through October. While you may have to compromise a bit on weather, facing higher temperatures and an increased possibility of precipitation may be a small price to pay to take advantage of lower prices and fewer tourists.

You’ll find great deals on hotels and airfare during these months, and the Airbnb scene will be less competitive, especially for those looking to secure an extended stay. If you’re backpacking through Mexico or visiting the country as a digital nomad, you’ll have a much easier time finding cheap accommodation during the summer months.

When to visit Puerto Vallarta to beat the crowds?

If you’re hoping to beat the crowds in Puerto Vallarta, the rainy season (aka, the low season from June through October) is the best time to visit. Many travelers avoid these months due to the high heat and humidity they bring. In the same way, many Puerto Vallarta expats opt to travel home to visit loved ones at this time of year. This results in more vacancies throughout the city and fewer crowds at the beaches. 

However, one thing to keep in mind is that these months also coincide with hurricane season. While it’s rare for a hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Vallarta, it’s good to be aware of the possibility. 

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When to visit Puerto Vallarta for whale watching

Puerto Vallarta’s prime whale watching season is December through early April, which coincides with peak tourist season. If you hope to see breaching humpbacks, this is the best time to be in Puerto Vallarta.

During the late winter to early spring, hundreds of adult whales flock to Banderas Bay to mate and give birth, leading to lots of intriguing whale activity for visitors to witness! Humpback whales are known for their tendency to put on a show, so a whale-watching tour is sure to be a highlight if you visit at this time of year!

blonde woman surfing a long board near Puerto Vallarta

What is the best time to go to Puerto Vallarta to surf?

If you’re interested in surfing, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between December and March. This is when the conditions are the most reliable. However, if you’re a beginner surfer and are okay with smaller waves, there are opportunities to surf all year long. The swell may be less consistent, but good waves are still to be found throughout the rest of the year, especially if you have a flexible schedule.

If you’re planning your whole trip around surfing, visit in the winter. If you hope to take a lesson during your vacation, you can do it anytime! I took a surf lesson with Vallarta Surf Tours on my last trip to Puerto Vallarta, and it was a ton of fun. Reach out to them for board rentals, surf tips, and lessons!

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Best time to go to Puerto Vallarta for sea turtles

August through December is the sea turtle season in Puerto Vallarta. Thousands of turtles return to Banderas Bay each year to lay eggs on the beaches near Puerto Vallarta. Turtles may lay anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred eggs, but statistics show that only one turtle from each nest will survive to adulthood.

Several sea turtle protection organizations in the region are working to preserve nests and protect them from predators and human disruption. If you’re keen to witness sea turtle hatching season, you can participate in a sea turtle release program to learn more about a sea turtle’s life cycle and help baby turtles reach the ocean safely! 

Puerto Vallarta Weather & Climate

Puerto Vallarta has a tropical climate, meaning it’s warm and humid all year long! The average daily temperature in Puerto Vallarta ranges from around 62 °F to 90 °F (16 °C to 32 °C).

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December through April bring Puerto Vallarta’s most ideal weather conditions , which is why these months are also the most popular among tourists. The average daily high temperature during this time ranges from around 80°F (27°C) to 85°F (29°C), with low humidity and very little rainfall.

This period is ideal for outdoor activities such as swimming, sunbathing, and water sports, and the area is at its liveliest, with numerous festivals and events taking place.

April is the driest month in Puerto Vallarta, with clear skies and little to no chance of precipitation. 

The weather in Puerto Vallarta between May and November brings increased chances of rain and the threat of hurricanes in the region , starting in June. Average daytime temperatures during this time range from 85°F (29°C) to 90°F (32°C), with high humidity and occasional heavy rain.  

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June is officially the start of the rainy season, which lasts until October, with August being the wettest month of the year. July, August, and September are the hottest months in Puerto Vallarta. 

Although there are increased chances of rain and storms during this time, the area is also quieter and more affordable, making it an attractive time to visit for budget-conscious travelers. The rainy season also brings lush greenery to the area and is a good time for nature lovers to explore the surrounding forests and waterfalls. 

From June through October, tropical storms and hurricanes are possible in Puerto Vallarta. It’s rare for these storms to make landfall, but it’s possible, so it’s worth monitoring any storms if you visit during these months. The NOAA website is the best place to see the region’s storm updates.  

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November is Puerto Vallarta’s shoulder month (and one of the best times to visit). The average daily temperature during November is 77°F (25°C). The days are hot with moderate humidity. You can expect cool evenings, with average lows of 69°F (25°C). Precipitation and humidity are low during November, and tourism doesn’t quite pick up until after American Thanksgiving. There are still vacancies and flight deals to be found at this time of year! 

Ocean Temperatures in Puerto Vallarta

If you’re planning to take part in many water activities in Puerto Vallarta, it’s worth noting that water temperatures fluctuate throughout the year.

a graph demonstrating the average water temperature in Puerto Vallarta each month

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The summer months in Puerto Vallarta bring the warmest water, with the average temperature ranging from 82 – 85 °F (27 – 29 °C) between June and August. 

The water temperature is slightly cooler in the winter and spring, with March typically bringing the lowest temperature at 75 °F (23 °C). Even though this is a significant drop, it’s still a very swimmable temperature, making Puerto Vallarta a great beach destination all year long.

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Puerto Vallarta Seasons

There are really only two seasons in Puerto Vallarta: dry season and wet season. Here’s what to know about each season so you can decide when is best for you to travel to Puerto Vallarta.

High Season / Dry Season

Puerto Vallarta’s peak season extends from December through April. The high season kicks off at the very end of November, after American Thanksgiving, and continues until after Semana Santa (Easter), a major holiday in Mexico . After Easter, the spring breakers and Mexican vacationers dissipate, and the city settles down.

During the peak tourist season, Puerto Vallarta is bustling with visitors, and the prices for hotels, restaurants, and attractions tend to be at their highest. If you’re traveling during this time, book your accommodations well in advance, as they may fill up quickly. Additionally, you may experience long lines at popular tourist attractions and face crowded beaches.

Low Season / Wet Season

Puerto Vallarta’s low season coincides with the rainy season, which spans from May through October. 

In the past, there was a big difference in the crowd levels between the high and low seasons, but Puerto Vallarta is a popular expat haven and digital nomad destination, so the city remains active all year long. But, while the low season is busier than it used to be, the consistent activity in the city means that there is always something to do. Plus, flights and hotel rates still tend to be lower at this time of year.

Though precipitation is likely from May through October, rain rarely lasts for more than a couple of hours. In fact, it’s usually concentrated to heavy afternoon showers, leaving the rest of the day warm and sunny. If you’re considering a visit during this time of year, you’re still liable to enjoy plenty of sunny days. 

catrina sculpture for dia de muertos in Puerto Vallarta

Events in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is known for its lively and vibrant culture, and there are plenty of festivals, traditions, and events to enjoy throughout the year. Here are some of the events that you might consider including on your travel itinerary in 2024!

  • Somos – Queer Music & Arts Festival (Feb 8-12) – This festival takes place on the beach at Casitas Maraika, a beautiful setting about 40 minutes from Puerto Vallarta that is only reachable by boat. The festival will feature incredible performances from artists and dancers from Mexico, the US, Colombia, and beyond!

Vinoma Fest 202 4 (March 7-9) – This wine festival features over 40 wineries and ten different restaurants from throughout Mexico. Events include tastings, wine pairings, lectures, panels, and more. 

DamaJuana Raicilla Festival (March) – Raicillia is a distilled spirit made from agave plants (just like Tequila and Mezcal) that has been produced in Jalisco for hundreds of years. This festival brings producers from throughout Jalisco and incorporates music, tastings, and lectures to help participants learn about Raicilla. 

Semana Santa / Holy Week (March 25 – April 6, 2024) – Semana Santa is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico. Most of the country has two full weeks of vacation, so this is the prime time for Mexican family vacations. Many Mexican tourists flock to the beaches to enjoy the sunshine during Semana Santa. If you visit at this time of year, expect high occupancy rates, busy beaches, and a lively and fun atmosphere. If crowds aren’t your thing, consider avoiding Puerto Vallarta during the Easter holiday. 

Puerto Vallarta Lesbian Pride (May, dates TBD) – Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s most LGBTQ+ friendly cities, and this Pride event is just one of many to experience in late May. There are parties, excursions, and all kinds of other fun activities to participate in over these days.

Dia de Muertos (Nov 1-2) – The official dates of Dia de Muertos are November 1st and 2nd, but you can likely view the decorations and art associated with this holiday for days before and after the official holiday. Expect to find gorgeous ofrendas displayed along the Malecón in the weeks preceding the holiday. 

For more info on local events in Vallarta, visit this page.  

overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay

Additional Tips & Considerations for Visiting Puerto Vallarta

The perfect time to visit Puerto Vallarta depends on your travel preferences and budget, but these tips are applicable all year round.

Take bug repellent

Puerto Vallarta’s jungle setting makes it an ideal habitat for insects. Protect yourself by packing a trustworthy bug repellent. You can buy it when you get there, but it’s easier to bring your favorite brand from home. I’m a big fan of this one , which protected me from all kinds of critters on a hiking trip in the tropical jungles of Costa Rica. 

Protect yourself from the sun

Even if it’s overcast, sunburn is a possibility in Puerto Vallarta. Pack waterproof sunscreen for your face and body. Opt for reef-safe sunscreen , as it’s free of toxins that leech into the water and harm the local ecosystems. It’s thought to be better for humans, too. I use this one from Raw Elements for my body, and this La Roche Posay sunscreen is my favorite brand to use on my face.

Don’t forget travel insurance

Travel insurance is essential any time you travel. I love SafetyWing because their policies are extremely affordable. They specialize in policies for long-term travelers, making them a great fit for Mexico’s generous 180-day tourist visa. Click here to learn more.   

Use Wise to transfer money in Mexico

Wise is a financial technology company that prides itself on offering super competitive exchange rates. They started out as a money transfer service, but now they offer accounts and debit cards too. With their debit card, you can make purchases or withdraw cash from ATMs in Mexico.

You can fund your account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), using your debit or credit card, domestic wire transfer, and more options. Each option is very affordable.

This is a great option for anyone who isn’t a US citizen and can’t open a Charles Schwab account. According to Wise’s website, their rates for withdrawing CAD in Mexico are 2X cheaper than other major Canadian banks– so if you’re Canadian, this might be the perfect option for you! Click here to try Wise!

Puerto Vallarta cathedral courtyard

FAQs About Visiting Puerto Vallarta

What is the best month to visit puerto vallarta.

If you ask me, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is in November. Precipitation and humidity are quite low, but the main tourist season doesn’t pick up until after American Thanksgiving, meaning you have three glorious weeks to enjoy excellent weather with fewer tourists and favorable prices. 

What is the worst time to visit Puerto Vallarta?

There isn’t really a “worst” time to go to Puerto Vallarta. Determining the best time for you to visit has to do with what your priorities are. If you’d rather have perfect weather than fewer crowds, the high season in the winter is an ideal time to go to Puerto Vallarta. But if you’re more concerned with sticking to a budget, perhaps the shoulder season makes more sense.

Think through what is most important to you on your Puerto Vallarta trip and plan accordingly!

Is the ocean water warm in Puerto Vallarta?

The water temperature in Puerto Vallarta is warmest in the summer and fall, from July through October. The average water temps during these months hover around 82 – 85 °F (27 – 29 °C).

Does Puerto Vallarta get hurricanes?

Hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta is from June through November. While hurricanes aren’t common, the city has been hit in the past. Often these storms are downgraded to tropical storms before they make landfall, but there are no guarantees, so keep this in mind if you plan to visit during hurricane season.

Does it get cold at night in Puerto Vallarta?

Not really. The temperatures do dip compared to the daytime highs, especially in the winter. I would say it may get brisk at night but not cold. You’ll be fine with a sweater or light jacket.

Mexico Travel Planning Resources

🌡️ Do I need travel insurance?

Yes! Healthcare in Mexico is affordable for minor ailments, but travel insurance will give you peace of mind if an emergency arises. Plus, you can add coverage for trip interruption, theft, etc. Get a quote from SafetyWing . 

🏨 What’s the best way to find accommodation in Mexico?

I use a mix of Booking, Airbnb, and Hostelworld. 

Booking.com  is awesome for booking hotels and resorts,  Hostelworld  is great for hostels, and  Airbnb  specializes in apartment rentals, making it a great place to find long-term stays.

💸 How should I exchange money in Mexico?

Use local ATMS to withdraw cash. US travelers should open a Charles Schwab bank account because they’ll refund ATM fees at the end of the month.

Travelers from outside the US should open a Wise account to secure the best currency exchange rates. 

📱 Where can I buy a local SIM card in Mexico?

Pick up a Telcel SIM card at any convenience store. Or, buy an Airalo eSIM online so you’re connected as soon as you land. 

🗣️ Do I need to speak Spanish in Mexico?

No, but it definitely helps you feel more confident and connected. 

RocketSpanish is my favorite program for learning the foundations of the language. If you’re more focused on improving your conversation skills, hire a tutor through iTalki to prep for your trip. 

✈️ What’s the best way to find affordable flights?

I use Skyscanner because it makes it easy to compare rates across different travel days. 

🚖 How do I find a safe airport transfer?

I recommend GetTransfer for airport transfers anywhere in Mexico. 

🚗 What’s the best way to find rental cars in Mexico?

I recommend Discover Cars because they aggregate prices across rental car companies, making it easy to find competitive rates. 

🚐 How do I book bus tickets online in Mexico?

Plan your routes with Rome2Rio , and book your tickets with Busbud — the site is in English and takes foreign credit cards. (Read more here)

🤿 How do I find cool activities and tours in Mexico?

I recommend Viator and Get Your Guide . Viator usually has more options, but it’s worth comparing offerings across both platforms. 

🇲🇽 How can I experience Mexico like a local?

Solo female travelers can hire a local female guide through Greether . Greeters will tailor tours based on your interests— it’s basically like experiencing a destination with a local bestie!

🧳 What’s the best luggage for Mexico?

Unless you’re staying at a resort, a travel pack is recommended. I’ve used this one from Osprey for the last 8+ years. 

👯‍♀️ How do I connect with fellow travelers in Mexico?

Join my Female Travelers in Mexico Facebook group , a supportive community of fellow Mexico travel enthusiasts, where you can find answers to all your travel questions!

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Janine is a full-time content writer and travel blogger. In 2017 she and her cat moved from Los Angeles to Mexico and never looked back. Now, she writes in-depth articles to help women travel Mexico safely and confidently. Connect with her on Instagram.

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Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico + the Time of Year to AVOID

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Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico + the Time of Year to AVOID

Learn the best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta plus what it’s REALLY like during rainy season.

Your experience in Puerto Vallarta can vary greatly depending on the time of year you visit. However, it’s not a given that you should plan your trip during peak season.

After reading this post, you will know the best season to travel to Puerto Vallarta for the best weather, clear skies and warm temperatures.

Plus, you will learn the benefits of visiting Puerto Vallarta during the low season and what to expect from Puerto Vallarta weather during the “bad time” to visit.

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Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta

Regardless of when you decide to visit, you will of course need a place to stay in Puerto Vallarta.

From the hotel zone to more local areas like 5 de Diciembre, Puerto Vallarta is a big city with a lot of options for accommodation.

If it’s your first time traveling to Puerto Vallarta or you’re looking to take advantage of the city’s famous nightlife, I recommend staying in the Romantic Zone (Zona Romántica).

I stayed in the Romantic Zone on my first trip to Puerto Vallarta. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, shops & bars plus it’s an easy walk to the popular Los Muertos Beach.

Here are my picks for the best places to stay in the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta:

Joint Coworking Hotel and Cowork

  • Adult-only accommodation for travelers on a budget
  • Clean air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms
  • One of the best coworking spaces in Puerto Vallarta
  • Click here to check the room rates for your date

Casa Maria Hotel Boutique

  • Adult-only accommodation with a pool for guests
  • Spacious air-conditioned rooms with balconies
  • Colorful decor and friendly staff

Hotel Boutique Rivera Del Rio

  • Old-school Puerto Vallarta decor (very Instagrammable)
  • Rooftop infinity pool and bar with incredible sunset views
  • Convenient onsite breakfast available

Hotel Mercurio

  • Gay-friendly lodging with a Sunday pool parties
  • Swimming pool open 24 hours per day
  • Breakfast included

High Season in Puerto Vallarta

The peak season in Puerto Vallarta is December through March.

Many people will tell you this is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta, and while the weather conditions are certainly ideal, this time of year is when Puerto Vallarta is at its most crowded.

International tourists and Mexicans alike travel to Puerto Vallarta during the winter months to escape the cold back home and celebrate winter holidays. Remember, Puerto Vallarta isn’t the only part of Jalisco worth visiting. The Costalegre has some incredible beaches & San Patricio Melaque doesn’t have the crowds of Puerto Vallarta.

If you’re set on visiting Puerto Vallarta during the high season, I recommend planning your trip for before Dec. 15 or after Jan. 6. Another option is to stay in one of the towns near Puerto Vallarta to avoid some of the craziness. Learn about all the best things to do in Bucerias !

Sometime in February is your best bet to avoid winter holidays as well as spring break.

Puerto Vallarta Weather in January

If you’re thinking about spending New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta, don’t miss this roundup of the top nightlife spots in Puerto Vallarta .

January is when Puerto Vallarta is at its coolest with an average temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).

Similarly, the sea temperatures are at their lowest with a minimum water temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).

If you plan on doing a lot of water sports (snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.), it might be a good idea to consider planning your trip during a time with warm waters.

But, if you don’t mind slightly colder water temperatures, little to no rain means visibility is at its best this time of year in Puerto Vallarta for underwater activities like snorkeling .

The Best Month to Visit Puerto Vallarta

For good weather and affordable hotel prices, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and early June.

These are some of the driest months in Puerto Vallarta with little rainfall (if any), and you can enjoy clear skies with fewer crowds than during the high season.

Shoulder season takes advantage of the tail end of dry season, and the higher temperatures mean warm ocean temperatures.

For the best month to visit Puerto Vallarta, I recommend mid April.

Unlike the previous months of peak season, you will have fewer crowds to compete with for tables at the most popular beach clubs and restaurant reservations. Plus, this time of year is ideal because it’s just before it starts to get really hot.

That being said, April is the windiest month in Puerto Vallarta with an average wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour. Something to keep in mind if you plan to organize a boat ride.

My second choice for the best month to visit Puerto Vallarta is late November.

Wait until later in the month for dry weather since rainy season usually extends through the first couple weeks of November. You can expect an average high temperature in the upper 80s as well as relative humidity.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta Weather in June

June is the hottest month in Puerto Vallarta with an average temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). In late June, it’s likely that the rainy season will be underway.

As someone who has visited during the month of June, let me tell you that thanks to the humidity in Puerto Vallarta 81 degrees Fahrenheit feels like 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

If high temperatures don’t bother you though, June can be a fun month to visit Puerto Vallarta since many Mexicans take a holiday during the summer months making for lively nightlife.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta to See Humpback Whales

If the main reason for your trip to Puerto Vallarta is whale watching, the best time to visit is between December and March.

Banderas Bay is an important breeding and birthing ground for humpback whales.

Tip : If you want to see baby humpback whales, plan your trip closer to March. The closer you are to the end of the season, the more likely you are to see baby humpbacks.

Sea Turtle Hatching Season in Puerto Vallarta

There are many opportunities to learn about and enjoy the unique marine life in Puerto Vallarta.

One of the top experiences is participating in a baby sea turtle release.

The sea turtle hatching season is from June to December each year.

When is spring break in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is a popular spring break destination for international travelers. Many resorts and hotels offer spring break packages.

The actual dates of spring break vary from university to university, but in general, Puerto Vallarta is inundated with college students during the month of March.

In March, you can expect warm days and cool evenings. The average high is in the low to mid 80s Fahrenheit (28 to 29 degrees Celsius) while the average low is 62 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius).

During spring break, the water temperatures in Puerto Vallarta are warmer so it’s a great time for water activities such as snorkeling with sea turtles.

Holy Week in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican tourists flock to Puerto Vallarta in the two weeks surrounding Easter.

The week leading up to Easter is Semana Santa (Holy Week), and since school children are off and many workers have vacation, it’s a popular time for families to hit the beach.

In 2023, Holy Starts on Sunday, April 2 with Easter falling on Sunday, April 9.

puerto vallarta skyline ocean

Is there a “bad time” to visit Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season starts in September and lasts until mid-November.

The wettest month in Puerto Vallarta is September. On average, the city gets 16.9 inches of rain.

If you’re planning your trip for summer or fall, keep in mind that summer rains have the potential to worsen since it is hurricane season.

All that being said, I visited Puerto Vallarta the first week of September & it didn’t ran until the very last morning of our trip (even than it only drizzled). I did this awesome waterfall hike in Yelapa and the jungle was so lush!

Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific Coast, and while the surrounding mountains do offer some protection, there’s always a chance that hurricanes or tropical storms could hit land.

Really though, rainy season in Puerto Vallarta isn’t as bad as you might think.

Generally, heavy rain doesn’t start until the late afternoons or evenings, so if you don’t mind waking up early, you can get in an almost full day of activities in good weather before the downpour.

Have a plan for rainy days. Possible activities include:

  • Tequila tasting
  • Theater performance

During the rainy season, daytime temperatures range from the mid 70s to high 80s.

Benefits of Visiting Puerto Vallarta During Low Season

For anyone willing to brave the rain, there are benefits to visiting Puerto Vallarta during low season.

Not only are there fewer tourists, but you’ll likely score a deal flights and accommodation. This is the perfect time for budget travelers to visit Puerto Vallarta.

Hotels prices are at their lowest during the summer months & many tour operators for popular activities like snorkeling offer discounts.

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Final Thought on the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta weather is famously good, so there’s really not a bad time to visit. Puerto Vallarta’s average temperature for the year is around 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius).

The ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta will depend on personal preference.

For the best weather, it’s tough to beat December through March. However, this also happens to be high season.

Some people might try to tell you that the rainy season is a bad time to visit Puerto Vallarta. But, visiting during this time of year can mean fewer people and more affordable hotel prices.

As long as you plan you day around the heavy rains in the late afternoon, September, October and November are still a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

If you prefer the spring months, try to plan your trip for after spring break and Holy Week but before the hottest months.

Rainy season in Puerto Vallarta isn’t necessarily a bad time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta. Take advantage of fewer crowds during low season.

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Planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? Choosing the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta can significantly impact your vacation experience. This guide will help you understand the best time to explore this vibrant Mexican city, taking into account various factors like weather, family vacations, budget travel, surfing, and whale watching. We’ll also break down Puerto Vallarta’s seasons and delve into a month-by-month analysis of the city’s climate and exciting events. After reading this article, you’ll be well-prepared to make an informed decision to schedule your ideal Puerto Vallarta getaway.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta

Weather Overview:

Puerto Vallarta boasts a warm climate year-round, but each month brings slight variations in humidity, rainfall, and temperature. Understanding these fluctuations is crucial for planning the perfect trip.

Best Time for Specific Vacation Experiences:

  • Families: If you’re traveling with your family, the best months are April and May. During this period, Spring Breakers have departed, the rain season is on hold, and comfortable weather prevails, making it an ideal time for family adventures with fewer crowds.
  • Budget Travelers: Budget-conscious travelers should consider visiting just before or after the low season (May, June, September, and October). During these transitional periods, you can enjoy affordable prices while avoiding peak humidity and heavy rainfall.
  • Surfing Enthusiasts: Puerto Vallarta offers excellent surfing, with the best conditions typically between November and March. For beginners, the nearby Punta Mita and Sayulita areas provide year-round surfing opportunities.
  • Whale Watching Enthusiasts: To witness the majestic humpback whales, plan your visit between December and March. These months offer the chance to see these creatures in their natural habitat.

Puerto Vallarta by Season:

The city experiences three main tourist seasons—High Season, Low Season, and Shoulder Season. Each season has its unique advantages and drawbacks.

High Season (December through mid-April):

The peak tourist season, characterized by clear skies, comfortable temperatures, and a vibrant atmosphere. However, prices are higher, and you’ll encounter larger crowds.

Low Season (July through September):

While prices are lower, the weather is hot and humid, and the chance of rain and tropical storms increases.

Shoulder Season (May through June, September through November):

The shoulder seasons offer great hotel deals, warm ocean temperatures, and better underwater visibility. Crowds are minimal, but you may encounter some rain.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta

Activities, Things to Do, and Events in Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta isn’t just about weather and seasons; it’s a city bustling with activities, attractions, and cultural events. Here are some of the top things to do and events that can elevate your Puerto Vallarta experience:

Beach Days and Water Sports:

Sunbathing:.

With its beautiful beaches like Playa de Muertos and Playa Los Muertos, Puerto Vallarta is a sunbather’s paradise. Relax on the golden sands and soak up the sun.

Snorkeling:

Explore vibrant underwater ecosystems at Los Arcos Marine Natural Area, home to colorful fish and unique rock formations.

Scuba Diving:

Discover the hidden treasures of Banderas Bay’s underwater world, including reefs, caves, and shipwrecks.

Parasailing:

Get an adrenaline rush as you soar above the bay, taking in breathtaking views of the coastline.

Exploration and Adventure:

Venture into the lush jungles of Sierra Madre Mountains on guided hikes, where you can encounter exotic wildlife and stunning waterfalls.

Embark on thrilling off-road adventures through the rugged terrains surrounding Puerto Vallarta.

Zip Lining:

Experience the exhilaration of flying above the treetops on zip line tours, such as Canopy River and Los Veranos Canopy Tour.

Sailing and Yachting:

Charter a private yacht or join a sailing tour to explore the tranquil waters of Banderas Bay.

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Cultural and Entertainment Experiences:

Malecón strolls:.

Take leisurely walks along the iconic Malecón boardwalk, where you’ll encounter vibrant street art, sculptures, and live performances.

Art Galleries:

Explore Puerto Vallarta’s thriving art scene by visiting numerous galleries that showcase both local and international artists.

Tequila Tastings:

Sample Mexico’s famous spirit at tequila tasting sessions, where you can learn about the drink’s history and production.

Local Cuisine:

Savor authentic Mexican flavors at the city’s many restaurants, or join a food tour to taste various regional dishes.

Annual Events:

Vallarta pride:.

Celebrated in May, this festival promotes LGBTQ+ pride and inclusivity with parades, parties, and cultural events.

Festival Gourmet International:

Held in November, this culinary festival brings together top chefs for a showcase of gourmet cuisine.

Day of the Dead:

Experience the vibrant Day of the Dead celebrations in late October and early November, with colorful altars, processions, and cultural displays.

Unique Experiences:

Turtle releases:.

Participate in turtle release programs, where you can assist in releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean.

Whale Watching Tours:

From December to March, embark on guided tours to witness humpback whales during their annual migration.

Mariachi Bands:

Enjoy live mariachi music at local restaurants or hire a band for a private serenade.

Whether you seek relaxation on the beach, thrilling adventures, cultural immersion, or unique events, Puerto Vallarta offers a diverse range of activities and experiences for every traveler. Don’t miss the chance to create lasting memories in this captivating Mexican city.

Monthly Breakdown: When to Visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a year-round destination, but each month offers a slightly different experience in terms of weather, events, and activities. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what to expect during each month:

  • Weather: January is one of the best months to visit Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy pleasant temperatures, clear skies, and minimal rainfall.
  • Activities: Snorkel and spot humpback whales in the warm waters.
  • Events: Attend the Vallarta Cup sailing races and the La Virgen de la Paz Festival in nearby Bucerias.
  • Weather: Similar to January, February offers warm days and cool evenings with minimal rain.
  • Activities: Explore the beaches, indulge in water sports, and catch baby humpback whale sightings.
  • Events: Join the vibrant Mardi Gras and Carnaval Parade or attend the Sayulita Festival nearby.
  • Weather: The dry season begins in March with rising temperatures, ideal for outdoor adventures.
  • Activities: Engage in water sports, hiking, and sunset sails.
  • Events: Experience the Banderas Bay Regatta, Dama Juana Raicilla Festival, and Carnaval Day celebrations.
  • Weather: April is the driest month, offering warm days and increasing humidity.
  • Activities: Enjoy water activities and embrace the sunshine. Don’t forget sunscreen!
  • Events: Savor the flavors of Puerto Vallarta at the Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival and participate in El Dia del Nino (Children’s Day).
  • Weather: May sees hot and balmy weeks with rising ocean temperatures.
  • Activities: Perfect for water sports and surfing with fewer chances of rain.
  • Events: Join the Vallarta Pride event, celebrate Puerto Vallarta’s anniversary at MayoFest, and indulge in Restaurant Week.
  • Weather: June marks the end of the dry season with overcast days and more rainfall.
  • Activities: Enjoy swimming, surfing, and snorkeling with warm ocean temperatures.
  • Events: Witness El Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) and engage in various beach festivals and tournaments.
  • Weather: July sees rising precipitation levels and even warmer ocean temperatures.
  • Activities: Go swimming and participate in turtle release programs.
  • Events: Many hotels organize turtle release programs that continue until December.
  • Weather: August is the rainy season peak with frequent showers and intense humidity.
  • Activities: Check with hotels for turtle releases and enjoy warm ocean waters.
  • Events: While there are no specific events, you can still participate in turtle releases on the beach.
  • Weather: Rainy season begins to decline, but it’s still hot and humid in September.
  • Activities: Enjoy outdoor events and fewer crowds on the beaches.
  • Events: Celebrate National Charro Day and Mexican Independence Day with parades and fireworks.
  • Weather: Early October is similar to September, with fewer rainy days later in the month.
  • Activities: Embrace the warmth for beach days and exploration.
  • Events: Celebrate Halloween and enjoy the Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica Conference.
  • Weather: November offers the best weather, with lowering temperatures and humidity.
  • Activities: Ideal for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and water sports.
  • Events: Experience the Day of the Dead festivities, the Festival Gourmet International, and fishing tournaments.
  • Weather: December provides the best weather with comfortable temperatures and lower humidity.
  • Activities: Enjoy outdoor adventures, exploring, and beach relaxation.
  • Events: Join processions to Guadalupe, Christmas Posadas, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

No matter when you visit Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find activities and events that cater to your interests and preferences. Whether you seek sunshine, cultural celebrations, or outdoor adventures, this monthly breakdown will help you plan your ideal trip to this vibrant Mexican city.

Conclusion :

There’s no single “best” time to visit Puerto Vallarta, as it depends on your preferences. However, understanding the weather and events throughout the year allows you to plan your trip in the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for the perfect experience. Whether you’re seeking family adventures, budget-friendly escapes, thrilling surf sessions, or unforgettable whale encounters, Puerto Vallarta has something to offer year-round. Your dream vacation awaits!

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In this guide, we will explore the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta is a stunning destination along Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

Known for its incredible sunsets , beautiful beaches, and built-up hotel zones, it continues to be one of the most popular visits for tourists in the country.

Puerto Vallarta is also a great place to come for its varied nightlife, and also with some incredible day trips to take to places such as the Marieta Islands.

What's in this guide?

In this guide, we’ll explore Puerto Vallarta by each month, which includes what weather to expect as well as any popular cultural events.

We’ll also cover the overall best month to visit, as well as the cheapest month too.

Before we do, remember to read this guide in conjunction with our 5 days in Puerto Vallarta itinerary which covers some of the things you can do during your time here.

When is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta?

Having explored each month in Puerto Vallarta, we have concluded that April and May are the overall best months to visit .

These months are off-season, which means hotel and flight prices will be lower than usual, and it will also be much easier to find deals too.

April and May are still within the dry season, so rainfall is very low meaning you can head out and about without having to worry about getting drenched. Definitely a great time to head on this all-inclusive yacht ride to Yelapa Falls !

Whilst not the absolute hottest months of the year, temperatures are still pretty hot and great for heading to the beach and getting your tan on.

These months are also popular times to visit with many different events on such as the annual Festival de Vino Mexicano y Maridaje.

The Cheapest time To visit Puerto Vallarta

Quick answer: April and May are the best months to go to get the best prices. Puerto Vallarta has high touristy seasons, which are around Christmas and also in the Summer months.

These times will be the most expensive, with both hotels and flight companies stepping up their prices (a return ticket from London will cost around £500-600, and a moderate hotel around £60).

The months of April and May are a great alternative time to visit, where a return flight from the UK will cost between £400-500 , and hotel prices slightly lower at between £45-55.

Another good shoulder month to visit is November, when the winter crowds have not yet arrived meaning prices are still low.

Overall the shoulder months are your best bet to keep costs low, but also to be able to find deals that are much more likely here than in the popular seasons.

Puerto Vallarta Weather By Month

Now we’ll go more in-depth into the weather in Puerto Vallarta. By reading this, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what to expect and can then decide which month is best for you and what you plan to do on your visit.

January/February In Puerto Vallarta

Kicking off in the winter season, these two months are the overall coolest times to visit Puerto Vallarta.

Average temperatures in January and February hover between 70-72°F, with highs of 81°F and lows of down to 62°F. Despite being labeled the coldest months, it’s still a pretty decent time to visit for warm weather!

These months fall well within the dry season, and as such rainfall is low during these months. You can expect anything between 0.5-1 inch of rainfall in each of these months.

There are some interesting cultural events to visit around this time, such as the Festival de Ceviche y el Aguachile.

Here many restaurants from the region showcase their very best dishes, which give you the opportunity to try some new exotic foods .

Due to the New Year’s break, January tends to be a more expensive month to visit Puerto Vallarta, whereas February is much cheaper.

March/April In Puerto Vallarta

Heading into spring, we now arrive at the overall driest time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

During March and April, the temperatures increase ever so slightly from the last period, with a daily average of between 73-75°F, highs of up to 83°F and lows of down to 63°F.

For those who hate the rain – well this is your time to come! During March and April, there’s only a small trickle of 0.1-0.3 inches of rainfall throughout the entirety of each month.

Food lovers will also want to head here in March, where the annual Festival de Vino Mexicano y Maridaje takes place.

Here you can try some of the best dishes and wines of the region, which is a must as Puerto Vallarta is often declared Mexico’s top gastronomic destination.

March and April are great times to visit if you want to keep the costs down and get some of the best weather. It’s the perfect time to visit the stunning Marieta Islands, where you can head on this snorkelling tour which includes all national park entrance fees

May/June In Puerto Vallarta

Now we enter May and June, which marks the shoulder season before we head into Puerto Vallarta’s wet season.

Temperatures here jump up a little more, with daily averages reaching between 79-83°F. Highs can reach up to 89°F, with lows of down to around 71°F.

May is still the shoulder season, so rainfall is low with around 0.4 inches falling this month. June marks the beginning of the heavier rain, with around 5 inches falling throughout.

Vallarta Pride takes place at the end of May, and celebrates the diverse LGBT+ community with a festival and many other events happening during this time.

May and June are still fantastic months to visit, as temperatures are hotter than the previous two, with the very heavy rain yet to arrive.

If you’ll be backpacking Mexico on a budget , now is also a cheap time to visit Puerto Vallarta because we’re still just about off-season (although June may be a little more costly than May).

July/August In Puerto Vallarta

This period overall marks the wettest, wildest and hottest time to visit Puerto Vallarta , which may suit you if that’s what you’re looking for.

Average temperatures in July and August reach their peak here at 83°F, with highs of a nice and toasty 90°F, and lows of down to 76°F.

The heavy summer rain also reaches its peaks at this time, with between 9.5-10 inches of downpour each month. July marks the start of the turtle hatching season , which runs up until December.

Puerto Vallarta is safe for the most part but these months are when hurricanes can possibly begin to form. Make sure you stay in safe accommodation in the event that one may pass by.

During this time you can head to the beach and take part in a turtle release , assisting the baby turtles towards the sea and giving them a good farewell as they begin their lives!

Visiting in these months will be much more expensive as we begin to enter the popular summer vacation season, although you may be able to find some deals if visiting in the beginning of July.

September/October In Puerto Vallarta

Now we enter September and October, which whilst still part of the wet season, is also considered the shoulder season too as rainfall begins to drop quite sharply.

Temperatures are still at their hottest with an average of 82°F, with highs of up to 90°F and lows of down to 74°F.

Rainfall in September is still pretty high with around 9.5 inches falling, whilst October sees a sharp drop to 3.5 inches as we begin to move toward the dry season.

These months are the most likely that hurricanes can occur along the Pacific Coast, which may or may not bring a few storms your way (the season is actually from July until October, however, they’re much more likely to come nearer the end).

If heading in October then you can experience a more unique cultural event. The Centenary of our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (a mouthful we know) is a celebration of the Vallartan community. There you’ll find lots of local foods, music and religious displays on show.

November/December In Puerto Vallarta

Coming to the end of the year, we have November and December.

These two months mark the end of the uncertain weather that the wet season brings, as we now head into Puerto Vallarta’s dry season .

Average temperatures dip quite a bit from the previous months, with between 73-77°F being the norm here. Highs can reach up to 86°F, with lows of down to around 64°F.

Rainfall sees a nice drop, with between 0.5-1 inches falling within each of these months, making it a much more predictable time to visit and to get consistent beach time. Aside from the usual Christmas and New Year’s festivities, these months are also an excellent time to spot Humpback Whales as they begin their migration.

You can see them with this boat tour , which includes lunch as well as an expert marine biologist on hand to teach you everything you need to know.

December is one of the most expensive months to visit as it coincides with the Christmas period, so expect a hike up in both flight and hotel prices if heading during this time.

But it is worth knowing that some of Mexico’s best hostels are located in this region, so you can save money on accommodation depending on your preferred style of travel.

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That’s all for this guide on the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta!

One of the most popular destinations to visit in Mexico, this beach-side city has an increasing number of visitors year after year.

And with its superb beaches, cultural scenes, and events annually, it’s easy to see why .

This guide has covered what to expect every month here, including the weather as well as any events happening. It has also covered the cheapest time to visit, as well as the overall best, recommended months.

It is worth noting that we have covered Puerto Vallarta as part of our EPIC 2 weeks in Mexico itinerary so be sure to see what else on offer in this region while you’re here.

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Ultimate Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide for Visitors in 2024

By: Author Aly Smalls

Posted on Published: October 9, 2023  - Last updated: October 14, 2023

Ultimate Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide for Visitors in 2024

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Puerto Vallarta at a Glance

Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a captivating blend of natural beauty and rich culture.

With its sun-kissed beaches, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culinary scene, it’s one of the most unique places to visit in Mexico for foreigners and locals alike. 

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Airport: PVR – Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport

Time Zone: Central Standard Time

Currency: Mexican Peso (credit cards accepted)

Language: Spanish, but English is common (you don’t need to know Spanish to visit)

Electric sockets & plugs: they use Type A (two-prong) and Type B (three-prong) – if you’re traveling with lots of electronics, bring a small powerstrip because most hotel rooms do not have enough outlets. 

Getting around: Taxis, Ubers and local buses are all fine to use. 

Top food to try: Tacos al Pastor

Top activity: Hidden beach at Marietas Islands

Where is Puerto Vallarta Located? 

Puerto Vallarta can be found on the western coast of Mexico, right along the beautiful shores of the Pacific Ocean, as you can see in the map above.

It’s in the state of Jalisco, which is kind of like a Mexican version of a “state” in the U.S. 

When you look at it on the map, it’s right in the middle of the Bahia de Banderas, or Banderas Bay. 

How to Get There

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Most major airlines fly directly into the Puerto Vallarta airport, named Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport.

The airport code is PVR so you can search easily for flights. 

One of the best things about arriving in Puerto Vallarta is that the airport is in the city.

It’s located very close to the Marina and hotel zone, which are only about a 10 minute drive away.

To get to downtown neighborhoods (like centro and zona romantica), you’re only a 20 minute drive form the airport. 

Here are flight times from some popular cities:

Los Angeles: 3 hours

Vancouver : 4 hours, 30 minutes

Calgary : 4.5 hours

Toronto : 5 hours

Phoenix : 2.5 hours

New York City: 5 Hours

Cancun: 5 hours

What’s the Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta?

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November to April – high season

November to April is the time to visit Puerto Vallarta, when the temperatures are mild, and the humidity and mosquitoes are at bay.

You’ll find many American, Canadian and European travelers visit during this time.  

A huge reason to visit at this time of year is because of the annual whale migration in Mexico.

From January to March, magnificent species like Pacific gray, humpback, orcas, and others gracefully traverse the Pacific coast of Mexico as they make their way to their breeding grounds.

Here are more details about what you can expect if you’re visiting in February , for example.

May & June – shoulder season

Many people still visit in May and June, which is considered shoulder season and the beginning of off-season.

It can be a great time to visit because the winter crowds have thinned out and hotel prices are a little cheaper.

The weather gets hot, but it’s not at its peak humidity yet.

You’ll also notice a lot more Mexican citizens start to travel and take holidays. 

July to October – off season

July through October is the rainy season in Puerto Vallarta and it gets extremely humid.

However, it’s usually sunny during the day or at least until mid afternoon, and then it usually rains every evening. 

Many restaurants in the ‘touristy’ areas shut down for the month of September, so I do not recommend visiting during that month. 

Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta (neighborhood guide)

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For easy navigating and holiday planning, Puerto Vallarta is split into different zones, which all have their own features. 

Starting from North to South, here is a summary of all the zones & why you might want to consider staying there. 

North Zone (Zona Norte)

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Starting about 30 minutes north of the airport and beyond, you’ll find small towns and secluded resorts.

Quiet and serene, this zone offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle, with secluded beaches and charming fishing villages.

This actually stretches into the next state, called Nayarit. 

Stay here if you crave a serene getaway, surrounded by untouched beaches and quaint fishing villages, far from the bustling tourist crowds.

I recommend visiting Bucerias or La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

Nuevo Vallarta 

A bit north of Puerto Vallarta, this upscale area is renowned for its luxury resorts, golf courses, and water adventures, perfect for travelers seeking an opulent beachfront experience.

Stay here if you’re looking for an opulent beachfront escape with luxurious resorts, world-class golf courses, and a taste of upscale coastal living.

Marina Vallarta 

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A paradise for golf enthusiasts and water sports lovers, this zone boasts a tranquil atmosphere, luxury resorts, and a picturesque marina with fine dining options.

Marina Vallarta, stay here if you’re a golf enthusiast or enjoy watersports, as it offers a tranquil atmosphere, luxury resorts, and a picturesque marina with fine dining options.

Hotel Zone (Zona Hotelera) 

Perfect for beach lovers, this zone offers a plethora of beachfront resorts, water activities, and stunning views of Banderas Bay.

Stay here if you want beachfront resorts and being perfectly in the middle of the airport and downtown. 

Downtown (El Centro)

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This bustling area is known for its vibrant nightlife, historic charm, and a wide range of dining options, making it perfect for visitors looking to immerse themselves in the local culture.

Stay here if you want to experience Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant nightlife, soak up its historic charm, and savor a diverse range of dining options, all while immersing yourself in the local culture.

Romantic Zone (Zona Romántica)

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Famous for its lively atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and LGBTQ-friendly scene, this area is ideal for travelers seeking a blend of relaxation and excitement.

Stay here for a blend of locals and tourists, old world architecture, a huge concentration of bars and the LGBTQ-friendly scene.

Here are my top 5 favorite (and affordable) hotels in the Zona Romantica .

Nestled between the beach and downtown, Amapas is a peaceful neighborhood, perfect for travelers looking to enjoy both serene surroundings and easy access to Puerto Vallarta’s lively attractions.

Conchas Chinas

Perched on the hillsides, Conchas Chinas offers upscale villas with breathtaking ocean views, making it a haven for those seeking luxurious tranquility.

South Zone (Zona Sur)

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in this lush area, known for its pristine beaches, tropical forests, and opportunities for hiking and eco-tourism.

stay here if you’re a nature-enthusiast seeking pristine beaches, tropical forests, and opportunities for hiking and eco-tourism.

For a more in-depth guide, check out my post on the different neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta . 

Best Things to Do & Top Attractions in Puerto Vallarta

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Visiting Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer!

You’re surrounded by beautiful beaches to one side and mountains to the other, whale watching in winter is a must-do activity, there’s gorgeous resorts, fantastic hiking, tequila tours, tasty local cuisine and an endless amount of day trips and excursions. 

Plus, you’ll be blown away by the city’s history, colorful architecture and friendly locals. 

It might be one of the best destinations in Mexico with the biggest variety of unique things to do , like visiting natural hot springs and bioluminescent kayaking with glowing plankton.

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Best Puerto Vallarta Tours

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Tours in Puerto Vallarta are a great way to see the city, its vibrant neighborhoods and the surrounding areas — and unless you’re planning to rent a car in Puerto Vallarta, this is the best way to get around because Uber rides and taxis add up quickly!

There are some unforgettable journeys and iconic spots like the secret beach at Islas Marietas Islands and top-rated snorkeling tours .

Below, you’ll find the most popular and best tours in Puerto Vallarta, and the surrounding areas.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour : 5-star rating, sample dishes at 10 spots!

Zipline, Tequila & Speed Boat All Inclusive tour : 5-star rating, biggest variety!

Wild Dolphin Swimming : the only way to swim with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta!

Sea Limousine to Yelapa Waterfall : if you only do one boat excursion, this is the one to pick!

Natural Hot Springs tour : this one is my favorite! (tell them Aly Smalls sent you for VIP treatment)

Tip: if you’re curious, watch my vlog about our day trip to the hot springs !

Is Puerto Vallarta Safe for Travelers?

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While no destination is entirely without risk, Puerto Vallarta maintains a reputation as a safe haven for tourists.

For first-time visitors to Puerto Vallarta, especially those new to Mexico, the city generally offers a safe and welcoming environment.

It’s a popular tourist destination with a strong focus on visitor safety.

The city center and tourist areas are well-patrolled, and violent crime against tourists is relatively rare.

However, like any tourist destination, it’s essential to take standard precautions:

  • be mindful of your belongings
  • avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas at night
  • use reputable transportation services

Like any city, there are some scams that visitors need to be aware of, which I discuss in my article here . 

By staying aware and following common-sense guidelines, your visit to Puerto Vallarta is likely to be a safe and enjoyable experience.

I go in-depth about safety in Puerto Vallarta in my video here . 

General Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips

After over 20 visits to Puerto Vallarta, I’ve made a list of some random travel tips that are helpful to know. 

Greetings and Manners

It’s very common for locals to greet you and say hello, whether you’re passing them in the streets or at the resorts.

They’re just very friendly people! Don’t be afraid to smile and meet them with a greeting such as:

  • Hola: hello
  • Buenos dias: good morning
  • Buenos tardes: good afternoon
  • Buenas noches: good evening or goodnight
  • Por favor: please
  • Gracias: thank you

Haggling Culture

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One of my favorite things to do is browse all the markets for handicrafts and other handmade souvenirs and trinkets.

If you’re looking at an item that doesn’t have a price, it’s very common to negotiate to come to an agreement on price. This is normal and expected! 

I suggest asking them to name their price, and then off about 50% less. Usually you can meet in the middle and come to an agreement for a price of 65 to 75% of the original asking price. 

And remember, if it’s not a price you’re comfortable paying, it’s perfectly acceptable to say thank you and walk away. 

(they might even offer you a lower price at this point).

Street Food & Tacos

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Puerto Vallarta’s food culture is all about tacos and street food.

You can’t visit this city without trying at least a few dishes. 

First, if you’ve never tried street food (or traditional Mexican tacos for that matter), book a walking street food tour at the beginning of your trip! 

Then, you can go back and visit all your favorite spots and have the confidence to branch out and try other places. 

I also have a list of my favorite taco sta nds in Puerto Vallarta.

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Also, meal times in Puerto Vallarta are a little different than what you might be used to in the USA or Canada.

While restaurants will always be open at traditional meal times, you might be wondering why some places are completely empty or packed at odd times. 

Mexicans traditionally have a ‘first breakfast’ which is usually coffee and a light pastry. This is early, around 7 or 8am. 

Then, around 10 am they have a second breakfast which is a little heavier, and is usually something like Birria tacos. 

Then lunch is usually eaten around 1 or 2pm, and usually something like tacos, tostadas or tortas. 

And dinner isn’t usually eaten until 7:30 or 8pm and even much later. 

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What is the best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta?

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from mid-April to June, and October. These months all offer excellent weather and affordable rates. April through June has the best weather; May and June have the best hotel deals; and October has the best water for snorkeling and diving. Avoid Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter – this is peak time for local, Mexican family vacations (a fun atmosphere but very busy and hotels are fully booked well in advance).

  • Best Time for Good Weather : December through May are the best months to visit for good weather. Average highs are below 30°C in the afternoons, with cool evenings in the high teens. Sea temperatures are cooler this time of year than in the summer, though they still average in the mid-20s°C, quite comfortable for surfing and swimming. Vallarta sits on the edge of a rainforest, but precipitation is much less likely during the winter and spring months than in the summer. February through May are particularly dry months with mostly clear skies; July through September are the rainiest. The city is protected by the Banderas Bay, so hurricanes here are rare; the last hit came in 2002 and was the first major storm to land in Vallarta in 35 years.
  • Best Time for Families and Kids : The best times for family travel are from April through June and from mid-October through mid-November. April and May are particularly excellent months to visit, right after the Spring Break crowds leave and before the summer rains and Mexican vacation season begin. Travelers during these months should expect sunny, warm days that are not too hot, affordable room rates, and fewer crowds than in the previous five months. May and June offer the warmest water temperatures for late spring family travel, with June offering greater visibility for snorkeling. Since May and June are so popular with visiting families, there will be plenty of kids around to keep each other entertained at the kids clubs or poolside at the resorts. October and November are also great times to visit, though the days are typically a little hotter and room rates, especially in November, are just beginning to rise after the summer low season. Ocean temperatures are still warm this late in the year, with October offering great underwater visibility.
  • Best Time for Avoiding Crowds : Puerto Vallarta’s low season is getting shorter and shorter, but typically the best time to avoid the large crowds is from July through September, just after Mexican vacation season and before the foreign travel high season. With fewer people traveling, hotels and flights are often deeply discounted. However, this also means that it can be harder to schedule excursions, as fewer travelers visiting leads tour companies to reduce their number of daily or weekly outings. This is the rainiest season in Puerto Vallarta, with about half of the days experiencing at least a little rain, especially in the late afternoons or early evenings from late August through early September.
  • Best Time for Great Deals : The best time to find great deals for Puerto Vallarta travel is near the low season, but not exactly in the middle of it. Flights are usually cheaper during the low season from July through September, but many hotels close or reduce their room inventory for annual repairs during July and August. So, though there are fewer travelers, room rates don’t necessarily drop. Travel in May, June, September, and October for the best rates on rooms, plus affordable flights and excursions.
  • Best Time for Surfing : Surfing is great almost year round, especially in Sayulita, but the best time for riding the waves is from December through April, when the north swells hit. Waves are large enough for beginners to maintain enough speed on their boards to not tip over, while not being too intimidating. More experienced surfers will find faster and larger waves on the north end of Sayulita Beach, plus at several other nearby breaks. It is possible to surf outside of these months, but the waves just aren’t as good, especially from June through September, when the waves are particularly flat and short. Water is warm here year round, but the warmest times during the surf season are December, January, and April.
  • Best Time for Whale Watching : Humpback whales begin arriving in November and leave again by early April. The best time to see them in large numbers is from mid-December through mid-March. December will have the most active viewing of adult whales, as males compete for female attention in the hopes of mating. The first babies will be born in January, but become more active in February and March as they become stronger swimmers. Most whales leave toward the end of March, with the last few stragglers in the area until mid-April. Waves are calmer in the mornings, so earlier tours are better for people who tend to get seasick.
  • Best Time for Snorkeling and Diving : For snorkeling and diving, June through October offers better water conditions, while December through February offers more likely encounters with manta rays and whale sharks. Water temps are warm and waves are fairly calm year-round. Diving and snorkeling are possible anytime, though there are definite differences in the seasons. Water is warmest and visibility is clearest in the summer months from June through October. August and September are particularly warm with surface temperatures averaging 30°C. From November through May, the water is cooler and visibility is obscured by plankton blooms; however, plankton attracts more manta rays to the surface, making this a great time for snorkelers to see them up close. During the winter months, from December through February, divers and snorkelers may even encounter migrating whale sharks.
  • Best Time for Exploring the Jungle : December through March is the best time for visiting the Mismaloya jungle, whether hiking the Botanical Gardens or ziplining through the canopy. These are the coolest months of the year, with temperatures topping out around 27°C. Most days offer clear skies, even in the rainforest, especially in February and March. The worst time for jungle adventures is from July through September when the summer rains bring out hordes of mosquitoes. Even during the winter months, it’s a good idea to wear insect repellant or long pants that cover the ankles.
  • Best Time for Sportfishing : Fish bite year-round in Puerto Vallarta, but different seasons attract different types. The biggest variety of fish is found from September through December, when blue, black, and striped marlin are most abundant, along with mahi-mahi, sailfish, and wahoo. Generally, the warmer months of June through September attract more tuna and grouper.

Puerto Vallarta Travel Seasons

  • High Season : December through mid-April is the busiest travel time in Puerto Vallarta, as crowds flock to enjoy the city’s best weather. Average daily highs are usually below 29°C. Skies are the clearest they’ll be all year, though even in the driest months, days can be overcast. The cooler months from December through February bring migrating humpback whales and great fishing, and the north swells make for excellent surfing. This is when the city truly shines! As the weather warms up in March and April, throngs of students from north of the border descend on the city for Spring Break; most hotels that host Spring Breakers are in the North Hotel Zone. Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week leading up to Easter, is the peak travel time for local families. If visiting Puerto Vallarta in winter or early spring, be prepared to pay top dollar for flights and hotels and to contend with the crowds.
  • Low Season : July through September is the low season in Puerto Vallarta. Days are typically hot and humid with highs around 33°C and at least a little rain on more than half of the days. Skies are mostly grey, and surf is generally poor. However, there are lots of great deals on flights and hotels during the summer months. Those who venture to PV during the rainy season will be rewarded with the warmest ocean temperatures and the best underwater visibility. This is the perfect time for snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving, especially near the reef islands, Marietas and Los Arcos.
  • Shoulder Season : The late spring (May and June) and fall months (October and November) are considered Vallarta’s shoulder season. These months feature good weather, with much less rain and fewer clouds than in the summer months, albeit hotter and more humid than in the winter and early spring. High temperatures hover around 31°C during these months. Rooms and flights are affordable, especially in May and June, when many hotels offer sales after high season officially ends. Room rates are still fairly low in October through mid-November, with prices beginning to creep up at the end of November in preparation for the holiday season.

Puerto Vallarta Weather by Month

Weather in Puerto Vallarta is warm and humid most of the year, with temperatures ranging from winter lows of 16°C to summer highs of 33°C. End of July and beginning of August are the hottest times of the year, while January is the coolest. March through May are the driest, sunniest months. Late August and early September are the rainiest and cloudiest. September is the most humid. Ocean surface temperatures are highest in August and lowest in March.

  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in January : January is one of the coolest months of the year, though still quite balmy. Afternoon highs are in the upper 20s°C, and skies are mostly clear, especially toward the end of the month. Januarys average about 2 rainy days per month, usually occurring toward the middle. Ocean temperatures are on the low side for Puerto Vallarta, attracting humpbacks, their newborns, and whale sharks, but the water remains comfortable for swimming and surfing. It’s a good idea to bring a jacket, as nightly temperatures tend to drop to the mid-teens. (Average High 28°C, Average Low 16°C, Sea Temperature 25°C, Rainfall 23mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in February : Temperatures remain steady in February with warm days and cooler evenings; highs average 28°C and lows average 16°C. Skies begin to clear up now, with most days sunny or only partly cloudy. There is usually only one rainy day in February, with rainfall becoming less likely toward the end of the month as Puerto Vallarta moves toward the dry season. Sea temperatures drop just a hair from the previous month but stay well within a comfortable range. Surf is great this month. Baby humpbacks are most active now; this is the best opportunity to see them in the open. (Average High 28°C, Average Low 16°C, Sea Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 12mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in March : Temperatures begin a slow rise in March, with days often hitting 30°C. Nights can still get cooler, so a light jacket or sweater is good to have, especially on a sunset sail or if visiting the mountains. Rain is uncommon in this first dry month of the season; bring your sunscreen! Ocean temperatures are at their coldest, though still comfortable for all water activities. Surf is great throughout the month. Baby humpbacks are still active, though whales begin to leave the area toward month’s end. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 17°C, Sea Temperature 24°C, Rainfall 5mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in April : April is warm throughout with a few hot days at the end of the month. This is the driest month of the year, usually with no rainy days, but the humidity increases as the weeks go by. Be sure to pack sunscreen. Nights are still cool, as in preceding months. Ocean temperatures begin to rise and waves are still steady, making this an excellent month for surfing. Most of the humpbacks are leaving the area for cooler waters. (Average High 31°C, Average Low 18°C, Sea Temperature 25°C, Rainfall 4mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in May : May is hot and muggy with temperatures regularly topping 32°C. As humidity rises toward the last couple of weeks, so does the chance of rain, though only one rainy day in the month is the norm. Ocean temperatures rise to a very comfortable range. Surf is less consistent, but there are still plenty of great waves in Sayulita, San Pancho, and Lo De Marcos. (Average High 32°C, Average Low 19°C, Sea Temperature 27°C, Rainfall 12mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in June : Heat and humidity run high in June, growing as the month goes by. Days are usually cloudy or overcast, and rainfall comes more regularly – expect about 10 rainy days throughout the month. Ocean conditions are excellent for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, with warm waters and great visibility. Surf has died down in most of the usual spots, but Quimixto to the south of PV offers great waves throughout the summer. (Average High 32°C, Average Low 23°C, Sea Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 159mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in July : Summer is the start of the rainy season. July sees rain about half of the days and overcast skies almost every day. It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella and to plan some rainy day activities, just in case. (Check out a chocolate making class, or dash from bar to bar in the Old Town.) Temperatures are hot and sticky. Ocean temps continue to rise, and visibility is excellent for divers and snorkelers, especially near the reefs. Surf is almost completely gone in the areas north of Vallarta, but Quimixto still has consistent surf. (Average High 33°C, Average Low 23°C, Sea Temperature 29°C, Rainfall 285mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in August : August is the peak of the rainy summer season, with highs frequently above 33° and rain occurring half of all days. Pack an umbrella, and plan for a few rainy day activities. Skies are overcast and humidity is oppressive every day. Ocean temperatures reach their peak warmth, hovering around 30°C. Water is calm and visibility is excellent, ideal for snorkeling and diving. Surfers can still find waves to the south of the city. (Average High 33°C, Average Low 23°C, Sea Temperature 30°C, Rainfall 300mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in September : Temperatures fall just a bit in September, though days continue to be hot and humid. Skies are the greyest this month, with almost every day either overcast or cloudy. Rain is common, though a little less frequent than in the previous months. Travelers will still want to carry an umbrella, and plan ahead for rainy days. Ocean conditions are consistent as they were in August, with warm water, flat waves, and great visibility. Surf conditions are still better in the south than in the north of Puerto Vallarta. (Average High 32°C, Average Low 23°C, Sea Temperature 30°C, Rainfall 288mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in October : October begins much like September, with heat, humidity, and rain. But by the second half of the month, skies clear and rain becomes less frequent, with only 5 rainy days spread over the month. Ocean temperatures and conditions remain similar to September, with warm, clear water. Surf should good in the popular beaches of Sayulita and San Pancho. (Average High 31°C, Average Low 22°C, Sea Temperature 30°C, Rainfall 117mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in November : Great weather returns to Vallarta in November. Daytime temperatures are warm, often rising above 31°C for a few hours in the afternoons. Humidity is high early in the month, but lessens as the weeks go by. Rain is possible once or twice in November, but most days are very dry. Ocean temperatures are still very warm and surf is becoming more consistent throughout the region. The first adult humpbacks should arrive at the end of the month. (Average High 31°C, Average Low 21°C, Sea Temperature 28°C, Rainfall 24mm.)
  • Puerto Vallarta Weather in December : December is gorgeous in PV, with warm comfortable days and cooler evenings. A jacket is recommended for nights out, especially for sunset cruises. Rain showers may hit a couple of days, but the majority of days are dry and humidity is relatively low (though it’s always a little humid). More than half the days are sunny or only partly cloudy. Sea temperatures drop down to 25°C, still comfortable for all water activities. Surfing is excellent this time of year, and Banderas Bay is filled with whales. (Average High 29°C, Average Low 16°C, Sea Temperature 25°C, Rainfall 21mm.)

Puerto Vallarta Festivals and Events

Puerto vallarta in january.

  • Vallarta Cup – Every Saturday in January, the Vallarta Yacht Club hosts a race in Banderas Bay. Courses may be as far south as Puerto Vallarta and as far north as La Cruz. Each day of racing finishes with a party at VYC in Nuevo Vallarta.
  • Festival of Our Lady of Peace (La Virgen de la Paz) – Nine-day, annual festival in Bucerías, celebrating the village’s patron saint, also considered the mother and protector of fisherman. The festival begins with fishermen sailing from La Cruz to Bucerías with the Peace Torch to make an offering at the church. This is followed by eight days of carnival rides, food vendors, cultural activities, daily processions, and nightly entertainment. The final night of the festival closes with the lighting of the Castillo, a rotating, three-story framework stuffed with fireworks.

Puerto Vallarta in February

  • Sayulita Festival – Five day festival in the little surfer town, filled with music, movies, Mexican wine and spirits. Events take place all over town; tastings, concerts, surfing, and yoga workshops. Hotels fill up fast, so book early! Camping is popular during this event in designated areas.
  • Charro National Championship – Charros are Mexican cowboys, and this five-day competition is similar to a rodeo. Charros show off their skills riding bucking broncos and roping bulls. Plus live music, dance, lasso demos, and cultural shows. Competitions are held at Arena Vallarta; music and cultural events take place at the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon.
  • Mardi Gras and Carnaval Parade (sometimes in March) – Huge celebration marking the last party day before the austere season of Lent. Festivities begin with an evening parade that stretches from the North Hotel Zone down along the Malecon through El Centro and finishes just shy of Los Muertos Pier. Floats, beads, and big parties follow, especially in Zona Romantica. Plan ahead for this – the parade draws crowds upwards of 30,000. This event is popular with the LGBT crowd, and many hotels and clubs host special events.

Puerto Vallarta in March

  • Banderas Bay Regatta – Five-day event featuring three full days of sailboat races and four nights of parties. Races are open to both cruisers and race boats. Nights end with parties at the Vallarta Yacht Club, with food, live music, and dancing.
  • Dama Juana Raicilla Festival – Celebration of raicilla, aka Mexican moonshine, a sister liquor to tequila and mezcal. Events include raicilla and food tastings, talks with distillers, mariachi music, and more. This two-day festival takes place at the cultural center on Cuale River Island.

Puerto Vallarta in April

  • Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival – The city’s best taco restaurants, whether street vendors or fine dining, get together to offer a wide range of styles and flavors of this signature Mexican dish. Tequila and beer share the spotlight, along with lucha libre, music, dance, and more entertainment. In the North Hotel Zone, near La Isla Mall.
  • Bucerías Oyster Festival (Feria de Ostiones) – Annual celebration of local oyster divers, marking the end of the oyster season in Bucerías. The main event is a competition among divers to see who can snag the largest oyster. Tons of oysters and ceviche to eat, plus live music, and the crowning of the Oyster Queen. Events take place on El Punto Beach.
  • Children’s Day (El Día del Niño) – A holiday filled with fun, gifts, and special activities just for kids. Though not an official holiday, most schools don’t hold classes this day. Zoos, amusement parks, and attractions often offer special discounts on April 30. Travelers can also participate by handing out toys or candy to street kids.
  • Vallarta Azteca International Folklore Festival (late April through early May) – Celebration of traditional dance from Mexico and Latin America. Dance troupes from all over Mexico plus Central and South America perform folkloric dance every evening from 6:00 p.m. at venues around town. Over 600 dancers participate annually, representing around 15 unique cultures.

Puerto Vallarta in May

  • Vallarta Pride – Vallarta is the premiere LGBT destination in Mexico, and Zona Romantica is the central hub for the city’s Pride events. This nine-day festival features tons of activities, including a huge parade, drag derby, beach parties, film festivals, live music, dancing, and much more. Book hotels ahead of time, as many of the closest ones are small boutiques that fill up fast.
  • MayoFest Puerto Vallarta – Puerto Vallarta’s anniversary celebration. This is a five-day long festival with concerts (traditional, rock, and pop), sports, activities, and entertainment, much of it at the lighthouse (faro) and the Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecon. Food vendors abound, and the closing event is a huge fireworks show.
  • Restaurant Week – A two-week late May gastronomy event in Mexico’s top foodie destination. During this celebration, restaurants offer creative, three-course meals with three mix-and-match options for each course, all at a deeply discounted rate, making this an affordable time to explore PV’s cutting edge gourmet scene. Participating restaurants are scattered throughout the city.

Puerto Vallarta in June

  • Navy Day (El Día de la Marina) – June 1st is celebrated in all of Mexico’s port towns; commemorating the launch of the first all-Mexican crewed ship, and honoring past and present naval service men and women. Boats are launched in a morning opening ceremony into Banderas Bay to lay flower wreaths on the water. The ceremony is followed by festivities and tournaments at sea, along with celebrations on the beaches and docks, with dancing into the night.
  • RHA Festival – Two-day electronic music festival in Punta Mita, northwest of Puerto Vallarta. The main RHA Festival runs for two-days with DJs spinning and dancing on the beach all night. The “RHA Experience” adds two more days of more intimate concerts and pool parties.

Puerto Vallarta in July

  • Banderas Bay Fishing Tournament – International marlin and tuna fishing competition. This two-day event leaves from the Paradise Village Marina and is hosted by the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club. Record-setting fish have been caught here in the past, including a 322 kg marlin.

Puerto Vallarta in August

  • Cristo de los Brazos Caidos (Christ of the Fallen Arms or Christ of the Cyclone) – Local celebration in Barra de Navidad south of Puerto Vallarta. This festival commemorates a local miracle. As a huge storm approached in 1971, town residents sought refuge in the church, certain that the storm would devastate the village. As they were deep in prayer, the arms of the crucified Christ above the altar fell off. At the same moment, the storm ended. Since then, the town has celebrated yearly with rosaries, processions, fireworks, street food, and live entertainment.
  • Punta Mita Beach Festival – Two-day festival at Kupuri Beach Club with tons of activities, including an underwater treasure hunt, windsurfing, paddleboarding, and more beach fun. Chefs from Punta Mita’s luxury resorts serve upscale beach bites and creative cocktails. A family-friendly event held from 9a-8p.

Puerto Vallarta in September

  • National Charro Day – Charros, the Mexican cowboys, are celebrated every year on September 14. Festivities begin in Puerto Vallarta with charros riding through the downtown streets, decked out in their finest. At night, there is a charro parade down the Malecon, ending at Los Arcos Amphitheater. Here, the festivities continue with a street party, lasso demo, mariachi music, and dancing.
  • Mexican Independence Day – A two-day festival with music, fireworks, food, and parades. Beginning on the afternoon of September 15, people gather in the main square for non-stop mariachi and traditional foods. At 11pm, the grito , or cry for independence, is called with ringing bells and fireworks. The country’s biggest party begins immediately after and goes well into the night. On September 16, there is huge military parade through town and more food and festivities.
  • San Pancho Days – Nine-day festival for the patron saint of San Francisco (aka San Pancho), a small surfing village northeast of Sayulita. This celebration of St. Francis of Assisi is filled with parades, food, rodeos, live music, dancing, and carnival rides. Each day and night of the festival is held in a different neighborhood in town. The celebration ends with a wild day of parties, the final rodeo, and the lighting of the castillo, a tall rotating structure of fireworks, at midnight. Dancing continues until the wee hours. From September 25-October 4.

Puerto Vallarta in October

  • Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica – High-end culinary conference featuring renowned chefs and sommeliers. Four days of cooking demos, food and wine tastings, workshops, and special dinners. Creative, contemporary, and traditional cooking styles feature regional and international flavors.
  • Halloween – In PV Halloween celebrations merged with Day of the Dead events, creating a huge festival lasting several days from October 29-November 2. As of now, Halloween on October 31 is still the smaller holiday, celebrated with costume contests and parties at local bars and restaurants. Kids will be dressed up in the streets, saying “Queremos Halloween,” the local version of “trick or treat,” and carrying bags to be filled with candy.

Puerto Vallarta in November

  • All Saints’ Day (Día de Todos Santos) – All Saints Day gets wrapped into Day of the Dead Celebrations, much like Halloween. On this day, Mexicans honor deceased children, leaving offerings to them on custom-designed altars in cemeteries or in their homes, with sugar skulls, toys, and treats. Altars are set up by local businesses, as well as the Cuale River Island cultural center and City Hall. City streets in all neighborhoods will be decorated in orange and purple, with public altars on the Malecon, and Catrinas (skeletons dressed as fancy, rich ladies).
  • Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, All Souls Day) – Mexican celebrations for Day of the Dead include decorating altars in their homes or in cemeteries, some keeping vigils and others leaving offerings, usually tequila, cigarettes, and the deceased’s favorite foods. Candles and trails of marigold petals extend from the altars to light the way for the spirit’s return. Around town, there will be parades of Catrinas, folkloric dance, mariachi, street foods, and special sweet pastries and treats. Hotspots for celebrations include the Malecon, Municipal Cemetery, Hidalgo Park, and the Emiliano Zapato neighborhood in the north end of Zona Romantica.
  • Festival Gourmet International – Ten-day food and wine event where the best chefs from local restaurants and hotels invite celebrity chefs into their kitchens for a culinary culture exchange. Events take place at a different location each night and include, cooking demos, restaurant hopping, forum discussions, wine and liquor pairings, and a mini art festival. Travelers can reserve their spaces online.
  • International Fishing Tournament – Three days of competitive fishing for marlin and sailfish with a reception each night at Marina Vallarta. The tournament ends with an awards ceremony and a large cash prize.

Puerto Vallarta in December

  • The Guadalupe Processions – A festival over the first twelve days of December, celebrating the appearance of the Virgin Mary to the Aztec peasant Juan Diego in 1531. This celebration includes hundreds of processions to Guadalupe Church by the faithful in a fusion of Aztec and Catholic traditions. Processions usually begin in the afternoon and end after midnight, though as the festival nears the end, processions can fill the streets for up to twenty hours in a day. Bells ring with the arrival of each singing procession to the church. Folk dancers, live music, traditional foods, and a final night of fireworks caps off the fiesta.
  • Christmas Posadas – For nine days leading up to Christmas, this celebration reenacts the journey of Mary and Joseph searching for an inn. Participants journey from house to house reenacting the story; when they are received at the final destination, a street party begins with traditional Mexican foods, piñatas, and a special punch. On Christmas Eve, the final night of Las Posadas, the procession goes to the church for a special mass and fireworks.
  • New Year’s Eve – Events take place all over town, with free concerts at Los Arcos on the Malecon, a street party on Olas Altas in Zona Romantica, and multiple fireworks shows over the bay. Los Muertos Pier is the most popular spot to watch the displays. Reserve early for tables at fine dining restaurants, or simply bar hop through the throngs of Old Town.
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Bottom Line Up Front Summary:  The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from the middle of April through late June and then from September until late November. 

Have you thought about a place to go ease off either privately or with your family? Or somewhere you could go spend the vacation together?

Puerto Vallarta is a location in Mexico where you can have such experience. The spot has a distinctive humid climate and experiences almost a persistent humidity and temperature all through the year. From the beginning of June, there is a continuous supply of rainfall which lasts until about the middle week of October.

After this period, you wouldn’t get any precipitation again till the year ends. At times at night, the rainfall in short torrents meanwhile, the weather is still dry and hot. This offers little or no hindrance to the normal fishing trips and tours which are often done in Puerto Vallarta.

When you consider coming to spend some time in Puerto Vallarta, you should consider the period between the middle week of April and June. October is another great time you could arrive at the spot for vacations too. In these months, you are sure of getting lower and cheap rates and having excellent weather.

It works in such a way that you will find the excellent weather when you arrive from April to June; the hotel rates are affordable and cheap in May and June while you are sure to explore some activities like diving and snorkeling in October. This is due to the perfect water nature October offers.

However, ensure you do not arrive in Holy Week, i.e. the week leading up to Easter, if you are trying to cut down the cost or prefer quiet holidays. This period is a very special one of Mexican families as they take vacations and fill up everywhere (e.g. might not be a good idea to travel from North America during this time ).

Nevertheless, you can still decide to come to partake in their fun but you should endeavor to make your reservation in advance so that they do not book out everywhere.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Good Weather

sunset puerto vallarta

December through May is your best time to visit if you are after Puerto Vallarta’s good weather. Average highs are less than 30 degrees Celsius during the day while the evenings are cool.

Sea temperatures at this time are cooler than the Summer month temps. However, the average is in the mid-20s degrees Celsius. The water is very good for surfing and swimming. February to May is especially dry with mainly clear skies.  

In March, there is a gradual rise in temperature as daytime could rise up to 30°C while the nights feel colder. If you are going to take a walk in the night time, sailing on the sea or journeying to the mountains, you should endeavor to put on your sweater or a light jacket so that the cold does not hit you. At this month of the year, it is almost impossible to find rainfall.

Your sunscreen will also need to be right beside you because you will find some sun eventually. The temperature of the ocean drops to its coldest although it won’t hinder you from engaging yourself in some water activities. You would surely enjoy surfing in this month and the baby humpbacks would still be visible.

Nevertheless, the whales gradually leave the surroundings as the month comes to an end. The average high at this period of the year climbs to 29°C just as the average low also climbs upward to 17°C. The sea temperature stays at 24°C while the rainfall is at 5mm.

July to September is the wettest period. As a result of the shield offered to the city by the Banderas Bay, hurricanes rarely occur here.  

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta for Families and Kids

The best times for family vacation are from April to June and from the middle of October to the middle of November.

April and May are especially great months for tourism. It comes immediately after tourist Spring Break when the crowd is disappearing and before the summer wet season and the high Mexican tourist season. Tourists who travel these months enjoy sunny, warm days, cheap accommodation and a quieter period. 

May and June have the warmest water temperatures for late spring family vacation while June offers the best snorkeling visibility. There are many kids around for entertainment at kids’ clubs or poolside. October and November are equally good times for a family visit, although the days are normally hotter.  

Best Time to visit Puerto for Avoiding Crowds

The low season in Puerto Vallarta or the best time to avoid large crowds is between July and September, immediately after the Mexican vacation season and prior to the beginning of the tourist’s high season. Because this period has fewer tourists, to cost airfares and accommodation is commonly cheaper. 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest tourist month in Puerto Vallarta is January, then February, followed by March. Hotel rates and airfares a dearest at these times but you can save some funds when you book months in advance. Tourists are less likely to visit Puerto Vallarta in May but this least crowded month is very affordable. 

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Great Deals

puerto vallarta family

The best bargain time to visit Puerto Vallarta travel is close to the low season. However, it is not in the middle of the low tourist season.

The airfares rate drop between July and September. However, a lot of hotels shut down or minimize their room numbers for yearly repairs in July and August. Therefore, there are fewer travelers. For the best time for travel deals chose any of these months- May, June, September, and October.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Surfing

Surfing can be done nearly throughout the year, particularly in Sayulita. However, the best time to ride the waves is between December and April, when the north swells occur.

Waves are big enough for newbies to maintain sufficient speed on their boards to avoid tipping and at the same time, it is not too overwhelming. Veteran surfers will delight in the faster and larger waves of the Sayulita Beach’s north end and at many other adjoining breaks. 

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta for Whale Watching

Humpback whales start emerging in November and disappearing by early April. The best time to catch a glimpse of large numbers of whales if from the middle of December to the middle of March. December is the best time to view adult whales when males are competing for females to mate. The first baby whale is born in January. They get more active and stronger in February and March. 

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta for Snorkeling and Diving  

June to October is the best time for snorkeling and diving because of great water conditions, whereas December to February provides the best atmosphere for encountering with manta rays and whale sharks. The temperature of the water is warm and the waves are a little calm throughout the year. 

August and September are especially warm with an average surface temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. November to May features cooler water but it is not very clear due to plankton blooms. Nevertheless, plankton attracts additional manta rays to the surface and this makes it a good time for snorkelers to see them very close. In the winter months, from December to February, divers and snorkelers may catch a glimpse of migrating whale sharks.

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta to Explore the Jungle

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta to Explore the Jungle

December to March is the best time to visit the Mismaloya jungle, either to hike the Botanical Gardens or ziplining via the canopy. These are the coolest months with average high roughly 27 degrees Celsius. The majority of the days are clear in February and March even in the rainforest. The worst time to visit the jungle is July to September when the summer rains result in the emergence of hordes of mosquitoes. 

Best Time to visit Puerto Vallarta for Sportfishing

While you can do sport fishing in Puerto Vallarta any time of the year, the fishes you catch can differ by season. The largest type of fish is present between September and December, when blue, black, and striped marlin is nearly plentiful, together with mahi-mahi, sailfish, and wahoo. If you want tuna and grouper fish, the warmer months of June to September is the best time.

Best time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Festivals and Events

sunset at puerto vallarta

Key Events:

  • Vallarta Cup  – A race competition organized by Vallarta Yacht Club every Saturday in January, the Vallarta Yacht Club hosts a race in Banderas Bay. 
  • Festival of Our Lady of Peace (La Virgen de la Paz) 
  • Sayulita Festival  
  • Day of the Mexican Flag (February 24)
  • Charro National Championship
  • Mardi Gras and Carnaval Parade  – A March celebration that marks the last party day prior to the Lenten season. 
  • Vallarta Wine Fest  
  • Banderas Bay Regatta  
  • Dama Juana Raicilla Festival  – Raicilla Event, equally known as Mexican moonshine.
  • Benito Juarez Day (March)
  • Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival  .
  • Bucerías Oyster Festival   (Feria de Ostiones)  – Yearly celebration of local oyster divers.
  • Semana Santa (April)
  • Children’s Day   (El Día del Niño)  
  • Vallarta Azteca International Folklore Festival  (late April through early May) 
  • Vallarta Pride
  • Puerto Vallarta International Sports Classic  (May)
  • Historic Center Art Walk   (October to May)
  • MayoFest Puerto Vallarta  – 5-day Puerto Vallarta’s anniversary celebration. 
  • Restaurant Week  – A two-week late May gastronomy event in Mexico’s top foodie destination. 
  • Navy Day   (El Día de la Marina)  – June 1st event of first all-Mexican crewed ship to honor past and present naval servicemen and women. 
  • RHA Festival  – Two-day electronic music festival
  • Banderas Bay Fishing Tournament  – International marlin and tuna fishing tournament. 
  • NIIJIMA Mexican Surf Open  – Surf competition at the main beach in San Pancho
  • Cristo de Los Brazos Caidos   (Christ of the Fallen Arms or Christ of the Cyclone)  
  •   Punta Mita Beach Festival  – Two-day event at Kupuri Beach Club 
  • National Charro Day  – Charros, the Mexican cowboys’ event (September 14)
  • Mexican Independence Day  ( September 16) – A two-day festival with music, fireworks, food, and parades. 
  • San Pancho Days  – This is a 9-day celebration of the patron saint of San Francisco (also known as San Pancho).
  • Día de Muertos (October to November)
  • Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica  – This is a top-quality culinary seminar for top chefs and sommeliers. 
  • Halloween  
  • Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival  (November to December)
  • All Saints’ Day   (Día de Todos Santos)  The event merges with the celebration of the all souls day similar to the Halloween celebration.
  • Día de Los Muertos   (Day of the Dead, All Souls Day)  
  • Festival Gourmet International  
  • Festival Gourmet International  (November to December)
  • International Fishing Tournament  
  • The Feast of the Virgen de Guadalupe Processions (December)
  • Christmas Posadas  
  • New Year’s Eve  celebration

Best time to visit Puerto Vallarta by Season

Best time to visit Puerto Vallarta by Season

Spring (March through May)

The humidity and temperatures of this season together make the weather warm. The average high ranges from 30.6°C to 26.4°C. There is no rain this time and this season is the second popular tourist season. 

Summer (June through August)

The weather of middle-year months feels very comfortable and average highs are really warm. The greatest amount of rainfall is recorded at this time. June to August is the lowest tourist season in Puerto Vallarta. Therefore, room rates are rather cheap at this time. 

Fall (September through November)

The daily highs in the Fall run from 32.4°C and 28.7°C. This feels very nice as a result of the humidity and wind. It only rains a little and roughly zero days a month. This period is characterized by fewer crowds and cheap room rates.

Winter (December through February)

The winter weather is a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta especially if you love warm weather as the average temperature high range from 28.2°C to 26.1°C. It rarely rains or snows and the period is high tourist season.

Puerto Vallarta Travel Seasons Explained

High season.

The high season in Puerto Vallarta falls between December and mid-April.

This is the busiest time to visit Puerto Vallarta mostly due to its good weather. The average daily high temperature of this time is normally less than 29 degrees Celsius. The Skies are very clear this time. 

As the day gets cooler from December to February, humpback whales start to migrate. It is a great time for fishing, and surfing due to the north swells. Holy Week (Semana Santa), the week before Easter, is the peak travel time for natives. A visit to Puerto Vallarta in winter or early spring is costly due to the increased cost of airfares and hotel rates.

July to September marks the low season in Puerto Vallarta. The humidity is generally high during the day and temperature is hot and roughly 33 degrees centigrade. It equally rains more than 50 percent of the days. The skies are not clear and surfing at this time is not the ideal. 

Nevertheless, there are plenty of great deals on flights and hotels in the summer months. The rainy season is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for the warmest ocean temperatures and the clearest view of the underwater. The low season is a great time for snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving.

Shoulder Season  

The Shoulder season in Vallarta falls in the late spring (May and June) and fall (October and November). These months feature good weather, with much less rain and fewer clouds than in the summer months.

However, these months are hotter and the humidity is higher than those of early spring and summer. The average high during this period is roughly 31 degrees Celsius. 

Rooms and flights are affordable, especially in May and June when many hotels offer sales after the high season officially ends. Room rates are still fairly low in October through the middle of November, with prices beginning to creep up at the end of November in preparation for the holiday season.

Puerto Vallarta Weather Consideration

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If you are planning your vacation according to the months when it will fall in, then you could pick a month when you feel the weather suits your desires and arrive at Puerto Vallarta.

Normally, the weather in Puerto Vallarta is not cold as it is a humid region. Even the coldest month is only mildly divergent from the mean.

However, there are some months when the weather normally experiences some modifications. Some of these weather changes might not be suitable for you or could affect your health. You wouldn’t want to arrive at such time.

Temperature

There are little variations in the Puerto Vallarta’s average temperatures. Since the environment is humid, there will be some rise in temperatures for almost 6 months in the year. If not, then the atmosphere will be cool with only a little rainfall till the year’s end.

The region has slightly clement weather— in the 55th percentile for nice weather — when you compare it to other tourist sites all over the world. August, July, and June are the months when you will find the weather at its hottest at Puerto Vallarta.

Towards, the middle of August, the weather begins to get lighter and there is warmth everywhere. August isn’t as hot as June or July as it has an average temperature high at about 91.1°F (32.8°C) while at night, you rarely find the temperature going lower than 76.8°F (24.9°C).

Humidity and Wind

In Puerto Vallarta, you will find September to be the most humid month (75.7%) and May to be the least humid month at 66.9% relative humidity.

Usually, you will discover that the wind blows calmly at Puerto Vallarta even in May when the wind is at its worst, it blows at an average wind speed of about 5 knots (5.8 MPH or 9.3 KPH). Usually, people call this “a light breeze” in some areas. The wind continues at this speed till the first week of June when it climbs up to14.3 knots.

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

At Puerto Vallarta, there is precipitation in the last week of June though it is not doesn’t stay very much. If you do not enjoy the snow periods, you could as well go for other months like January, February, and March when there is very little chance of having precipitation.

One of the periods, when you will find Puerto Vallarta at its coolest, is in January. At this time of the year, you will find the afternoon highs in the upper 20s°C, very little or no rain, and the clearness of the sky is very noticeable. It is this period the whales, sharks, humpbacks and their newborns begin getting attractions to the oceans due to their low-temperature sides.

However, it is still a great time to swim or surf the sea though you shouldn’t forget to carry along your jacket. It is necessary at nights when the temperature experiences a drop to an average high of 28°C and an average low of about 16°C. The temperature of the sea is at 25°C and rainfall comes at 23mm.

In February, there is a steady average temperature range as the daytimes are normally warm while there is a considerable amount of cold at night. The average high and low temperatures remain steady at 28°C and 16°C respectively. The sky gets clearer and you will find some days sunny while others are partly cloudy. The rainfall comes only once in February as the year approaches dry season. There is also a -1 drop in sea temperature and is a perfect time for surfing too.

If you are at sea at this moment, you could catch a glimpse of the baby humpbacks which are now most active as they come out frequently in the open. The average high and low remains steady once more at 28°C and 16°C respectively. The rainfall arrives at 12mm while the temperature of the sea remains like in February.

FAQ’s About Puerto Vallarta

The rainy season in Puerto Vallarta runs from June through Mid-October, with almost no precipitation the rest of the year. And when it does rain in the rainy season, the rain lasts a little while and frequently at night leaving most days warm and dry.

The High Season in Puerto Vallarta runs from December through mid-April. It is a very busy period filled with crowds who gather around for the good weather. The mean daily highs are normally less than 29°C during this time and the skies are very clear.

It is safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta so long as you would stay close to the beach area. The best travel safety tip for you as a tourist is to stay in well-traveled tourist areas.

Puerto Vallarta actually does not suffer from hurricane season as such, thanks to its location at the center of the Banderas Bay wrapped around by mountains. When hurricanes do pass occasionally, it affects only the sidelines.

The most affordable time to visit Puerto Vallarta is around April and June when you will equally enjoy lovely weather besides the affordable accommodation. It equally rains a little within these periods.

Conclusion: Timing Your Visit to Puerto Vallarta Mexico

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta depends on your individual preference. If you are after good weather and affordable rates, visit between April and June.

It also rains a little lesser these months and the crowds are fewer than when you visit in the high season of winter.

Nonetheless, if you’re after whale watching, the best time is from December to March but you must be prepared to pay exorbitant rates.

Bottom Line Summary: The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from the middle of April through late June and then from September until late November. 

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Best Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta for Low Prices & Great Weather

Whatever your reason for visiting Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, & the Riviera Nayarit, we’re here to help you decide when you should be visiting so that you can make the most of your travels. If you’re trying to decide what month has the best weather in Puerto Vallarta for your vacation, or what season has the best deals, the good news is that there are benefits of traveling during each season, so there’s no bad time to plan an escape to the beaches of Puerto Vallarta.

Below we’ll cover the best time to go, our favorite months, when’s the best time to visit, and when hurricane season is in Puerto Vallarta.

Wind Season

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The answer to this question varies from person to person, and the reason is that each season in Puerto Vallarta brings different things to love. When deciding the best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta, there are two distinct seasons:

  • HIGH SEASON: Mid-December to April 31
  • LOW SEASON: May 1 to Mid-December

For some, the period from November to December is the best because that is when things start to cool down; the rains dissipate and the lush mountains retain their green hues, making for a stunning backdrop. January to May is another great time, as the temperatures are mild and the days are long.

Our favorite time to visit Puerto Vallarta is during the shoulder seasons, especially from April to mid-June when the weather is pleasant and the rentals are more affordable than in the winter high season. During these months, rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists since most snowbirds have returned home by this time.

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Thanksgiving Week and Holy Week are the two exceptions since the latter is a busy time for Mexican family vacations and the former is a popular time to travel for Americans.

Late summer and early fall is also the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta if you want to take advantage of some of the best travel deals of the year. As tourism declines, local hotels, restaurants, and businesses make their best deals, inviting guests to enjoy the best of the coastal destination.

Best Time to Visit for Good Weather

The climate is tropical in Puerto Vallarta. The average temperature in Puerto Vallarta is 23.5 °C (74.2 °F). The rainfall here is around 1497 mm | 58.9 inches per year. Hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta lasts from June to October.

Seasonal Temperature Changes

Puerto Vallarta’s average temperature in the winter is 70° F (21° C) and in the summer is 83° F (28° C) . Annually there are more than 300 sunny days! On average, the warmest month is August, and the coolest is February.

Hurricanes & Rainy Season

Puerto Vallarta is a stunning destination any time of the year, but if you’re planning to visit during the rainy season, there are a few things you should know. Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season might bring a few challenges, but it also presents unique opportunities to explore this beautiful destination without the usual crowds. While the city has faced hurricanes in the past, they are relatively rare events. With the right knowledge and a flexible itinerary, you can have a fantastic experience in Puerto Vallarta, even during the rainy season. So, pack your umbrella, put on your adventure hat, and get ready for a memorable journey in this tropical paradise.

Understanding the Rainy Season: In Puerto Vallarta, the rainy season typically extends from mid-June to October, with September being the wettest month, receiving an average of 340 mm (13.4 in) of rainfall. While it’s true that this season can bring about heavy downpours, there’s no need to be deterred. The city’s unique geography offers a degree of natural storm protection, and you can take advantage of some excellent deals on accommodations and flights due to fewer tourists.

Hurricane History: Puerto Vallarta, though generally well-protected by the Sierra Madre mountain range surrounding the bay, does experience occasional tropical storms and hurricanes. Historically, the city has been directly hit by a hurricane only a handful of times in the last 50 years. Here’s a look at some of the significant hurricane events:

  • Hurricane Lidia (Category 4) in 2023
  • Hurricane Roslyn (Category 4) in 2022
  • Hurricane Nora (Category 1) in 2021
  • Hurricane Kenna (Category 4) in 2002
  • Hurricane Lily (Category 1) in 1971

For the latest updates on any hurricanes near Puerto Vallarta:

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  • ESPAÑOL: https://smn.conagua.gob.mx/es/

Embracing Rainy Days: If you happen to visit Puerto Vallarta during the rainy season, you can expect occasional showers, often in the late afternoon. However, this doesn’t need to dampen your spirits. Start your day with ocean swimming or mountain hiking, making the most of the mornings when the weather is usually more pleasant. When the clouds gather and the thunder rolls in (typically after 5 pm), you can find solace indoors or at a cozy restaurant for a delightful evening.

The wind season (especially important to kiteboarders , windsurfers, and sailboats) usually covers the months of February to June. After that, the sea temperature rises so much that the breezes slow down. The north end of Banderas Bay is known to have pretty consistently good wind every afternoon. Bucerias is considered to be the Wind Capital of the Riviera Nayarit. Here, the wind ranges from  5 – 20 mph  but can reach 30mph. Usually starts around  noon  and on a good day continues until sunset. It’s possible to get  3 or 4 good days a week  during wind season.

Best Time to Travel to Puerto Vallarta for Great Deals

The best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta for great deals is during the summer rainy season, from June to October . The vast majority of days during the summer season are hot and humid, with afternoon showers being very frequent. For travelers who don’t mind the heat and occasional rain shower, this is the ideal time to travel, as you can find the best deals on tours and accommodations.

The cool and dry winter and spring months can cost you a pretty peso, but an epic whale-watching experience might warrant the peak-season splurge.

Best Time to Visit for Fun Activities

Even if you are traveling during the hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta, there are some great yearly events and activities that you should check out. There are also some amazing events that take place during the winter months such as whale & turtle season. You get to decide when’s the best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta Surfing Season

The best season for surfing is during the winter. Between November and March is when the North Pacific swells hit the bay. Waves do lose some of their intensity due to the protection from the bay, but you can easily head north to some great surf spots such as La Lancha and Sayulita.

Whale Watching Season

Puerto Vallarta whale watching season is from  Mid-November to March  every year. In late fall, Humpback Whales begin their annual migratory route to their winter breeding and calving grounds in the warmer tropical waters of Mexico. Their total migration route extends to about 5000 km (3000 mi). This makes it one of the longest journeys of any mammal on the planet!

Sea Turtle Hatching Season

Attending a baby sea turtle release in Puerto Vallarta at a local sanctuary is definitely one of our favorite family-friendly activities in the bay. Baby turtle liberation ceremonies are held almost daily at the different camps and sanctuaries around Banderas Bay. The sea turtle hatching season is  between the months of July and December , although it occurs frequently outside this period of time.

Regarding a general Puerto Vallarta fishing calendar, Mahi Mahi and Marlin season is best from September to February, but Red Snapper and Jack Crevalle fishing are great all year! There are also many opportunities to catch Sailfish and giant Yellowfin Tuna.

For some, the period from November to December is the best because that is when things start to cool down and the rains dissipate. January to May is another great time, as the temperatures are mild and the days are long. Our favorite time to visit is during the shoulder seasons, especially from April to mid-June when the weather is pleasant and the rentals are more affordable than the winter high season.

Puerto Vallarta has only been hit by a hurricane 3 times in the past 50 years: Hurricane Nora (Category 1) in 2021, Hurricane Kenna (Category 4) in 2002, and Hurricane Lily (Category 1) in 1971.

Hurricane season in Puerto Vallarta lasts from July to October. Most precipitation falls in September, with a monthly average of 340 mm (13.4 in) of rainfall. Heavy rains can cause problems, but the natural geography of the city protects it from the most active hurricane season weather.

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Puerto Vallarta Weather- Best Time to Visit

Shawn Olaughlin March 19, 2020 Blog

Are you planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta and wondering when is the best time to visit?  We offer you some local insights on the four seasons and the best weather for visiting Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta’s Best Weather- November through April

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Vallarta enjoys perfect weather in the winter and early spring months. Consistently sunny and clear skies are the norm during this season. Some scattered high clouds can drift in from the Pacific Ocean, usually in the afternoons, offering a welcome relief from the intense Mexican sun.

Air Temperature s

The average high temperature is 81° Fahrenheit  (27°Celsius). Night time temperatures cool down to an average low of 64° Fahrenheit (17°C), making for a cool and comfortable sleep, under a lightweight blanket.

Here is a chart showing Puerto Vallarta’s average temperatures by the month.

There is very little rainfall in the winter months in Puerto Vallarta. Maybe a day or two in January it will rain, but the rest of the winter and spring season is quite dry. The rains don’t actually arrive until the third week in June. Here’s a chart showing monthly days of rain in Puerto Vallarta.

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Vallarta’s sunny skies and warm temperatures, with little or no rain, make for predictably perfect weather.

a bay and beach in Puerto Vallarta with a small boat anchored off shore.

Water Temperatu res

The water temperatures in the bay average around 75° Fahrenheit during winter season (24°C). In summer, the bay warms up to an average temperature of 84°F (29°C).  

For diving, the best water temperatures and visibility is during the summer. Here are two simple charts on water temperatures and visibility for all you swimmers, snorkelers, and divers out there.

Water Temperatures in the Bay of Banderas

Jan-May June-Dec

77-79°F 82-84°F

Visibility in the Bay of Banderas

Jan-May June-Dec. 

25-45 ft 30-100 ft

High Season For Tourism

This perfect winter weather corresponds with the high season for tourism here in Puerto Vallarta. Snow is flying in the northern latitudes and everyone wants to escape the bitter cold of winter. Accordingly, the hotel rates are highest at this time of year.

Puerto Vallarta has many hotels and resorts, so this keeps the rates competitive. Even a modest budget can afford lodgings in Vallarta in the high season.

For those of you who want to see the Humpback Whales, you must come in high season. The whales migrate every year to the Bay of Banderas, and reside here in the Bay from December through March. The whale watching tours are some of the most popular tours in Puerto Vallarta. For more info on the best tours in Puerto Vallarta, click here .

Easter Holidays

Mexicans have a longstanding tradition, during Easter Holiday, to visit the beaches of Mexico. Every family inland, who can afford to visit, travels to the coast. Mexico has a population of 129 million people and most of them head for the beaches for Easter Vacation!

Crowds enjoy easter vacation on the beach in Puerto Vallarta

The week before and after Easter Sunday is the busiest time on the beaches of Mexico. Between the national tourists and the spring breakers from the North, the beaches of Mexico, during Easter Holiday, get very crowded. 

The Restaurants and Bars are also very busy. If you want to jump in and rub elbows, it’s great fun. Otherwise, consider visiting Puerto Vallarta during a quieter time, i.e., sometime other than the Easter Holiday.

April thru June- Empty Beaches-Lower Prices

This shoulder season-after Easter-brings warmer temperatures to the Bay of Banderas and still little or no rain. Hotel rates drop and the beaches empty out. It’s an ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta. Deals can be had on hotel rooms. It’s quieter, slower paced, and no crowds to contend with. 

Mornings can be overcast, keeping it reasonably cool, but then in early afternoons, the sun breaks out, and temperatures climb up into the upper 80s (30°C)  Dark clouds can form in the late afternoons, and threaten rain.

Dark clouds forming on the Bay of Banderas.

But it usually just threatens to rain, and doesn’t actually rain. You can still take tours and go shopping in the mornings, but by afternoons, the heat is in full swing and it’s best to settle into the swimming pool or the bay. A hotel room with AC is recommended for this season.

July thru October- Rainy Season-

Ominous dark clouds over a hotel pool and beach in Puerto Vallarta.

The rains start in earnest in late June and continue through October. It doesn’t rain all day. The days begin partly sunny and cooler in the mornings. This is the time of day to explore, take tours, or hit the beach. By late afternoon, the thunderheads roll into the bay. 

Watching the rain storms approach the city is a spectacular show in itself. The rain, thunder, and lightning show gets cracking by 4 pm and can go well into the night.

Lightning strikes off the municipal pier in Puerto Vallarta.

The rains are torrential and water pours down the mountains, in arroyos, toward the ocean. Here’s a video of the rains taken from a hotel on the south shore.

Puerto Vallarta sits at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains, so when rains run down the mountains, the streets in downtown Puerto Vallarta often flood.

Sreets in downtown Puerto Vallarta are flooded with rain water.

Locals wear sandals to slosh through the water, so the feet can quickly dry out. Sandals are essential footwear for all year in Puerto Vallarta.  

During the rainy season, the storms are amazing. Awesome big lightning strikes and the cracks and booms of thunder are scary loud. Indeed, Puerto Vallarta’s electric storms instill a sense of awe.

Lightning strikes the Bay of Banderas.

Summer storms in Vallarta reveal nature’s most powerful and splendid displays.  The jungle greens up and the plants fill out in the gardens. Toads, sing out their extraterrestrial mating calls, as the rain storms approach. It’s wonderfully wild up in the jungle during the rainy season. Birds and butterflies abound in the mornings and then take refuge when the afternoon rains arrive.

If you love tropical rain storms, with thunder and lightning shows striking on the bay, then come visit Puerto Vallarta during the summer. You will find a slow relaxed rhythm in the city, empty beaches, and the very lowest rates for hotel rooms. This is the time of year, you will want a room with air conditioning.

Hurricane Season

Ominous clouds form on the bay, while a beach goer is sitting reading a book.

Our rainy season (July through October) also brings hurricanes that twirl up the West Coast of Mexico. Most of the hurricanes form in warm waters off the coast of Central America and twirl in a Northwest direction along the Mexican Coast (away from land). When they occasionally  turn east, toward land, then Vallarta can be vulnerable to a hurricane. But very few of the Hurricanes actually enter the Bay of Banderas.

The last hurricane to brush the Bay of Banderas was Hurricane Kenna in late October of 2002.

Satellite image of Hurricane Kenna brushing the west coast of Mexico

Kenna brought 145 mph winds (233 kph) along the coast, but the storm surge of the bay is what damaged the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta and resulted in over 101 million dollars in property damages.

storm surge from Hurricane Kenna floods over the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta.

Here’s a video of Kenna’s impressive storm surge hitting our coast (taken at Hotel Villa Del Palmar). While Puerto Vallarta is seldom impacted by hurricanes on a dangerous level, local authorities closely monitor the storms as they approach to ensure people in the region are not harmed.  Mandatory evacuations, to inland locations, are sometimes ordered, when necessary to keep visitors and residents safe. 

Precautions for Hurricane Season

When traveling during hurricane season, you can monitor the storms and stay aware of impending severe weather by signing up for free weather alerts here . When severe weather arises, they send free alerts to your email, every three hours, with reports from the National Weather service. Tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes are tracked. Another good source for tracking severe weather in real time is accuweather .

Surfing Season

A surfer on a bif wave in the Bay of Banderas, Mexico.

The best time for surfing this coast is in the summer. Warmer water and big waves form in the bay as storms twirl northward offshore and parallel to the Mexican coastline. Expert surfers can be seen out there catching the big waves.  

Summer brings the most dramatic and powerful displays of nature in the bay, and for this reason, summer is a favorite season for many of the locals here in Puerto Vallarta.

Best Time to Visit – November

The rains and humidity wind down in late October and milder temperatures return to the Bay of Banderas by November. Hurricane season is over, and the tourists haven’t arrived quite yet. The jungle is still green and lush from the rainy season. And hotel rates are still discounted. November is an ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

The City of Puerto Vallarta, as seen from the Bay of Banderas.

The truth is, every season in Vallarta has its charms and every season is a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta! And while you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, come take a food tour with us!! 

The tours are a lot of fun! We guide you to the best authentic Mexican food in Puerto Vallarta! Take our tour and become a local in just three hours!

A food tour guide, from Vallarta Food ours,  explains Mexican Cuisine to tourists in Puerto Vallarta.

If you are visiting in summer, during the warmer temperatures, consider taking our van tour. Tour around the city of Vallarta, in a comfy air conditioned Sprinter Van, sampling food in five different neighborhoods and never break a sweat. The van tour has amazing food . Here’s a link to our Van Tour, which we call Vallarta by Road .

Here’s a link to compare all our food tours .

Revelations about Puerto Vallarta Weather

When you are sitting on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, with your toes in the sand, a cold beverage in your hand, and a stunning view of the Bay of Banderas, you suddenly realize, all’s right with the world, it’s all good, including the weather!

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Until next time, we’ll see you out there on tour!

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Best Time To Visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Weather, Season, Travel 2024

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Best Time To Visit Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, generally has a tropical climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. The best time to visit depends on your preferences for weather, activities, and avoiding peak tourist seasons. Here’s a breakdown:

  • High Season (November to April): This period is considered the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. The weather is typically dry and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (24-30°C). This is the peak tourist season, so expect more crowded beaches and higher prices. It’s an excellent time for water activities and enjoying the vibrant nightlife.
  • Shoulder Season (May to June): This period sees a decrease in tourist numbers, and prices may be more reasonable than during the high season. The weather is still warm, but it’s transitioning from the dry season to the rainy season, so you might experience some rain showers. This is a good time for budget-conscious travelers.
  • Rainy Season (July to September): The summer months bring higher humidity and increased chances of rain, but showers are usually short-lived, and the landscape becomes lush and green. Prices are lower during this time, making it another option for budget travelers. Just be prepared for the possibility of rain and the potential for hurricanes.
  • Hurricane Season (June to November): Puerto Vallarta can be affected by hurricanes or tropical storms during this period, with the highest risk from August to October. While direct hits are relatively rare, it’s essential to monitor weather forecasts if you plan to visit during these months.

Ultimately, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta depends on your priorities. If you prefer dry and warm weather with fewer crowds, the high season is ideal. If you’re looking for budget-friendly options and don’t mind occasional rain, the shoulder season or early in the rainy season might be a good fit. Always check the current weather conditions and any travel advisories before planning your trip.

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant and affordable room rates. During these months, rain is scarce, and there are fewer tourists compared to the high winter season.

If you are interested in whale watching, however, visit from December to March. Just be prepared for the most astronomical travel rates in the area. Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful beach destination on Mexico’s Pacific coast and enjoys a pleasant, sunny and warm climate all year round.

 Although every season of the year has its raffles, the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is from December to March, when you will find near-perfect weather conditions, very little chance of rain, and fun activities like whale watching. Whatever time of year you decide to visit, this guide will provide you with the essential information you need to plan your trip.

Travel Seasons To Puerto Vallarta

  • High season:  

December to mid-April is the busiest time in Puerto Vallarta, as crowds gather to enjoy the best weather in town. Average daily highs are typically below 29 ° C. Skies are the clearest they will be year-round, although even in the driest months, days can be cloudy.

From December to February, the cooler months bring migratory humpback whales and some great fishing, and the waves from the north make for excellent surfing. It is when the city shines! As the weather warms up in March and April, crowds of students from north of the border descend on the city for spring break; Most of the hotels that host Spring Breakers are in the North Hotel Zone.

The week before Easter, Holy Week (Holy Week) is the peak travel time for local families. If you visit Puerto Vallarta in the winter or early spring, be prepared to pay the best price for flights and hotels and face the crowds.

2. Low season:  

July to September is the low season in Puerto Vallarta. Days are typically hot and humid, with highs around 33 ° C and at least a little rain on more than half of the days. 

The skies are mostly gray, and the surf is generally poor. However, there are many deals on flights and hotels during the summer months.

Those who venture to take PV during the rainy season will reward with the warmest ocean temperatures and the best underwater visibility. It is the perfect time to dive, swim and snorkel, especially near the reef islands, Marietas and Los Arcos.

3. Mid Season:  

The late spring (May and June) and fall months (October and November) are considered Vallarta’s shoulder season. These months present good weather, with much less rain and fewer clouds than the summer months, although hotter and more humid than in the winter and early spring. 

High temperatures are around 31 ° C during these months. Rooms and flights are affordable, especially in May and June when many hotels offer sales after peak season officially ends. Room rates remain relatively low from October through mid-November, with prices starting to rise in late November in preparation for the holiday season.

Weather In Puerto Vallarta By Months

The climate in Puerto Vallarta is hot and humid most of the year, with temperatures ranging from winter lows of 16 ° C to summer highs of 33 ° C. Late July and early August are the busiest times. Hottest of the year, while January is the coldest. March to May are the driest and sunniest months. Late August and early September are the rainiest and cloudiest. September is the wettest. Ocean surface temperatures are highest in August and lowest in March.

1. January Weather In Puerto Vallarta

January is one of the coldest months of the year, although it is still quite warm. The afternoon highs are in the upper 20 ° C, and the skies are mostly clear, especially towards the end of the month. January averages are about two rainy days per month, usually in the middle. 

Ocean temperatures are low for Puerto Vallarta, attracting humpbacks, hatchlings, and whale sharks, but the water is still comfortable swimming and surfing. It’s a good idea to wear a jacket, as nighttime temperatures tend to drop until the mid-teens. (Average High 28 ° C, Average Low 16 ° C, Sea Temperature 25 ° C, Precipitation 23mm.)

2. February Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Temperatures remain constant in February, with warm days and cooler nights; Average highs of 28 ° C and lows of 16 ° C. Skies are beginning to clear now, with most days sunny or partly cloudy. There is typically only one rainy day in February, and rainfall becomes less and less likely towards the end of the month as Puerto Vallarta moves into the dry season. 

Sea temperatures drop only slightly from the previous month but remain within a comfortable range. Surfing is excellent this month. Baby humpbacks are the most active now; This is the best opportunity to see them in plain sight. (Average high 28 ° C, average low 16 ° C, sea temperature 24 ° C, precipitation 12mm.)

3. March Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Temperatures begin to rise slowly in March, with days often reaching 30 ° C. Nights can still be colder, so a light jacket or sweater is good to have, especially in a candle at sunset or if you visit the mountains. Rain is infrequent in this first dry month of the season; bring your sunscreen.

Ocean temperatures are the coldest y begin to leave the area towards the end of the month. (Average high 29 ° C, average low 17 ° C, sea temperature 24 ° C, precipitation 5mm.)

4. April Weather In Puerto Vallarta

April is warm, with some hot days at the end of the month. It is the driest month of the year, usually without rainy days, but the humidity increases as the weeks go by. Make sure to pack sunscreen. 

The nights are still cool, as in the previous months. Ocean temperatures start to rise, and the waves remain stable, making for an excellent month for surfing. Most of the humpbacks are leaving the area for calmer waters. (Average high 31 ° C, average low 18 ° C, sea temperature 25 ° C, precipitation 4mm.)

5. May Weather In Puerto Vallarta

May is hot and humid, with temperatures typically exceeding 32 ° C. As humidity increases towards the last couple of weeks, so does the chance of rain, though only one rainy day in the month is the norm. 

Ocean temperatures rise to a very comfortable range. The surf is less consistent, but there are plenty of great waves at Sayulita, San Pancho, and Lo De Marcos. (Average high 32 ° C, average low 19 ° C, sea temperature 27 ° C, rain 12mm.)

6. June Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Heat and humidity are high in June, increasing as the month progresses. The days are usually cloudy or cloudy, and the precipitations are more frequent; approximately ten days of rain are expected throughout the month. Ocean conditions are excellent for swimming and snorkeling, with warm waters and excellent visibility. 

The surfing has died down in most of the usual spots, but Quimixto, south of PV, offers big waves all summer long. (Average high 32 ° C, average low 23 ° C, sea temperature 28 ° C, rain 159mm.)

7. July Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Summer is the beginning of the rainy season. July rains about half of the day and cloudy skies almost every day. It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella and plan some activities for rainy days, just in case. (Watch a chocolate-making class or hang out from the bar to the bar in Old Town.) Temperatures are hot and sticky.

Ocean temperatures continue to rise, and visibility is excellent for snorkelers and snorkelers, especially near the reefs. Surfing has almost completely disappeared in the areas north of Vallarta, but Quimixto still has consistent surf. (Average high 33 ° C, average low 23 ° C, sea temperature 29 ° C, precipitation 285mm.)

8. August Weather In Puerto Vallarta

August is the peak of the rainy summer season, with highs frequently above 33 °, and rain occurs half of all days. Pack an umbrella and plan some activities for the rainy day. The skies are cloudy, and the humidity is oppressive every day. 

Ocean temperatures reach their peak of heat, hovering around 30 ° C. The water is calm, and visibility is excellent, ideal for snorkeling and snorkeling. Surfers can still find waves south of the city. (Average high 33 ° C, average low 23 ° C, sea temperature 30 ° C, precipitation 300mm.)

9. September Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Temperatures drop a bit in September, although the days remain hot and humid. The skies are the grayest this month, with almost every day cloudy or cloudy. Rain is common, although a little is less frequent than in previous months. 

Travelers will still want to pack an umbrella and plan for rainy days. Ocean conditions are consistent in August, with warm water, flat waves, and excellent visibility. Surf conditions are still better in the south than in the north of Puerto Vallarta. (Average high 32 ° C, average low 23 ° C, sea temperature 30 ° C, precipitation 288mm.)

10. October Weather In Puerto Vallarta

October starts like September, with heat, humidity, and rain. But by the second half of the month, the sky is clear, and the rain becomes less frequent, with only five days of rain in the month. 

Ocean temperatures and conditions remain similar to September, with warm, clear water. Surfing should be good at the popular Sayulita and San Pancho beaches. (Average high 31 ° C, average low 22 ° C, sea temperature 30 ° C, rain 117mm.)

11. November Weather In Puerto Vallarta

Great weather returns to Vallarta in November. Daytime temperatures are warm, often above 31 ° C for a few hours in the afternoons. Humidity is high at the beginning of the month but decreases as the weeks go by. Rain is possible once or twice in November, but most days are dehydrated.

Ocean temperatures are still hot, and surfing is becoming more consistent throughout the region. The first adult humpbacks must make ends meet. (Average high 31 ° C, average low 21 ° C, sea temperature 28 ° C, precipitation 24mm.)

12. December Weather In Puerto Vallarta

December is beautiful in PV, with warm, comfortable days and cooler nights. A jacket is recommended for an evening out, especially for sunset cruises. The rains can last for a couple of days, but most days are dry, and the humidity is relatively low (although it is always a bit humid). 

More than half of the days are sunny or only partially cloudy. Sea temperatures drop to 25 ° C, still comfortable for all water activities. Surfing is excellent this time of year, and the Bay of Banderas is teeming with whales. (Average high of 29 ° C, average low of 16 ° C, sea temperature of 25 ° C, precipitation of 21mm.)

Which school holidays are to go-to for families and children?

The best times for family trips are from April to June and from mid-October to mid-November. The months of April and May are perfect for a visit, right after the end of spring break and before the start of summer rains and the holiday season in Mexico . During these months, travelers should expect warm sunny days, but not too hot, at affordable room rates and fewer crowds than in the previous five months.

May and June offer the warmest water temperatures for family trips in late spring, while June provides better visibility for snorkeling. As May and June are very popular with families, plenty of kids will entertain themselves in kids’ clubs or poolside at resorts.

Although the days tend to be a bit warmer, October and November are also good times to visit the island, and room prices, especially in November, are just starting to increase after the low. Summer season. Ocean temperatures are still warm at the end of the year, and October offers excellent underwater visibility.

Best Time To Visit Puerto Vallarta

When to go to avoid the crowds?

Puerto Vallarta’s low season is getting shorter. Still, the best time to avoid the crowds is usually July through September, right after Mexico vacation season and before peak overseas travel season. As fewer people are traveling, hotels and flights often get significant discounts. 

However, this also means it can be more challenging to schedule tours, as fewer travelers are coming to the site, leading tour companies to reduce the number of daily or weekly departures. It is the rainiest season in Puerto Vallarta, with about half of the rainy days, especially in the late afternoon or early evening, from late August to early September.

What is the best season for good business?

The best time to find great bargains for a trip to Puerto Vallarta is near the low season, but not precisely in the middle of it. Flights are generally cheaper during the low season, July through September, but many hotels are closing or reducing their number of rooms for annual repairs in July and August. 

So even if there are fewer travelers, room prices don’t necessarily go down. You can travel here in May, June, September, and October for the best room rates, plus affordable flights and excursions.

When is the best time to surf?

Surfing is excellent most of the year, especially in Sayulita, but the best time to ride the waves is December through April, when the northern swells are in place. The waves are big enough that beginners can maintain enough speed on their board to avoid capsizing without being too intimidating. 

More experienced surfers will find faster, more giant waves at the north end of Sayulita Beach and other nearby spots. It is possible to surf outside of these months, but the waves are not as sound, especially from June to September, where the waves are mainly flat and short. The water here is warm all year round, but the hottest times during the surf season are December, January, and April.

What is the best month for spotting humpback whales?

Best time to watch whales: Humpback whales start arriving in November and leave in early April. The best time to see them in large numbers is from mid-December to mid-March. In December, adult whale watching will be the most active, as males compete for the attention of females in the hope of mating. 

The first babies will be born in January but will become more active in February and March as they become better swimmers. Most whales leave at the end of March, and the last remnants in the area until mid-April. As the waves are calmer in the morning, it is best to leave earlier for people who tend to get seasick.

When is the best time for snorkeling and diving?

For snorkeling and diving, the months of June to October offer better water conditions, while December to February allow you to encounter manta rays and whale sharks. The water temperature is warm, and the waves are pretty calm all year round. 

Diving and snorkeling are possible at any time, although there are marked seasonal differences. The water is warmer, and the visibility is more apparent during the summer months, from June to October. The months of August and September are scorching, with surface temperatures averaging 30 ° C.

From November to May, the water is more relaxed, and the proliferation of plankton obscures visibility. However, plankton attracts more manta rays to the surface, making this period an excellent opportunity for divers to see them up close. From December to February, divers and snorkelers may even encounter migrating whale sharks during the winter months.

When to go to be able to explore the jungle?

December to March is the best time to visit the Mismaloya jungle, whether it’s hiking in the botanical gardens or canopy pulling. These are the coldest months of the year, with temperatures above 27 ° C. Most days offer clear skies, even in the rainforest, especially in February and March. 

The worst time for jungle adventures is from July to September when summer rains bring up hordes of mosquitoes. Even in the winter months, it’s good to wear bug spray or long pants that cover your ankles.

At what time of the year is sport fishing possible?

Fish bite all year round in Puerto Vallarta, but the different seasons attract different types of fish. The most incredible variety of fish is found from September to December, when blue, black, and striped marlins are most abundant, along with mahi-mahi, sailfish, and wahoo. In general, the warmer months, June through September, attract more tuna and groupers.

What are the warmest months in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico?

Puerto Vallarta has dry periods in February, March, April, May, and November. The warmest month is August, with an average maximum temperature of 33°C (92°F). 

The coldest month is February, with an average maximum temperature of 28°C (83°F).

What is the best beach in Puerto Vallarta?

  • Boca de Tomatlan
  • Playa de Oro
  • Boca de Tomates
  • Caballo Beach
  • Amapas Beach
  • Garza Blanca Beach
  • Palmares Beach

How safe is Puerto Vallarta?  – Best Time To Visit Puerto Vallarta

This region of Mexico is relatively safe, but it still smarts if you exercise the proper precautions. Don’t take Puerto Vallarta lightly just because it’s a safe area. Tourists are targeted in all locations around the globe, so keep on the lookout for petty crime. Vallarta is exceptionally welcoming, but almost too many people.

Can you swim in the ocean in Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta locates on beautiful Banderas Bay, where the waters are calmer than the Pacific Ocean. The bay and beaches are perfect for swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking.

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The best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta

M exico abounds with postcard-worthy beaches and enclaves. But Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast might be a contender for leader of the pack, as this bustling town beckons travelers from around the world with its expanse of sandy shores, Sierra Madre Mountain vistas and lush jungle.

Puerto Vallarta itself offers a wide array of bars, restaurants and activities. Its all-inclusive resort scene similarly offers variety in terms of experiences, lodging style and dining.

Whether you're looking for an all-inclusive resort with a side of live music or one that rivals the nicest of ultra-luxury hotels, Puerto Vallarta has something for you. Here are some of our picks for the best all-inclusive resorts in Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta might be popular with those craving sun and fun, but Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta manages to offer a little more seclusion with its private beach — all the better to hear the crashing waves from your oceanfront room. Don't worry: The garden rooms at Hyatt Ziva are still decadent, but try and splurge for one of the swim-up rooms or suites.

This family-friendly resort is popular for its wide array of swimming pools, including four infinity pools and designated kids' pools for younger members of the family. Couples have the option of hanging out at the adults-only pools or retreating to their own adults-only swim-up room.

Related: 11 all-inclusive beach resorts families can book with points

On the dining front, the outdoor steakhouse Blaze gets top marks (who doesn't love their sirloin with a view of dolphins frolicking at sea?) while the sprawling Vivaz Buffet is a great way to start the day with a wide variety of options. Of course, don't miss out on 24-hour room service delivered to your door, either.

Those looking for a little more wellness and rejuvenation to enhance their trip can check out treatments like palapa massages at the resort's Vitamar Spa & Fitness for an added cost. Be sure to save time to also lounge in the spa's hydrotherapy pools for added R&R.

Rates at the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta start at $411, or 21,000 World of Hyatt points, per night.

There's no bad view in the bunch at this 444-room all-inclusive resort where each room and suite features a view of the Pacific Ocean. Hilton Vallarta Riviera All-Inclusive Resort strikes the right balance of having all the dining options (five cocktail bars and seven restaurants, to be precise) and amenities of a sprawling resort while also delivering more of an intimate vibe. You can thank the Hilton Vallarta Riviera's private beach and location in a cove at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains for that secluded ambience.

Guest rooms and suites are modern and spacious, but added indulgence comes to those who book a Premium category room or suite with Enclave Lounge access as well as added amenities like a more private check-in experience, a welcome amenity, nightly turndown service and a souvenir beach bag. You can also head to the Enclave Lounge for breakfast and an early evening happy hour. Larger Enclave suites feature extras like private terraces with jetted tubs and spacious living rooms.

For meal time, enjoy Hilton Vallarta Riviera's diverse mix of cuisine, from Oaxacan mole and other Mexican fare at Maxal to hearty curry and Pad Thai at the Asian-inspired Sunan restaurant. Adults in the group should save room for a nightcap at Azulinda, a tequila bar overlooking the ocean. The resort's pool deck features two oceanfront infinity pools while Eforea Spa offers a quieter way to rejuvenate away from the sun-seeking crowd.

Rates at the Hilton Vallarta Riviera start at $366, or 93,000 Hilton Honors points, per night.

If the first thing you think of when you think of an all-inclusive resort is a never-ending buffet line or rowdy spring break crowds, Casa Velas is here to luxuriously expunge those preconceived notions from your head. The adults-only getaway feels more like checking into a boutique hotel than an all-inclusive resort thanks to its smaller 80-suite count.

Suites feature Mexican design and artistic touches with pieces from sculptor Sergio Bustamante. You can opt for added luxuries like a private plunge pool, Marina Vallarta golf course or garden views, and extra bedrooms for added elbow room. Molton Brown bathroom products add to Casa Velas's elevated vibe.

It might be easy to unwind amid the swaying palm fronds, koi ponds and greenery. But be sure to take time to indulge in an al fresco meal at Emilano — pastas, prime cuts of meats or fresh catch of the day are all favorites — or a margarita at Aqua Bar, the resort's pool and beach bar. Táu Beach Club offers beachfront dining and cocktails to guests and is especially popular at sunset for dinner with a Pacific Ocean view.

Casa Velas also elevates in terms of its activity line-up. The resort offers a wide range of things to do, from yoga and cooking classes to tequila tastings and even guided meditation. We're partial to the resort's Abja Spa, where the four-handed herbal ritual (for an added charge outside of the all-inclusive rate) of orange peel, clove, bay leaf and horsetail compresses leave us feeling like a new person after the longer 80-minute treatment offering.

Rates at Casas Velas start at $648 per night.

Romance in Puerto Vallarta is practically a brand standard at Hotel Mousai, a sleek, contemporary resort featuring rooftop infinity pools framed by jungle landscapes and Pacific Ocean views.

This adults-only resort features bright, spacious suites with panoramic ocean views and jetted tubs. A designated concierge helps guests throughout the stay with things like reservations and experience planning. With accommodations this nice, it's no wonder complimentary room service is a popular option for guests looking for a little solitude.

The resort's newer South Tower includes the Rooftop, a so-called beach club in the sky with a rooftop infinity pool and bar and lounge. For those actually wanting to dip their toes in the ocean, Hotel Mousai offers a 10-minute shuttle service to reach the shore.

Hotel Mousai's restaurant and bar line-up is impressive, especially for an all-inclusive resort. Bocados Steakhouse as well as the Japanese restaurant, Hiroshi, are popular for couples looking for a decadent date night. Hiroshi gets added high marks for its outdoor seating and views to accompany the sushi. For those looking for something a little more casual, the resort's Mexican restaurant, Blanca Blue, is a more laid-back setting (but still features ocean views) for feasting on guacamole and spicy grilled octopus.

Before checking out, be sure to head to Spa Imagine for treatments offered at an added charge. Therapy suites include views of Banderas Bay, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a sunset massage to really unwind for the night.

Rates at Hotel Mousai start at $413 per night.

This adults-only all-inclusive resort on Puerto Vallarta's Las Glorias Beach is an inviting waterfront retreat thanks to spacious suites with soaking tubs, private balconies, ocean or garden views and (for those willing to upgrade) swim-up pool access. Guests can also upgrade to Preferred Club suites for added amenities like concierge service and an upgraded minibar.

Secrets Vallarta Bay's dining scene has something for everyone, from the flip-flop crowd enjoying burgers at the outdoor Barefoot Grill to a more romantic, upscale night out at Bordeaux, the resort's high-end French restaurant.

Guests also stay busy with a mix of splashing in the resort's large pools to being more on the go with added-charge tours to places like the Marietas Islands. There are other relaxing offerings, too, from movie nights on the beach or a treatment at Secrets Spa by Pevonia, an expansive facility featuring treatments like a mango-passion body wrap and black caviar facials.

Rates at Secrets Vallarta Bay start at $540, or 21,000 World of Hyatt points, per night.

Marriott Bonvoy members (and even non-members) have plenty of reasons to be grateful the world's largest hotel company has jumped further into the all-inclusive resort world in recent years. The waterfront property overlooks Banderas Bay and the Pacific Ocean and features a massive infinity pool — complete with a swim-up bar — mere steps from the crashing waves.

Guest rooms and suites all come with a private balcony overlooking either the ocean or surrounding gardens. Those who splurge on a suite can expect added amenities like a whirlpool, spacious living rooms and larger outdoor terraces.

Marriott Puerto Vallarta's dining line-up includes a sprawling Mexican breakfast buffet (huevos rancheros are just the beginning of this feast) at La Estancia. Save room later in the day for goodies like made-to-order sushi and teppanyaki creations at Mikado restaurant. Of course, indulge in other ways at the resort like with a treatment at Ohtli Spa, which even offers treatment rooms on the beach.

All-inclusive packages at Marriott Puerto Vallarta start at $526 per night.

Enjoy the waterfront as well as a slice of the jungle at the Westin Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, located in Marina Vallarta amid 14 acres of tropical gardens right on the water. Along with Westin's private stretch of beach, the resort also features an enormous pool deck to lounge under the palm trees or enjoy a cocktail at the swim-up Tlaquepaque Bar.

Pacific Ocean views and private balconies come standard in all guest rooms and suites. Travelers willing to splurge can book rooms and suites with whirlpools or wading pools on their outdoor terrace. Larger groups may want to consider the two-bedroom Heavenly Suite, which also features a kitchenette.

Hunger is never an issue at the Westin Resort & Spa with offerings like Arrecifes Seafood & Steakhouse, an outdoor restaurant popular for its fresh seafood. La Cascada Restaurant & Bar is a lively dinner option for a meal with live music.

On the wellness front, The Spa at the Westin Puerto Vallarta offers a choose-your-own-adventure type of treatment: Whether you want your massage in your suite, in the spa or on the beach, the team is more than happy to oblige with whatever your preferred location might be.

All-inclusive packages at the Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta start at $342 per night.

Travelers looking for a residential-style getaway with all the amenities of a larger resort are in luck when booking a stay at Marival Distinct Residences.

A 25-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, the resort features accommodations that range from one- to four-bedroom residences, and all include full kitchens and living rooms. Upgrade to units with private pools to have a little more seclusion when it comes time to splash in the sun.

Families will have plenty of fun at the kids pool (the resort also offers an adults-only pool) and kids club. Two tennis courts and activities like kayaking will keep grown-ups busy as well.

The resort's Insú Sky Bar is a rooftop lounge perfect for sunset cocktails and bar bites like coconut shrimp. Brunello Wine Bar is a more upscale offering for the oenophile of your traveling group, and Lemmon Grass is a more laid-back venue near the pool that's perfect for all-day fare like sandwiches or seafood.

Rates at Marival Distinct Residences start at $663 per night.

Families or friends looking for a good time in the sun all have reason to book a vacation at Velas Vallarta, a popular option for larger groups of travelers to Puerto Vallarta. The resort features a kids club, babysitting services and residential-style accommodations with kitchenettes.

The all-suite resort features oceanfront views, private balconies, evening turndown service and plenty of living space to unwind after a day in the sun by the pool or at the beach. Family suites get as large as three bedrooms while the four-bedroom Presidential Suite features a wraparound terrace and private plunge pool. Events like Easter egg hunts and Christmas programming make Velas Vallarta a popular getaway with families over the holidays.

For dining throughout the year, La Ribera Restaurant, an oceanfront Spanish and Mexican venue, wows as much for its tamales as its views of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Sunday nights are also popular for the resort's Mexican fiesta featuring local artisans, a mariachi band and a buffet of regional specialties.

Rates at Velas Vallarta start at $374 per night.

Couples and families both flock to Dreams Vallarta Bay for its elevated design and attention to wellness and activities.

The all-suite hotel immediately relaxes guests with sprawling accommodations with garden or ocean views from a private balcony (many with hot tubs or swim-up pools). The design of the guest suites is a mix of dark wood and bright upholstery as well as bathrooms featuring walk-in showers and whirlpool tubs — a perfect spot to unwind with a selection from the minibar or in-room dining.

You'll need the rest that comes with these well-appointed suites, as Dreams Vallarta Bay keeps its guests busy with activities ranging from whale watching to snorkeling and boogie boarding. We don't blame you if that all sounds fun but also a little tiring. Refuel between sessions at scrumptious dining options like Castaways, an outdoor spot for grilled seafood, or Manatees, a swim-up bar at Dreams Vallarta Bay's infinity pool.

Rates at Dreams Vallarta Bay start at $493, or 21,000 World of Hyatt points, per night.

Shop Boyz may have crooned about what it's like to "Party Like a Rockstar," but the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta answers that other question: What's it like to vacation like a rock star?

Guest rooms and suites are brightly decorated and feature private balconies. Splurge on the Rock Star Suite that comes with a dedicated personal assistant (also known as concierge service at other resorts) and memorabilia from Madonna and Shakira — not exactly Puerto Vallarta natives but cool nonetheless.

When it comes time for meals, Hard Rock really excels. Ipanema, a Brazilian grill, is open for breakfast and dinner and features tableside carved meats and seafood platters of lobster, scallops, octopus and shrimp. Zen, an upscale Asian restaurant, features sushi, teppanyaki-style meats and seafood and a variety of rice and noodle dishes — served up in a stylish dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding gardens.

The all-inclusive resort stands out for amenities like nightly live music performances in the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta's amphitheater which features bar service and ocean views. Guests can also relax by the resort's two pools or get more adventurous with kayaks, paddleboards or a match on the beach volleyball court. Those looking for a more soothing getaway can try out a massage or facial in the sprawling Rock Spa or get glammed up at the Posh Beauty Spa before a night out.

Rates at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta start at $459 per night.

Best credit cards for booking hotels in Puerto Vallarta

There are over a dozen excellent travel rewards credit cards out there for hotel stays. The right one(s) for you will depend on if you're loyal to a particular program or chain, whether you want premium perks, and if you value benefits like annual free nights , automatic elite status and lucrative earning rates.

Here are three great credit cards to use for booking stays across a variety of hotel chains and independent properties while still enjoying money-saving features and high-end benefits, though.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

Earning rates: This card earns 5 points per dollar on airfare purchased directly with the airlines or through the Amex Travel portal (on up to $500,000 of airfare purchases per calendar year). Plus, you'll earn 5 points per dollar on prepaid hotels booked with Amex Travel . All other purchases earn 1 point per dollar. Remember, Amex points transfer to Hilton Honors at a 1:2 ratio, to Marriott Bonvoy at a 1:1 ratio and to Choice Privileges at a 1:1 ratio, and there are sometimes transfer bonuses.

Benefits: This card is absolutely packed with perks, but among the travel-related ones you'll want to maximize, including some hotel-specific benefits are:

  • Up to a $200 annual hotel credit , in the form of a statement credit, on prepaid Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts or The Hotel Collection bookings with Amex Travel when you pay with your Amex Platinum (Hotel Collection stays require a two-night minimum).*
  • Access to Amex Fine Hotels + Resorts and The Hotel Collection .
  • Complimentary Gold status with Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy .*
  • Up to $200 in statement credits annually for incidental fees charged by one airline you select.*
  • Up to $200 annually in Uber Cash , valid on Uber rides and Uber Eats orders in the U.S. (split into monthly $15 credits plus a $20 bonus in December).*
  • Up to $189 in statement credits to cover your Clear Plus annual membership .(Subject to auto-renewal).*
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U.S. Issues Travel Warning for Mexico Ahead of Spring Break

The warning is asking travelers to “travel smart” and “be informed."

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The United States is warning travelers heading to Mexico to be aware of their surroundings ahead of the spring break holiday season.

The warning , which was issued this week by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico, reminds travelers to “travel smart” and “be informed” as “thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during spring break” each year. The embassy continued that “while the vast majority travel safely,” visitors should be aware of issues with crime, drugs, unregulated alcohol, drownings, and more. 

“Crime, including violent crime, can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations,” the embassy warned. “U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark.”

The warning also reminded American travelers that drug possession and use is illegal in Mexico, including medical marijuana. It also advised that unregulated alcohol may be contaminated, that counterfeit medication is common, and that guns are illegal in Mexico.

When it comes to the country’s popular beaches, the embassy reminded travelers some beaches may have strong rip tides and “may lack lifeguards, warnings, or signs of unsafe conditions.”

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico issued a similar spring break warning last year .

The U.S. Department of State classifies different states in Mexico under different warning levels. While travelers can “exercise normal precautions” when traveling to the Campeche and Yucatan states, the State Department warns them to “exercise increased caution” when heading to places like Baja California Sur (where Los Cabos is), Mexico City, and Quintana Roo (where Cancun is) due to crime.

The State Department also asks American travelers to “reconsider” going to the state of Jalisco, which is home to popular destination Puerto Vallarta , due to the danger of crime and kidnapping.

The State Department recommends Americans who do travel to Mexico keep people at home informed of their travel plans and enroll in the department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to both receive alerts and make it easier to locate them if an emergency occurs.

Travelers heading to international destinations can view all current travel advisories on the State Department's website at  travel.state.gov .

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We are a family of 4 with 2 adults and kids ages 13 & 15, staying at Riu Jalisco all inclusive March 27-April 3. We have only done all inclusive and this is our first time in the PV area and thinking of leaving the resort. We like to spend a few days at the resort and a few days exploring. We are atheists and are open minded. For Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, should those be stay at the resort day or PV days? If we should venture out on these holidays, what do you recommend we do?

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Stay put - the town beaches will be a madhouse.

Since you will only be here a few days, it would be a shame to miss the vibrancy of town. While Los Muertos Beach resembles a sardine can then, there's no reason to not explore the sculptures on the malecon, admire the architecture of the big church, visit the booths at the town square, check out some cool art galleries, poke around some interesting craft shops, wander the cobblestone streets...its a great walking town.

If you'd like to have dinner at one of the more popular restaurants, have your hotel recommend and reserve for you. But there are plenty of smaller places of all types that likey will accept walkins. The worst that can happen is you might have to have a drink until a table becomes available.

You’ll be there during a very very busy time. You won’t notice it while staying at the hotel, but you’ll definitely notice the crowds once you’re closer into town. The beaches are full and restaurants will be busy. You can still enjoy the Malecon and walk around, just expect it to be busy. If you want to dine at a specific restaurant, it would be helpful to make a reservation ahead of time. It’s a happy vibe so don’t let the crowds deter you from enjoying a visit to the area.

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You won’t notice it at the hotel, but you will notice it closer to the beaches in PV, if you hit the malecon earlier in the day, it shouldn’t be too bad. The malecon has been relatively quiet early afternoon.

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https://vallartainfo.com/downtown-map/

You can just go into the city and walk around on your own. These maps are super helpful (click up and down to move to the various neighborhoods).

bienvenidos/welcome!

I think that RIU Jalisco will be quite vibrate' for your visit. You are visiting when everything is busy. Just enjoy your vacation.

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‘The Amazing Race’ Emotional Season 36 Trailer Kicks Things Off in Puerto Vallarta (EXCLUSIVE)

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It’s finally here. Variety joined the producers and contestants — including host Phil Keoghan — on a private charter to Puerto Vallerta to kick off “ The Amazing Race ” back in October 2022. There, embedded with the producers, we got to see some of the show’s hallmarks up close: The race starting line, on the beach in front of the Westin hotel; challenges involving Lucha Libre wrestlers and rodeo lassos; teammates already screaming at one another; camera operators — the true heroes of this production — keeping tabs on one another; and Keoghan doing his well-rehearsed standups introducing the country the show is visiting.

But in a nutshell, originally the October 2022 edition was set to run as Season 35 of “The Amazing Race.” But when CBS decided last year to expand both “Race” and “Survivor” into 90-minute episodes, the “Race” producers decided to go back out and shoot an entirely new season under those perameters. (Also, with COVID restrictions relaxed, what then became Season 35 featured a return to more normal game play.)

That still left this edition in the can, until now. Reworked as Season 36, this edition was still shot under more complicated COVID protocols, which means chartered planes and other limitations. But the producers were able to go back and keep in footage that normally would have had to be edited out, in order to make each episode 90 minutes.

This season of “Amazing Race” once again features 13 new teams and no non-elmination legs. According to CBS, “along the route, racers will go paragliding in Colombia, rally car racing in Argentina, and visit two new countries – swimming through waterfalls in the Dominican Republic and visiting music superstar Rihanna’s childhood home in Barbados.”

Locations this time include Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Barbados, Dominican Republic and a finale in Pennsylvania, where the winning team lands the $1 million prize.

Here;s a first look at Season 36 of “The Amazing Race,” which returns Wednesday, March 13, at 9:30 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+.

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