When to Visit Puerto Vallarta

by SmarterTravel Staff

Visitors from all over the world come to Puerto Vallarta for its sub-tropical weather and sandy beaches. The most popular time to visit is during winter and spring when most people trade in cold, gloomy weather for bright sunshine.

Fall and early summer see the fewest visitors due to the heavy rains and hotter temperatures. And although July and August are also hot, many families come because the kids are out of school.

  • high season: mid-November to April
  • low season: May to mid-July, September to mid-November
  • shoulder season: mid-July to August

Weather Information

Puerto Vallarta experiences a sub-tropical climate that offers warm weather year-round, and annual temperatures averaging 77 degrees. Winter and spring can be pleasant, with average highs between 80 and 85 degrees. Summer and fall see heavy rains and the days can be hot and humid, with temperatures reaching into the 90s.

Crowd Information

Puerto Vallarta attracts the most visitors during the winter. Spring break is a popular time among college students, particularly in March when most U.S. schools have vacation. Holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Easter week are also busy times for the city.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

The best time to go to save money is during the low season, when there are fewer visitors and hotels reduce their prices. The most expensive time to visit is during the high season when visitors from other parts of the world flee the cold weather. July and August can also see a slight increase in prices, as many visitors, particularly those from Mexico, are on school holidays.

Information provided by the Fideicomiso de Turismo de Puerto Vallarta.

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