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Puerto Vallarta


Cobblestone streets and sandy beaches? Puerto Vallarta blends the charm of a small town, the dining scene of a big city, and the sun and surf of an ideal beach vacation into one Pacific Coast destination. Perched on hills that hug the vast Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta offers an appealing blend of the cosmopolitan and the relaxed. Whether you stay downtown or in the high-rise Hotel Zone, it's easy to take advantage of all Puerto Vallarta has to offer. Stroll the Isla Rio Cuale, browsing the crafts stalls and stopping for a drink at a riverside restaurant. Get lost admiring the architecture and views along the steep streets of Gringo Gulch. Head down for a barefoot lunch on the beach at one of the waterfront restaurants. At night, walk the famed Malecón, a beachside path decorated with fantastical sculptures and bustling with street performers, tourists, and locals. Bars and clubs line the Malecón and offer a great spot for people-watching or dancing the night away. Day trips are a great way to enrich a Puerto Vallarta vacation. Snorkeling, diving, and whale watching are just a few of the many reasons for joining a boat tour. Landlubbers can find excitement inland on nature walks, canopy tours, and at jungle restaurants. Puerto Vallarta is part of the thriving Riviera Nayarit, which includes destinations like exclusive Punta Mita, laid-back Sayulita, and the remote mountain village of San Sebastian. Many airlines offer direct flights to Puerto Vallarta. And with flight times between two and five hours from departure cities around the U.S., Puerto Vallarta is never far.

When To Go

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