Puerto Vallarta Weather Forecast and Climate

Puerto Vallarta weather is very much like the weather in the rest of Mexico - beautifully sunny and warm. Puerto Vallarta is on the same latitude as Hawaii, and its climate is comparable to that of some tropical islands. Temperatures in Puerto Vallarta can reach 90F in the summer, although sea breezes provide some welcome relief. Winter temperatures are more bearable: between 63F and 88F.

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October to May see slightly drier Puerto Vallarta weather, while most of the rain falls between June and September. During this period, it rains almost daily (for a few hours in the afternoons). Visitors usually find that this rain is a relief in such warm and humid weather. The rain means that evenings are cooler and more pleasant.

So when is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta? Most visitors to Mexico tend to arrive in the slightly cooler winter months, especially in December and January. Hotels in the off-peak season (between mid-April and mid-December) can be a lot cheaper, with prices sometimes as low as half peak-season rates. However, if you're going for a lot of sightseeing, don't underestimate the energy-sapping quality of the heat.

Whatever time of year you're planning to go, take precautions against sunstroke. Avoid the sun during the hottest time of the day (between noon and 3pm), wear a hat and always carry a bottle of water with you. You should also take care to protect your skin, and reapply sunscreen frequently. When you're swimming in the sea, it's easy to forget about the effects of the sun, but you should take especial care if you're going in the water, as the deceptive coolness might mean that you get sunburn without even noticing the warning signs.

Finally, Puerto Vallarta becomes very busy during the week before Easter Sunday. This is Semana Santa, or Holy Week, when there are several national holidays and Mexicans like to take a vacation. Because of this, coastal resorts such as Puerto Vallarta become very full, and hotel prices are high. If you visit during this time, you will be able to see special processions and religious celebrations. The month of May is also a time of celebration, as the city holds regular festivals, the fiestas de Mayo . These culminate on May 31 st (the anniversary of when the town was founded), usually with a firework display.

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