The peak holiday periods are July and August, mid-December to early January, and a week either side of Easter. November to April are reliably dry, warm, blissful and popular months for travel among North Americans and Europeans.
The water is perfect for swimming year-round. Diving and snorkeling are also good, but visibility is usually highest (except during plankton blooms) in the dry winter months. Fun surf can be reasonably expected for most of the year, but waves are biggest from May to November. Deep-sea fishing, also practiced all year, has its own species-specific seasons. Bird-watchers often prefer winter visits, when birds migrate down to the coastal lagoons from North America. Whale-watching is best from December to March.
Puerto Vallarta experiences 322 days of sunshine a year. Rainfall is heavier in June and October, often falling for one or two hours in the afternoon. The driest months, when it may not rain at all, are from November to April. These months are also the coolest, with temperatures averaging between 26 and 29°C (79-84°F). The hottest months, May to October, are also the wettest.
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This lush tropical paradise lies secluded on its own 1,600-foot private beach cove and affords spectacular views.
Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport is off the highway about 10km (6.21mi) north of the city, near the Marina Vallarta. A number of Mexican and US carriers touch down here on direct flights from domestic hubs including Mexico City, Tijuana, Guadalajara and León, and North American cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and Chicago.
Citizens of many countries - including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Argentina, Chile and virtually all western European countries - do not require visas to enter Mexico as tourists. This list occasionally changes, so it's always wise to check current regulations with your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate.
A Mexican tourist card (tarjeta de turista) is a document that you must fill out and get stamped when you pass through Mexican immigration. You should keep it in your passport until you leave Mexico. This tourist card is free and good for up to 90-180 days, depending on your nationality.
Realistically, the most likely danger you'll encounter here are the powerful undertows that can make swimming deadly. Heed local warnings and swim with caution. Otherwise, kick back - you're on vacation.
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