Puerto Vallarta Travel Information
When to Go
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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