Best Times to Visit Puerto Vallarta
The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant and the room rates are affordable. During these months, rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists compared to the winter high season. If you're interested in whale watching, however, visit from December to March. Just prepare yourself for the area's most astronomical travel fares.
Weather in Puerto Vallarta
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
You'll see Puerto Vallarta at its best at this time of year, as temperatures usually stay in the mid-70s with very little rain. Evenings can be cool – average lows dip down to 60 degrees Fahrenheit – so pack long sleeves. The trade-off for the outstanding weather is high prices; be prepared for room rates to cost more than $400 a night at some of the area's best hotels. You can still find some deals on accommodations if you book early enough (several months). If you don't mind the budget-busting prices, you'll be rewarded with prime whale watching conditions.
You'll notice that the tourist crowds have started to taper off at this time of year and, fortunately, the temperatures still aren't too hot. Look to visit in May especially, when the average is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. And an added bonus: there are some pretty sweet hotel deals at this time of year.
With averages in the 90s, Puerto Vallarta's temperatures spike the most in summer, and there are often brief bursts of rain. But airfare and hotel rates are usually at their cheapest, so pack an umbrella and enjoy the discounts. Because this resort town is protected by the Banderas Bay, hurricanes are rarely an issue. The last hurricane to directly hit Puerto Vallarta was Hurricane Kenna in 2002.
October is a decent time to visit PV. Temperatures range between the mid-70s and high 80s and the room rates are still relatively low. Keep in mind that tourist season begins to perk up again once November hits. Several key festivals occur at this time of year, too, which fill the city with travelers. December marks the start of prime whale watching season in PV.
Popular Times to Visit Puerto Vallarta
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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