Discover the Best Time to Travel to Puerto Vallarta: Your Ultimate Monthly Guide

2023-06-10 00:04:05 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Puerto Vallarta, a well-known resort on Mexico's Pacific coast, is a prime destination for those seeking exquisite jungle-backed beaches and crystal-clear waters. Your choice of season can have a significant impact on your experience, both in terms of cost and the types of activities that are available.

A humpback whale breaches at Puerto Vallarta

If you're looking for a magical experience, winter and spring are the best times to visit, despite the high prices. You'll be able to witness the annual migration of thousands of humpback whales to Banderas Bay for their mating season, an awe-inspiring spectacle that should not be missed. The dry and cool weather also makes this the perfect time to explore the great outdoors with activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Majahuitas Beach in Cabo Corrientes

For those on a budget, the summer months are a bargain hunter's paradise, although you'll have to put up with more rain and scorching weather. Nevertheless, it's a great opportunity to enjoy the beaches and local culture without breaking the bank.

Autumn is another great time to visit Puerto Vallarta, especially during the Dia de Muertos celebration. This unique holiday is a chance to honor the memories of loved ones who have passed away by building colorful altars with offerings, with prices at their lowest and weather at its sunniest.

La Playa Escondida, Islas Marietas

The best time to experience whale watching is during the high season from December to April, where you'll have the chance to witness firsthand the mesmerizing mating calls of humpback whales. You may even catch a sighting of a whale shark or a gray whale. Shoulder season (May to August) is ideal for diving, where you can explore Puerto Vallarta's prime diving sites and swim with giant manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and pods of wild dolphins.

Street scene in Puerto Vallarta

Ultimately, the time you choose to visit Puerto Vallarta will depend on your budget, your preferences, and what you're looking to experience. Whether it's a romantic getaway, family vacation, or an adventure with friends, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone.

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