Blue skies, calm water and balmy temperatures
Water sports abound in and around Puerto Vallarta. Because the waters of Banderas Bay are protected and calm, swimming, parasailing and jet skiing are fantastic from almost any beach. The city's clean, friendly atmosphere, unique Old Mexico ambiance and incredibly diverse shopping possibilities attract International and Mexican tourists in droves.
Best time to go to Puerto Vallarta. Weather wise,
November-June is usually best time since it's the dry season.
July-October is the rainy season but still hot, where it normally rains
in the afternoon (2-3 hours) and mornings are nice.
MONTH MIN. TEMP. MAX. TEMP.
JANUARY 61 F 16 C 86 F 30 C
FEBRUARY 61 F 16 C 86 F 30 C
MARCH 63 F 17 C 88 F 31 C
APRIL 64 F 18 C 91 F 33 C
MAY 68 F 20 C 93 F 34 C
JUNE 73 F 22 C 93 F 34 C
JULY 73 F 22 C 93 F 34 C
AUGUST 73 F 22 C 93 F 34 C
SEPTEMBER 73 F 22 C 93 F 34
OCTOBER 73 F 22 C 93 F 34 C
NOVEMEBER 68 F 20 C 92 F 33
DECEMBER 64 F 18 C 90 F 32 C Vallarta enjoys one of the most reliably temperate Winters in the world. There is virtually no rain from November to June. During these months, daytime temperatures hover between 80-85 degrees, and dip down at night to between 70-75 degrees.
The sky is bright and sunny every day, and the breezes are gentle. During the Summer months, the temperatures rise to between 85-90 during the day, and 80-85 during the night. Generally, the rainy season begins about mid-June and carries through to about October 15th. The hottest and most humid months are August, September and October.
bargaining versus fixed prices
some of the stores in the downtown area and, surprisingly, in the downtown open market have fixed prices and do not bargain. there will usually be a sign saying so, or the shopkeeper will tell you politely. it is considered rude to try to bargain once you have been told that it is not the practice in that store.
To Pack or Not to Pack
OK....you've planned a family vacation to Puerto Vallarta. The tickets were reasonable, the weather is perfect, now what to bring? First let me say check with your airline regarding your baggage allowance. Many airlines are now charging for the first checked bag, as well as any subsequent bags.....these costs can add up rather quickly! And remember they double, because the charge is added for your return flight as well. Make sure you have luggage tags with your destination attached, and place another piece of paper with your destination clearly stated Inside your bag. Luggage tags have been known to be torn off on the conveyor belts, and this way when airport personnel open the bag they can see where it is suppose to be going. We recently waited a week for a suitcase which had lost it's tags and remained standing in an airport in Munich. It's warm and sunny here for the most part. Average temps are in the 20's (Celsius), climbing into the 30's in the summer months. For most of us 'northerners' this calls for shorts and tank tops and flip flops. We do have the convenience of Woolworth's department store as well as Walmart here, however for the local population it is their winter and you can get some very nice fur lined parkas and fleece hoodies, but not a whole lot of tank tops! Don't over pack either, there are very good laundries on almost every street and for a few pesos your clothes will be washed, dried and folded in it's own bag, often within a day, provided you drop it off early in the morning. One word of advice, do not bring in whites and colored clothing at the same time, even on the same day, many tend to wash it all together anyway. I usually take my whites in one day, and the darks in the next day.....I have had everything discolored! Everything you could want as far as toiletries goes is available here as well, the only thing I haven't found is OB Tampons. You are coming to a resort town, beach gear is available year round. and if you don't want to buy it then there are rental companies who can provide it for less than the cost of buying, and it saves you the hassle of what to do with it when you are done, or of taking it home with you. Traveling with babies and toddlers. I can't even begin to mention the number of times I have stood at the airport and watched a family arrive, little ones tired and in tow, and a porter piled to the rafters with baby gear like pack and plays, carseats, strollers, etc. I agree a stroller can usually be checked in at the gate and is a necessity when waiting two hours to board your flight, again check with your airline before going to the airport, some will only allow umbrella strollers to be checked at the gate. Remember also that any baby equipment damaged in transit s usually NOT covered by their insurance policy, and you cannot buy a rider to cover it. Airlines are very strict when it comes to what damage they will and will not cover. The Puerto Vallarta area has a baby equipment rental company which can provide all of the things you have at home. I have done it myself and figured that "a week isn't all that long, we can hold the baby".....it isn't so easy in 20 degrees...much better to have the excersaucer they love at home waiting for them here too. Traveling with little ones is difficult, but can be fun, especially if their routine is disrupted as little as possible, and they are provided with things they are familiar with. It cuts down on a stress for everyone. Let's face it, it's much better to have a happy baby rocking in a swing by the pool while mom and dad enjoy a cold drink, rather than trying to sooth a hot and cranky child.
SCUBA DIVING PUERTO VALLARTA
Ocean Quest Dive Shop 5 Star rating.
We had heard that scuba diving in Puerto Vallarta was not that great but I guess those divers either went to the wrong place or with the wrong shop or the wrong time.
We dove four days with Ocean Quest Dive Center a small dive shop which is located in the old center of Puerto Vallarta.I give them five star rating.
The first day we went to Los Arcos and dove the Devils canyon wall to 130 ft, we saw eagle rays, turtles, big green morrays and hughe schools of all kinds of fish.
They had two guides with us all the time a Padi Master Instructor and a Padi Dive Master.The staff was friendly, knowledgable in marine live and all our gear was top and no extra cost. A great plus was that they take no more than six divers and in our case it was only us four which makes it safe and enjoyable.
They are very protective with the environment and actually brief you before every dive.
We went to Majahuitas where I saw my first Manta, it was hugh probably 20 ft wing span
and had a great surface interval at a deserted beach with coconut palms and a great picknik prepared by the crew.
Marietas and Corbetena where also very nice You can bring your gear, but theres is great and free of charge.