Favorite thing: The boat pulled into the bay around 6 in the morning...the city was asleep, but you could see the sun coming up over the mountains...what a beautiful sight. Today was going to be a great day and the weather didn't disappoint us as the sun was out and there was a nice breeze blowing through the city.
Dec/Jan = VERY COOL...If you are not into warmth then go for it...can just tolerate sun w/o shirt by day so perfect for true sun worshipers as you can stay out for long periods of time w/o overheating...shade is not an option w/o shirt...at night absolutely need sweatshirt or heavy long sleeved shirt...have experienced lows of 58-59 degrees in Jan.
March = FAIR...sun by day is perfect...shade by day is just barely tolerable w/o shirt...at night need a light cover-up over a t-shirt such as a button down or light sweater.
May/June = PERFECT...sun by day is hot...shade by day is very comfortable...night with a t-shirt is perfectly cool but not cold...about best time of year.
Oct/Nov = Perfect...Mid/Late Oct to Mid/Late Nov is same as Early/Mid May to Early/Mid June......perfect.
According to our friend Manuel (See our Fish Logo travelogue), Puerto Vallarta was very negatively affected by 9/11, tourism really dropped. Then, last October, the Bay was rocked by a hurricane that did a lot of damage along the coast. Add to all that, the Iraq war this winter/spring, and tourism is down considerably.
I'm not certain the bridge footing in this photo was blown over by the hurricane, but most of the damage has been fixed.
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
Fondest memory: 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.
Favorite thing: Try to be by the beach for the spectacular sunsets. Here is a picture of one sunset which I didn't modify in any way.
Favorite thing: This may be my all time best tip...do not go to MExico in the summer months unless you are used to living in a sweat lodge.