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Puerto Vallarta Monthly Weather Averages

Puerto Vallarta beach
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Puerto Vallarta’s monthly weather has average daytime temperatures ranging from the mid 80s Fahrenheit in the winter to the low 90s in the summer. Rainfall ranges from nearly zero during the dry season to 13 inches in the rainy season.

The city’s average weather is hard to beat as we found out during our visit there during the dry season.

This major resort destination and cruise port in the Mexican Riviera on the west coast of Mexico has a warm, tropical climate. It also has a distinct dry season and a very wet rainy season.

When is the Puerto Vallarta Rainy Season?

Puerto Vallarta Climate Chart
LowHighRain InchesRain Days
Jan628412
Feb618401
Mar628501
Apr638600
May688811
Jun7390711
Jul73921316
Aug73931215
Sep73921516
Oct729245
Nov679011
Dec648612

Puerto Vallarta’s climate gets especially bad during the annual Pacific hurricane season, which goes from mid May to the end of November.

The Puerto Vallarta rainy season goes from June through September. Calling this season a rainy season is an understatement. Average monthly rainfall spikes to about eight inches in June and 12 inches in July through September. It drops to a more modest three to four inches in September.

Hurricanes rarely hit Puerto Vallarta directly. Instead they pass through the region and deliver some of the most rainfall of any major port on the west and east coast of Mexico.

Still, travel planners should avoid visiting Puerto Vallarta from June through September to avoid a high risk of rain.

Average Monthly Temperatures

The average daytime temperatures range from the mid 80s Fahrenheit in the winter to the low 90s in the summer, according to historical data from Mexico’s national meteorology service.

Nighttime temperatures are surprisingly cool. They often drop into the low 60s Fahrenheit during the winter. The nighttime lows will make seawater feel chilly at times. They rise into the low 70s Fahrenheit by summer.

Because Puerto Vallarta gets so hot during the summer, cruise and resort visitors may want to consider April as a ideal month for climate.

Ideal Climate Months

No month has a perfect climate for Puerto Vallarta, but some months are much better than others. It depends on what visitors plan to do.

The ideal climate months for beach visitors are March, April, October and November because of a combination of warm temperatures and low risk of rain.

Budget travelers may want to visit during the summer despite the high risk of rain because of discounts on hotels and resorts. Lucky visitors during the summer will go when rain takes a break.