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Puerto Vallarta Vacation Climate

Puerto Vallarta's average weather is hard to beat as we found out during our visit there.

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 rainy hurricane season.

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.

Average Monthly Rainfall


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

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.

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.
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