Puerto Vallarta’s location and geographical characteristics make it the ideal place to enjoy an unforgettable beach vacation due to its subtropical climate. Located at the same latitude as Hawaii, the weather is very comparable.
The most moderate temperatures occur in November, December, January and February (average of 22-25°C or 72-77°F). We recommend light clothing during the day, and maybe a sweater or jacket in the evenings. Spring, from March to May, will cause you to shed your sweater and long sleeves with its average high of 85º (29.4ºC) and low of 69ºF (20.5ºC). The climate is perfect, the city quiet and romantic, and the sky a perfect shade of blue. It rarely rains November through May.
Summer, June through October, is the hottest time of year, with temperatures in the range of 81-92°F or 27-33°C. The humidity adds to the perception of heat, so you can expect to sweat a bit. The rains do cool things down and regulate the climate, however. While rain theoretically can spoil a day at the beach, major rain storms typically start up in the evening and may last until morning. You will see phenomenal thunder and lightning displays which can be quite beautiful and amazing. Hurricanes seldom strike Puerto Vallarta.
It doesn’t take much to be understood in Puerto Vallarta. Many of the locals you come in contact with will want to use their (often very good) English, and you will find those who don’t to be forgiving of your Spanish errors and very helpful. “Please” and “thank you” go a long way. Feel free to use simple pantomime, and take out your phrasebook if needed.