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Puerto Vallerta travel guide

Weather and climate

Puerto Vallarta has a tropical climate with notably different wet and dry seasons. Given its position near the equator is pretty much hot all year round but avoids the hurricanes of the east coast. 

Puerto Vallarta is a great place for watersports due to its winds from the Pacific although its specific location makes it more protected than other areas along this coast.

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Best for

Beach lovers: Puerto Vallarta is in a stunning bay with great sandy beaches and plenty of watersports. The North beaches tend to be livelier with large five-star hotels and the South beaches are more rustic and set within a nature reserve.

LGBT travellers: Puerto Vallarta has a lively nightlife catering to LGBT travellers and is a welcoming place for people from all over the world. 

Yacht lovers: Puerto Vallarta's swanky marina is a great place to yacht spot as you sip a margarita or two.

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken throughout Mexico is Spanish.

Currency: The currency used is the peso.  

Local time: Puerto Vallarta is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Puerto Vallarta International Airport. (PVR) Transfers to your hotel in Puerto Vallarta take 20–30 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Puerto Vallarta is around 12 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://visitpuertovallarta.com/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Puerto Vallarta.

Events

Humpback whale watching: Wtiness the majesty of the humpback whale from December to March each year with a spectuacular boat tour. The enormous creatures return each year to the Bay of Banderas and you can catch glimpses of them as they leap from the ocean.

Dia de Muertos: The Day of the Dead is a spectacular traditional Mayan festival celebrated throughout Latin American between 31 October and 2 November. The original meaning of the festival is to welcome home the souls of those lost to you, and to celebrate the sheer joy of being alive! Take your Puertoa Vallarta holidays to coincide with this fiesta and you’ll see locals dressed up in costumes, trick-or-treating, and chowing down at the food festival.

Safety and security

For up to date advice on travelling to Puerto Vallarta, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mexico/safety-and-security