Puerto Vallarta holidays

Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast has it all: history, culture, incredible beaches and a vibrant nightlife that is particularly popular with LGBT travellers.
Puerto Vallarta has dozens of nightclubs, hundreds of restaurants and some of Mexico's best beaches. There are also plenty of amazing shopping opportunities, art galleries and activities on both land and water. The El Malecon boardwalk is the hub of the city with street performers and food stalls; you can even hire a bike and take a tour of the area. 

Map of Puerto Vallarta

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29-33 ℃

With an average temperature of 27 (°C) throughout the year, you can expect hot, clear, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings with dry season November to May.

12 hours
It takes around 12 hours direct to fly to Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) from the UK.

Puerto Vallarta is 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 for Puerto Vallarta

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 in Puerto Vallarta

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.

Puerto Vallarta weather

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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