Puerto Vallarta Vacations
Your Puerto Vallarta vacation
Drenched in sunshine, Puerto Vallarta draws outdoor enthusiasts to its rugged Pacific Coast with over 40 distinct beaches, each one different from the next. Explore hidden coves, go scuba diving or settle along the shore to watch the sunset. Now a fully modern resort town, it's still a spot loaded with archaeological wonders and iconic architecture.
Let Orbitz help you plan the perfect Puerto Vallarta vacation, complete with visits to botanical gardens and artsy enclaves. With insider tips, you'll get the scoop on the best time to go, where to explore and what to eat during your Puerto Vallarta getaway.
Best time to take a vacation to Puerto Vallarta
Sporting a tropical climate, Puerta Vallarta's average temperatures range from the low 70s to the low 80s. Heat spikes are common in August and September when the mercury can climb well into the 90s. Winter is driest, and February and March are sunniest. Temperatures climb from July to mid-October when monsoon-like rains are common, especially at night.
To sync the weather with crowds, fall and early summer are more laid-back and you can find lower rates. Mid-November through April is peak season so plan well in advance.
Annual festivals include the Flower and Garden Festival, held during the last week of February, and the arts-driven May Festival, which nods to Puerto Vallarta's anniversary. Not to be overlooked is the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in December.
Insider tips for Puerto Vallarta travel
Playa de Oro
For beachfront serenity, visit Puerto Vallarta's northern reaches, home to rock-frocked Playa de Oro.
Get a taste of the local flavor in the marina part of town where you'll find many unpretentious, locally loved restaurants that specialize in seafood.
Hit the public markets Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale, where you'll find stands selling artisan wares.
Be sure to seek out ceviche and Huachinango Sarandeado, a dish of red snapper infused with a garlicky roasted red pepper flavors.
Add a little disco to your paella. This hip, rustic restaurant on Juarez Street (downtown) mixes the candlelit vibe with late-night DJs.
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Puerto Vallarta Vacation Packages
Calle San Salvador 117 Map
FREE City Tour, Honeymoon Bonus and FREE WiFi
Puerto Vallarta hotel offers serene water views and infinity poolVilla Premiere Hotel and Spa Adults Only is tailor-made for singles' or couples' vacations. With a swim-up bar, full-service spa and sweeping ocean views from private balconies, the 83-hotel helps guests... More
Ave. Francisco M. Ascencio Km 2.5 Map
FREE City Tour and WiFi
Puerto Vallarta hotel woos with swim-up bar, restaurants and kids' clubsUpon walking into Fiesta American Puerto Vallarta, guests are greeted by an open-air palapa and waterfall, both features that sum up the feeling at the resort. Tasteful rooms face the gleaming Bay of... More
Olas Altas 380 Map
2 kids up to 7 years old stay FREE and 20% on SPA
Highlights171 renovated Mexican Colonial-inspired roomsThemed dinner shows three nights a weekThree freshwater poolsDaily activities program and children's clubSpa treatments Tropical resort hosts daily activities, themed dinners and kids' clubPlaya Los Arcos Hotel Beach... More
Blvd. Medina Ascencio 999 Map
FREE City Tour and WiFi
Puerto Vallarta resort features swim-up bars, views and lush gardensSheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center aims for high style and Mexican flavor in the heart of Banderas Bay. A weekly fiesta and champagne brunch -- complete with Mariachi band -- sets the... More
Manuel M Dieguez # 169 Map
FREE City Tour,kids stay & eat FREE and 20% on Spa
All-suites hotel in the Romantic Zone, near bars, restaurants and beachOff the main street, surrounded by homes and hotels, Los Arcos Suites sits snugly in the Zona Romantica, with many restaurants and bars nearby. Swim in the pool, try join aqua aerobics, dancing... More
Cozy hotel with convenient facilities and inviting accommodationsWhether in Puerto Vallarta for a corporate visit or leisure holiday, travelers find suitable base at the well-equipped accommodations and close-to-the-beach location of Hotel Tropicana Puerto Vallarta. The... More
Basilio badillo 237 col. Emiliano zapata Map
33% off per night
Visit a real Mexican-style hotel in downtown Vallarta. Rooms decorated with the charm of traditional Mexico, A/C, TV cable, telephone; free wifi internet and safety deposit box, community kitchen. Enjoy the swimming pool and roof terrace with a great mountain view. Visit... More
Amapas #114 Col. Emiliano Zapata Map
FREE City Tour and kids stay FREE
Hotel in Old Puerto Vallarta charms with tropical roomsEmperador Hotel & Suites enjoys a base in the heart of Old Puerto Vallarta just a few minutes away from downtown and the airport. And with Playa Los Muertos directly outside one of its towers, the hotel offers... More
Unique, Unconventional, Earth-friendly, Presenting 47 welcoming rooms with and without kitchenette and each with private bathroom, daily maid service, central air conditioning, Cable TV and balcony.The facilities feature chemical-free pool, WiFi, private Club Room for... More
C. Francisca Rodriguez #168 Colonia Emiliano Zapata Map
FREE City Tour, Call and Free WiFi
Gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel open to guests 18 and olderHotel Mercurio - a Gay-Friendly Hotel, a 28-room property in the heart of the Romantic Zone, attends to the needs of its gay and lesbian travelers. The haven boasts rustic wood furniture, tasteful artwork and... More
*Savings based on Flight + Hotel vacation package bookings of 5 or more nights with individual calculable components on www.orbitz.com from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates, and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.
Puerto Vallarta highlights
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Located south of town, this verdant spot – nestled within a tropical rain forest – brims with 3,000 plant species. It's also a prime place to swim, dine al fresco and hike.
Plaza de Armas
Head to the city's vibrant square, adjacent to City Hall, for prime people watching. Join the locals for concerts and holiday celebrations.
Museum Rio Cuale
Spend an afternoon at this intimate destination which showcases Pre-Hispanic culture though displays of pottery, artifacts and even tombs.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
An iconic church done in varied architectural styles, its chiming bells emanate throughout town. Services are held daily, though things get particularly festive here in December when the cultural-spiritual Festival for the Virgin of Guadalupe is held.
A great place to relax, this picturesque bay is also a launching pad for snorkeling – particularly at its southern tip – with its vibrant, stingray-filled waters.
Púlpito and Pilitas
Check out these famous rock formations on Los Muertos Beach. Púlpito refers to the tall headland, and Pilitas the rocks beneath. Pilitas is also the original location of the fabled "Boy on a Seahorse" sculpture.
Meander along this famed walkway and see contemporary sculptures by Sergio Bustamante, Ramiz Barquet and Alejandro Colunga.