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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.
Puerto Vallarta Vacation Packages
Diego Rivera 121 Zona Hotelera las Glorias Map
35% off per night
Well-equipped Puerto Vallarta seafront resort with spa and free Wi-Fi Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa welcomes travellers to a stylish foreshore-set resort that offers plush spaces and recreation facilities set in the scenic tourist destination in Mexico. This Puerto... 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
Airport Hwy km.6 Map
FREE City Tour,2 Kids up to 12 stay FREE and WiFi
Tropical Puerto Vallarta hotel with freshwater pool and Marina locationFlamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina is true to its name: The 96-room property sits on the edge of the marina. Whether guests are relaxing in the freshwater pool or sitting on their balcony, the... 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 Americana Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa - All Inclusive, guests are greeted by an open-air palapa and waterfall, both features that sum up the feeling at the resort.... 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
Blvd. Medina Ascencio 999 Map
60% off per night- February Discount
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
Malecon y Almendro # 4 Map
10% off on Food & Beverages
Gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta hotel in the heart of the Romantic ZoneBlue Chairs Resort by The Sea Gay & Lesbian beckons with ocean-view patios from every room and a casual ambiance suited for couples and singles. The 43-room property also holds the distinction as the... More
David Alfaro Siqueiros No. 164. Colonia Map
FREE City Tour and $200USD Resort Coupons
All Inclusive resort with scenic views of Banderas BaySet on a golden sand beach overlooking the inviting waters of the Banderas Bay, Now Amber Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive creates a suitable base for travelers looking for a relaxing holiday in this side of Mexico. This... More
Carretera Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Km 4.5 Map
2 Kids up to 12 years old stay FREE!!
All-suite Puerto Vallarta hotel captivates with ocean views, activitiesCosta Sur Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta holds a prime position on Banderas Bay. Sitting on a natural lagoon, the 208-suite property enhances the feeling of paradise. Guests can go snorkeling,... 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
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.
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