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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.

  • Marina district

    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.

  • Public markets

    Hit the public markets Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale, where you'll find stands selling artisan wares.

  • Dining tip

    Be sure to seek out ceviche and Huachinango Sarandeado, a dish of red snapper infused with a garlicky roasted red pepper flavors.

  • De Santos

    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

Hotel only $87

1 Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta

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

Hotel only $135

2 Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center

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

Hotel only $45

3 Emperador Vallarta Beachfront Hotel and Suites

2 stars
3.5 / 5 73 reviews

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

Hotel only $126

4 Sunset Plaza Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 48 reviews

Diego Rivera 121 Zona Hotelera las Glorias Map

20% off per night

SO CLOSE, SO COMFORTABLE.Sufficiently close to everything Puerto Vallarta has to offer in order for you to enjoy a full experience, but far enough to preserve tranquility. Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa is located in the best area, four kilometers from the airport... More

Hotel only $60

5 Los Arcos Suites

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

Hotel only $131

6 Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa Adults Only

Calle San Salvador 117 Map

50% off per night

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

Hotel only $33

7 Hotel Posada de Roger

3 stars
3.7 / 5 23 reviews

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

Hotel only $313

8 Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa-All Inclusive

Playa Las Estacas Map

FREE City Tour,Resort Coupons,FREE Golf and MORE

Puerto Vallarta hotel shines with luxury amenities and daily activitiesDreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa-All Inclusive-All Inclusive defines luxury resort life, filling a roster with recreational activities, high-end and casual dining and pampering spa treatments. A... More

Hotel only $67

9 Playa Los Arcos Beach Hotel and Spa

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

Hotel only $137

10 Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.0 / 5 6 reviews

Diego Rivera #120 Zona Hotelera Las Glorias Map

2 Kids FREE & Free Parking

Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort is located on the Hotel Zone, 4 km from the International Airport and 1.5 km from downtown, offers 186 standard rooms, 2 pools (1 garden pool with a kids pool and 1 ocean view pool) both with swim-up pool bars, a buffet restaurant, two a... More

Puerto Vallarta highlights

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  • 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.

  • Banderas Bay

    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.