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Rely on the vacation rental specialists at Casago for local Puerto Vallarta travel information, from the best season to visit to getting around town. When you book Puerto Vallarta travel accommodations with Casago, you get access to the best luxury properties that are guaranteed to be safe, clean, and well-managed. We handle the entire rental process, from overseeing maid service and your check-in, through connecting you with the best activities in town. Continue reading to learn more about Puerto Vallarta’s weather, events, airport, transportation options, and places to stay.
Puerto Vallarta Weather & Best Time to Visit
Puerto Vallarta weather offers a tropical climate much like Hawaii, year-round. With over 300 sunny days a year and average temperatures ranging from 60 to 95, you’re pretty much guaranteed outdoor weather conducive to sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming. There is a “rainy season” from mid-June through mid-October that can bring hours of afternoon rainfall, but that is the perfect opportunity to experience Puerto Vallarta spas, museums, and shopping.
- Puerto Vallarta in fall: It’s one of the most popular times to book travel to Puerto Vallarta, with whale watching in full swing. You’ll find the perfect temperatures – cool evenings in the 60s, and daytime temperatures in the mid-70s. There is not much rain at the tail-end of the wet season. Popular autumn attractions include the Art & Market Marina, which runs from October through May, as well as Dia de los Muertos, the Puerto Vallarta Cup (beach soccer), Mexican Independence Day, and the Taco Fair.
- Puerto Vallarta in winter: It’s still high season in Puerto Vallarta, with snowbirds flocking in from the Northern United States, Canada, and parts of Europe. Temperatures range from 65 to 85 in the early part of winter, with daytime averages dipping down to 72 in January. Puerto Vallarta rarely gets below 56 degrees, and the average water temperature in January is 77 degrees, so you can enjoy a swim. Travelers love to visit Puerto Vallarta in the winter for the Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, the Gourmet Festival, LuminaFest fireworks, Taco Festival, and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- Puerto Vallarta in spring: With the exception of Easter week, spring is considered a swing season, with smaller crowds and reasonable prices. Temperatures range from 70-80. May Fest celebrations take place, with concerts, art showings, and athletic activities all month long. The Festival de Pascua music festival, Vallarta Pride festival, Restaurant Week, Los Mangos Market, International Film Festival, and the Vallarta Bird Festival are all reasons to visit in spring.
- Puerto Vallarta in summer: The deepest discounts are found from July through September, when temperatures, humidity, and rainfall peaks. It’s not unusual to see 14 inches of rainfall in September. There is a misconception that activity dies down after Spring Break and Easter in Puerto Vallarta, but insiders know this is a glorious time of year for stormy sunsets and blooming gardens. There’s plenty of shopping, museums, art galleries, and summer specials at the local restaurants during this low-traffic time of year.
Arriving at the Puerto Vallarta Airport
The Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR) is five miles north of Downtown Puerto Vallarta. Direct flights depart from major U.S. cities like Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, and many others. Delta offers the most flights, but some geographic locations offer flights from Alaska Airlines, Frontier, United, American Airlines, Virgin America, and smaller companies. You can also fly to other Mexican cities from Puerto Vallarta, such as Guadalajara, Tijuana, Toluca, Mexico City, and Cabo San Lucas, to name a few.
The airport in Puerto Vallarta is relatively small compared to others you may have visited. There is just one 3,300 meter runway. Arrivals all take place on the main level, with departures on the upper level. There are a few fast food restaurants and souvenir shops on the upper deck before security, so you can grab one last quick meal with local friends before catching your flight.
Puerto Vallarta transportation to and from the airport is mostly handled by taxi (Aeromovil) or Colectivo minivans. You can pay for your fare at the ticket kiosk just outside the terminal building exit. Charges are subject to extra taxes in the Federal Zone, so the rates are higher. If you are adventurous and want to save a buck, you can walk across the pedestrian bridge over the highway to flag down a less expensive taxi or catch a local bus for 50 cents. The airport side buses run to the Marina and Downtown Vallarta, or you can cross the bridge for buses heading to Nuevo Vallarta and other North Zone destinations like Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and Punta de Mita.
Finding Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta vacation accomodations range from budget Hotel Zone hotels, to posh Nuevo Vallarta spa resorts, to luxurious private home rentals.
Casago specializes in renting out entire condos, beach villas, and homes that appeal to a variety of travelers. Maybe you want the privacy and space of a fully furnished home. Maybe you want the breathtaking views, close proximity to local attractions, or immersing yourself in the local culture. You may be on a honeymoon, traveling with small children, or meeting up with family and friends. We always say, “Why rent one room, when – at a reasonable price – you can have the whole house?” Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals offer private pools, landscaped patios, bedroom balconies, and other great perks.
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