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Puerto Vallarta Climate Chart
Month
 Number  of Rain Days
 Average 
 High
(ºF/ºC) 
 Average 
Low
(ºF/ºC) 
Averages 
 Precipitation 
(inches)
January
2
80/27
62/17
0.7/0.9 
February
1
80/27
62/17
0.2/0.3 
March
1
81/27
63/17
<0.1
April
0
82/28
65/18
<0.2
May
1
85/29
70/21
0.6/1.3
June
10-13
88/31
76/24
6.0/7.3
July
15-20
89/32
76/24
9.8/10.9
August
15-22
90/32
76/24
10.0/12.2 
 September 
14-18
90/32
76/24
9.4/11.5
October
5-11
89/32
74/23
1.9/3.5
November
1-2
85/29
69/21
0.5/0.7
December
2
81/27
65/18
0.5/0.7

Puerto Vallarta Weather-Climate

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico enjoys over 280-310 days of sunshine yearly and basically has two seasons. From November until May is the dry season, when rainfall is rare, the sky relatively cloudless and the nights mild. The daytime temperature averages 78-85 degrees Fahrenheit and can drop down to 55-60 °F at night during the "high season" winter months. The temperate sub-tropical climate, rather comparable to that in Hawaii, is one reason tourists in winter flock to Puerto Vallarta from the U.S. and Canada. As you can see from the temperature-precipitation chart above, Puerto Vallarta weather from November/December through March/April is near perfect; so you might say November to April is the best Puerto Vallarta weather. Water temperatures here year round are warm, ranging from 75 °F in January-March, to highs of 84-86 °F in July through September. Go here for current Puerto Vallarta water temperature (marine forecasts - wind and wave conditions). Probably best to bring long pants and a light sweater for the cooler winter evenings. See what to wear below.
 
 



The Puerto Vallarta rainy season normally starts right on the money in mid-June and increases in frequency and duration until there are often daily downpours July through September, usually with rainfall in the late afternoon or at night. The rains continue into October, really tapering off around the middle of the month. It is hot and muggy. The summer daytime temperature averages 88-93 °F daily and 73-78 °F or warmer at night. There is little underground drainage, so some Vallarta streets become streams during the tropical summer rains, which are quite intense at times. The electrical thunderstorms lighting up Banderas Bay are one of the pleasures at this time of year. Total rainfall in Puerto Vallarta amounts to a fairly substantial 45-60 inches a year.

In spite of the rainy weather the town is increasingly popular during the quieter summer months because of cheaper airfares and the word is out about what a great gay-friendly vacation destination Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has become. To check the current Puerto Vallarta weather and forecast, click here for the Weather Channel, Wunderground, CNN or Yahoo.
 

Two of the best local resources with charts and graphs on temperatures, days with rain and sun, humidity, and average rainfall, etc are Claudio Giovannelli's Puerto Vallarta Weather website and Johann and Sandra's Puerto Vallarta Weather and Climate. I usually check this one for the 10 day extended forecast & conditions. Go here for some satellite images available at the Weather Channel (all of Mexico) and the Wunderground - Eastern Pacific Visible Satellite.

Travel tips: Clothing - What to Wear: For the late autumn, winter, and early spring months (November to April, the basic 'high season' of international tourism here): Bring lighter clothing for the sunny warm days - most gay guys spend their holidays at the Puerto Vallarta gay beach, on one of the local cruises & tours, or out and around town shopping or sightseeing - so shorts, bathing suits, speedos, tank tops and t-shirts are the norm. During these months at night it's shorts or long pants, dress or casual shirt and perhaps even a light sweater for the cooler nights. Most guys who go out later to visit with friends, cruise, drink and dance will wear shorts or jeans and a light shirt; some dress quite lightly in shorts and tank top for dancing at their favorite Puerto Vallarta gay nightclub. For the rainy season summer months and early autumn (May/June to October): The weather is sunny, hot and humid during the days and still warm in the evenings, so wear cool and casual light clothing at the beach and at night; an umbrella from June through September is a good idea as there's rainfall many evenings-nights. I'd also bring several pairs of shoes and sandals for any time. And remember the 8-30+ SPF sunscreen year round is a good and healthy idea.

 
Nicest times to vacation in Puerto Vallarta?
  • November through April have a pleasant average ambient temperature; the water temperature is cool.
  • The Puerto Vallarta rainy season is considered mid-June to mid-October, but is variable.
  • As seen in the chart above, PV has its dry period from November through May.
  • The warmest months are August and September.
  • On average, the coolest months in Puerto Vallarta are January and February.
  • July and August are the wettest months, with September a close third.
Puerto Vallarta Hurricane Season: Because of the topography of Banderas Bay, which is shaped like a gigantic horseshoe opening to the Pacific Ocean on the west, this area is quite well protected from tropical storms that pass up the coast during the Puerto Vallarta hurricane season in the late summer and early autumn (July to mid-October). Hurricanes and tropical storms seem to either swing out into the Pacific Ocean or continue on up towards Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. Only once in the last 40-50 years or more did we suffer serious damages in certain parts of town (damages estimated in the neighborhood of $100 million) when Category 5 Hurricane Kenna (see photos and further info) passed by for a few hours on the morning of October 25, 2002, making landfall some 100-120 miles to the northwest through the village of San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico. The arrival of the hurricane so late in the year once again points out the variable and often unpredictable nature of the weather in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
 
 
puerto vallarta weather skies los muertos beach February
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March and near clear skies          vallarta activities & adventures - picture thanks Ocean Quest Dive center puerto vallarta
near clear skies over Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in March; water activities scuba diving


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