El Malecon Waterfront Walk, © Can Stock / Elenathewise
Puerto Vallarta Tours
- Whale Watching – humpback whales winter in the area and give birth to their young at that time.
- Parasail over Banderas Bay.
- Sierra Madre Norte Off-Road Adventure
- ATV & Zip Line Tour
- Take a tequila tour to see agave being distilled into tequila.
Punta Mita Tour Boarding
Dolphin Encounters are a popular and common attraction in Puerto Vallarta. Vallarta Adventures has its own facility called Dolphin Adventures. Other tours book in to Dolphin Discovery at Aquaventuras, which also includes a water park. Aquaventuras used to be called Sea Life Park and also was Splash Water Park.
Savor the Tastes of Puerto Vallarta
- Mole – chocolate covered chicken.
- Tequila – the unofficial national drink.
- Raicilla – Mexican moonshine.
- Ceviche – raw seafood dish with citrus juice flavors.
- Tacos – Mexican style.
- Gordita – corn cake filled with meat or cheese.
- Tapas – appetizers that can be your entire meal.
- Smoke a Cuban cigar, not available in the United States.
- Fine dining at La Palapa Restaurant.
Puerto Vallarta Weather Graph
Puerto Vallarta Weather
The Puerto Vallarta weather in winter is the key to its success as a tourist destination. Winters are dry and pleasant. Puerto Vallarta weather in the winter has highs around 30 C (86 F), while average lows are a comfortable room temperature. February to April are the driest months, with almost no rainfall and pleasantly warm temperatures. That means February through April are likely the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. The summer months of June to October can be hot and rainy, so summer is the off season for tourists.
Puerto Vallarta Beach
Get to Puerto Vallarta
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Airport (PVR) is the way visitors get to Puerto Vallarta. The airport is about 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta by cab. Riviera Nayarit is located about 15 minutes north of the airport by cab. You can catch a cab from the airport taxi kiosk, but many vacation packages include shuttles to your hotel. Make sure you don’t get on a free timeshare shuttle though, because you’ll be shown places to buy.
Puerto Vallarta doesn’t have a subway or rail system, so organized tours, local bus or taxi are the ways to get around. Sayulita is about 30 minutes north of the airport and Punta Mita is about 45 minutes away. The buses in Puerto Vallarta are easy to use and very inexpensive.