The best times to visit Puerto Vallarta for ideal weather are
December 10th to April 8th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide
Weather in Puerto Vallarta
Average temperatures in Puerto Vallarta vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Puerto Vallarta, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 91.1°F (32.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.8°F (24.9°C) at night.
Puerto Vallarta Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Puerto Vallarta Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Puerto Vallarta Perceived Temperature (F)
Puerto Vallarta Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Puerto Vallarta Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Puerto Vallarta are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late June with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of June 25th.
When can you find snow in Puerto Vallarta? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Puerto Vallarta.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Puerto Vallarta (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Puerto Vallarta has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (66.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (75.7%).
Wind in Puerto Vallarta is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 5 knots (5.8 MPH or 9.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late May to early June where average top sustained speeds reach 14.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Puerto Vallarta.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3.9||Barely noticeable||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.4||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||4.7||Light breeze||13.4||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.8||Light breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|May||5||Light breeze||14.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5||Light breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.2||Light breeze||11.7||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.3||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||3.8||Barely noticeable||11.1||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.9||Barely noticeable||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||3.6||Barely noticeable||10||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Puerto Vallarta?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Dec 13, 2018 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Mexico; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is January, followed by February and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Puerto Vallarta in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Puerto Vallarta Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.1°F (30.6°C) and 79.5°F (26.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the slowest season for tourism in Puerto Vallarta, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Puerto Vallarta to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 82.8°F (28.2°C) and 79°F (26.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.