Spring is one of the best times of the year. It’s a time where after a cold winter, the weather finally starts to warm up, the first buds appear, and daylight hours become longer, which means more sunshine. Spring is also an exciting time of year because it coincides with Easter, a wonderful holiday, and for many it is also time to venture somewhere for spring break. If you are thinking about where to travel to this spring, Mexico is always a popular destination and spring is a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta with an incredible mixture of jungle settings reflecting off the spectacular deep blue waters. Here’s what to expect from this spectacular and lively destination during the spring season.
What’s the Weather in Puerto Vallarta like During Spring?
During spring, the weather in Puerto Vallarta is incredible. The climate is mostly dry with very little chance of rainfall. The average daily high temperature is 84°F (29°C), and the average low-temperature is 63°F (17°C). The skies are clear and cloudless and there is constant sunshine.
With warm weather and average high temperatures reaching the mid 80s, the weather in Puerto Vallarta will be at its most enjoyable during spring season, with balmy water temperatures making it nice for water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and more.
Unlike the rainy season from June to mid-October, the weather is pleasant and not too humid. The dry climate makes it ideal for exploring the lush jungle with numerous hiking options around the Bay of Banderas either along the coast or up the mountains, which both give you delightful views of the Pacific Ocean, and if you visit this destination in early spring, you will still have a chance to admire the last few of the hundreds of humpback whales that migrate to Puerto Vallarta every year to mate and give birth before making the long journey back to Alaska.
Many suggest that April is a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta because it has the nicest weather due to it being the driest month with not much humidity while still having some nice cool evenings to discover Puerto Vallarta by night.
Why Spring is a Good Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta
Although Puerto Vallarta is a warm tropical getaway all year round, the change in seasons does bring characteristics of the destination that suit people in different ways. For example, some are snowbirds who desire to escape the cold up north during the winter months, some flock for whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta, or for sea turtle hatching. While many want to get the best getaway deals and enjoy a quieter ambience during the end of the spring months with high season fading away.
Should you be a student seeking a warm break from studies, or be honest, to party, Puerto Vallarta offers a wide range of nightlife. From fun bars to some of the best dance clubs on the Pacific coast. Most spring breakers stay at resorts that are located close to the hotel strip and often concentrate in clubs along the Malecon. This allows visitors to enjoy the city without the nuisance of partygoers everywhere, like we might see in some other destinations during spring break.
Some other great benefits if you are traveling to Puerto Vallarta during spring are:
- Fewer crowds than high season in the latter stage of spring;
- Better bargaining power;
- Warm water temperatures;
- Great time of the year for water sports and surfing;
- Live the Mexican way of celebrating Easter and its traditions;
- Amazing all-inclusive packages and resort offers if you book in advance.
Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Visit
There are plenty of reasons why spring is a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta. The first reason is that in the spring, the weather is beautifully warm and rain is scarce. Another reason is that compared to the winter high season from December to March, you will encounter fewer tourists here in the spring which makes travel slightly cheaper than in the winter months. There is only one exception to that rule and that is Semana Santa (Holy Week), which this year is from April 2nd to April 8th. During Semana Santa, many Mexican nationals have a break from work or school and they head to the beaches, which makes it a peak week in Puerto Vallarta with lots of visitors. The little towns of Sayulita and San Pancho also become bustling spots.
Easter “Pascua” falls on April 17th, 2023 and is an important religious holiday. Many towns hold special processions. In Puerto Vallarta, The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a beautiful church located right next to the Malecon, which holds bilingual mass at 4:00 pm on Sundays. It is definitely worth checking out on Easter, whether you are religious or not due to its stunning architecture and iconic crown. This year the Church is celebrating its centenary anniversary.
Apart from the religious aspect of Easter, it is also a great time to just enjoy a getaway with your friends or family. You can head to the beach for a picnic; participate in some water activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, or surfing; take a hiking trip in nature; or try some adrenaline activities such as zip lining or blazing through jungle trails on an ATV.
What Events will There Be in Puerto Vallarta in Spring?
Although the pandemic has impacted most events and festivals globally, you can still partake in some traditions while taking precautions. Every year after Easter, there is an Oyster Festival in Bucerias, a lively town just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. The annual festival is an event that was created by divers and if you head to Playa El Punto, you can enjoy a celebration filled with fun, partying, music, and, of course, oysters.
From May 1st to May 8, 2023, visitors can attend the Vallarta Aztec Festival of International Folklore “Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor Internacional” and check out the artistic and cultural activities including live performances at several venues around Puerto Vallarta.
Being one of the friendliest LGBTIQ destinations, Vallarta Pride takes place from May 23rd to 30th, 2023. Throughout the week there are several dinners and parties hosted by bars and restaurants especially in the Zona Romantica (Romantic Zone) district, one of Mexico’s most gay-friendly areas.
Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta, A Place Like No Other
One of TAFER Hotels & Resorts’ most sensational creations is this one-of-a-kind preserve nestled in between the lush Sierra Madre jungle and splendid waters of the Pacific Ocean. Sitting on this 85-acre piece of paradise is one of the best luxury properties along the Mexican coastline.
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta is a multi-award-winning resort with three on-site scrumptious gourmet restaurants, one of the best leading spas in Puerto Vallarta with modern pampering techniques and new high-tech treatments available at Spa Imagine. Due to the good weather, activities are numerous and you can partake in many water activities. Complimentary paddle board and kayak trips depart daily from its white sand beach or you can go to the infinity pool, grab a drink, and soak up some glorious sunshine.
On the preserve you will also be able to further satisfy your appetite at the new gourmet restaurants at TierraLuna Gardens, which sits in the heart of the preserve and treats visitors to a unique shopping and dining experience in the heart of nature. Check out its nine boutiques selling artisanal goods, jewelry, beachwear and formal wear, or walk around the Farmers Market held each Friday.
Any time of year is a good time to visit Puerto Vallarta, but make the most of the spring season to enjoy a sun-filled getaway where you will undoubtedly have one of your best spring vacations ever.