Puerto Vallarta is the perfect summer getaway in Mexico because of its gorgeous beaches, lush gardens, beautiful waterfalls and fun activities. It is situated along the Bay of Flags in the Pacific Ocean and has a tropical savanna climate. Avoid booking cheap hotels from July to September because of the sudden rains. Book a cheap hotel between February and April to enjoy clear skies and warm weather.
Spanish explorer Francisco Cortes de San Buenaventura together with his army explored Mexico's central regions and stumbled upon Puerto Vallarta in 1525. Captain Cortes and his army were getting ready to attack the local tribes, but a divine intervention caused both parties to refrain from continuing the battle.
Events, Landmarks, Activities
Before it starts raining in Puerto Vallarta, take time to attend the May Festival which is held from May to April. This 2-week festival celebrates the anniversary of Puerto Vallarta and features outdoor concerts, colorful parades, art exhibits and sporting events. Your stay in Puerto Vallarta won't ever be boring because of the numerous activities in store for you such as hitting the beaches of Banderas Bay, hiking the magnificent Sierra Madre Mountains, diving at the stunning Marietas Islands and partying all night at Malecon.
The most convenient way to get around Puerto Vallarta is by riding a taxi which is available 24 hours and also affordable, but most drivers tend to speed up or take you to a different place. The buses here are cheaper, but not that comfortable. Make sure to read the marks on the buses to get to the right destination.