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5 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Time To Visit Puerto Vallarta 

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Puerto Vallarta, with its spectacular beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality, is a year-round paradise.  

But if you are looking for that perfect time to experience this tropical destination, consider booking your trip for the fall season.  

It might not be the peak tourist season, but that is what makes it special. Here are 5 reasons why you should pack your bags and head to Puerto Vallarta this fall:  

puerto vallarta beach during sunset

Fewer Crowds 

With the summer crowds dispersed, you’ll find quieter beaches, shorter lines at attractions, and a more relaxed atmosphere.  

It is the ideal time for couples seeking a romantic getaway or anyone who craves a tranquil vacation. 

Budget-Friendly Travel 

Fall in Puerto Vallarta is a budget traveler’s paradise. Accommodation prices tend to drop compared to the rising prices found in high season, making it easier on your wallet.  

In anticipation of the lesser crowds, hotels and other tourist establishments will take this time to recoup and refurbish after a record-breaking summer season.  

aerial of condo with pool and beach

Throughout Puerto Vallarta, occupancy across all types of accommodations is expected to be about 60%, a considerable decrease from this summer’s high occupancy.  

With fewer crowds, you can often snag deals on tours and activities, too.  

Your vacation dollars will stretch a little further, giving you the opportunity to indulge in more of what Puerto Vallarta offers. 

beach shore at las conchas

Fall Festivals 

Puerto Vallarta does not take a break from celebrations in the fall.  

You can immerse yourself in the local culture by joining festivities like the International Gourmet Festival, which features culinary delights from renowned chefs worldwide.  

There is also the Festival del Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Festival), where you can witness colorful altars and traditional Mexican rituals that pay homage to loved ones who have passed away. Let us take a look at what makes this festival so memorable in Puerto Vallarta. 

dia de los muertos puerto vallarta

Dia De Los Muertos 

In 2022, Puerto Vallarta made headlines by securing the Guinness World Record for the Tallest Calavera Catrina on the planet.  

Picture a towering 23-foot-tall Catrina, the iconic skeletal lady, becoming the centerpiece of the festivities.

One of the most enchanting aspects of Puerto Vallarta’s Día de los Muertos is the intricate and beautifully decorated altars that fill the city. 

ofrenda in puerto vallarta

Each of these altars is uniquely adorned with marigolds, the traditional flower of the dead, as well as photographs, favorite foods, and cherished mementos.  

These offerings are believed to guide spirits back to the world of the living for a joyful reunion. 

Do not miss the lineup of parades, music, local art, and the streets coming alive during this time of the year.  

In Puerto Vallarta, Día de los Muertos is not merely an event; it is a heartfelt expression of love, memory, and the enduring connection between the living and the departed.  

streetview old town puerto vallarta

Whale Watching Extravaganza 

Fall marks the beginning of the whale-watching season in Puerto Vallarta.  

From November to December, you can embark on a thrilling adventure to observe humpback whales in their natural habitat.  

These gentle giants migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay to give birth and nurture their calves, providing a captivating spectacle for nature enthusiasts. 

whale watching

Change in Weather 

While some places might be cooling down, Puerto Vallarta enjoys delightful weather during the fall.  

With average temperatures hovering around the mid-80s°F (30°C), it is perfect for beach days and water activities.  

The ocean is warm and inviting, making it an excellent time for snorkeling, paddleboarding, or simply relaxing by the beach without the sweltering heat. 

beach view with couple walking with mountain background

Fall is a hidden treasure in Puerto Vallarta. With fewer tourists, attractive prices, lively festivals, incredible whale watching, and pleasant weather, it is the perfect time to experience this Mexican paradise without the hustle and bustle of peak season.  

So, pack your bags and explore Puerto Vallarta this fall!  

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