Have you ever wondered what Puerto Vallarta looks like when the thousands of tourists have left and gone back to enjoy Spring back home?
Vallarta is a touristy destination, which means that life revolves around 3 holiday seasons: winter holiday (mid-November – first week of April), spring holiday (April-June) and summer holiday season (June – mid November).
And during winter season there are mostly two types of visitors in Puerto Vallarta: “part-time expats”, people who arrive at the beginning or mid-November, stay through the winter and usually leave with the first flowers of spring, around mid-March; and tourists, who have a regular one or two week vacation between December and February.
There is usually still people until the end of March and then comes Semana Santa which marks the beginning of the spring holiday season.
So what happens next? Why should you stay through Semana Santa (and beyond?)
After Spring break, there is an urban legend that might make you think that life stops and that Puerto Vallarta is dead until after the summer, and that we all wait patiently for the return of the tourist. WRONG.
Here are 6 reasons why you should stay:
Reason Nr. 1: the weather is nicer in the spring
First of all, you should know that the nicest weather in Puerto Vallarta is not winter, it is spring! March, April, and May provide us with practically permanent sunshine, and no rain. The temperature is still pretty mild: not too cold, not too hot… perfection! http://www.holiday-weather.com/puerto_vallarta/averages/
Reason Nr. 2: the rainy season is nothing to write home about
When we think rainy season, we tend to imagine the monsoon in India, with rain all the time and being forced to stay home all day long… you couldn’t be more wrong. Here it means that it will rain 2 maybe 3 hours per day, in the evening. The reality is that in Vallarta you can go to the beach every day but about 18 days per year! And the rain is warm, nothing compared to what you can be used to in northern countries. Another thing to keep in mind if you think you might have a problem with the heat is that there is constant ocean breeze, anywhere you are, making the temperature nothing but bearable and relaxing.
Reason Nr. 3: there is no low season in Vallarta
You might get the impression that the season sort of dies off after March, as all northern tourists tends to leave. Wrong again! Did you know that Vallarta is a key-destination for national tourism?
You will be amazed to see that the malecón (boardwalk) is packed every evening in the summer, too! Hotels show full house, life is vibrant!
Reason Nr. 4: the best way to meet Mexican guys
Did you know that 10% of the population in Mexico is gay? That’s over 12millions. Puerto Vallarta is the only IDed gay friendly beach community, and national tourism is huge, meaning that the spring and summer seasons are a great opportunity for you to meet Mexican guys.
Reason Nr. 5: Mexico is ageless
We know that in the US, for example, you become invisible as soon as you turn 35. Age is frowned upon and growing old is feared as a death sentence. Latin American countries see things differently, and Mexico is no exception. You will still be valued here, respected, you will able to go out and have fun, and nationals will make you feel good.
Reason Nr. 6: vibrant night life and luxury
Vallarta is home to an impressive number of cabaret shows, theatres, art galleries, luxurious gatherings and breathtaking sunset sessions on a yacht around the bay.
Who ever said that this had to stop in March?