How To Beat The Heat In Puerto Vallarta

We know you came to PV to get some sun and sand but if you are visiting between the months of July and September you may find the heat to be a bit intense. Here’s how to make the most of your vacation without overheating. These tips will work for expats and locals too!

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Hydrate And Electrolytes

Not only do you need to increase your fluid intake when it’s hot and humid out but be sure to add electrolytes to the mix. Carry water with you, purchase electrolyte beverages in any Oxxo or Kiosko such as Gatorade, coconut water, and the local Electrolit which is available in many flavors. Enjoy fruit infused water (aqua fresca) which you can find from street vendors. Fresh squeezed juice and smoothies are easy to find, and give a limonada or naranada a try—sparkling mineral water with freshly squeezed lime juice or fresh squeezed orange juice.

If you purchase pre-cut fruit from a fruit stand, have the vendor add lime and salt which will turn your sweet treat into an electrolyte-filled snack. Don’t stress about the salt intake like you would at home, as you lose sodium when you sweat so it needs to be replenished. Opt for sangria and mojitos when drinking as they have a bit of aqua mineral which makes them hydrating and refreshing.

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Plan Your Day Around Peak Heat

Download a local weather app so that you can plan your day around peak heat, which is typically between 1 pm to 6 pm. These are the ideal hours to find a shady spot on the beach or at the pool so that you can hop in the water to cool down. It’s also the ideal time to enjoy a water excursion. This is also the rainy season so keep in mind that there may be afternoon and evening storms.

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Cool Yourself Down

The goal is to keep yourself as cool as you can. These tips will help you stay cool, and cool you down fast when you are overheating.

  • Turn on the fans and air conditioning in your hotel, villa, or apartment.
  • When out and about, frequently pop into stores with air conditioning.
  • Walk on the shady side of the street and slow down when walking.
  • Bring a rosewater spray with you and keep it in the fridge to mist and cool yourself down.
  • Carry a washcloth or hanky with you to pat away sweat when out and about.
  • Dampen a few washcloths and place them in your freezer to drape over your neck when you are overheating.
  • Take cold showers when you are hot.
  • If your hotel doesn’t have a pool purchase a day pass somewhere to cool down.
  • Invest in a handheld fan that you can find at just about any gift shop.

Yelapa - Fresh Fish In Puerto Vallarta

Take A Day Trip

You don’t have to drive, cab or Uber too far to enjoy a drop in temperature. It will be an average of 10 degrees cooler once you get an hour or so up the coast, or head up to the mountains to visit San Sebastian, Talpa, or Mascota where you won’t feel any humidity. Also, consider taking a water taxi to one of the many nearby beaches and towns. It’s always a bit cooler on the water and you can find a shady spot to lounge on the beach.

The warmer months of July through September is low season, in part due to the humid weather, but it’s an excellent time of year to enjoy Puerto Vallarta without the tourist traffic of high season.

The Top Puerto Vallarta Shore Excursions

If you will be on a cruise ship that docks in Puerto Vallarta for the day you may be looking to book your own shore excursion—opposed to the limited selection offered by the ship. This will not only expand your excursion options but costs less and provides you with a far more authentic Mexican Experience. Here’s what to add to your list.

Top Puerto Vallarta Shore Excursions - Mercado Rio Cuale

Stroll The Malecon

Hop in a taxi or Uber and head to the boardwalk. You can dine at one of the many Mexican or international restaurants along the Malecon, enjoy the view of the bay, and lounge in one of the beachfront restaurants or bars. There are plenty of shops and boutiques offering a mix of authentic Mexican art and clothing as well as standard gift shop items. Venture back just one block along the river to the Mercado Municipal Rio Cuale where you will find a much larger range of artisans. Don’t forget you can negotiate the prices you are offered. You can easily spend your day on and around the Malecon without booking a formal excursion.

The Best Outdoor Activities In Puerto Vallarta

Book A Guided Food Tour

When you only have one day in port you want to make the most of it. Since you’ll need to eat anyway why not sample some of the best food Puerto Vallarta has to offer? Food tour groups are also small which is a nice change of pace from the average shore excursion. Vallarta Food Tours has several tours each day that is well within your port arrival and departure times, giving you plenty of time to stroll the city after your tour. In fact, we are more than just a food tour—but a cultural and historic tour. You will learn several fun facts about our magnificent city and we will point out several sites that you may want to circle back to after your tour. If you are traveling with a group of 6 or more, you can also arrange a private food tour. Our guided tours are available by van, bicycle, and as a walking tour. In just 3.5 hours you will sample authentic Mexican cuisine—just like a local! We can accommodate dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and seafood.

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Beach Excursions

You are on your cruise ship to enjoy a tropical vacation. Since most of your vacation time will be on the water look for ways to spend a bit more time in the water while at port. You can easily book last-minute and pre-arranged beach activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, and deep sea fishing. If you are already familiar with Puerto Vallarta and want to explore somewhere new, hop on a water taxi from the marina and head to nearby Yelapa, or charter your own small fishing boat to island hop on the small beaches along the bay. Just make sure to give yourself a large window upon your return as schedules run on Mexican time which is sometimes a bit late.

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Anything Your Cruise Ship Offers—But Self-Booked

If the excursion you want to go on is already filled up for cruise guests or is a bit outside of your budget, head online and see if you can book the same excursion directly with the tour company. The price can be up to 50% less per person which can save you a lot. Be sure to factor in transportation costs to and from the excursion and be very mindful of the time the tour starts and ends. Standing in line to get off the cruise ship can be a lengthy wait, and if you don’t return on time the ship will leave without you—so plan for plenty of cushion on both ends. Here we list some great tour companies to consider. This includes ATV rides, ziplining, snorkeling, the botanical gardens, hiking, and more.

Whatever you do, don’t just spend your day at the marina or in the Gallerias Mall. Take full advantage of your day in Puerto Vallarta by booking your own shore excursion.