Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a beach vacation destination that has many appealing features. The city has one of the most vibrant nightlife ambiances in Latin America. The area’s natural beauty is not something to be missed. This is especially true due to the diverse accommodations, people, experiences, and landscapes of Puerto Vallarta that are best appreciated in May. Travelers should be sure to check out what they have to look forward to most during the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. 

Average Temperature This Time of Year

  • 70-85 Degrees F


The weather in Puerto Vallarta is pretty pleasant during May. Technically, because the temperatures are more mild during this month it is one of the best times to visit Puerto Vallarta. Typically, during May, the weather is nice since travelers can enjoy warm temperatures but do not have to worry about sweltering heat. May also is one of the times of the year with the least amount of rain. This means that travelers are more likely to be able to enjoy the outdoors without getting rained on during May. 

The weather of Puerto Vallarta is a benefit to visiting in May. 
pictured: the pleasant weather of Puerto Vallarta in May
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Travel Tip:

  • The water temperatures are ideal for swimming in May, so travelers can dip their toes comfortably. 

Lower Prices 

May is not the high season for tourism in Puerto Vallarta. Since the month is during the low tourism season (or shoulder season) there may be some lower prices. This means that travelers can take advantage of more affordable travel costs. The prices of hotels, restaurants, and other attractions are likely to be lower during May. For travelers on a budget, May is the best time to enjoy a mild version of the summer weather and not break the bank.

Travelers may be able to save money if they visit Puerto Vallarta during May. 
pictured: coins
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Travel Tip:

  • For some visitors just traveling during May will be enough, but if people want to make more savings they can stay at a hostel or make smart dining options.

Fewer Crowds 

As is standard during the shoulder season, travelers can enjoy lighter crowds. During May, since the month is not during the high tourism season, travelers will notice way less overwhelming crowds in the popular areas of Puerto Vallarta. This lack of crowds is why May is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. Travelers will be able to visit even the most popular attractions of the city and have ample personal space. The lack of crowds also means travelers can take more beautiful photos with fewer chances of stranger’s photobombing. 

To avoid crowds May is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta. 
pictured: the beach of Puerto Vallarta
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Travel Tip:

  • Going to attractions during the least popular time of day is the best way to have some solitude while exploring Puerto Vallarta. In May, travelers are less likely to have trouble with this but early mornings or later in the evening are a good time to visit sites. 

Pride Month

Puerto Vallarta has a pride celebration in May. Travelers who are members or allies of the LGBTQIA+ community will appreciate the exciting local celebration that occurs annually in Puerto Vallarta. In 2024, the Pride Sun Festival will occur on May 22. Travelers can also enjoy many different festivities at the Puerto Vallarta Pride. At Pride Month celebrations, travelers can expect fashion, food, music, and an overall accepting environment. There are many cultural events, pool parties, and parades for travelers to explore. Each year there is a theme so travelers can plan their outfits ahead of time and make the most of their vacation. 

May is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta due to Pride Month. 
pictured: a Black man holding a LGBTQIA+ flag
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Travel Tip:

  • Puerto Vallarta Pride celebrates the city’s diversity and usually lasts a few days so there is plenty for travelers to see and do. 

Mother’s Day in Puerto Vallarta

Another seasonal celebration in Puerto Vallarta during May is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day occurs in May in Mexico and has a significant history. It was once on “payday” in Mexico, so it was popular for moms to receive relatively lavish gifts or be treated to nice experiences. Beyond that sweet history, travelers will notice that Mother’s Day is a big holiday in Puerto Vallarta in general. There is plenty for mothers to do around the area. One special way to spend Mother’s Day is spending quality time abroad in Puerto Vallarta. In Puerto Vallarta, some popular activities include going dancing, singing, gifting her favorite food, or even providing gifts. For “las reinas de la casa” (or queens of the house), a subtle celebration just won’t do. 

Travelers can visit Puerto Vallarta during May for Mother's Day. 
pictured: a Black woman on a beach in Puerto Vallarta
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Travel Tip:

  • A sunset cruise or beach experience is a great way to treat a mom to a relaxing and breathtaking experience in Puerto Vallarta since the area is famous for its sunsets.

Olas Altas Farmers Market

May is also the last month the Olas Altas Farmers Market is open in Puerto Vallarta. Although the Olas Altas Farmers Market is small, it is in its fifteenth year so it is quite popular locally. Travelers who want to journey sustainably can even support locals by going to the market since produce from local sources is available there. The motto of the market is “homemade and handcrafted” so travelers can rest assured that they will receive authentic products. At the Olas Altas Farmers Market, travelers can expect to find organic food, Mexican handicrafts, cuisine to go, artwork, textiles, and fashion designs. 

The Olas Altas Farmers Market is one of the reasons that travelers should visit Puerto Vallarta in May. 
pictured: a market in Mexico
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Travel Tip:

  • The Olas Altas Farmers Market has over 100 local producers from Puerto Vallarta. It also happens (this year) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. so travelers should wear comfortable shoes if they want to immerse themselves in the market.

Aquatic Activities 

Puerto Vallarta is known for its stunning beaches. Because of how photogenic and scenic Puerto Vallarta is, aquatic activities are very popular around the city. The sea temperatures also make May the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta, since travelers can enjoy a refreshing swim. There are plenty of popular things for tourists who do not mind getting splashed to do in Puerto Vallarta. Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, jet skiing, and white water rafting are some of the most popular aquatic activities.  

May is the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta for aquatic activities. 
pictured: the beach in Puerto Vallarta
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Travel Tip:

  • May is a great time to enjoy water sports and aquatic activities so travelers should be sure to book tours and experiences ahead of time to ensure they are prepared. 

The Malecon

The Malecon boardwalk is a popular attraction of Puerto Vallarta. May is a great time to visit the Malecon since the temperature is not overwhelming. Also, the boardwalk is near the ocean so there is a cool breeze. So while travelers enjoy the area on foot they can be comfortable. This makes May likely the best time to visit Puerto Vallarta and explore the Malecon. The area offers restaurants, bars and more. It is also near the historic part of Puerto Vallarta so travelers can get more familiar with the city with every sense if they visit the Malecon. They can try street foods, simply take a walk, or enjoy the nightclubs nearby. 

The Malecon are is one of the reasons that travelers visit Puerto Vallarta. 
pictured: the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta
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Travel Tip:

  • The evenings are the best time to explore the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta in May. 

Travelers would be wise to visit Puerto Vallarta during May. With nice weather, plenty of things to do, and many sites to experience, Puerto Vallarta is a worthwhile locale to explore. Travelers who are curious about the cultural offerings of Puerto Vallarta should be sure to take a visit to discover what else there is to uncover.