The tropical climate of the Central Mexican coast brings higher temperatures and increased humidity to the forecast for this sunny city by the sea during the late summer months. This time of the year is known in the area as “rainy season,” and although the weather may be wet sometimes, the storms rarely last all day and there are a number of activities that can still be enjoyed while visitors wait out the strongest of the storms.
Many visitors who have never watched a storm roll in over the ocean are stunned to discover what a spectacle it is. Tremendously brilliant waves of light are interspersed with the daunting rumble of thunder to create an exciting exhibition that is impossible to ignore. Rather than see incoming clouds as a negative, embrace the showcase from a window seat at a beach bar or restaurant, or take in the intensely romantic show from the comfort and privacy of your balcony.
Taking to the streets of Puerto Vallarta on an ATV or off road vehicle delivers hours of fun in any weather, but a rainy afternoon offers something truly special. Adventurous visitors who don’t mind getting a little dirty can see the city like few tourists ever get to, admiring the unique palette of the sky over the Pacific during a storm and roaring down dirt roads in the untamed jungle lands a few minutes south of town.
Art and Cooking Classes
The Banderas Bay is an important hub of Mexico’s creative community, and a rainy day in Puerto Vallarta is a chance for travelers to make a souvenir of their stay with their own two hands. Painting and pottery classes are an easy way to explore the local enthusiasm for art while meeting an eclectic mix of personalities and honing a new skill. A cooking class engages the senses even further, offering a personal experience with the region’s signature cuisine.
If the joy in dining for you is more at the table than in the kitchen, a sudden storm in Puerto Vallarta is also a great opportunity to let the experts give you an introduction to the rich culinary scene of the area. Options from Greek to Taiwanese populate this growing foodie destination, and the national cuisine offers no shortage of interest for the curious culinary devotee.
Shopping for Something Special
From the central Mercado that spans several blocks in the heart of town to the upscale retailers of La Isla closer to the city’s Marina, the options for shopping in cool, dry interior spaces are plentiful. Whether you’re looking for handmade crafts that tell a story of your stay or treating yourself to the perfect indulgence from abroad, a couple of rainy hours could be well spent on retail therapy during your Vallarta vacation.
A spa day can make a rainy afternoon in Vallarta melt away in luxurious fashion. Our staff can connect you with onsite services including massage, skin care, manicure, pedicure, sauna and aromatherapy that can turn your time indoors into a restorative affair that leaves you feeling completely refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of what this vibrant locale has to offer.
Although a high percentage of the population in Puerto Vallarta has some familiarity with the English language, learning some basic and conversational Spanish can add extraordinary depth and unexpected delight to your stay in town. Group lessons or private tutoring lessons can quickly expand your vocabulary and bring you closer to a warm and welcoming local community.
While the storms of rainy season can make outdoor activities trickier to plan than at other times of the year, it certainly doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an August afternoon in this coastal Mexican paradise. There’s never a wrong time for a visit to Puerto Vallarta!