People often refer to the rainy season in Puerto Vallarta as the “Down Season”, or bad weather season, the reality of the matter is that the rainy season is very important for both Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas. Our subtropical weather is often compared to that of the Islands of Hawaii, which incidentally are located on the same latitude as Puerto Vallarta.
The rainy season begins in the first days of July, and come to an end midway through October. The temperatures during this season range from 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit, with high humidity, fortunately the rain cools things down moderately. Besides from cooling the city down, thunderstorms provide us with a spectacle of lights and sounds, as well as unbelievable sunsets when cloudy, with a multitude of brilliant colors ranging from; rosy pink, violet, and all tones of orange, red and yellow. It goes without saying, that the rainy season is an incredible time for natural photo ops.
With torrential rains coming down on the surrounding areas, the rivers come to life and bring down with them vital nutrients which empty into the ocean, and nourish the local sea wildlife.
If you are taking a stroll through the Malecon and are surprised with a sudden downpour, there is nothing to worry about; the Malecon has plenty of options for activities even when raining. Activities can enjoy in the day range from: Shopping, eating lunch or dinner in one of your favorite restaurants, or having drinks at a local bar to enjoy the gorgeous view of the bay in the rain. Don’t panic! Downpours don’t tend to last longer than an hour or two; it will stop as quickly as it started so you can continue with your plans.
The surrounding mountain ranges and local agriculture are hugely benefited by the rainy season. An immediate change can be noticed after the first few rains, the Sierra Madre goes from a dry light brown, to a vivid lush green in a matter of days! We locals see the rainy season as a cleansing period, and after a few days of rain, Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas take on a different brighter glow.
@ top photo by Javier Moreno – javierphoto.com