Puerto Vallarta: April Weather Averages
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Averages for Puerto Vallarta in April
The weather warms up even more in April in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, as the city quickly heads towards summer. Its positioning so close to the equator means it sees warm weather year round, and in April this is no different. The temperatures are high, the days are long and sun-filled, plus there’s plenty of cultural activities and beaches to explore – the perfect place for an early summer break.
The average daily temperatures in April bask at a very warm 24°C, which often rise to 32°C and above – extremely hot for this time of year. There is quite a significant drop between the daytime and night time temperatures, though, proving that Puerto Vallarta still isn’t in the grips of summer just yet. At around an average of 16°C, the nights are much cooler, so it’s a good idea to pack layers if you’re visiting at this time of year. Swimwear, shorts, and t-shirts are essential for during the day, but you might need an extra layer or two for when the sun goes down. Be sure to pack oodles of suncream, too, as the sun is fierce at this time of year.
Rainfall is minimal in April, with only around 5mm falling throughout the month. It’s highly unlikely you’ll get caught in any rain, so it’s probably not worth packing an umbrella.
Long days accompany the minimal rainfall at this time of year, when there is around 12 hours of sunshine per day. The sprawling, sun-filled days provide plenty of time for exploring all the cultural attractions on offer, as well as leaving plenty of time to lay back and relax on the many beaches.
Relaxing on the beaches is a favourite pastime for tourists visiting Puerto Vallarta at this time of year, and it’s no wonder, with sea temperatures sitting at a very warm 25°C. This provides ideal conditions for casual swimmers, watersports enthusiasts, and those looking to discover the colourful underwater world that characterises this part of the world.
Puerto Vallarta in April is beautifully hot, with long, draw-out sunny days perfect for catching some early summer sun on the beach and exploring the numerous sites and activities that the city has to offer.
Where to Stay
The Hotel Rosita is a traditional hotel with stunning architecture set right on the Malecon strip, which is full of great shops, bars, and restaurants. The hotel has a clean, stylish design with white-wash walls and pastel-patterned furnishings, and every room has access to WiFi, satellite television, and its own private balcony overlooking the beautiful surroundings. There is an on-site swimming pool that overlooks the ocean and a restaurant that serves traditional Mexican cuisine.
The Encino Hotel is a cosy, intimate accommodation option in the heart of the city, just moments away from the beach. The hotel rooms are simple but clean and chic, with colourful pops of colour and spacious private balconies. They all boast free WiFi and satellite television, plus there’s a sizeable pool, two Jacuzzis, an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as a central courtyard area for guests to enjoy.
Lindo Mar Resort is a quirky hotel block situated right on the beautiful Banderas Bay. The rooms are charmingly decorated in a typical Mexican style, with bright shades of blues, oranges, and yellows, and every room has its own private balcony overlooking the nearby sea and beyond. In addition, there’s an on-site restaurant serving gourmet cuisine and a selection of drinks, as well as a secluded terrace area complete with swimming pool.
Things to do
The scenery surrounding Puerto Vallarta is exceptional, with dense jungle landscapes mingling with lush, green forests, mountainous backdrops, and white-sand coves. You can explore all of this and more on horseback with Rancho el Charro, located just outside the downtown area of the city. Trek for three or eight hours, getting to know the natural scenery of the city from a different perspective or, if you want to, book onto one of the multi-day excursions for an even deeper experience.
Visit the Centro Cultural Cuale and immerse yourself in the arts scene of the city. The institution serves up a range of performances, operas, and concerts throughout the year, with a regularly changing schedule of local and international acts. Visitors can also take classes in a number of crafts, from printmaking to musical instrument lessons.
Hit the Beach
Las Animas beach is set between an imposing set of lush, green mountains and the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The golden sand sprawls out, and the shallows stay shallow for some time, making it the perfect place for swimming and kayaking as well as exploring the underwater world by snorkelling or SCUBA diving. There are a series of restaurants and bars surrounding the beach for all your refreshment needs, too.
For a remote beach experience, take a water taxi to Quimixto Beach, which is a secluded cove attached to a fishing village to the south of Banderas Bay. There are a selection of seafood restaurants dotted along the shore, and there’s the opportunity to hire a horse to explore the landscape, as well as walk to the nearby waterfall and snorkel and SCUBA dive in the clear, shimmering lagoon that characterises the beach.
Where to Drink & Eat
For a fine dining experience, grab a table at Anejo Limon, a popular meat and fish restaurant in the heart of the city. The rustic décor is traditionally Mexican, and they serve delicious brunches on the weekends, as well as a Ribs special on Sundays. Otherwise, the menu is filled with a selection of local dishes, like Mexican Chamorro, Jalapeno poppers, skirted prawns, and fillet steak.
Kaiser Maximillian is a café and restaurant bistro with a grand interior reminiscent of past decades, with dark wood furniture, high ceilings, and gilded mirrors. There is a spacious outdoor area offering the perfect place to soak up the April sunshine, and the menu boasts a series of mouth-watering favourites, including pan roasted duck breast, veal scaloppini, and seared scallops.