As the cold of winter hits, the warm beaches of Puerto Vallarta become a paradise for all those who want to get away from the snow and cold weather in their home cities.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the favorite beach destinations in Mexico. Not only does it have privileged weather and beautiful beaches to swim at all year round, but it also has a huge range of ecotourism activities and tours, as well as one of the most amazing gastronomic scenes in the country. And of course, let’s not forget to mention its vibrant nightlife and charming Mexican atmosphere.
If this year you want to spend Christmas day a little differently, surrounded by natural beauty in a tropical setting, eating delicacies that perhaps you have never tried and experiencing the Mexican traditions of the holiday season, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal destination for a winter family vacation.
Say goodbye to winter blues and have a great time with your family spending Christmas in Puerto Vallarta!
Tropical Christmas in Puerto Vallarta
The great news is that by the time the holiday season starts, the rainy season is over and there is a very low probability of rain between December and April. So pack your bags and let yourself enjoy a tropical Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, which has an average year-round temperature of 86°F (30°C). At nightfall, the temperature drops a little bit, but a light sweater will be more than enough to keep you warm.
Winter Season Activities in Puerto Vallarta
Vallarta is also known for its great variety of water and ecotourism activities. Winter is an excellent time of the year to enjoy them, because it’s not rainy season and the sun doesn’t hit as hard as in the summer, so it’s much more pleasant to be outdoors.
Whether you want to explore the depths of the sea, fly over the treetops on a zip line, take a luxury sailing trip or tour the jungle on an ATV, Puerto Vallarta has plenty of options that you can do with the whole family.
Winter in Puerto Vallarta also means the arrival of one of its most beloved visitors: humpback whales. Every year, from December to March, these huge and gentle whales reach the waters of Banderas Bay to reproduce and give birth to their beautiful young. Humpback whales are known for being playful and taking impressive jumps that you can admire from a boat or even from the beach. Watching humpback whales is a must-do activity in Vallarta during the winter.
Last, but not least, Puerto Vallarta is an excellent starting point to explore other beaches and towns in the region. It’s very easy to take a day trip to destinations such as Punta Mita, Sayulita and San Pancho in the Riviera Nayarit; or book a tour to visit some of the most beautiful virgin and secret beaches of Banderas Bay, such as Colomitos, Las Animas and Yelapa. The Marietas Islands and the wonderful “Hidden Beach” are one of the main natural attractions of the region.
Christmas Traditions and Mexican Culture
Mexico is a country with many traditions and the Christmas season is full of them.
The season begins with the Festival of Guadalupe. This is a 12-day long festival that celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe (Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe,) the patron saint of Mexico. The festival lasts for 12 days starting on December 1st and ending on December 12th. During this time, the downtown historical zone comes alive with devoted followers making their way in a procession to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Once they arrive at the Cathedral, they place gifts for the Virgin and receive a special blessing from the Priests.
During the procession, you will see many beautifully decorated floats, pre-Hispanic dancers, and people singing songs of praise in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The square in front of the church becomes full of street vendors selling anything from sweets and snacks to authentic Mexican cuisine. You will also find many vendors selling handicrafts and souvenirs.
On Christmas Eve, churches offer masses in English and Spanish, accompanied by Christmas carols.
Posadas are another tradition of the holiday season. These community celebrations start on December 16th and continue through to Christmas Eve, ending on December 24th. The 9 nights of posadas are said to represent the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Posadas typically include warm fruit punch, sparklers and the breaking of piñatas. The idea is simply to enjoy the Christmas spirit and have a great time with family and friends.
Artisan markets also join in the Christmas celebrations. In Puerto Vallarta, there are craft markets throughout the year. Still, in December, the Marina’s Art Market, the Olas Altas Farmers Market and the La Cruz Market are the most visited. All of them can be a great place to do your Christmas shopping and take home crafts and local products.
Finally, we can’t talk about Puerto Vallarta without mentioning its beautiful boardwalk or Malecon, which at this time of year acquires even more charm with flickering lights and a giant Christmas tree.
Rest assured that a Christmas vacation in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect way to spend the holiday season.
Wrapping up: 3 reasons to spend Christmas in Puerto Vallarta
Between the second week in November and the first week of May, Puerto Vallarta has ideal temperatures. The whole year is warm, but during the winter season, it really has the perfect climate to enjoy Christmas Day in your bathing suit!
Not all destinations are ideal for the whole family, but Puerto Vallarta is. With activities, restaurants, bars, entertainment and much more, the Bay of Banderas has something that will appeal to each member of the family from the eldest to the youngest.
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta:
Our all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta is one of the most luxurious hotels in the area. We have a privileged location surrounded by lush rainforest and a beautiful private beach. We offer luxury suites, impeccable service, outdoor activities, spa services and an exclusive selection of culinary experiences.
At Christmas, we welcome all families, couples and groups of friends to enjoy a harmonious season in paradise, while letting us pamper you.
We invite you to spend Christmas and New Year in Puerto Vallarta and finish the year in the best possible way: with a fun and unforgettable escape to Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta!