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Puerto Vallarta is a straight shot across the Pacific from Hawaii, which makes for a subtropical climate with humidity that can prove too heavy during the summer months. Springtime draws a younger, more rambunctious crowd, as well as an influx of Mexican tourists who flood the city during Holy Week in April. Late fall brings an array of festivals, including the monthly Old Town Art Walk (October-May), the International Sailfish and Marlin Festival, the Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival in November, and the Festival of Our Lady Guadalupe in December. If you’re hoping to beat both the crowds and the heat, mid-January is an excellent time to visit, after the dust from the holiday rush has settled and daytime temperatures start hovering in the mid-70s.