The most important decision to make in planning a destination wedding is picking the location. You want somewhere you’d love to visit, with plenty to do for you and your guests before and after the day of the ceremony, and with beautiful backdrops for wedding photos and romantic wedding venues. With its rich cultural background and natural wonders, Puerto Vallarta offers all of that and more!
Celebrating your love through a destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta is a great way to combine your special day with an amazing vacation, making it truly an unforgettable event for both you and your guests.
About Puerto Vallarta
beautiful view of Vallarta
Located in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a popular beach destination on the western coast. Nestled against the Sierra Madre Mountains, it sits on the coast of Banderas Bay, the largest bay in Mexico, and is known for its Pacific Ocean’s deep blue waters, bordered by golden sand. It boasts miles of beach, including swimming beaches and wildlife sanctuaries. Puerto Vallarta is a romantic destination, but it is also a friendly spot for families of all kinds and is known as a great LGBTQ beach vacation spot.
Cultural Background of Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta was founded in 1851 by Spanish settlers. Little is known about its pre-colonial history, but some evidence suggests it was once home to people of the Aztec Empire. Since the 1960s, Puerto Vallarta has become a destination for tourists around the world thanks to its charming architecture and natural attractions. Its tourism boom began, at least in part, thanks to some of its most famous residents: Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who made a home for themselves there in the 1960s.
Jalisco is known as the birthplace of mariachi—and tequila. Both are important cultural elements permeating the state, including Puerto Vallarta. You and your wedding guests will love learning about—and tasting—tequila while you’re in town. But don’t forget about the region’s other interesting spirits: mezcal, raicilla, and sotol. A tasting experience would be a great group activity for you and your friends and family.
Weather in Puerto Vallarta
beautiful weather in vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is at the same latitude as Hawaii, which means it has similar near-perfect weather and climate all year long. The weather in Puerto Vallarta is warm and tropical, with similar warm temperatures in every month. The warmer months of July and August see highs in the low 90s and lows in the 70s, while the winter months see highs in the mid 80s and lows in the 60s.
There are only two seasons in Puerto Vallarta: rainy and dry. The rainy season goes from June to mid-October, and the rest of the year rarely sees rain. The air is hot and humid all year, and rainstorms and showers during the rainy season generally come in short bursts. Hurricane season is in the fall, but the Bay of Banderas offers some protection against the storms.
Any time you plan your wedding, the weather in Puerto Vallarta is sure to be lovely. That is, with the exception of September, when afternoon rainstorms hit almost daily.
shrimp fried with lime
Puerto Vallarta offers everything from fine dining to street food, with both international and local Mexican fare. And when we say Mexican food, we aren’t talking burritos and nachos. Your trip to Puerto Vallarta offers authentic Mexican tastes and delicacies that you’ll never find at home, making this region a true foodie destination.
A must-try in Puerto Vallarta is the seafood, which is fresh and delicious, especially shrimp, tuna and marlin. A famous street food is roasted and skewered fish called pescado embarazado. Some other local options you can’t miss include:
Aguachile: Shrimp, lime, chilis, salt, cucumber, raw onion, and cilantro make this ceviche dish a memorable and delicious local experience.
Pescado Zarandeado: A whole fish marinated, seasoned and grilled to perfection is one of the best eats the region has to offer.
Pescado En Vara: Grilled fish or shrimp on a skewer served with a simple lime garnish on the beach is the perfect way to grab a quick lunch while you’re relaxing in Puerto Vallarta.
Churros: This world-famous delicacy has its roots in Spain, but was mastered in Mexico. You cannot leave Puerto Vallarta without tasting the sweet crispy flavor of freshly made churros.
authentic Mexican churros
Puerto Vallarta is easy for your wedding guests to get to: it’s a quick three-hour flight to the PVR airport from Los Angeles, plus there are a variety of U.S cities offering direct flights, including Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York City, Salt Lake City, and Seattle.
Guests coming from Canada will have an easy time reaching Puerto Vallarta as well. You can find direct flights into the city from Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and more.
Puerto Vallarta Wedding Venues
Adventure Weddings offers two private beach locations, that are perfect Puerto Vallarta wedding venues, out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Las Caletas is nestled in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Accessible only by boat, it is a true tropical paradise hideaway where you can make your vows with the melody of ocean waves in the background and celebrate in a beach illuminated by hundreds of candles.
torch lit wedding area
Our second private beach is Majahuitas. With stretches of golden sand and breathtaking jungle backgrounds, Majahuitas is the perfect setting for your dream wedding in Puerto Vallarta. This exclusive, private venue means your ceremony and celebration are witnessed only by those you love the most—plus the gently rolling ocean and towering Sierra Madre Mountains.
Vallarta ceremony setup
Each of our Puerto Vallarta wedding venues offers a variety of packages to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. We know you’ll love Puerto Vallarta—it truly is an unforgettable destination for your Mexico wedding. We are excited to help you start planning your special day. Please contact us today for more information.