January 8, 2014
Puerto Vallarta or PV as it is affectionately known is praised for its warm sunny weather throughout the year and is a popular destinations for those seeking to escape the cold northern hemisphere winters.
The climate in Puerto Vallarta is officially described as tropical savanna which basically means that summer is wet and winters are dry. Figures suggest that the average number of sunny days every year is around 320 with temperature ranging from 61ºF (16ºC) – 91ºF (33ºC), rarely going beneath 57ºC (14ºC) or higher than 93ºF (34ºC), making the weather very pleasant indeed for most beach vacations.
During what is considered the rainy season from May to October, you will see some impressive thunderstorms. However, once Puerto Vallarta’s rainy season gets underway to form a pattern, whether that be raining at night or a few hours early evening before clearing up, visitors can get into a rhythm to make the most of the sunshine. Temperatures are also at their highest during the wet season.
The key to remember when it comes to Puerto Vallarta’s weather is that you are more than likely going to have great weather when you visit and only the most unfortunately would experience more than a couple of days of bad weather.
PUERTO VALLARTA HOTEL OCCUPANCY
Reference: http://weatherspark.com/averages/32587/Puerto-Vallarta-Jalisco-Mexico (retrieved 09.27.13)
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Standards for Mexican Beaches
January 7, 2014
Tourists visiting Mexico’s famous beautiful beaches will be pleased to hear that a certification program is currently in progress to provide guidance and regulation to the quality of the public beaches. The Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC) regulates and classifies the beaches in Mexico giving certification to those beaches that meet all the specifications for the standard NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2006, which takes into consideration the quality of the beach, its cleanliness, water quality, wastewater disposal in the area, vegetation, conservation of the environment and more. Only those beaches that meet these high standards are given official certification.
This year, 2013, 10 beaches in Jalisco and Nayarit were give the prestigious certification and the states were commended for leading the way for other states to follow suit. In Puerto Vallarta, 4 beaches were were given the coveted certificate, while in Nuevo Vallarta, there were 6.
The certification process is carried out by accredited teams who visit the beaches to make their own impartial assessments and to ensure that the beaches are meeting the strict criteria in order to receive certification. What this means is that the standards of all the beaches in the area are rising to try and meet the high specifications of the IMNC.
BEACH VACATIONS IN MEXICO
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Top 5 Package Destinations in Mexico
October 29, 2013
Mexico is a great destination to get an amazing package deal to outstanding locations at low prices. For North American visitors it is particularly attractive as flights are relatively cheap and there are many major cities now offering direct flights. Mexico is also renowned for its great value all inclusive packages, which are attracting visitors from all demographics.
A long standing favorite, Puerto Vallarta offers some not-to-be-missed packages, especially during the summer months and early autumn. There are many hotels and resorts offering all inclusive deals, and a number that are moving towards all inclusive gourmet quality packages.
What makes this destination stand out is the combination of stunning palm covered mountains that flank the Pacific Ocean. The bay, where Puerto Vallarta is located is also one of the largest in the world, and creates a wonderful horizon, framing spectacular sunsets 365 days a year, no matter which hotel you choose.
Puerto Vallarta also offers guests the treat of whale watching during the winter months, which is a spectacular sight.
Cabo San Lucas
Cabo San Lucas is popular with all ages looking for all inclusive deals. There are a number of excellent resorts with sandy beaches, although not all hotels have direct access. You will find great packages any time of the year, while spring break is particular popular as is Thanksgiving.
Besides lazing on a beach, Cabo offers loads of exciting adventure activities, such as zip-lining, ATVs, camel safaris, horseback riding and many more. It is a place where you can appreciate, desert, mountains and ocean all in one place. Honeymoon packages are also particularly favored here.
Cancun’s Caribbean location makes it one of Mexico’s most prized locations. It benefits from the natural beauty one would expect from a Caribbean beach destination with all the cultural and historical elements that mainland Mexico offers tourist.
Cancun has a package deal for everyone, whether room only, bed and breakfast, timeshare, all inclusive or vacation rentals. It really is a destination poised to make planning your vacations as stress free as possible.
Owing to its stunning natural surroundings, Cancun is a popular place for beach weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries with many different options for nuptial packages and as well as bachelor/ette getaways.
An idyllic Mexican town on the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is a quiet destination that offers some great value packages perfect for families, couples and groups of friends.
The location is small but has enough activities and tranquil distractions to ensure that your package vacation is something that you will want to repeat time and again. Loreto has a golf course, marina, boardwalk and a traditional mission church to visit in addition to the typical water sport activities and boat tours.
What is attractive about a Loreto packages is that you get excellent quality and a sophisticated experience at very reasonable prices.
Lake Juanacatlán – Sierra Lago
For those looking for a Mexico package with a difference, you might want to try out Lake Juanacatlán and Sierra Lago. This lake resort in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains is a relaxing retreat where you can book all inclusive or room only packages, although all inclusive is highly recommended as you simply won’t want to leave the lakeside.
Here as much of the produce used in preparation of the meals is found locally or grown on the site itself. Once you arrive, it is like you have entered a haven where all you have to do is allow yourself to be pampered and contemplate the natural beauty that surrounds.
The suites are cabins with fireplaces and lake views and there are a number of activities to enjoy.