HURRICANES - Puerto Vallarta is located on the west coast of Mexico, right in the middle of the Bay of Banderas, the largest bay in Mexico.  Because of the town's sheltered location and topographical protection offered by the Sierra Madre & Sierra Tuito Mountains that surround the Bay, none of the hurricanes spawned in the Pacific have entered the Bay since the beginning of regional record-keeping.  Hurricane Kenna did come close, but made landfall in the State of Nayarit north of PV and it did cause some damage in the PV area, with the storm surge.    PV is situated on the same parallel as the Hawaiian Islands, thus the similarities in the climate of the two destinations.

AREA - 1,300 square kilometers

POPULATION - Approximately 250,000

CLIMATE - Tropical, humid and hot in the summer, with an average of 300 sunny days per year.  The temperature averages 28c (82F).  During the rainy season that lasts from mid-June to mid-October, the days are usually sunny and hot with tropical rain late in the afternoons or during the night.  Winter months are high tourist months, best months to visit are December through April.  The days are warm with little humidity and cooler evenings.  In the summer too, it is really hot and humid - but you will still enjoy your  time there.  One real plus about the summer months is that the ocean  tends to be calmer, and thus, more swimmable in more places.

FLORA & FAUNA - Regional Flora is mainly tropical forest: palm trees, rubber trees and other tropical species.  Nearby Sierra Vallejo hosts a great variety of animal species such as iguana, guacacamaya, deer, raccoon, etc.  You will often see iguana living close to humans at a timeshare resort.

SANCTUARIES - The bay has two Marine National Parks, "Los Arcos" and the Marieta Islands, where diving is allowed under certain circumstances but fishing of any kind is not allowed.  Every year, the Bay receives the visit of the humpback whales in the winter months, dolphins and manta rays are here year round.  During the summer, sea turtles, a protected species, arrive on its shores to lay their eggs.

For more information visit the Puerto Vallarta Official City Guide: www.visitpuertovallarta.com