The winter months are a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta, not just because the average daytime temperature is 80 degrees Celsius but because it is also whale watching season. Every year from approximately December to March, Humpback and Gray whales (occasionally Orcas have been spotted as well) migrate to the warm tropical waters of the Bay of Banderas to give birth and mate. Quick fun fact, humpback whales typically migrate up to 16,000 mi each year (25,000 km). As locals, we are fortunate enough to go out and welcome these visitors every season. Many times, you can even spot them from the beach or on our walks along the “Malecon” (boardwalk). One of our favorite moments is when you see one of them breach out of the water. We are always in awe of these beautiful creatures. Whether you have done whale watching in the past or if you never have, this should be near the top of your Puerto Vallarta To-Do-List!
Puerto Vallarta provides an amazing backdrop for whale watching with the bay’s deep blue waters and the surrounding lushness of the Sierra Madre mountains. There are many whale watching tours (half or full day boat excursions which may include lunch on a secluded beach), but also keep in mind that just a few steps away from your luxury condo at Sea Salt Rentals you can charter a local “panga” (an open, outboard-powered, fishing boat, typically made of fiberglass and wood) from the Los Muertos pier. Private panga charters (6-8 people) can cost about $70.00 USD per hour (bring cash), typically with a minimum 2-hours. Price is sometimes negotiable.
We would be happy to help you with a tour recommendation or arrange a whale watching excursion for you!