Puerto Vallarta has caught up with Los Cabos and Cancun as a top Spring break destination in Mexico. With its colonial buildings, cobblestone streets, side-walk cafés, and art galleries, Puerto Vallarta might seem an unlikely destination for all-out Easter partying, but these days the town has so many bars, nightclubs, and resort hotels geared up for this annual explosion of fun and energy next to the beach that it has become a favorite with spring breakers. Relatively cheap direct flights from the US and a whole range of package deals designed for mid-term shenanigans on the beach have helped the process.
In fact, the party atmosphere at spring break has grown so much in Puerto Vallarta that if you’re looking for a tranquil vacation in relaxed surroundings, this ‘educational recess’ may not be the best time to plan your trip to Puerto Vallarta. Throughout the winter months the weather in all Mexican resorts is perfect; warm, sunny, and dry, not too hot, not too cold, you could call it the Goldilocks season, and spring break is the last shout of the best weather and the high season before the rains arrive with increased humidity in the summer months. Unless you’re considering budget accommodations, the best and cheapest way to go is get a package and stay in an all-inclusive resort hotel by the beach.
Also you want to be somewhere where other spring breakers stay so that everyone can share in the party atmosphere without feeling like they’re out of synch with everyone else. So, for accommodations that are party-friendly, on the beach, and which offer luxury facilities and amenities here are three options that fit the bill: Krystal Puerto Vallarta, Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa, and Las Palmas by the Sea – all have fantastic ocean views across impressive Banderas Bay, all have all-inclusive options with multiple bars, restaurants, pools, and spa, all are in the lively zona hotelera close to bars, restaurants and nightclubs, and all are close to the airport. It’s a good idea to stay in accommodations which are set up for spring break and spring breakers; places that understand the experience and that want to share and enhance it.
The best upscale nightclubs in town are situated along the Malecón and offer large spaces, usually with two or three levels and sometimes with a rooftop lounge, the music tends to be house, techno, and hip-hop, and they often have saucy floor shows. Some of the top venues are Zoo, Mandala, Hilo, Roo, and Punto V. Electro Beach is a 42-day festival of dance and electronic music festival where top DJs ratchet it up for party goers looking for a party ambience and non-stop dancing in luxury resort surroundings.
Day time activities are many and varied and pretty much what you would find at any time of year in Puerto Vallarta: jungle adventure tours with zip lining, rappel, and waterfalls, boat trips, snorkeling and scuba diving tours, swimming with dolphins, whale-watching, parasailing, fishing, horseback riding, and golf. If all this sounds like fun, it’s not too early to start booking your spring break getaway in Puerto Vallarta for 2013.