Puerto Vallarta is in the tropics and is surrounded by mountains carpeted with tropical forests however the ocean and Banderas bay create onshore breezes which dispels the humidity normally associated with the tropical climate and provides afternoon temperatures typically in the high eighties . Morning temperatures in November thru February can in the opinion of the locals be sweater weather ( mid 60s ) Rain is infrequent but can be torrential.
In October 2002 a hurricane driven tsunami swamped many of the beachfront hotels and restaurants making them uninhabitable. As of 19 November many beach areas including the Malecon were cordoned off from the public while major repairs are underway. PV is still very much able to welcome visitors after some adjustments to location of accommodations and activities. For example the popular restaurant 'Eldorado' was totally swept away while the 'Palapas' next door didn't seem to have even a wine glass out of place.