Puerto Vallarta vs. Cabo San Lucas

Mexico is always a good idea in our books. We’ve traveled extensively throughout the country and certainly written a lot about Mexico!

Two fave hot spots are Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. But just as Cabo and Cancun are different, so too are Cabo and Puerto Vallarta. Sure, they’re both in Mexico, but they’re as unalike as tacos and tequila.

Puerto Vallarta

The best time of year to visit Puerto Vallarta is from December to March, when the rainy season and the hurricane season are over.


Cabo San Lucas weather

Cabo has a desert climate, and it tends to be drier than Puerto Vallarta during the rainy season. Like PV, good times to go to Los Cabos are between December and March.

Puerto Vallarta


It’s a fun and trendy escape for a winter sun-and-sand vacation. The tropical jungle that surrounds the city is lush with palm trees, flowing rivers, and colorful singing birds.

Cabo San Lucas and Los Cabos

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, Cabo’s cacti-strewn desert is in stark contrast to PV’s lush and jungly landscape.

We’d have to say Puerto Vallarta has better beaches if you want to swim in the ocean. Many of the beaches in Cabo are unsafe for swimming because of strong currents and rip tides.


But both have numerous beautiful beaches to walk along or to spend a lazy chillax day, feeling blessed you’re on holiday in Mexico.

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