Like the rest of the world, Puerto Vallarta is currently battling the Covid-19 pandemic and has witnessed economic and social disruptions as a consequence. Mandates have been put in place both by the Mexican government and the local Jalisco government to stop the spread. As of now, business occupancy is limited in Puerto Vallarta, and a mask mandate is in place. And potential tourists will be happy to hear that security protocols have been introduced city-wide to resorts, hotels, and other accommodations.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage and surrounding events have also unfortunately taken a hit this year. What used to be an all-day party in the Plaza de Armas will now be a virtual party from home!

According to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP,) the number of annual flights arriving in Puerto Vallarta is expected to rise by 400% as prospects of a vaccine arises. Which is no surprise. Most of Puerto de Vallarta’s visitors take the trip down from the US or western Canada. These are also the places where spring break happens to be a thing.  So, I’ll leave it up to you to guess where those planes will be coming from and what their passenger demographic might be – especially after a year of canceled spring break plans.

In fact, PV, for the first time in history, is paired alongside Cancun and San José del Cabo as being the No.1 destinations for thanksgiving travel. Perhaps everyone wants to stay a little bit closer to home this year, or (more likely) it’s part of a continuing trend. Either way, the distance between North America and Puerto Vallarta gets shorter every day.

Cancun V.S. Puerto Vallarta – who comes out on top?

However, speaking of Cancun, discerning travelers, bloggers, journalists, and anyone else who cares often pits it against the lovely Puerto Vallarta.

In reality, there is no contest. While there are similarities, PV and Cancun offer entirely different fundamental experiences. Both offer incredible wildlife, stunning scenery, and limitless sunny days, BUT while Cancun is geared towards tourist needs, Puerto Vallarta offers a more authentic Mexican atmosphere.

Many visitors to Puerto Vallarta tout this untouched “Mexicaness” as the best part of their stay. You’ll also hear great tales of exploration, detours into city nooks or alleyways. They all result in some sort of treasure or newfound landmark – off the general tourist grid.