Yelapa is part of the Costa Dorada of Mexico, on Banderas Bay. On the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, Yelapa’s climate is characterized as Tropical Wet and Dry, with a dry winter season and monsoon-like rains in the summer.
The average daily high temperature is 86 °F (30 °C); average daily low temperature is 70 °F (21 °C); average daily humidity is 75%.
High Season: November through April
Yelapa weather is nearly ideal November through April, which is the “high season” for visitors. Occasional tropical storms will bring thunder storms in November. February through April is when Yelapa weather has its least cloud cover.
During this season, the weather is warm and dry, perfect for a lounge on the beach or a jungle hike. Yelapa — and Puerto Vallarta in general — gets many “snow-birds” from the U.S. and Canada who “head south for the winter” to soak up the warmth. During high season, of course, all tourist amenities are open and available. If visiting during the high season, be sure to book your stay early, as the Casas fill up quickly during this season.
Low Season: June through September
The summer rainy season extends from June to approximately September. August is typically the rainiest month. Though rainy, this season is also quite warm. Temperatures during this time may reach 90 degrees F (32 C). August is the wettest month with an average 14 days precipitation.
Though rainy and hot, don’t overlook the summer months as a time to visit, as rates are considerably cheaper.
If you are a naturalist, you will enjoy the many species of birds that migrate here during this time. If solitude is what you desire you will have the village practically to yourself. During the rainy season, the mornings are typically clear and bright, with the rain coming in the afternoon. When it rains, the storms can be quite beautiful, with the rain moving gently across the hills while lightning illuminates the sky. What could be more romantic on a summer evening by the sea than the sound of rain falling on a palapa roof?
The following information is for Puerto Vallarta, which tends to be a couple degrees warmer than Yelapa.