It’s hard to believe that the fall is already here. Although the weather will soon turn cold and snowy up north, the days are warm and sunny in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. One of the country’s top tourist destinations, millions of visitors travel to Puerto Vallarta each year to enjoy the area’s lovely beaches, great weather, excellent restaurants, and so much more. If you haven’t already gotten to know Mexico, why not book a last minute vacation to celebrate Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta? Known as Dia de Los Muerto in Spanish, the Mexican holiday is a special time where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion. During your vacation, book tickets on the Marigalante pirate ship which is a top Puerto Vallarta tour. Meanwhile, keep reading to learn about why you should celebrate the Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta this year.

Origins of Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

To begin with, Day of the Day celebrations are based on a mix of Mesoamerican rituals, European religion and Spanish culture. The origins of Dia de Los Muertos date back to the Aztec people who celebrated Mictecacihuatl, who was known as the Lady of the Dead during the summer. Later, the date was moved to November 2nd when the Spanish invaded Mexico in the 1500’s. In modern times, Dia de Los Muertos celebrations are a way to honor loved ones that have passed on before us. Family and friends will construct altars in memory of the deceased that contain their favorite foods and drinks. Also, altars will have photos of the deceased along with beautiful marigold flowers that stand for hope, sun, and life. Many times, families spend all night at their loved one’s grave sharing food and music as they lovingly remember the deceased.

Puerto Vallarta Vacations

Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta

Although many people plan their vacations during the summer, right now is a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta. If you plan your trip well, you can celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico. Altars and decorations are displayed on the iconic PV Malecon boardwalk. Celebrations also include painted catrinas, folkloric ballet performances, live music, contests, and more. Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Puerto Vallarta are enjoyable for both residents and visitors, too.  It’s a great way to appreciate the country’s rich culture while taking an evening stroll enjoying the Banderas Bay views. In general, November is an excellent time to visit Puerto Vallarta because the weather is great. Loathed on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, high temperatures in Puerto Vallarta during November are around 84F and lows average 66F.  

Marigalante Pirate Ship

Marigalante Pirate Ship

During your visit to PV, make sure to book your tickets on the Marigalante Pirate Ship. It’s one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular tours. Visitors are always impressed when they step aboard the authentic 17th century replica pirate ship modeled after the Santa Maria. Once on board, costumed pirates provide a day of world class entertainment that includes singing, dancing, and even live cannon fire. In addition to the exciting entertainment, there is also a delicious gourmet meal served. Plus, a premium open bar is available so you can enjoy refreshing cocktails as you sail through Banderas Bay which is the largest bay in Mexico. Both day and evening tours are available. The evening tour includes a dazzling fireworks display that lights up the evening sky. Make sure to book your tickets in advance as this popular tour sells out quickly!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos), which is one of Mexico’s most important holidays. If you’re ready to plan a vacation to Puerto Vallarta to celebrate this special day in person, make sure to act fast as November 2nd is nearly here! During your visit, also book a tour on the award winning Marigalante pirate ship tour. It’s a family-friendly tour that everyone will enjoy.