Semana Santa in Puerto Vallarta, Spanish term for ‘Holy Week’, is the week preceding Easter and the busiest vacation period of the year for the city. The week celebrates the last days of Jesus’ life beginning with his arrival in Jerusalem and through Easter Sunday.

As part of the holiday traditions throughout Mexico, and many Latin American countries, the Passion Play or the Passion of Christ is reenacted throughout several communities in Puerto Vallarta, including a precession through downtown to Plaza Lázaro Cárdenas where a reenactment of the crucifixion is presented on Good Friday.

The community of Pitillal also delights many locals in their reenactment on Good Friday, one of the area’s most popular events with the locals.

Despite the serious nature of the holiday and symbolism in a largely devout Catholic country, Puerto Vallarta is still extremely vibrant and buzzing with tourism. During Holy Week the city comes alive with music, art, and cultural activates around the city to commemorate the holiday week.

Semana Santa is popular for national vacationers as it’s the last vacation before the summer, and rains, that many employees are given time off, combine that with the final days of Spring Break vacations and the religious travelers, Puerto Vallarta receives its busiest times and marks the end of the official tourist season with a diverse crowd of national and international travelers.

On the beaches of Puerto Vallarta during Semana Santa you can expect the waters and sands to transform into a sea of people and beach umbrellas from the hotel zone and south into Playa Los Muertos, Conchas Chinas, and points further south into Punta Negra.

Semana Santa in Puerto Vallarta offers a great opportunity to not only experience the religious culture of Mexico, but also celebrate the last days before Summer in the city known as the friendliest place on earth.


News from Semana Santa in Puerto Vallarta on PVDN.
Six-year-old Andrick Yahir played in a water fountain enjoying his Semana Santa holidays when a reporter from a local news channel approached him and asked him: “What do you like to do during the holidays?”, To which he replied: “make sandcastles”. The reporter asked him if he had already gone to the beach, but the...
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Plaza de Armas in downtown Puerto Vallarta took on a new face, thanks to the image renewal work carried out by the municipal government of Puerto Vallarta and local Garden Club, on the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of the city. The work was completed before the start of Semana Santa, and you can already...
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A 38-year-old man from the State of Mexico drowned on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, despite the efforts of rescuers to save his life. This is the first drowning of the Easter and Holy Week holiday period in Puerto Vallarta this year. Civil Protection personnel from Puerto Vallarta reported that the incident occurred around 5:00...
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Semana Santa is just around the corner and not only do Mexican travelers know, but so does the tourism industry, and Puerto Vallarta appears to be popular once again. Trivago conducted a study in which analyzed the searches made between March 13 and 17 by Mexican users, to investigate where they plan to travel for...
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Since my last article about our trip to Guadalajara, I have gotten many bits of advice and comments from people with more knowledge about the city. I’ve enjoyed reading people’s comments. One theme that got multiple comments was my experience with taxis. I have gotten mixed advice about how to get the best taxi prices....
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Ariel Rodrigo Estrella, 18 years old, is ready for the role of his life. After months of training and carrying a wooden cross for miles, Ariel is ready. The Iztapalapa reenactment first began in 1843 and has become the largest in Mexico. Over one million people will witness Ariel’s portrayal of Christ on Good Friday....
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Hours after cars were set on fire in the capital city of Guadalajara, five gas stations were burned in Puerto Vallarta, along with vandalism of several area banks throughout the city. The activities are suspected to be connected with recent activities in the state by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in retaliation for arrests and...
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The 11th Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup Network event will take place on Saturday, April 11th at the close of the Holy Week and Easter vacation period and after thousands of visitors poured into the destination’s beaches. These actions are more important than ever because of the vast influx of visitors and the evident increase in...
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In Guadalajara, on Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 8 PM, the Department of Transportation for the State of Jalisco reported 60,000 cars departed the capital city, an average of 5,000 every hour as the week-long holiday kicked off. Guadalajara is a business travel city more than leisure vacations, in contrast Puerto Vallarta...
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Semana Santa is the Spanish term for ‘Holy Week’ and is the week preceding Easter. The week celebrates the last days of Jesus’ life beginning with his arrival in Jerusalem and through Easter Sunday. As part of the holiday traditions throughout Mexico, and many Latin American countries, the Passion Play or the Passion of Christ...
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Alex Sol, aka La Gorda, returns to Puerto Vallarta and The Palm Cabaret during Semana Santa 2015 with five performances of her new show beginning April 1 – 5 at 10pm each night (informacion en español abajo). The show includes a cast of Folkloric Ballet dancers from Mexico City that, along with Alex, will take...
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22 Responses
  1. Love the buzz of activity.. Most of the time the majority of occupants here are the “almost dead” and fresh retires…nice to hear the children’s voices, the laughter and the singing and music. Enjoy the vitality that is Mexico, after all it is the Mexicans home..,you are the foreign visitor…have manners and respect for others lives and joy.

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