How to Keep Cool in the Coming Months
It’s gloriously cool in Puerto Vallarta right now. The evenings are breezy, the ocean blows cool air up toward the mountains and humidity is relatively low. The temperature in Puerto Vallarta stays mean pretty much throughout the year but right now we can feel the humidity beginning to crank up. Tourism levels dwindle down to less frenzied than winter months. It’s a great time to be in Puerto Vallarta.
Fans are your best friend during this season in Puerto Vallarta. Air conditioners are swell, but they jack up the electric bill, especially if you run them around the clock. Air conditioners aren’t the healthiest answer for cooling off, for neither you nor the environment. We favor alternatives.
Ceiling fans are in every home in Puerto Vallarta and the safest way to keep everyone cool. Make sure yours are spinning in the right direction; clockwise for best results, blowing air in a downward direction. If they’re turning the other way, you are sending air up and that doesn’t do a whole lot of good for bringing down room temperature. Fans need to be cleaned periodically, as well. Your maid will see to that, but if you do your own cleaning, bring the fan to full stop for this action. Wipe with a clean damp cloth; if it’s the kitchen fan, it will probably be greasy and a simple soap like Dawn dishwashing liquid will do the trick.
Satin and cotton (the higher the thread count the better) sheets will add comfort to the nighttime. Puerto Vallarta won’t cool off much in the summer from sunset to sunrise. Sheets with polyester blends will cause you to sweat more and don’t absorb moisture. If you aren’t comfortable sleeping in the nude, wear loose fitting cotton. The fabric takes up the sweat and will keep you cooler.
We keep a fan directed throughout the night towards the bed and have been known to put pillow cases, whole pillows, and a top sheet in the freezer right before tucking in for the night. Leave them in the freezer to cool for about half an hour, toss them on the bed, jump in, and sweet dreams.
Icing pulse points is a great way to lower body temp; wrists, elbows, neck, groin, ankles and behind the knees. Cold showers any time of day.
Always stay hydrated in the tropics. As a bonus, you’ll have more energy. Alcohol doesn’t help to keep body temperature down, though it’s hard to resist that evening cocktail or glass of wine with dinner.
Hammocks, if you find them comfortable, are great for airflow. Keep a cross breeze up with open windows and make sure they are secure.