Signs indicate some places have the ability to air condition their premises, but it is not hot enough to warrant turning the air on - yet. That will have to wait until the really hot months of July, August and September.
A friendly warning: Do not venture down here during the really, really hot months of August and September!
A tour into the surrounding mountains brought welcome relief. Not only was our bus air conditioned, the air was actually turned on and working. Exiting the bus a couple of thousand feet above sea level, mountain breezes offered a stark contrast to the intense coastal heat.
It did not matter what we did all day. We were cool and comfortable.
For the record, we visited a tequila factory and tasted four or five different flavored tequilas, a coffee plantation and drank fresh roasted Mexican coffee, an abandoned hacienda (plantation) where workers from the 16th through the 19th centuries turned quarried stone into silver, and an old Spanish mining town - San Sebastián - at one time population 20,000, population today 600.
Coffee beansA Mexican criollos (Mexican born of pure Spanish blood) proud of her Spanish heritage gave us a tour of her family home, pointing out pictures of her ancestors, wealthy from mining silver in the nearby mountains, all members of three wealthy Spanish families that ruled the mining town for generations. Families intermarried for generations, supposedly preserving their pure Spanish blood. Her mother, for instance, was also her aunt, cousin and niece - definitely confusing. Even ancestry.com would have trouble drawing a family tree.
Town of San SebastiánWe savored a traditional Mexican buffet lunch sitting on the cool, covered patio of a restaurant, using a large mug to fill our coffee cups from a huge vat of fresh steaming coffee.
And then we returned to the hot coastal plain of Puerto Vallarta.
Back to centuries old, old-fashioned cooling methods of ceiling fans, open doors and windows (no screens), cold drinks and cool clothing.
Sangria is a perfect cold drink on a hot day.