A short, 30-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias is what some say Puerto Vallarta was like 50 years ago. The small coastal town that was a former fishing village is located on the Banderas Bay in the Riviera Nayarit region, and boasts a scenic five-mile long beach. The beach’s soft sand and calm waves make it ideal for aquatic activities like surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and boogie boarding.
Beyond the attractive and active beach, Bucerias is brimming with various attractions and sightseeing activities. Want to explore the landscape? Try horseback riding or ATV-ing. Prefer strolling? Wander the charming cobblestone streets and get a glimpse of the Iglesia a la Señora de la Paz (Our Lady of Peace Church), the remodeled central plaza and the colorful houses. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Thursday evening art walk along Lazaro Cardenas street, an event where galleries welcome patrons with refreshments and stay open late to interact with visitors.
Foodies will enjoy Bucerias’ fresh fare, including “pescado zarandeado” (grilled fish), ceviche, shellfish and lobster. A local market even features eateries where visitors are offered fresh oysters off the shell.
Bucerias has come a long way from its humble beginnings; in the 1940s the town only had seven palapa huts and was quite difficult to access. Today, a main road helps visitors experience this beguiling and burgeoning village.