Written by Andariega on 27 Jul, 2003
Bucerias is in the state of Nayarit and just a few miles from the Jalisco border. It is situated on Bahia de Banderas, the largest bay in Latin America.…Read More
Bucerias is in the state of Nayarit and just a few miles from the Jalisco border. It is situated on Bahia de Banderas, the largest bay in Latin America.
The name Bucerias comes from the verb bucear, to dive. Before tourism became the main industry 60% of the population made its living from fishing and diving for shellfish. Today town is still known for its superb seafood.
Time can be a source of confusion here. Bucerias is technically on Mountain Time but because the closest city, Puerto Vallarta, is on central time most businesses here are set to central time. If you are quoted an hour followed by the word Jalisco, it is central. If the hour is followed by Nayarit, it is mountain.
Highway 200 runs through Bucerias. Town is divided into four sections. East of the highway is mostly residential. There are few businesses that cater to the tourist. The area between the highway and the beach is where you will find most tourist oriented establishments. This area is divided into three sections.
The southernmost section is mostly residential. Here you will find most of the casitas and villas for rent, a few hotels and a large all-inclusive resort. This section also has some great restaurants.
The middle section is the downtown area. Here you will find the plaza and the church, stores and town services. Many of the less expensive motels and eateries are here, and there are many seafood restaurants. The town’s main street is Bonfil, it is only two blocks long. It runs from the highway past the church and plaza to the beach.
The north end of town is mainly residential. There are many hotels here that cater mostly to families, offering multi room units with kitchens. There are very few restaurants.
I have given directions to some places I feel important, all start at the corner of Bonfil and the highway. I am assuming the ocean is truly to the west.
Bital is the only bank in town. It has an ATM. It is ½ a mile south and across the highway. There is a Banamex ATM 3 ½ blocks north. I could not find a money exchange (casa de cambio).
The post office is less than a block south.
The police station is one block west and one block south.
Taxis and shared taxis park on this corner. Long distance busses pick up on this corner and across the highway, where Pacifico bus tickets are sold.
The health center, Centro de Salud, is 3 ½ blocks south. I came here once because of a scorpion sting. The place seemed very clean and the staff was friendly. Medical attention is very inexpensive here, paying a little extra if possible is appreciated.
There are quite a few pharmacies in town, the best stocked seems to be the CMQ 5 blocks north. It is the only 24-hour one in town.
There are no supermarkets in Bucerias but there are a lot of little corner stores that sell most of life’s necessities. There is a store ½ block west on Bonfil that sells some nice fruits and vegetables. Liquor stores are almost on every corner, an easy one to find is the candy cane striped Mexican pagoda style one about three blocks north.
Lastly and most importantly, the public bathrooms and showers are two blocks west, almost to beach.
Like many small towns in Mexico, the heart of Bucerias is the central plaza. Here people come to play, gossip, relax, socialize, dine and worship. Sunday is by far the most entertaining day to visit the plaza. Families dressed in their finest attend mass, balloon…Read More
Like many small towns in Mexico, the heart of Bucerias is the central plaza. Here people come to play, gossip, relax, socialize, dine and worship. Sunday is by far the most entertaining day to visit the plaza. Families dressed in their finest attend mass, balloon and cotton candy vendors hawk their wares to screeching children, old men sit on benches gossiping, and food vendors sell all sorts of delectable treats.
The plaza is fairly large and sits one block away from the highway. There is a kiosk in the middle surrounded by gardens and to one side a small amphitheater mostly used as a soccer field. To the east of the plaza is the church and to the west the beach. On the north side there are stores, a restaurant and the mandatory ice-cream parlor. The gardens have various fountains and ample bench seating; this is a nice place to relax.
The church is of simple design with a bell tower to one side. It sits in lush gardens surrounded by white walls. On the walls are hand carved stone animals.
South of the plaza is a small street that is a market. The stalls sell mostly essentials for beach life, flip-flops, hats, beach bags, inflatable toys… Toward the beach are the all-important public toilets and showers. There is a nominal charge but it is well worth it, the bathrooms are usually clean.
Food vendors set up all around the plaza, especially on Sundays. The tidbits offered vary but you can usually count on there being an assortment of tacos, hotdogs, ceviche tostadas and sliced fruit with lime and chile. Sometimes there is a banana man who sells decadent fried bananas topped with jam and condensed milk, truly addictive.
On the beach just up from the plaza is a long row of seafood restaurants. All of them sell fresh well-prepared seafood. My favorite is Dugarel Plays but I have had good food in all of them.
I always make a point of spending at least one evening in downtown Bucerias, people watching and eating. It is usually a memorable part of my vacation.
Written by Ishtar on 31 Oct, 2005
The day was wonderfully sunny and hot, and called for a fresh and new approach. We were toying with the idea of driving to Guadalajara, but were dissuaded by the fact that it would take a day for the round trip in total time (5…Read More
The day was wonderfully sunny and hot, and called for a fresh and new approach. We were toying with the idea of driving to Guadalajara, but were dissuaded by the fact that it would take a day for the round trip in total time (5 hours each way). We had seen signs showing TEPIC , which is the capital of the state. It was going to take about 3 hours but we were told there would be little to see there except for the Cathedral. So, we did as we always do; get behind the wheel and drive. We had already planned to make a day of going to Punta Mita , but today was not the day. It’s not possible to get lost, because you’ll be on Highway 200 all the way.
I must caution you about speeding, and watching the speed limit signs. The speed limit changes very quickly and the police ready and willing to pull you over and fine you. There is a different speed limit for the main road than the side road, and then when you go from Nayarit to Jalisco, you need to SLOW DOWN. We were caught twice!! And would you believe it was the same cop both times? I had a feeling this guy was tagging us. He recognized me instantly, and reminded me that he had already given us a warning, and why were we speeding. They wanted us to go to the Police Station the next business day, and pay a $50 fine, and also wanted to confiscate Chuck’s driving license. This is when you need to grease their palms, and they are not above that at all…in fact, I was told very bluntly that if we paid the officer’s “lunch”, he would forget about the ticket. I think we gave him enough for a couple of meals. So, be careful.
You are first going to pass Nuevo Vallarta, which is the hot spot for super luxurious condos and time shares. It’s not our thing, but we made a detour just to look around. On the other side of hotel row is a KOA Campground. Actually, it’s not a bad idea to travel these parts by camper, as you could make several stops into the smaller villages and park here overnight. You will go over a bridge, which spans the Ameca River and presto, you’re in a different state and time zone.
The scenery gets more bucolic and the pace does slow down considerably. Visible from the highway is Buceria’s cathedral, and if you follow your nose, you will arrive at “El Centro”. It’s intimate in comparison with PVR; when we arrived, several people were seated under shady trees reading the newspapers. Of course, they were curious, and we assumed that we had discovered something unique. We were to find out later that Bucerias is the preferred destination for many Canadians actually, and Americans, particularly from the Northwest.
Written by estringert on 17 Aug, 2011
Beautiful long beaches, quiet walks, few vendors, Bucerias is a nice town to visit. but lack of PV excitement, (20 dollar taxi to PV) a place to relax and recuperate, not to go clubbing. We try and go twice a year to…Read More
Beautiful long beaches, quiet walks, few vendors, Bucerias is a nice town to visit. but lack of PV excitement, (20 dollar taxi to PV) a place to relax and recuperate, not to go clubbing. We try and go twice a year to recharge Close
Written by buceriassally on 11 Oct, 2010
Casa Cielito Lindo offers classes in Mexican, Indian, Thai, Hors d' Oeuvres etc.Sandi brings years of food experience to her Bed and Breakfast where she also offers cooking classes. She also caters to those needing to impress or just satisfy.Cielito Lindo has received numerous…Read More
Casa Cielito Lindo offers classes in Mexican, Indian, Thai, Hors d' Oeuvres etc.Sandi brings years of food experience to her Bed and Breakfast where she also offers cooking classes. She also caters to those needing to impress or just satisfy.Cielito Lindo has received numerous awards for the gourmet breakfasts and dinners she prepares Close