The Village of Bucerias, Mexico
The calm, warm sea, gentle waves, clean fine sand, a picturesque town with cobblestone streets, friendly people and tropical surroundings. Stunning sunrises and sunsets, and excellent restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. A town with all the modern tourist facilities. What more can you ask in a vacation destination? Come swim and sunbathe, go deep sea fishing or diving, ride a bicycle or just stroll down the beach. Rest, relax, have a good time. Bucerias is the ideal place for it, and it’s just a few minutes by taxi or bus from Puerto Vallarta.
Located halfway down the Pacific coast of Mexico, Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta are about a four hour drive or 45 minute flight from Guadalajara and about 1,000 miles (driving) from Mexico City. San Cristobal, in the southern state of Chiapas, is almost 2,000 miles away. From Puerto Vallarta to the US border is about 1,275 miles to Nogales and roughly 1,760 miles to Tijuana traveling by vehicle. Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta can be reached by land through Federal Highway 200, by sea, or by air.
Modern, yet steeped in Mexican tradition, in Bucerias the pace is yours to set. Looking up at the rugged Sierra Madre mountain range provides a dramatic backdrop to the lush jungle spilling into the Bay of Banderas. If you’re curious, hiking, biking and horseback riding are excellent ways to get into the jungle and snorkeling, diving, beach-combing, kayaking, golfing and fishing are literally right at your feet. You can do it all!
Only 19km (12 miles) north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, BucerÃas (Boo-sayr-ee-ahs), meaning “place of the divers” is a small coastal fishing village of 8,000 people on the shores of Banderas Bay that has become popular with Canadian and North American visitors. Nestled inside the Bay of Banderas, this seaside village with its town square and church has become a favorite vacation spot for those looking for the perfect hideaway.
An old fashion Mexican town, Bucerias has plenty of local color with its many shops and the town square market. Visit the church and the town plaza (La Plaza), a lovely area for walking or simply sitting and taking a break. The square forms the hub of the downtown area. Comprised of an intimate handful of streets, Bucerias is known for galleries, fine shopping, delicious food and warm hospitality that lends an air of a simpler time to this oasis.
On one of the four main streets that run parallel to the water, you will find small businesses, dress and gift shops, local restaurants, galleries and small groceries stores selling fresh fish and shrimp, as well as vegetables and fruit. Bucerias has all the modern facilities you need including Medical and Dental Clinics, Banks and ATMs, Internet Cafes and cellular phone providers. English is spoken in most of the shops and restaurants. Dozens of open-air restaurants line the beach and all are within walking distance of Villas del Sol.
There is a world class full service marina five miles away in Nuevo Vallarta offering fishing charters, snorkeling and diving excursions, and trips to the Islas Marietas via a 60 foot wooden schooner.
There are several agencies in Bucerias where you can rent cars and mountain bikes, book jungle tours, whale watching cruises, snorkeling and scuba diving trips, ocean kayaking adventures and deep sea fishing trips. You can go horseback riding on the beach and in the jungle, charter sail and power boats, watch bullfights, and visit Sayulita for a day’s surfing.
While Bucerias may not have the nightlife of Puerto Vallarta, it does have the quaintness and the pristine beaches that made Puerto Vallarta famous to begin with. The wide, white sandy beach with its long shallow shoreline is perfect for body surfing, boogie boarding, walking, jogging or just collecting shells.
Bucerias, with its colourful streets and friendly people is a low-key experience in a slow paced and easy-going small town. If relaxing sounds good to you and you are looking for a change of pace, Bucerias has it all!
Those who enjoy a small village atmosphere will be at home here. Besides beaches, there are 5 golf courses within a 15-minute drive of Villas del Sol. The golf course at Punta de Mita was designed by Jack Nicklaus as a signature course and has 6 beachfront holes with breathtaking surroundings and boasts the world’s only true “island green” – an awesome 196-yard par 3 to a spectacular island out in the ocean!
Puerto Vallarta is a magical town with cobblestone streets and a tropical jungle backdrop–a city with modern infrastructure and conveniences that has somehow managed to maintain its unique Old Mexico charm.
In many any areas of Puerto Vallarta you will feel like you are taking a step back in time as donkeys are still used for delivery in many parts of this unique city.