The coastal village of Bucerias (population 6,500) is located about 5 km up the coast from Nuevo Vallarta. The main draw is the town’s sandy beach, lined with seafood restaurants, simple beach clubs/bars, and homes owned by the area’s transplanted Americans and Canadians.
At the Nayarit Rivera beaches, kissed by the Ocean Pacific waters, visitors will find the perfect place for water activities, such as surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing or swimming. If you do not want to get wet, then relaxing under the shade of a palm shelter (while enjoying a refreshing drink) is also an excellent option.
The traditional Mexican town of Bucerias stands out for its warm local population and cobblestoned streets lined up with colorful facades. The typical main plaza features a numerous seafood restaurants and seaside clubs for dining and relaxing, some with live music. It has a charming handicrafts market –where you can buy silver jewelry, handicrafts, clothes and local candies– and a variety of galleries with amazing artist creations.
Bucerias becomes crowded on weekends and holidays with locals and visitors from Tepic and Guadalajara. You’ll need to get off the main highway and head along a shaded main street that ends at the city’s seafront main square. Most visitors come for a morning or afternoon on the beach. For dining, top choices include Cafe Magaña (ribs and chicken), Karen’s Place (seaside Mexican dining), or Mark’s (delicious pizza, steaks, and seafood).