Bucerias, in the state of Nayarit is a small Mexican village situated 15 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta airport.
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 a hideaway.
Bucerias, the town name is from the verb bucear “to dive”, was once an outpost to buy and eat oysters, and is now a bustling town of approximately 20,000. 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 white sandy beaches are excellent for windsurfing, jogging, walking or just collecting shells, and also offer peace and quiet.
There are restaurants and galleries, dress and gift shops, small groceries selling fresh fish and shrimp, vegetables and fruit all within walking distance.
History: Bucerias and the Bay of Banderas – By Fernando Elizondo Montaño
Looking for Paradise – By Nick Gallo
Bucerias: Near, but a world away from tourist swagger – By Linda Shaw
Map of Bucerias