Guide to Travel Bucerias

Guide to Travel Bucerias


Bucerias, Mexico

Guide to Travel Bucerias


About Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico

Bucerias Is a colorful Mexican beach town that is located 17 miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta, 4 miles from Nuevo Vallarta, and only minutes from its nearest neighbor La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. It lies on the shores of the gorgeous Bay of Banderas in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The area is typically referred to as Riviera Nayarit due to the plethora of river systems that flow from the mountains and into the sea. The town has a population of around 16,100, but that number doubles in the winter months when an influx of snowbirds from Canada and the USA head down to escape the cold.

Bucerias boasts a long 5-mile beach called Playa Bucerias that features lovely fine sand and excellent water activities. Some of those activities include swimming, parasailing, surfing, and jet skiing.

The name Bucerias is said to mean “place of divers”, but is not really a Spanish word and may have come from the original indigenous people of the area. Little is known about the history of the area before the Spanish arrived but In the 1940s Bucerias was nothing more than a few little palapas, and some quaint farms that grew corn, sorgo, sesame, peanuts, and fruit.

Bucerias, Mexico

How to Get to Bucerias

When visiting Bucerias you will most likely start out in Puerto Vallarta which is where the main international airport is located. From there you will either want to take a taxi, bus or use the Uber app. A bus would be your cheapest option but would require some research, taxis can be expensive and tend to rip you off, Uber is a great and safe way to get to Bucerias. The drive will take about 40-60 minutes from PV.

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Bucerias, Mexico

What to do in Bucerias

Plaza Bucerias
Bucerias is full of interesting attractions, mostly in the form of interesting artworks that are throughout the town and especially around the plaza area. The downtown plaza is essentially the hub of the town and is home to a market and a beautiful church called the Iglesia a la Señora de la Paz (Our Lady of Peace Church).

Playa Bucerias
Playa Bucerias is an excellent place to hang out for the day or watch the epic sunsets over the Bay of Banderas that occur nightly. It’s also perfect for evening walks or you can even rent a horse or ATV. The beach is also conveniently lined with restaurants and bars that serve up fresh seafood straight out of the bay.

Wibit Adventuras Water Park
The town has a fun-filled water park called Wibit Adventuras Water Park which features an inflatable over-the-water trampoline circuit. There are climbing towers, slides, tunnels, and more.

Art Walk
On Thursday evenings there is an art walk where visitors can enjoy interesting art pieces in the galleries that are located on Lazaro Cardenas street.

Bucerias, Mexico

Hotels in Bucerias


  • Hotel Palmeras - Located in downtown Bucerias this lovely budget-friendly hotel is just 100 meters from the beach, as well as some of the best restaurants, and shops. The resort boasts breathtaking views and access to a pool and free WIFI. There are a total of 23 rooms from studios to master suites that vary in price and amenities.


  • Casa Maria Resort - Casa Maria Resort is a beautiful boutique hotel, that is situated on Playa Bucerias. It offers affordable accommodations with free breakfast and WIFI. The rooms are lovely and the property is home to an outdoor in an idyllic setting overlooking the beach.


  • Nereidas Lofts - Located just a block away from the sea, Nereidas Lofts features a wonderfully put-together property with all the amenities one would need. With a fully modern beach-inspired style this resort offers up a truly romantic getaway with stunning views looking out over the ocean.


Bucerias, Mexico

Where to Eat in Bucerias

  • Esquina 22 Restaurant-Bar-Lounge - Bar, Healthy

  • Sandrina’s - Mediterranean, Greek

  • Armando’s Place - Mexican, Seafood

  • Restaurant Le Bistrot - French

  • La Postal Bucerias - Italian

  • Barchelata - Bar, Pub

  • Kensho Bucerias - Asian, Thai

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