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Bucerias Guide General Information:
Bucerias (pronounced Boo-sir-e-us, which means "the place of divers") is a quiet, coastal town located 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta along the north shore of the Bay of Banderas (the seventh largest bay in the world) on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
The zocalo (pronounced SO-cah-low, which means town square, large square or plaza) serves as the central point of Bucerias. 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 to 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.
Bucerias’ soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm give you the feel of old world times. Additionally, you will find the church, numerous stores, town services and the open air market. Many of the less expensive motels and eateries are here. There are many great restaurants ranging from upscale to simple & quaint along or near the wide stretched sandy beaches. The town's main street is Bonfil. Only two blocks long, it runs from the highway past the church and plaza to the beach.
Bucerias also offers one of Mexico's finest uninterrupted flat, white-sand beaches that stretches for approximately five miles and connects to Nuevo Vallarta to the south, and Cruz de Huanacaxtle to the north. It is, without any doubt, the longest beach on the bay.
Surrounding Areas & Communities: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (4.1 mi / 7 km), Puerto Vallarta (11.5 mi / 19 km) l Sayulita (10.6 mi / 17 km)
Bucerias Mexico website:
Located on the north shore of the Bay of Banderas, this stretch of beach is the longest on the Bay and one of the most beautiful on the Pacific coast. Whether boogie boarding, strolling in the moonlight, fishing, swimming, sunbathing, dining, doing tours, water sports, cruises, boating and sailing or watching for whales, it doesn't get better than this.
Seasonal peaks of interest:
Whale Watching – See Humpback Whales and their families from November through March
Sea Turtles – Release protected baby turtles back to the ocean from June through December
Deep Sea Fishing – Great fishing all year long, enjoy some of the deep sea fish varieties
Blue Footed Booby – Only a few places in the world can this unique bird be found.
The Islas Marietas Nearby:
The Islas Marietas is only 20 minutes by boat. This beautiful island is great snorkeling, it is full of underwater caves, reefs and neat tunnels. It is also home to the Blue Footed Booby. On the way to the island, you will likely encounter dolphins, whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sea snakes and jumping fish. It’s one great excursion!