While it may be easy to take laid-back Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit for granted, the number of similarities between this small oceanfront town and Puerto Vallarta —when it was a smaller city, that is— are definitely worth keeping in mind: great restaurants, a thriving live music scene, an art walk, residential and commercial areas, are just a few of them. Other amenities include shopping centers and supermarkets that round off Puerto Vallarta-like city life without its hustle and bustle.
It’s name derives from the Spanish “bucear,” or diving, because of the many diving—and fishing—related activities that have been pivotal to the town’s livelihood since its inception.
Considered one of Riviera Nayarit’s most visited destinations, Bucerias is ideal for anybody looking for a relaxing getaway, whether you are spending a day or a weekend in town, or for extended stays.
It is impossible to miss Bucerias, as it is located right along the highway. From Puerto Vallarta, head north along Carr. 200 Norte. Depending on where you are heading, you may want to consider the first exit if you are looking for restaurants and shops located along Lázaro Cardenas St. (see Neighborhoods below). Conversely, if you are looking for Bucerias’ main plaza or points north, the second exit, further down the highway.
Bucerias can also be reached from Puerto Vallarta via public transportation (buses depart from Walmart, across from the Maritime Terminal) and its proximity to Puerto Vallarta, makes it easy to travel back and forth to enjoy its many offerings. It takes less than 20 minutes to reach Bucerias by car from Puerto Vallarta.
Neighborhoods & Neighboring Regions
The town of Bucerias is located between Nuevo Vallarta/Flamingos, on the south, and La Cruz the Huanacaxtle right after it, and follows the coastline along a narrow stretch of land, with two distinct neighborhoods divided by a small stream of water that increases in strength during the rain season.
The highlight of the southern section is Lázaro Cárdens street, featuring a number of restaurants, shops and art galleries along a six- or seven-block stretch. Most of the surrounding streets are residential, with a few b&b’s and bungalows thrown in the mix.
The northern part of town can be accessed from the highway along its main street and features Bucerias’ church and beachfront main plaza, a great place for people watching, particularly on Sunday afternoons. Many traditional Mexican shops and eateries can be found in its vicinity, including an outdoor market.
A pedestrian bridge connects both neighborhoods, making it easy to walk from one to the other. However, they are only connected for vehicular traffic along the highway.
Bucerias Area Photos
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