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Bucerias Mexico - Experience it your way!

Only 20 minutes North of Puerto VallartaBucerias (Boo-suh-rias) is nestled towards the North shore of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas). Once considered a fishing village, it has become a home & favorite vacation spot to many that like the slighter, quieter side of life. 


Bucerias is known for it’s slower pace yet has all the amenities that one needs to get away, get spoiled or simply be part of the local culture. Bucerias’ 5-mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm give you the feel of simpler times.

Founded in the 1930’s, Bucerias is now home to some 17,000+ residents made up mostly of Spanish speaking Mexicans. Many from Canada & the US have also chosen to settle here. Nearby Puerto Vallarta's population is around 300,000+.

Along or near the wide stretched sandy beaches is a great selection of restaurants ranging from upscale to simple & quaint. Lots to do here! Some say that Puerto Vallarta was like this some 40 years ago.

Interested in our 3-hour personally guided tour around Bucerias and surronunding areas?

(min 2-3 people)

Describing Bucerias:

Our roads, many hand built - stone by stone! Its amazing to see, it carries the old world feel. You walk on it and realize "this was built by hand". You know you are experiencing Mexico when you see the town and how it was built. Careful what shoes you wear and always watch your step.

The locals work hard, most of them 6 long days a week, yet they always seem happy!  You can always count on them to share what they have or know.  One can easily get the sense they are glad you are here. Once you understand and appreciate their way of life – you can’t help but wonder why we focus on the things we do back home.  It all seems so trivial. 

-- Their take on life is simple: family life, hard work and play.

Any meaning in the name Bucerias?

The town is named primarily because most of the activities were related to ‘diving’ (buceo). Thus, Bucerias means "place of divers" - from (buceo) derives the name Bucerias since the majority of the inhabitants were traditional oyster fishermen of the region, who dove for their catches to the depths of the ocean with only their instruments in hand.

If you are looking for local crafts, there is a charming small open air market nestled in the heart of town (Bucerias Central).

Besides the tourists areas what is the rest of Bucerias like?

Some means of living come from construction, tourism, fishing, corn/bean farming, hunting and cattle raising, right down to taco stand operating.

Paddle Boarding - The Bay most of the year is perfect and tranquil, Bucerias offers plenty of rentals and lessons from beginer to more advanced.

Kite-boarding - This sport has become very popular in the bay! Once the high season winds down the winds pick up offering challenging winds for kite-boarders and there are even competitions unique to our area held each year.

Bahia de Banderas

This 100-km horseshoe-shaped coastline of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) is divided between two states – Jalisco and Nayarit.

Approximately 10 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta (State of Jalisco) is the Ameca River Bridge, this river splits the 2 states. Bucerias, on the other side of that river is in the State of Nayarit.

Time Zone

Bucerias - Central Standard Time (CST)

This an adjustment as of April 4, 2010 and is now the same time as Puerto Vallarta and airport!

Daylight_Savings_Time_Bucerias_Starts Daylight Saving Time Starts
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
   Daylight_Savings_Time_Bucerias_Ends Daylight Saving Time Ends 
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier than the day before. There will be more light in the morning

Most of Nayarit have made the adjustment including Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta, Mescales, La Cruz Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, La Penita. Tepic will stay on Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Mexico Daylight Saving Time Start & End Dates


DST Begins at 2 a.m. DST Ends at 2 a.m.
 2021  April 4  October 31
 2022  April 3  October 30
 2023  April 2  October 29

DST’s Advantage in Mexico? DST is applied in most of Mexico on a yearly basis to save energy by promoting the rational use of electricity. Many people in Mexico have access to electricity and live in urban areas, where peak electricity demand occurs after sunset. DST allows for extra hour of sunlight in the afternoon to counter peak electricity demand, in which more natural sunlight is used instead of artificial lighting.

Seasonal peaks of interest

Blue-Footed-Booby-Puerto-Vallarta-Bucerias   Blue Footed Booby
Only a few places in the world can this unique bird be found!
Seaturtles-Puerto-Vallarta-Bucerias   Sea Turtles
June through December. Turtles in the Bay are protected and baby turtles released back to the ocean.
Fishing-Puerto-Vallarta-Bucerias   Deep Sea Fishing
Great fishing all year long, enjoy some of the deep sea fish varieties.


  Whale Watching
See the Humpback Whales and their families - November through March.

Local things you will see:

Everything around seems teaming with life.  The Iquana's are fun to watch and come in every sort of color and size.  The sunsets of course are incredible making every evening a treat.  Boogie boarding, surfing nearby, dolphins and lots of variety of interesting bugs too!

Bucerias-Bugs   Bucerias-Sunsets   Bucerias-Boggie-Board

The Islas Marietas (Hidden Beach) Nearby

Only 20 minutes by boat is full of underwater reefs and neat tunnels. It is also home to the Blue Footed Booby and great snorkeling.  On the way there you will likely encounter dolphins, whales, sea turtles, manta rays, sea snakes and jumping fish. You can get there by hiring a boat – it’s a great excursion!

Want to see it in person?

Book the Snorkeling or Sightseeing Tour Here


Visiting Here

Bucerias-rentals-villas   Some of the nicest accommodations are here in Bucerias, Boutique Hotels, Condos, or houses to rent, you will find a peice of paradise no matter where you go. We have been to so many locations throughout Bucerias, there is no shortage of views, ambiance and presentation.

Living Here

Bucerias-Ocean-front-rentals-villas-Puerto-Vallarta   Bucerias is also a great place for investment property, with some of the most spectacular ocean views or secluded affordable housing.  Pricing market seems to always be going up here, but take a look at some of the developments nearby.