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Only 20 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias (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.

It 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.

Describing the town: 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.

sol beer sign   Unique cobblestone Bucerias roads  


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

   Bucerias Mexico Market   local Bucerias crafts

What’s in the name?

The town is named primarily because most of the activities were related to ‘diving’ (buceo).  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.

Day to day living

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

Local Bucerias Fisherman    local Bucerias fisherman gather days catch

The locals work so 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. 

Hard working mexicans    Building retaining walls for drainage

Bay of 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.

The bay itself is Mexico’s largest and one of the world’s deepest, with recorded depths of more than 3,000 feet. Offering superb sport fishing for sailfish, marlin, tuna and other game fish, its home to dolphins, manta rays and even little seahorses.

Bucerias Time Zone

Bucerias is on Central Standard Time (CST).  This an adjustment as of April 4, 2010 and is now the same time as Puerto Vallarta and airport! 

According to some resources, the change was made for economic reasons, due to problems related to missed flights and also with how the time change affects Mexican banks. This works out better for most as it eliminates a lot of confusion!

  • Most of Nayarit have made the adjustment including 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)

This change was done on the same day as the clocks moved to accommodate Daylight Savings Time (DST).

Mexico Daylight Saving Time Start & End Dates

Year DST Begins at 2 a.m. DST Ends at 2 a.m.
2012 April 1 October 28
2013 April 7 October 27
2014 April 6 October 26

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

The Islas Marietas Nearby

Only 20 minutes by boat is full of underwater caves, 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! 

Marietas island snorkling    beach mexico

Marietas Island private beach    marietas beach

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!

Iguana mexico   los amores sunset   boogie boarding

sunset   bugs mexico   dolphin adventure

whale watching Puerto Vallarta

Sea Turtles Puerto Vallarta

Deep Sea Fishing Puerto Vallarta

Blue Footed Booby

Whale Watching - See Humpback Whales - November through March
Sea Turtles - June through December.
Deep Sea Fishing – Great fishing all year long
Blue Footed Booby – Only a few places in the world can this unique bird be found.

hotel puerto vallarta


Staying here

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.

Beachside, All inclusive, Short term or Long term

developments puerto vallarta


Living here

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 or an agent if you prefer to talk with an agent.

Beachside, Inland, Bucerias or Surrounding Areas