A traditional town
What's in the name
Bucerias means "Place of Divers"
Founded in the 1930's, the name helps us understand its beginnings. This humble town located on the north shore of Bahía de Banderas. Once considered a fishing village it has grown and become a home & favorite vacation spot to many.
A Traditional Town
Life is better at the beach!
It’s 8-km (5-mile) stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm gives the feel of simpler times.
Marietta Island – Hidden Beach, great for snorkeling.
Each winter, the humpbacks migrate from the arctic to breed and rear their young on the sheltered coasts of Banderas Bay.
Whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta begins in December – March. You can even sometimes spot whales as early as November or as late as May.
- Best time to see humpback whales: January & February.
Every year, from August to December, travelers can Experience the truly spectacular natural wonder of turtle migration and hatching.
During this breath-taking event, you get to see nature at work as countless turtles make the trek from nest to sea to start their lives after hatching.
You can book some time with knowledgeable guides who will be able to tell you all about the habitats and habits of the sea turtles you can spot.
This unique bird makes its home in our area at Marietas Islands and Los Arcos that is closer to Mismaloya. They are good swimmers and are fascinating to watch as they dive at great speed and from great heights to the ocean for fish.
Here is a little more information
Beaches – All beaches are public, even in front of the Hotels. However, please be respectful of their property (chairs, umbrella’s, etc.) that are reserved for their guests only. Take some time to see view some of the accommodations we have that are along the beach.
Climate – Tropical and humid with an average of 300 sunny days/year. I know, life here is rough! Temperatures average 28°C (82°F), cooling to around 20°C (70°F) at night.
The hottest months of the year are June through October, during which time the high temperatures reach around 35°C (90°F) + usually 10 degrees of humidity added making it very hot. Sweating becomes a lifestyle – not a choice. Rainy season kicks in end of June through October.
Language – Official language is Spanish, many here (especially those in the tourist establishments) speak some English too. We (Best of Bucerias) speak Gibberish and a little Spanglish – this complicates it even more around here!
Please remember to speak slowly and clearly with a smile as some are continually learning! It goes a long way when we make the effort to communicate using the Spanish we have learned. We encourage picking up a local phrasebook/dictionary to guide you.
Drinking Water – For 19 years in a row, Puerto Vallarta water has been awarded a certification of the purity of human consumption. It is only one of two cities in Mexico that can boast of such accomplishment. Still, the water is not considered drinkable, caution is needed. Larger hotels have their own purification equipment and most restaurants use purified water. If in doubt, put your mind at ease; purchase your own bottled water. Locals buy their water too! For more information, please refer to our health & safety page.
Fruits & Vegetables – It is important treat all fresh fruits or vegetables with Microdyne (even the locals do). Put unpeeled fruits and vegetables in a large bowl or sink, fill with tap water, put in a few drops of Microdyne and let them sit for 20 minutes. It can then be dried off with towel and eaten.
Dialing – From Canada or the US to a local # here, dial 011-52-(area code) + local 7 digit number (Area code in Bucerias is 329, Puerto Vallarta is 322). Cell phones from Canada or US work here but likely very expensive. Some can be programmed here to work here at local rates or purchase a pay as you go phone and get a few minutes included for as low as $20.
Its always a good idea to bring some MXN currency on your trip but its easy to get some extra spending money once you arrive by using any of the bank machines in Bucerias.
Bank machine fees vary ($35-$55 MXN) but decline the currency conversion as the rates are higher.
Visit our banking page for more information.
Local Yearly Highlights
(some dates not yet determined, stay tuned)
- January 24 – Blessing of the boats
- February – Bucerias Street Festival & Chalk Art Walk
- Easter Sunday – Bucerias Oyster Festival
- May – Festival del Viento – Wind Festival
- September 14-16 – Mexico’s Independence Day
- September – October – Restaurant Week
- January 1 – New Years Day
- February 5 – Constitution Day *
- February 24 – Flag Day
- March 21 – Benito Juarez Day *
- May 1 – Labor Day
- May 5 – Cinco de Mayo, Pueblas’s battle
- September 16 – Independence Day
- October 12 – Columbus Day
- November 2 – Day of the Dead
- November 20 – Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution *
- December 12 – Virgin of Guadalupe Day
- December 25 – Christmas Day
* Please keep in mind, certain holidays have the nearest Monday added to create a 3 day weekend.
- February 5 – Constitution Day
- March 21 – Benito Juarez Day
- November 20 – Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution)