Bucerías is a small but bustling beach resort town and community located just 5 minutes past Nuevo Vallarta and 20 minutes from Puerto Vallarta on the north shore of Banderas Bay, or Bahía de Banderas. The name is a form of Spanish words for diving (“buceo”) and to dive (“buciar”) that basically means “place of divers”. It derives its name from the original inhabitants that were known for being oyster fishermen who would dive for their catch.
Bucerías is famous for its continuous beach that stretches for 18 miles or 29 km, and a slow pace of life. Over the last few years it has grown with tourists and expats that wanted to go outside of Puerto Vallarta to a more homey typical Mexican small town atmosphere, yet with a great beach, local food and shopping. As such, Bucerías has grown also in providing services to foreigners such as a variety banks, ATM machines, rentals, shopping outlets, and much more. All the while maintaining its slow pace of life and old Mexican town feel with cobblestone roads, family owned shops and restaurants. Many have commented that Bucerías is what Puerto Vallarta was some 30 years ago.
Things to Do
Relax on the Bucerías beach. You have plenty of space to choose from as the beach stretches without interruption for 18 miles (29 km).
There are many restaurants in Bucerías, from quaint traditional Mexican to upscale restaurants. So no matter what your budget or taste preference is like, you will find a great place to eat here.
Buy traditional Mexican souvenirs and gifts from many street vendors or local shops.
You can also enjoy tours, golf, spas, and much more either in Bucerias or just a short taxi drive in Nuevo Vallarta.