Bucerias (Boo-suh-rias), (only 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta) is towards the North shore of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas). It was once considered a fishing village, but it has become a home & favorite vacation area to many that like the relaxing, quieter side of life.
Bucerias is known for its slower pace, but it has all of the amenities that one needs on avacation. You can be spoiled or be part of the local culture. Bucerias has a five mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, streets of cobblestone and a very heartwarming charm giving you the fell of simpler times.
It was founded in the 1930’s and is now home to 17,000+ residents who are mostly Spanish speaking Mexicans. But, many people from the US and Canada have also chosen to make Bucerias their home. Puerto Vallarta, which is nearby has a population of around 300,000+.
There is a great selection of restaurants (ranging from upscale to very quaint) along/near the wide stretch of sandy beaches. Bucerias has plenty of things to do! Some people say that Puerto Vallarta was like this about 40 years ago.
Many of the roads are hand built – stone by stone!
While you walk on it you realize –this was built by hand. This carries the old world feel and is amazing to see. When you see this town and how it was built, you know you are experiencing Mexico. Be careful what shoes you wear and be sure to watch your step.
There is a small charming open air market right in the heart of town (Centro Bucerias) if you are looking for local crafts.
Its name derives from the Spanish verb “bucear,” or diving, because of the many diving and fishing related activities that have been pivotal to the town’s livelihood since its inception. 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.
Some means of living for the locals come from construction, tourism, fishing, corn/bean farming, hunting and raising cattle, right down to operating a taco stand.
The locals are very hard workers. Most of them work 6 long days a week, yet they always seem super happy! They are always willing to share what they have or know. You will sense they are glad you are there and feel welcome. Once you appreciate and understand and their way of life – you can’t help but wonder why we focus on the things we do back home. Suddenly it seems so trivial. They have a great take on life that is simple: family life, hard work and play.
Two states (Jalisco and Nayarit) divide this 100 km horseshoe shaped coastline of Bahía de Banderas (Banderas Bay). The Ameca River Bridge is approximately 10 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta (in the State of Jalisco), this river splits the 2 states. Bucerias is in the State of Nayarit on the other side of that river.
Banderas Bay is Mexico’s largest and also one of the world’s deepest, with depths of more than 3,000 feet. The Bay offers superb sport fishing for marlin, sailfish, tuna and other game fish. It is home to beautiful dolphins, manta rays as well as cute little seahorses.
Time Zone – Bucerias
Bucerias is on Central Standard Time (CST). As of April 4, 2010 and is now the same time as Puerto Vallarta and airport!
The change was made for economic reasons, due to problems related to people missing flights and also with how the time change affects Mexican banks. This eliminates a lot of confusion and works out better for most!
Most of Nayarit has also made the time adjustment including; Sayulita, Nuevo Vallarta, Mescales, La Cruz Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Lo de Marcos, La Penita, San Pancho. Tepic stays on Mountain Standard Time (MST)
This change was done on the same day that the clocks moved to accommodate Daylight Savings Time (DST).