Just 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta’s international airport, Bucerias is a tranquil destination rich in culture. Originally a fishing village, Bucerias is now home to people from across Mexico who have moved here to work in the booming tourism industry. As a result, it is a unique representation of the country as a whole. In Bucerias, you will hear a mixture of English, Spanish and indigenous languages. You will see a variety of cultures, religions and races within the local community, a reminder of the diversity present within Mexico. These fascinating cultural patterns–together with the brightly colored homes, cobblestone streets, authentic food, lively music, beautiful scenery, friendly people, and a gentle surf–make Bucerias a superb destination for the adventurous and inquisitive traveler.
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About Banderas Bay
Bucerias is located along a bay called the ‘Bay of Banderas’ or ‘Bahía de Banderas’ (Spanish for ‘Bay of Flags’). One of Mexico’s largest bays, it is a sanctuary for many species, including manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and the humpback whales that arrive every year to breed. Situated along the Pacific ocean and framed by the palm-covered Sierra Madre mountains, this natural paradise extends into two Mexican states: Jalisco to the south, Nayarit to the north (Bucerias is on the northern portion). The local economy is based primarily on tourism and fishing, though agriculture of crops like corn, rice, watermelon, coconut, and mango is also common further inland.
While Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, is Banderas Bay’s most famous attraction, many other worthwhile destinations dot this 42-mile stretch of coastline. In Jalisco, some must-sees are: Conchas Chinas, Yelapa, Boca de Tomatlán, Quimixto, Las Animas, and Amapas. In Nayarit, visit: Bucerias (of course!), La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca, and Sayulita. The Nayaritense portion of Banderas Bay is part of the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s brand new tourist destination.
Weather in Bucerias
If you’re looking for warmth and sunshine, you will love the weather in Puerto Vallarta any month of the year. The region enjoys a tropical climate, meaning the temperatures stay constant between 70 and 90 degrees most of the year. The least recommendable time to travel to the region is during the “rainy season,” which is usually during the months of July, August, and September. During this season, the temperatures and humidity are at their highest, though the brief but heavy downpours turn Bucerias and the surrounding mountains into a lush, green paradise.
Safety in Bucerias
Bucerias, Puerto Vallarta, and the Banderas Bay region are very safe, given their touristic nature. Currently there are “no recommendations against travel to these regions” by the US Department of State (travel.state.gov) and incidences of violence are lower here than in many US cities.