Central America & Mexico

Two Days in Bucerias, Mexico

Bucerias is a small beach resort town located in the state of Nayarit in Mexico which is along the Pacific Coast. With a population of around 9,000, this small town is full of colour, culture and great food, entertainment, shopping and more. Tourists flock to Bucerias for months at a time to enjoy everything it has to offer.

I have visited Bucerias a few times over the years and fallen in love with the charm of the town. Although touristy, it still holds a lot of the Mexican culture. From my time there, I’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest and best things you can do in the town with a short amount of time (two days). Enjoy!

Day One

After breakfast (try Riviera Cafe or Luna Luna), hit up the markets for some shopping. Bucerias has a fantastic daily market in the main area of the town (you can’t miss it). Walk through the streets lined with shops selling colourful goods. On Wednesday’s you can visit the Forever Spring Farmers Market for produce, baking and other tasty treats, as well as arts, crafts and clothing. The market is based out of Rosa Mexicana Restaurant and is open from 9am to 1pm. Another market option if you’re in town on a Monday happens at the Bucerias Art Walk Plaza from 10am to around 2pm.

Now how to spend the rest of your afternoon? I’m glad you asked. Once again, there are so many options. Choose from some of the activities I listed in day two or bake in the sun by taking a short bus ride or drive (15 minutes) to Destiladeras Beach for the day.

If you’re in town on Thursday spend your evening exploring the beautiful art and many galleries and boutiques in Bucerias at their weekly Art Walk. And ensure you get a reservation at My Mexican Kitchen for a unique cooking class and dining experience. Travis and Edgar will guide you through making your meal as you learn more about the Mexican cuisine and what you’re eating. Each night has a different theme and since they keep the group intimate, reserve in advance!

You can read more on My Mexican Kitchen and my experience cooking with them here.

Day Two

Now that you’ve seen a bit more of the beautiful town of Bucerias, it’s time to see it in a new way. Choose to get active with either Pacific Paddle stand-up paddle board (SUP) adventures or on a bike tour with Bici Bucerias. Pacific Paddle offers stand-up paddle boarding adventures for every level and every age. You can book a lesson or choose from one of their excursions that take you in and around the Bucerias area. Travel to Marietas for a SUP safari that brings you to a secluded island sanctuary of Islas Marietas or travel to Los Arcos to a treasured national landmark and a beautiful place to learn how to SUP. Tours differ in price and length but expect for this to take up a good chunk of your day. Los Arcos excursion runs from 9am-2:30pm for example. Pacific Paddle also offers rentals and lessons for surfing and kite boarding.

Bici Bucerias offers different bike tours around the city. Given that Bucerias is fairly flat, this is great for most skill levels. Their Food and Bike Tour is one of their most popular which is a three hour bike tour taking you to local spots to sample the delicious and fresh food and drinks of the area. If you’re looking for something more challenging, they also offer road bike tours that range from easy to intermediate and also endurance and challenging rides.

If you aren’t into exercising at all on your vacation, Bucerias is an incredibly artsy town and you can do a workshop at Splash of Glass in a variety of different genres. Classes range from stained glass, bead making, mosaic making and more. Most of their workshops run for two hours and start at 10am so this still leaves you with some time to just hit the beach and soak in some rays.

Finally, my final option I’m offering you (however, there are definitely so many more out there) is a Bucerias Cultural Day Tour with Human Connections. These tours run on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am-1:30pm, however, they can arrange other date and times if you contact them. These tours bring a small group of people into non-touristy neighbourhoods in the area where you get to meet and engage with families of local artisans. This is a unique opportunity to go off-the-beaten-path and see the real Bucerias.

If you’re really ambitious you could potentially combine any of the above depending on timings of tours or classes.

Whatever you decide to do from the above, once you’re home, settled and ready for dinner, I suggest heading to one of the following places:

You can read more recommendations and more on these yummy places here.

After dinner, head to catch some live music at Jax Bar & Grill and/or The Drunken Duck.

There it is, how to spend two busy days in Bucerias. I hope this article gives you some inspiration for your visit (or to plan a visit). If you’ve been to Bucerias and loved something I didn’t mention above, please share in the comments. I love to hear new suggestions!

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