We took a cab north about twenty minutes to a small town called Bucerias.
Bucerias (Boo-suh-rias) is nestled towards the North shore of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas). Once considered a fishing village, it has become a home and favorite vacation spot to many that like the quieter side of life.
The town is named primarily because most of the activities were related to ‘diving’ (buceo). From (buceo) derives the name Bucerias since 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.The first sight we see as we step from the cab is a statue with an oyster diver and a very large pearl in the shell.
We start on walking to the right of the statue.
It is known for it’s slower pace yet has all the amenities that one needs to get away, get spoiled or simply be part of the local culture. Bucerias’ 5-mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm give you the feel of simpler times.
Founded in the 1930’s, Bucerias is now home to some 17,000+ residents made up mostly of Spanish speaking Mexicans. Many from Canada & the US have also chosen to settle here. Nearby Puerto Vallarta's population is around 300,000+.
We see a restaurant advertizing Tim Horton's coffee fresh every morning. This would only mean something to a Canadian, Tim's is our equivalent to Dunkin' Donuts.
We detour up a side street distracted by the painted buildings.
We stroll through the market but it is the same old same old stuff. But people will buy and the vendors have the usual lines "almost free" and "check my junk".
A mural as we head back out of the market.
Back to the beach as John has decreed it to be cerveza (beer) time. How nice to sit on a quiet beach without being packed in like sardines even though the peddlers are numerous.
Time to walk the beach in search of lunch at a place John had found online.
Do you sense a strong Canadian contingent?
Now this part of town really appeals to us. Near the wide stretched sandy beaches is a great selection of restaurants ranging from upscale to simple and quaint. Some say that Puerto Vallarta was like this some 40 years ago.
Mark's is john's choice for lunch and it was delightful.
Back out into the sunshine we stroll some more.
Back along the beach.
4PM time to get a cab back home.