About Bucerias & Nayarit
The state of Nayarit lines Mexico's gorgeous west coast and sits just south of the Gulf of California. Bucerias sits just between the popular destinations of Nuevo Vallarta and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and as a result enjoys the best of both worlds in the convenience of a tourist friendly with ample transportation without the hassle of swaths of people. The quiet fishing village gets its name from the original oyster fishermen who would dive to get their catch for the day, and it still retains the vibe of a relaxed coastal village with its cozy town square and cobblestone streets. The geography of the location is immensely beautiful with mountains in the background and overlooking a tranquil stretch of bay-like, crystal clear Pacific Ocean. The impeccable tropical climate only further enhances an already divine location, with average temperatures ranging from 71 in January to 83 in June, and comfortable water temperatures year round for swimming, fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling to top it all off.
What to Do
While tranquility is the predominant nature of things around here- there's no shortage of things to get in to. The town offers a bountiful pile of things to do ranging from Tequila distilleries, to Crocodile sanctuary tours, scuba diving and an intriguing and unique marketplace with shops chalk full of just about any kind of handmade authentic goods you can imagine. To accompany this lottery of activities available, the town has plenty of peaceful spas, an 18 mile stretch of beach, a sweet selection of bars and places to go have some fun at night, the best of which, in my opinion, is its town square. A staple of small city Mexico, this elegant square is so full of life and families, music, arts, crafts, local performers, and good vibrations that its actually powerfully heartwarming to simply sit, have a family meal and watch what looks and feels like an every-weekend celebration of life.
Where to Eat
The best thing about a town like this is the food, the views, and the price of both. The seafood is always fresh, always delicious, and always costs much less than you'd pay in the states, albeit accompanied by a stellar view of the sun setting on the pacific after another day in paradise. The top seafood restaurants in town are Mar y Sol, and Sandrina's both of which feature fresh caught seafood and the view to go with it. However, the town's top restaurant is actually Toscana Mia, an authentic Italian gem, whose counterpart Mezzogiorno is also excellent. The best advice in a place like this, however, is always to ask the locals, they're seemingly always friendly and anxious to spill their unrivaled local knowledge of the hidden spots throughout. (not to mention its likely to cost you a third of the price).
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