A BIT ABOUT THE BEACHES of the BAHIA DE BANDERAS
The magnificent Bahia de Banderas, the world's 7th largest bay, is skirted with miles and miles of marvelous beaches.
On the south shore, where the Sierra Madre plunges sharply into the sea, you'll find coves and inlets with protected waters and soft sandy seashore bordered by rocky outcroppings superb for snorkeling. These are accessible only by boat. Along the shores of Puerto Vallarta, beaches are busy with visitors and aquatic sports like parasailing, banana boating, jet skiing and much more.
North from Nuevo Vallarta through Bucerias to Playas de Huanacaxtle, a stretch of uninterrupted beach for 15 Km (9 miles), offers magnificent walking, jogging, beachcombing and a small, strategically placed group of beachfront bars and restaurants just when you need it. Enjoy an ice cold drink and the freshest seafood.
Heading northwest toward Punta de Mita, you'll find pristine waters and luxurious beaches at several of our favorite spots. For fun, food and great swimming try Playa La Manzanilla just past La Cruz. Visit Destiladeras, Punta del Burro and Higuera Blanca for spectacular sea and surf.
This is our home and we look forward to sharing it with you...
Bucerias, where we live, is 20 Km (12 miles) north of Puerto Vallarta, on the same bay as our more famous neighbor to the south, just a bit up the road. You'll find our beaches are wide and long, and the few beach vendors we have are really low key, offering you the convenience of beach chair shopping for silver, beautiful hand woven baskets, colorful blankets and some of the most beautiful pottery you will find anywhere. Life is slower here. Bucerias is still a fishing village. The big deal of the year is the celebration of our patron saint, Nuestra Señora de la Paz. January 18 - 24 every year is the local festival and it's everything a good week long festival should be. Folks come from all over for the food, music, dancing, fireworks, street carnival and folkloric dance performances. You can join us to watch as the local boats arrive, decorated to the hilt with palm fronds, paper streamers, flowers and balloons, to pay homage to Our Lady of Peace and receive their blessing from the priest.
Our beachfront restaurants offer the freshest and most scrumptious seafood available anywhere with a very relaxed atmosphere. We have been known to eat lunch and diner in the same Restaurant, and we never left it! Evening entertainment comes with a walk to the plaza to get an ice cream so we can sit and watch other people come downtown to get an ice cream. Of course, we have real entertainment, too. The Luna Lounge has great food with 2x1 rib dinners on Monday nights and dancing to our favorite music after. Completely remodeled and has the best bathrooms in town. The Shamrock has live entertainment every night, great burgers, and pot pies in 10 different flavors. Good 'Ol Rock & Roll happens 6 nights a week at the Drunken Duck. We go to Philo's in La Cruz for pizza and rock and roll. Thursday is open mike night. Some of our locals are really musicians disguised as middle-aged beach bums and you can join them on stage, do a turn of your own, or dance to what they want to play.
Take this opportunity to meet some of our friends and then when you come to town you'll already be acquainted. You'll also want to take a look at the activities page and start planning your stay now. It is absolutely amazing some of the things we get to do when we are here. Find a boat for an outing, go whale watching, follow manta rays, swing through the canopy from tree to tree. During the summer and fall you can help take care of a sea turtle's nest, and participate in the release of the babies helping to protect them from predators as they make their first trip into the sea.
Explore the rest of the area and beaches by bus. We have a new super highway that gets us to Vallarta in about 20 minutes in a car. Buses run about every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes for the trip, skirting a beautiful agricultural valley with a backdrop of mountain and ocean views. Buses also run out to Punta de Mita and up the coast. So much to see! and so accessible!