Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, month of March…
Bucerias, Mexico, month of March…
Notice any difference?
If you live in Canada where the winter months, November to April, are mighty cold and mighty snowy, you might want to spent all of that time, or part of it at least, at the beach.
Well that’s what happened to BeachBabyBob and his wife Sue. They didn’t want to be too far from home just in case there was an emergency, so after a lot of research and thinking about where to go, they picked Bucerias Mexico, on Banderas Bay along the Pacific Ocean.
Bucerias is about a 20 min. car ride on the Pacific coast highway 200 north of Puerto Vallarta.
Sue and Bob are retired and in their 70’s. They have been living in Bucerias Mexico for about 7 years, during the months of February and March.
While there, they have investigated the Pacific coast from Yelapa, south of Puerto Vallarta to San Pancho, which is a few miles north of Punta de Mita.
Bucerias is the Best choice for them for many reasons. Here are a few reasons, starting with this picture of the mountain village of San Sebastian, famous for its coffee and its silver mining…
- 5 hours direct from Toronto
- 28 degrees and sunny every day
- fresh fruit and vegetables locally grown
- many friendly Canadians everywhere
- all the comforts of home i.e. high speed internet and Costco
- the warm dynamic Pacific Ocean
- beaches that go on forever
- tropical flora and fauna
- monarch butterflies
- affordable prices for everything
Bob and Sue worked their entire lives as teachers and researchers. I guess you could call them “life long learners”. They love the Bucerias area so much, they wanted to share the Best of Bucerias with you.
Table of Contents:
- Casa Ana Ruth – The Apartment We Rent Every Year
- The Parota Tree (Our Favourite Tree)
- Yellow Crowned Night Herons (Birds of Bucerias)
- Sunrise and Sunset
- Flamingo’s Sports Club (Our Favourite Recreation Facility)
- Delicias Mexicana (Our Favourite Restaurant)
- Banderas Bay – Destiladeras
- It’s All About The ART!
Read on to find out more………..
Being from Canada, many of the lodgings and accommodations in Bucerias are appealing to us because they are very close to the ocean.
Bob and his wife selected Casa Ana Ruth, which is a small Mexican hotel located on the beach. It is at the north end of Bucerias Centro on Calle Espinoza. You can’t miss it because it has the largest parota tree in Bucerias adjacent to it.
It also has a wonderful restaurant in it called Los Pericos, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Bob and Sue live on the roof, and they refer to their apartment as the “treehouse”.
If you look closely at Casa Ana Ruth, you will see 2 buildings: one painted white and one behind that, not painted at all.
That is Casa Ana Ruth, and the rooftop of the front white building is the palapa for all to share. It has a great view of Banderas Bay and a barbecue and clothes line.
The residents of the hotel like to gather on the palapa for “happy hour”, and watch for dolphins and whales.
The back, unpainted building, also has a rooftop, and that is BeachBabyBob and Sue’s treehouse apartment. There is a gated bridge connecting the palapa to the penthouse.
Yes, most of it is outdoors, but your bedroom and bathroom are enclosed.
The apartment is filled with tropical plants like palms, orchids, and cacti. It also has beautiful views of the bay, and the giant parota tree is so close you can reach out and touch it.
The tree is filled with yellow crowned night herons, doves, hummingbirds, kiskadees, woodpeckers, and even the odd giant green iguana.
Speaking of plants and nature, let’s talk about some very beautiful and magical trees found in Bucerias such as the parota tree. The oldest and largest parota tree in Bucerias is the one next to this hotel.
The Parota Tree
A guanacaste or parota tree is a very large giant of the Bucerias area. It has a very large shady canopy, which is important to the animals, plants, and people in this part of the world.
The tiny green feathery leaves are numerous during the rainy season in Mexico, and its fragrant flowers appear when it changes from a deciduous tree into an evergreen tree in the dry season (December to February).
On warm days, the tree’s fragrances fill the air. The bees love it! The iguanas love it! The birds love it! BeachBabyBob and Sue love it!
By the way, the parota tree improves the quality of the soil in which it lives.
On the topic of nature…
Yellow Crowned Night Herons (Birds of Bucerias)
The Yellow Crowned Night Herons are stocky wading birds that love to sleep all day and eat all night. Their slim neck can be long and slender when awake and attentive to their surroundings, or short and stubby when relaxing or sleeping.
These herons don’t have to work too hard in flight because of their large powerful wings. Gliding over water in search of crayfish is a popular activity for them, especially at night.
Bucerias is part of the Puerto Vallarta delta, where the water comes down from the Sierra Madre mountains, and empties into Banderas Bay at Puerto Vallarta.
BeachBabyBob has approximately a dozen “yellow crowns” living in his tree at any given time through Feb. and Mar..
They let out a loud squawk around dusk, calling all the herons to begin the flight to night hunt in the PV swampy delta.
Bob and Sue hear them squawk again around dawn, as they return to the giant parota tree to nest in the canopy during the day.
So many interesting things to look at here in Bucerias, but perhaps best of all…
Sunrise and Sunset
Admiring the sunsets, especially at the beach, has been a ritual for most families over the years.
Both young and old have been mesmerized by the colour display of crimsons, dusky pinks and oranges appearing in the sky as the sun sets.
But here in Bucerias, just as in the rest of the world, most people miss out on the early sunrise in the east that can be even more dazzling than its evening departure in the west.
I am an early riser like my father was…. always have been! To my way of thinking, all of those sleepy souls, still swaddled in their cozy beds, are missing out on the best part of the day! Get out of bed you sleepy heads, it’s time to ‘rock and roll’!
Coming to Bucerias, living in a tree house with optimal views of both the eastern and western horizons, comes with the added bonus of seeing both sunrise and sunset.
It pays to get up at 6:00 a.m. If there are clouds in the sky as the light of day approaches, I am guaranteed a feast for the eyes. Get up Robert and bring the camera.
But as lovely as the sunrise and sunset is in Bucerias, you can’t spend all your time relaxing. Sometimes you want to get up and go, and that’s why there’s places such as…
Flamingo’s Sports Club (Awesome Recreation Center)
Most people in Bucerias are unaware of the beautiful sports facility tucked away behind the Mega store in Bucerias. I found it by scanning the internet looking for a 25-50 meter pool for doing my laps, while in Mexico.
What I found was a sports complex called the Flamingo’s Sports Club, complete with 3 large, outdoor, well cared for pools, one being a 30 meter pool dedicated mainly for swimming laps.
There is also a yoga facility, a spin room, a gym complete with weights and cardio machines, tennis courts and soccer fields.
The change rooms and showers are roomy and clean, and there is a coffee bar with tables and chairs where people gather to chat after working out.
This sports complex is part of a gated community, however, they do accept day fees and monthly membership fees from the public. The staff is helpful and friendly, and the fees are very reasonable.
At this point, you may have worked up a sizeable appetite, at which point you might like to visit…
Delicias Mexicana (Our Favourite Restaurant)
After living in Bucerias for years during the Canadian winter months, we have come to know Bucerias well, especially the restaurants. There are many in this town of 15000 people and they are all good.
Some are excellent and this year, our choice for the Best restaurant in town, is Delicias Mexicana located on calle Francisco Madera.
Friends invited us out for dinner one night and we walked from their hotel near the Kissing Bridge in the Bucerias Centro part of town, up Francisco Madera street for about 10 blocks.
Delicias Mexicana doesn’t make much of a statement from the street but once inside the gate, WOW! It is very tastefully decorated with intimate seating arrangements.
The menu is comprehensive with lots of choices. Whether you are there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you won’t be disappointed. Just check the reviews on the internet.
This restaurant opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Maybe you will even be lucky enough to meet the chef extraordinaire, Abraham!
And now, it’s back to the beach! But which one?…how about…
Banderas Bay – Destiladeras
Lo seinto Bucerias, but you aren’t the best beach. Maybe someday but Destiladeras up the highway just a few twists in the road past La Cruz sits long wide and white flat sands. The waves and water definitely have a personality.
Destiladeras also has clean new washrooms, real green grass, delicious food, and a very picturesque shoreline. This beach is still in Banderas Bay so it qualifies for the Best Beach in Bucerias.
Take the bus if you are staying in Bucerias. It is cheap and if you like rollercoasters, this bus ride will thrill you before you even feel the thrill of the best beach.
This beach is a special place!
It’s All About The ART!
Mexico is pure art at its best, and Bucerias is no exception.
The food is art!
The buildings are art!
The animals are art!
The plants are art!
The ocean is art!
The people are art!
Every year BeachBabyBob is inspired by all this art, so he paints a portrait of someone in his family. Here is this year’s portrait called, “Peace”. Christian is a local Mexican boy who helped Bob paint the portrait.
and even the sand is art …
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