Things To Do In Bucerias, Mexico


Bucerias Mexico

Bucerias Mexico is located along Banderas Bay, a few miles north of Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Ocean.

The bay is the winter breeding ground for the humpback whales, so thousands of “snowbirds” (retired Canadians and Americans), visit Bucerias from November until April to experience the warm temperatures, and especially the whales.

#1- Sandcastles –  People have been working in the sand, and playing in the sand for centuries.  Ancient Egyptians designed their pyramids with sand before they actually built them.

Sandcastles were described in books in the 16th century, but it wasn’t until the 19th century when Philip McCord created a sand sculpture of a woman and a baby in 1897 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Todd VanderPluym and Gerry Kirk were exceptional sand sculptors, and in 1890, they created an organization called “Sculptors International”, which set the standards for this art form.

Today, young and old make sand creations on Bucerias beach.

#2 – Birdwatching – Thousands of people, young and old, travel the world, seeking the best locations to watch birds.

Bucerias is located on the largest natural salt water bay in the world. Because the area is a vast delta, and very marsh-like, it is home to thousands of birds.

Come and see the yellow crowned night heron and the high flying frigate birds.

Frigate birds can soar for a very long time over the ocean looking for food such as fish, or sea snakes.

They almost never land on the water. They love to swoop down to the surface and pluck fish from the water with their long beaks.

When they do rest, it is usually on a post or wire close to the ocean. They love to steal food from other birds. The females and the males have wide wing spans and forked tails.

This could be the reason that they are so good at flying.

Maybe you would just like to sit on the beach and watch the shore birds.

#3 – Fishing – Bucerias is a typical Mexican town with a population of 15000 people.  Many of the permanent residents make their living by fishing.

They usually fish not far from shore, and they know that mahi mahi and red snapper are loved by thousands of tourists that visit this town every year.

Some of the fishermen stand on the beach early in the morning with their poles and nets.  Others venture out in small boats.

#4 – Horseback Riding –  Bucerias is located in the province of Nayarit which is cattle country. Many horses are used to herd cows, while others are used on the beach to give visitors an opportunity to ride along the water for a small fee.

#5 – Collecting Beach Glass –  Walking the beach looking for treasures, is a very popular activity here.  Some people collect the ceramic coloured tiles, while others look for shells and different shaped rocks.

But most collectors are after the beach glass, especially the red, blue, and green colors.  You will have no problems finding pieces of white and brown.

Many years ago, before the age of plastic, people threw their used glass bottles into the sea. The water tosses and turns the glass for years before it washes ashore. It looks lovely in aquariums or just on display in your casa.

#6 – Helping Others – The people of Bucerias are very kind and very helpful. They are all about family too.

If any living creature needs a helping hand, the people of Bucerias and some of the visitors, like Beach Baby Bob’s wife, Sue, will always come to the rescue.  Here is a great example of local kindness …

#7 – Going out to Eat

It seems like there is a restaurant of one kind or another on every corner, and even all the way up every street.

Some are American cuisine and many are local Mexican establishments …. big and small.

The food is delicious no matter where you eat, but my wife and I have 2 favourite places to go when we eat out.  We recommend them both very highly.

Los Pericos is an authentic Mexican restaurant in the Ana Ruth’s Hotel on Juventino Espinoza Calle, in Bucerias Centro near the beach.

Look for the largest parota tree in the town, and you will be at the restaurant. The food is delicious and hot.  They serve just the right amount.

I recommend the mahi mahi filet with rice and fresh vegetables.  The service is fast and you can sit inside or out.  If you’re lucky, you might even have musicians serenading you at your table.

They serve alcohol and the dessert is wonderful!  You don’t need a reservation but if you must, here is their phone # … +52 329 298 0160.

Toscana Mia is located at Calle Hidalgo 25 Centro, 63732 Bucerías, Nay. Their phone # is 01 329 298 1525.

My wife and I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day at this Italian restaurant, but when we went to make a reservation about a week before Feb. 14, the hostess said that they were all booked up for the next 2 weeks.

I can understand why, because in years gone by, we have eaten at Toscana Mia many times, and their food is out of this world.  It is even better than back home in Canada.

Of course, you have to love pasta.  They do make pizza, but the pasta is what we recommend.  With almost 500 reviews, ranking it very close to a 5 star, this is what others have said about it …

“the very best Italian food in Mexico”

“the presentation is wonderful”

“excellent service”

“great tiramisu”

“real Italian food made by real Italians”

Toscana Mia restaurant Bucerias Mexico

#8 – Bake a Pie

Even though the weather is perfect every day, especially in February and March, you might want to just stay home and make a pie, especially if you live where Beach Baby Bob and his wife live.

#8. – Family Day

Every Sunday is family day for the local Mexican people living in Bucerias, so this several mile long beach is packed with families having a great time together.

My wife and I love the positive vibes from the local people here at Bucerias beach on Sundays. See if you can spot Beach Baby Bob’s wife relaxing on the beach.

About the author: Robert is a former teacher and travel buff, and has spent the last 30 years travelling to different parts of the world including all over North America, South America, Africa, and Europe.  He loves trying new cultural cuisine, zip-lining through the Amazon jungle, and his cat, Twyla-Mae.