It’s a Mexican Fiesta at Lupita’s on Tuesdays!

It’s a Mexican Fiesta at Lupita’s on Tuesdays!

Every time our family comes to Bucerias, we discover something new.  This time it is a restaurant called Lupita’s, one block west of Lazaro Cardenas on the corner of Benito Juarez and Francisco Madera.  There are colorful Mexican flags, with lights interspersed, stretching across the street right in front of it, open windows into a lovely, modern interior with tables lining the sides of the street below.  The food is described as “fusion grill.”  We had seafood pasta and our son a plain pasta.  It was fine, only comment would be a bit more seafood would have been nice.  But the atmosphere and ambience made up for any less than perfect food experience.  We would go again.

MariachisOn Tuesdays, they have a traditional Mexican fiesta with mariachis performing and Mexican folkloric dance on a stage the staff builds in the moment, stretching across the street.  The scene is something we’ve never seen in this town, people were lining the streets at tables or simply standing with a beer or drink to watch the performance.  The music and dance is high quality a rousing, fun experience for any age.

There is a tequila table, a beer table and even a churro table set up to buy items separately.  We bought a small bag of churros after dinner and all agreed they were the best we’d ever tasted!

Reservations are recommended as this is a very popular night for this restaurant.

Are you looking into a vacation in Bucerias?  Our luxery HomeAway two bedroom beachfront condo is ideally situated and within easy walking distance to Lupita’s and many other local restaurants, boutiques and attractions.

Sunsets of Bucerias

Sunsets of Bucerias

My family and I have enjoyed many sunsets Bucerias; from the beach a block from our prior casita on the south end of town and our probably our favorite, the beach on the north end of town, past the square, with our toes in the sand at one of a few restaurants.  Traditionally the evening of our vacation arrival, my husband, 9 year old and I walk or drive to this sacred spot for an up close view of the sun dipping behind Punta Mita.

What’s particularly special about the sunsets in here is that it always feels still and quiet compared to some of the other places in the area like Puerta Vallarta or even Sayulita.  This must because there are simply fewer people and tourists.  Bucerias is a small town and peaceful sunsets in which to contemplate are part of the experience.  The town is growing though with more tourism coming but I suspect regardless, the sunsets will remain spectacular.

Here are a few recent sunset photos from prior trips:

From the North end of town and in front of Adautos Restaurant.

Bucerias Sunset

One of my favorite mSunset in Bucerias oments; we were sitting in front of Mar y Sol Restaurant we saw this woman and her baby on a horse





The sun dipping below the horizon beyond Punta Mita.

Sun dips below the horizon of Punta Mita








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2 Reasons We Love Bucerias

When we discovered Bucerias over 15 years ago, it was practically a spot on the road that you could fly by on the highway without even knowing you’d missed anything.  There was little about it online when searching for Puerto Vallarta travel tips.  And though Bucerias is firmly on the map with some notice now, thanks to our neighbors Punta Mita and Sayulita, it still is fairly hidden and visitors typically discover the town not by noticing it but hearing about it.

Why Bucerias?

It is a real Mexican town, not built for the purpose of tourism.

Bucerias, “land of the diver,” has been in existence since 1937.  It’s cobblestoned streets, brightly colored homes, traditional town square and weekly street markets (tianguis) with locals selling everything from fresh vegetables and homemade tortillas to knick knacks and spare parts.  If you prefer a more authentic experience when traveling Bucerias Town Squarerather than a contained, resort style vacation where you could be anywhere, this is a great option for the Riviera Nayarit area.  And because the towns doesn’t primarily support tourism, costs stay down like eating out in restaurants and other activities.

The plaza is alive with activity whether it be the Huichol Indians selling their wares, taco and churro stands or locals enjoying a warm evening while a band plays.  In Bucerias there are mostly native Mexican locals with North American ex-pats and tourists sprinkled throughout.

Bucerias sits along part of a 5 mile long gorgeous and quiet beach.

Bucerias BeachWalk, run, collect shells, wade into the ocean or perhaps even stop to get a very reasonably priced massage on the sand by one of the many massage therapists dotted along the way.  Unlike some of the busier beaches like Los Meurtos in Puerto Vallarta or in Sayulita, there are very few vendors.  If you prefer quiet, this is the place.  But ocean activities such as paddle boards, kite boarding and jet skis can also be found.

One of my family’s favorite things to do when we are in Bucerias is to take walks on the beach.  We usually alternate between heading north towards town, or south towards Nuevo Vallarta.  No matter which way you wander, it’s stunning.


We love Bucerias so much, after 14 years of owning a small two bedroom casita a block from the beach on the south end of town, we have purchased a second place.  The beautiful oceanfront condo at Punta Arena is very close to the center of town and surrounded by artisan shops, a cafe and restaurants.  The location is perfect.  Check the calendar and book our HomeAway vacation rental.

The Beautiful Bucerias Neighborhoods

The Beautiful Bucerias Neighborhoods

Over the years we have been visiting Bucerias, I’ve slowly explored and meandered through the streets of this quaint, cobble stoned town.  The grid-like neighborhood rises up from the ocean on a slope and there are many lovely casitas and villas to be found.  Many of them have ocean views, either from second or third story windows or outdoor palapa covered living spaces they’ve created to have a beer, look out over the sweeping Bay of Banderas.

The past summer I took my camera out on a walk to capture the beauty of the surrounding neighborhoods.  I am particularly fascinated by doors, gates, flowers, windows and home names.  The colors are fantastic.

Here are a few.

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Bucerias Travel Tips


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You can spend a few hours meandering the cobblestone streets of Bucerias.










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