Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

Hola a todos! Restaurants and entertainment abound as the snowbirds make their way to our beautiful Banderas Bay area and the Riviera Nayarit coastline. The markets and Tianguis’s are open; teaming with all of our favorite homemade food and hand crafted wares.
The word tianguis is a Spanish word for a market, but a little different from the town markets (like the Sunday La Cruz Market) and more like a flea market, where you can find used clothing and shoes, used electronics, natural medicinal items such as arnica with peyote, tools and everything in between.
Hand crafted items such as jewelry and all kinds of art and crafts, blankets or table cloths. It’s endless, really! Local fresh produce and homemade bakery and desserts, and our favorite Mexican cuisine like tacos and other easily made foods are delicious to snack on whilst shopping. I love the grilled elote, which is corn on the cob served with lime and chili or sometimes they offer mayonnaise…and just so you are prepared, it’s not the tender sweet corn from home! Hahaha…but delicious! All kinds of fruit waters and coco water are also sold at the Tianguis’s.
There is a Bucerias Tianguis every Sunday in the dry river bed that runs year around and it has just about everything you can think of. You can even get keys made there. Another great Tianguis on the Riviera Nayarit is in La Penita, which is about one hour north of Bucerias on the 200 Road. The La Penita Tianguis is one of the largest Tianguis’s on the Riviera Nayarit, which also runs all year around every Thursday. It’s easy to find. La Penita also has a newer Malecon and has been beautifying their beach area by taking down old buildings and cleaning up the area. Remember that after you pass Los de Marcos, the time changes to one hour earlier, which makes it easier to make it to the markets earlier! If you leave at 9am from Bucerias, you should get to La Penita at about 9am when they open. Please be careful driving on the 200 road. It’s a two lane highway all the way with only a couple of safe places to pass. Take your time and buckle up. All of the markets and Tianguis’s on the Riviera Nayarit generally open at 9am and run until 2pm and every town has one or more markets.
Riviera Nayarit Market List
I have listed the Riviera Nayarit markets by towns, from south to north. There is often more than one market in each town. Some may not be open yet. I apologize if I have missed anyone. Please contact me and I will be happy to update the list. The markets also have live music to listen to while you shop. Some have tables and all of them have some sort of shade.
Enjoy the markets and Tianguis’s on the Riviera Nayarit and support our local markets and vendors.
Tianguis Artesanal Nuevo Vallarta – Tuesday, located behind the Casino, high season
Bucerias Tianguis – Sunday – Dry River Bed
Bucerias Forever Spring Market – Wednesday – High Season
Mercado Huanacaxtle (La Cruz Sunday Market) – Located at the La Cruz Marina – High Season
La Cruz Tianguis – Wednesday, located on Main Street – Year Around
Sayulita Mercado de Pueblo – Friday, located in town – High Season
San Pancho Market – Tuesdays – Located at the Plaza del Sol – High Season
Tianguis Lo de Marcos – Saturday, located on Main Street – High Season
Tianguis Guayabitos – Monday at the Town Square – High Season
La Penita Tianguis – Located at the Town Square – Year Around
Mercado Cultural Chacala – Saturday – Located Choc Mool Restaurant (They had one last season, not sure about this season yet!)
Thanks for reading. There is so much going on around the north end of the Banderas Bay. Please check the and the calendars for holiday events, live music and entertainment, free events, games and movies, and the fundraisers.
Have a super week everyone! If you have any questions or comments please write me at