A day trip to Bucerias, where there is a string of beach-front restaurants offering great food, beverages, and beach chairs is a must. Several places provide afternoon music. Swim, bodysurf, build sandcastles, and dance barefoot in the sand! The beaches in Bucerias are some of the best in the area. Usually a gentle undertow, waves to play in, and no shortage of non-aggressive vendors; massages, food, clothes, jewelry, cigars, everything you can think of. And rock and roll on the beach.
How to Get There: From the Vallarta Walmart by the cruise ship terminal, board a “Punta de Mita” or a “Sayulita” bus to Bucerias. The cost is seventeen pesos, with the ride lasting thirty to forty minutes. Exit the bus at “Centro” in Bucerias, cross the highway, and walk to the local flea market and the public beach.
Get ready for an amazing season of music in Bucerias, with many of the top Vallarta bands performing. I am sure there are additional places along the beach that provide music; the following are the places I am aware of. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a source for all music venues?
Hugh and the MexPats are expected to be back at Buzzos on Fridays from 3 pm – 6 pm performing a variety of Mexican and American rock covers.
The Gecko band will entertain Saturday from 3 pm – 6 pm at El Chivero.
I have not heard from Breakers, but expect they would have afternoon beach music.
In years past you could find “David” at El Gordo’s restaurant on the beach by the flea market, playing his one-man rock covers.
No mention of Bucerias and music would be complete without mentioning the evening music scene. The Gecko band plays twice a week at the Drunken Duck (DD). The DD has released their music lineup and will have Soul Trip returning this season on Thursday night as well as a full line up of music all week, with two bands on many nights.
Next door to the DD, Jax amplifies the rock with Tres Cuartos two nights a week along with a lineup of bands that have not been confirmed yet. Perhaps, Tequila Rush, they would fit right in.
Down the street from Jax, you encounter the SunShine Bar, with their street side stage and live music.
Across the street is the Luna Lounge, the often sold out dinner-theatre that provides musical and diverse entertainment.
Across the street from the DD, you encounter Yo Yo Mo’s sports bar that can erupt in cheers at any time, adding to the noise level in this amazing one block stretch.
There are additional locations for music in town, don’t be a rock junkie like me, get out and expand your horizons.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a source for all musical venues?
The Vallarta Tribune publishes a “Live Music Calendar” every week; ask your local venues to submit their music listings.
I have recently rediscovered the Banderas Bay Live Music FB page that also contains music listings.
There is something magical about enjoying a cold beverage in a tropical setting while listening to music. Get out and explore all the music options in the Bay.
Or, follow my musical travels as I hope to explore Rock music of the Bay.