Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

By Cat Morgan

Playa Bucerias

Next to La Cruz, and twenty minutes north of Puerto Vallarta are the beautiful beaches of Bucerias. Playa Bucerias, the town’s main beach, rests along a 62-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of Pacific coastline on Bahia Banderas Bay, Mexico’s largest natural bay and one of the world’s deepest, reaching depths of over 3,000 feet (915 meters).
As one of the longest beaches in Banderas Bay, Playa Bucerias extends across over five miles (8 kilometers) of golden sand, shallow water and moderate surf; making it a wonderful place for swimming and boogie boarding. Bucerias bars and restaurants line the sandy shores and are perfect for relaxing with a tasty margarita, or dancing on the beach to live music during happy hour!
I took a walk on this beautiful long playa, starting from the north end on the edge of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. It took about forty minutes to reach the Bucerias Main Plaza. I continued on, reaching Nuevo Vallarta. It was a beautiful long walk, with a stretch of green jungle in-between Bucerias and Nuevo that is protected from development due to the many animals that live there. You could see where all of the sand crabs were living, buried in the humps of sand.
I walked about five minutes on the Nuevo Vallarta playa. The hotels were a bit grander with a lot more loungers out front. Being summertime, not many were lounging, but I could imagine them filled up during the busy season that is coming our way. I headed back into Bucerias, as the entire walk took me about 3.5 hours, and I could really feel it in the muscles of my bare feet! Back in Bucerias, the timing was perfect for a beautiful sunset.
I really love walking on the playa. It clears my mind and frees my soul. Being close to the ocean is why I moved here, on the ever so amazing Riviera Nayarit. The Bucerias beach is perfect for long or short strolls. Take a walk on the playa and breath in some fresh sea air….it does a body and soul good.
See you on the beach!

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  1. We truly are blessed to have endless beach walks together here listening to the ocean sounds, birds and the colorful flowers. We share these articles with many friends that are booking trips to this beautiful place we call home.

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