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Bucerias (meaning ‘place of divers’) is a quaint little coastal town located 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport that attracts those who don’t want the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta, but still want amenities of a vacation resort town with close access to nearby villages and Puerto Vallarta. Many compare Bucerias to Puerto Vallarta 25 years ago. Nestled in the middle of the bay and between PV, Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita/Sayulita, Bucerias is the perfect central location for exploring at least 5 surrounding villages within a short 10-15 minute drive radius.
Bucerias is less touristy and offers a more authentic, colorful insight into traditional living in Mexico and for this reason is truly coming into its own as a favored spot for vacationers. Lovely villas (the most affordable in the Bay), art galleries, and gourmet restaurants line the main street in the “Zona Dorada” (Golden Zone) or south side of town. Walk 10 minutes north from the “Zona Dorada” to cross the small bridge to they typical “Pueblo” to shop the artisan market, people watch at the plaza in front of the church and enjoy fresh seafood from a wide array of beachfront restaurants or street vendors in front of the plaza.
Of course, the main reason to visit Bucerias is that it boasts 12 miles of sandy beach, the longest in Banderas Bay. The shallow water and the waves are kid friendly and great for boogie boarding or swimming, and the soft, sandy beach makes for long leisurely walks and jogging. Bucerias is also a popular spot for any type of activity on the water. Every day you’ll see people enjoying stand up paddle boarding and kite surfing.
Bucerias is located in magical Riviera Nayarit and is surrounded by mountains and jungle which donate 345 days of sunshine a year. Enjoy local life and all that Bucerias has to offer, including a morning round of golf at the beautiful Flamingos golf course or the Art Walk to local galleries every Thursday night from Nov-April and the popular local Farmers and Artisan Market at the new Marina in La Cruz (5 minutes by cab north of Bucerias) Sundays October-June from 9am-2pm – not to be missed!
Nuevo Vallarta is a planned residential-resort community located in Riviera Nayarit – a 10 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and a 10 minute drive south of Bucerias. There are only a limited number of private villas available for short term vacation rentals on or near the beach in Nuevo Vallarta, as the area is largely comprised of condo rentals and all inclusive resorts.
Nuevo Vallarta offers a 300-slip marina next door to a slot machine casino, small shopping mall and a new state of the art San Javier Hospital. You can also walk about 25 minutes along the long golden stretch of beach that connects Nuevo Vallarta with Bucerias/La Cruz, play a round of world class golf at one of 3 golf courses (El Tigre, Mayan, or Flamingos)… rent some jet skis or take an ATV tour through the nearby Sierra Madre jungle. A local water park has fun twisting slides and sea lion shows… or you could treat the kids to a memorable swim with dolphins.
Puerto Vallarta is an excellent place to surf at. We don’t always have waves at every surf break but for the most part, you can find waves somewhere and they will be a lot of fun!!!
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- FLYING INTO PUERTO VALLARTA (PVR)
Bucerias is a 20 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta (PVR) airport. Most major airlines offer flights to Puerto Vallarta and many have direct flights Saturday-Saturday in the high season from November-April. To check BEST AIRFARES, click on the EXPEDIA search tool above.
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT TO YOUR VILLA
IF YOU SCHEDULED A PRIVATE PICK UP – Look for your driver who will have your last name and the name of your villa on a sign. He will help you with luggage and will take you to the car or van. The cost is $15 US/per person with a minimum 4 person or $60 USD (or equivalent in pesos) pick up one way. For example, if you request a private transfer and have 8 people in your group, the transfer will be $15 US/pp X 8 = $120 US one way. If you have more than 10 people, we will arrange for a van and a cab or 2 vans. Drivers must be paid in cash, credit cards aren’t accepted. Please keep in mind that if your flight is early or late you may have to wait a few minutes for your driver to meet you. NOTE - all drivers have to pay a $25 US federal airport pick up tax on all arrivals. For this reason, airport pick ups (whether provided by private or municipal taxis) are always more expensive than your return trip to the airport. NOTE- Cabs and vans do not have child car seats, so it is best to bring your own or we can arrange a rental or purchase in advance for you - www.vallartababy.com.
IF YOU DID NOT SCHEDULE A PRIVATE PICK UP – Turn to your right and you will see two booths clearly marked “TAXI” near the exit door. You can buy a ticket from any one the ladies (the rates are all the same and determined by zone). They accept both USD or Pesos. They will point you out the door to the taxi line up. You will be shown to a cab or van. Give the ticket to your driver and tell him the property address. Public (not private) Taxi and Van rates are per vehicle, not per person and the tip is included. A public taxi from the airport will cost approximately $450-$550 pesos ($40-$50 US depending on the zone you're traveling to). A taxI can accommodate 1-3 people plus luggage. Otherwise you will need a larger vehicle, but always ask. Some cabs will provide roof racks so you may not need a van. A public van transfer from the airport is approximately $700-$800 pesos (or $60-$80 US - priced by zone) and can hold about 8-10 passengers with luggage. Rates subject to change without notice, so it’s best to confirm pricing before you purchase your fare. Fares are determined by zone and are non-negotiable.
MONEY SAVING TIP – if you don’t have a lot of luggage and want to save the airport pick up tax, take the orange footbridge that crosses the highway right in front of the airport lobby (about a 3 minute walk). There is a line up of both taxis and vans. Ask how much it will be before you get in (should be a savings of approximately 100 pesos). Taxi fares in Puerto Vallarta and throughout the Bay are in Mexican pesos (although they also accept USD - but nothing larger than a $20 bill), they are federally regulated and non- negotiable. It is usually a better value to pay in pesos (they usually offer at least 10:1, if not better). Now you’re on your way!
RETURN TRIP TO THE AIRPORT - we recommend to have your houseman or concierge arrange the nearest city cab or suburban taxi to pick you up when you return to the airport. We can, however, arrange for a private driver to pick you up upon request at the rate of $25 US/per person with a minimum 5 person (or $125 US) one way fee for the return trip. Private drivers have to pay for a special "tour guide" license so this will be the most expensive option.
Taxis are readily available and a safe mode of transportation in Bucerias. The taxi station contact number will be provided with your arrival information. Your houseman can also assist you when you need a cab from your villa. If you are hailing a taxi on your own, be sure to confirm the rate before getting into the taxi. Prices are set throughout town (depending on the zones) and the taxis are not metered. The only variance is when taking a taxi from the airport, which is more expensive than going to the airport because it is a Federal Zone and there are increased taxes and airport pick up fees for the Federal Zone taxis. Generally the standard fare is $45 to $60 USD one way (approximately $20 US more for a van) to downtown PV if you are staying in Bucerias. Cab drivers are very nice and the cars (usually Nissan Sentras) are clean. Always enter and exit the taxi from the sidewalk side (non-traffic side) of the cab and look for traffic or people before opening the door. Try to have your money ready to pay right away when at your destination. Taxis will often stop in traffic to let you out, thus stopping traffic, so pay and exit as quickly as possible. Taxis usually do not carry much change, so try to have smaller bills. Seat belts are often tucked down in the backseat. While it is not required to wear one, in case you have an infant seat, you may have to dig them out. TIP - try to always note your taxi's number on the side door in case you leave something behind or have a problem. For further information, contact - www.taxisafepv.com
LOCAL BUS SYSTEM
The bus ride from Bucerias to surrounding towns will cost between $10-5 pesos, buses normally arrive at various stops on the main highway every ½ hour and the 18 mile journey to Puerto Vallarta takes approximately 1 hour due to stops. If you are going to catch the bus from the airport, cross over the highway using the pedestrian bridge. Look for the name "Bucerias" written on the windshield of the bus.
Approximate Fares are: PV- $25 pesos, MEGA- $10, Sayulita -$10, La Cruz - $10, Punta Mita - $20 pesos. The bus stops at all the major shopping malls in PV and terminates at “Gold’s Gym” just past Plaza Genovesa (Moroccan style architecture) which is before the road splits for the city bypass & tunnel. Here you can transfer to a city bus to head further downtown. Buses within Puerto Vallarta have a set fare of $5.50.
After 8pm, it is better to take a taxi as the routes become more diffuse and less reliable.
Buses in the bay are very high off the ground so getting on and off can be difficult for the elderly or someone with bad knees, weak legs or other mobility difficulties. Also, unlike most buses in the US and Canada, you have to push a button (called a “timbre”) for the driver to stop. These are located, usually near the front, near the back exit, and several other places throughout the bus. TIP - get on and off the bus quickly. Take your seat as soon as possible because the drivers don't usually wait. Locals with disability cards are allowed to get on the bus and ask for donations from passengers. Entertainers will also get on the bus to sing and/or play a musical instrument for tips. The 1st two seats behind the driver are reserved for people with disabilities and pregnant women. The buses travel from the southern point of the bay (Mismaloya/Boca) to the North Shore (Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz/Punta Mita, and Sayulita) which spans a couple of hours travel time.
RENTAL CARS AND VANS
We only recommend renting a car or van if you plan on exploring the area on a daily basis or several times throughout your stay. Be advised that many car rental companies do not quote all mandatory third party insurances on their websites and the rate can double or even triple when you get to the counter so it's best to try and confirm your total rate per day prior to arrival. To check BEST CAR RENTAL RATES, click on the EXPEDIA search tool above. Also keep in mind any car insurance you have outside of Mexico will not cover you in Mexico on a rental car – so check with your credit card and/or insurance company to make sure you have proper insurance for driving in Mexico. Mexican Liability insurance is mandatory.
We can arrange for a private car or suburban with a driver at anytime with at least 24 hours notice. Please contact us for a quote. Rates are approximately $50 US/hour (depending on the zone within the bay) with a 3 hour minimum hire.
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