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Our First Visit to Bucerias

To be honest, I didn’t know much about Bucerias, actually, I knew nothing. What I did know was Casa de las Flores in Bucerias looked like the ideal place we wanted to take our girls on a family holiday. So when we got the invitation for spring break, it didn’t take us long to book our flights to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

It was a busy day at the airport when we arrived in Puerto Vallarta but with ease, we found a taxi, with little bartering along the way. Drinks in hand (as you do in Mexico) we were ready for our 20-minute taxi ride to our destination.

As we entered Bucerias, an old hand built cobblestone road lead us down towards the beach and the main road. The streets seemed to move along at a slower pace but with all the amenities close by. We could see mango trees growing high above brick fences, people out for their morning jog, and others heading home from the local bakery/coffee shop with fresh baked goods and their morning coffee in hand. I could sense the heartwarming charm of the town and I was getting excited to see our first glimpse of Casa Del Floras…our home for the next 10 days.

Within minutes we pulled up along a white stone wall with gates welcoming us to a beautifully appointed courtyard. Flowers from the Plumeria Rubra, which was flowering overhead, were scattered along the tiles as we walked up to the main doors.

The property itself was stunning. It had everything we needed to make our holiday feel effortless. The main house was perfect for entertaining and for the families to gather in. Our girls quickly spotted the pool and couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. I don’t think they could get into their swimsuits fast enough! But first, we explored the casitas that were tucked away in their own little corner of the property. Each had a lovely courtyard with beautiful hammocks waiting for us. With a well-equipped kitchen, a nicely finished bathroom with shower and a queen size bed we were perfectly set for our holiday.

Over the next few days, we set out to explore everything Bucerias had to offer. We fell in love with soft sandy beaches only a block away. Along the main road which lead past Casa del Flores we found lovely shops, upscale restaurants to quaint and simple bars and taquerias, a local bakery and many cafes tucked away. As you follow the road along you feel the local culture coming to life. We came to the end of the road with a little bridge leading us to “Old Bucerias”. Within minutes we were at the heart of a mercados – traditional fixed market. There we found everything from hats, to jewelry, clothing and one of a kind hammocks that for us, where a must-have souvenir to take home.

We didn’t feel the needed to venture out of Bucerias much. That’s how much we loved it! We did go to the lovely Sunday market in Las Cruz which was full of local artisan cheese makers, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade goods and of course fresh fish. La Cruz is a 10-minute taxi ride away and also the home of the famous “Tacos on the Street” A must stop if you are there.

Another journey a little further away was a definite highlight for me. It was a food tour that took place in the city of Pitillal. We had booked the tour online before we arrived in Bucerias with ease. If you’re a foodie or just love really amazing Mexican food, I highly recommend one of Vallarta Food Tours. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the local area and took us to some of the best local restaurants in Pitillal. The food we sampled was authentic and absolutely the best Mexican food I’ve ever had. Even my 12 yr old daughter loved every minute of it!

If you’re up for some serious surfing a 40-minute cab ride to the town Sayulita needs to be on your list. A popular surf town but with so much more than just surfing. With a quaint, surf town, hippie vibe, it’s easy to spend hours wandering through the streets of Sayulita. Although we didn’t take to the surf, we spent the day exploring the art galleries and the many artisan shops. The girls fell in love with the ice cream stands that seemed to appear on every street while we enjoyed the coronas at the beachside taquerias.

We had some amazing adventures outside of Bucerias but each time we couldn’t wait to get back to our quiet home away from home, Casa de Flores.

Bucerias with all it’s old charm, simpler way of life and the beautiful and heartwarming locals we met along the way won us over again and again. Our stay in this beautiful vacation home is now on our list to rent next year! We can’t wait to bring along some friends who have never been and for them to fall love with Casa del floras and all that Bucerias has to offer.


The Germaines