When your destination is Punta Mita, the variety of wonderful activities seems boundless. As we frequent the region often, we cast a wider & wider net when it comes to new experiences. On our most recent trip, we enjoyed a couple of leisure afternoons at two of the area largest Farmers Markets; Marina Vallarta in downtown Puerto Vallarta & La Cruz Market, in Riviera Nayarit. In addition to their grand scale, both of these market have the added draw of sitting on beautiful marinas. The view of the water, lined with spectacular Yachts & high end fishing Vessels makes for the perfect backdrop when perusing through hundreds of exhibitors. If you enjoy exploring the wares of local craftsmen or are just a “foodie” looking for the perfect entree or desert, both markets will be a pleasure!
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Marina Vallarta Farmers Market
Thursday’s – 6pm to 10pm
The Martina Vallarta Farmers Market is located just outside the downtown. Look for the large statue of the whale 🐳 and turn right, towards the Marina. Sporting 250 vendors and stretching roughly a mile around the Marina, there’s a lot to take in. If your looking for the perfect souvenir, this might be your go to destination. There’s also the added bonus of a myriad restaurants in Marina Vallarta to enjoy when your tour of the market has cone to an end. PS – be sure to grab a delicious dessert from the many food artisans at the market!
La Cruz Market – Marina Riviera Nayarit
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle – Sunday’s 10am to 2pm
The beautiful La Cruz Marina is situated about 10 minutes north of the town of Bucerias, in the village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. This state of the art marina sits in the heart of the Bandais Bay & is home to numerous high end yachts. For those who want to enjoy the daytime, the La Cruz farmers market is more of a brunch time offering; Sundays, from 10am to 2pm. With roughly 200 hundred venders & plenty of parking around the marina, the La Cruz farmers market may be the ideal way to spend your leisurely Sunday! There are fewer restaurants right around the marina, however there are a more options, back in the village. Bucerias is also a short drive away, should you want to start with a pre-brunch or post lunch afterwards.
NOTE: As of this writing, Bucerias suffered a significant storm surge from a recent hurricane. Many of the fine beach area establishments sustained damage and were still in the process of clean up. It might be good to check before heading into what is normally a lovely, vibrant town, to be sure they have recovered.