Lo de Marcos beach (playa Lo de Marcos) is located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, outside of Banderas Bay. The town itself is an older authentic Mexican town still untouched by tourism. Here you will find no tourist attractions other than the farmer’s market. There are a few hut-style beach restaurants, like Restaurante Olivia and Reynoso Palace and a few inexpensive accommodations, but for the most part, it is an authentic Mexican beach town.
But don’t judge a book by its cover! In our family’s opinion, Lo De Marcos has one of the most gorgeous and spectacular beaches along the coast. It literally looks like something straight off a postcard. The beach is approximately .6 miles long by 44 yards wide and is framed by lush green mountains and tropical foliage. Shallower waters with calmer currents are located in the middle section of the beach, while large ocean swells dominate the ends making this beach attractive for surfers. No matter what time of year we’ve visited Playa Lo De Marcos, it is a quiet and tranquil scene.
Tianguis Lo de Marcos Market:
However, on Saturdays between November and mid-April, a flock of tourists from all over Banderas Bay descend upon Lo de Marcos to visit the Tianguis Lo de Marcos Market, where you can get great food, listen to live music and purchase reasonably priced hand made items, locally grown vegetables and deliciously prepared foods. The market is located on street Luis Echeverria #9 and it is opened from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.