Here, you will find fisherman patiently waiting in the waters just off the beach to provide the local markets and restaurants with the fresh catch of the day. Children can be seen playing in the cobblestoned streets lined with colorful trees, fruit stands, and Mexican art.
You will not find any mega resorts, chains, or large crowds in Lo de Marcos. The year round population of only 2,500 helps maintain the village’s authenticity while only seeing small spikes during the major holiday seasons. With barely over a square mile in size, Lo de Marcos is easy to walk around on foot. Nearby towns such as San Pancho, Sayulita, La Peñita, Rincon de Guayabitos and Chacala are only minutes away by car or bus.
The beaches of Lo de Marcos are pristine with its white sand and lack of crowds. On the northern end of the beach, you will find a freshwater estuary with a large variety of tropical birds, turtles and iguanas.
During the winter months, humpback whales can be seen breaching off the beach. There are a few beach front restaurants that serve up freshly caught fish including Dorado, Red Snapper and Sierra.
Handmade crafts can be purchased from one of the few souvenir shops in town or you may find an occasional beach vendor selling custom jewelry or other Mexican folk art.
Festivals take place throughout the year, including Semana Santa and independence day. This is normally when the town tends to see its largest crowds with tourists coming in from other parts of Mexico.
Lo de Marcos can be a great alternative for vacationers looking to experience authentic Mexico without the crowds and mega resorts. Villa rentals in the area range anywhere from quaint and modest to 7,000 sqft mansions. With it’s small town feel, friendly locals, and beautiful beaches, Lo de Marcos is one of Nayarit’s best kept secrets.