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Amigos de Bucerias AC

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

There are lots of reasons why people take the time to get involved with community projects. We think that more people would get involved if they just knew how. Here is our listings of committees and projects that can use your help. Just donating a few hours per week or month can make all the difference!

• Are you new to Bucerias?
• Are you looking for a way to make a difference in your town?
• Do you want to meet likeminded individuals with similar interests?

We meet at 9:00 a.m. the first Saturday of every month at the Ixta Restaurant on Lazaro Cardenas for a self-serve buffet breakfast. Reservations must be made if you wish to eat.

We then hear how we and our associate charities are getting on, what events are on the calendar, and a general exchange of information in an informal and friendly atmosphere.

Our current projects are: Recycling; Trash cans and general street beautification; John Ozello Memorial Food Bank; Spay n Neuter; Special Needs; Tercera Edad (Seniors facility). We support our associate charities: BBCC (community centre); Biblioteca Rey Nayar; Investours; Manos de Amor (orphanage).

Whether you are coming to Bucerias for a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or to settle down permanently, you can play an important role in helping the charity of your choice to make a difference.

If you are interested in helping in any way – time or donations – please get in touch with our Amigos President, Veronica “Ronnie” Barker by telephone at (329) 298-0053 or cellular at (322) 148-9103, email is

Come join us to make Bucerias a better place for all.


Last updated: October 14, 2019 · Charity ID: 106

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Eight Good Reasons to Visit Riviera Nayarit This Summer

Riviera Nayarit CVB

Every year this destination attracts more than 2 million travelers from all over the world, from families to backpackers, luxury travelers, and business travelers.

Riviera Nayarit Offers the Best April Events and Vacation Fun

Riviera Nayarit CVB

There are more than enough reasons to visit this tourism destination during the fourth month of the year; you’ll have options for relaxation, fun, or to practice your favorite sport.

7th Annual Whale Watching Fundraiser for John Ozzello Memorial Food Bank

Amigos de Bucerias

Included in this fundraiser is whale watching, snorkeling, continental breakfast, open bar and lunch. There will also be a raffle onboard with many wonderful prizes.

Sock Hop at The Drunken Duck Benefit for Food Bank


Join us for an fun-filled afternoon listening to some of the best hits from the 50's performed by Cinco Elimentos (Enlace 5).

Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others

TED Talks

Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts.

Three Day Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival Returns to Banderas Bay Beaches

Live Punta Mita

The Wind Festival is returning to Riviera Nayarit! The best national and international kitesurfers will compete in this major event that is becoming a new tradition in Mexico.

Surfers and Paddlers from Nayarit Sweep the SUP National Team Competition

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

The surfers and paddlers either from Riviera Nayarit or living there took nearly all the spots on the national team and will be present at the next world championships to be held in Fiji in 2016.

Massive Cleanup of Riviera Nayarit on Earth Day

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Over 220 people embarked on a cleanup along the perimeter of Banderas Bay and several other locations in the Riviera Nayarit including Punta de Mita, Sayulita, the Islas Marietas and La Penita de Jaltemba, among others.

Annual January Bucerias Town Fiesta Includes Blessing of the Fleet

Amigos de Bucerias

As every year, this runs 16 – 24 January, with food stalls in the Bucerias Central Plaza area and dance displays of different kinds, and many other stalls lining Ave Mexico and Cuahtemoc.

Bucerias Christmas for Kids Benefit at Drunken Duck

Bucerias Christmas for Kids

Our annual fundraiser will take place on Monday, December 7 at the Drunken Duck once again. This event will be from 2:00 to 6:00 pm and will provide the usual holiday merrymaking complete with live music and over 70 wonderful raffle prizes.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Day of the Dead Altar Contest, Opening Party at Act II, Fundraisers, Hook the Cure Tournament, Guayabitos Bike Fest, Tennis Tournament, a HUGE Garage Sale, and so much more.

News and Needs from Amigos de Bucerias in Riviera Nayarit

Amigos de Bucerias

Since we took on our recycling program in April 2013, we have now collected - net of all the miscellaneous stuff - recyclable value weighing just over 28,000 kilos! That's an awful lot when you consider how light plastic is!

Dancing Under the Stars Fundraiser in Bucerias for Paws & Claws

Amigos de Bucerias

Join us for an enchanted evening at the newly renovated StarBay Hotel, right on the Playas de Huanacaxtle beach in Bucerias on Tuesday, November 3 from 6:30 until 9:30 pm

Tourist Interaction with Local Communities Spurs Giving, Survey Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More than half of American travelers said they did volunteer work or donated to a cause at a destination they visited within the last two years, according to Tourism Cares.

Fundraising Update for Orchestra School of Puerto Vallarta Jam Session

Amigos de Bucerias

During the open 4 hour mic session there were two generous donations of musical instruments to the Orchestra School of PV, (based in El Pitillal) of which 2 young musicians taking part yesterday are students who live in Bucerias.

Bring Your Voice, Your Instrument and 'Just Jam' at Breakers Beach Club on Sunday

Amigos de Bucerias

Everyone is welcome to join in at Breakers Beach Bar from 6pm to 9pm on Sunday for a special "Just Jam" session with host Marty Lynch and an eclectic blend of great musicians. The event is for a hugely worthy cause "The Orchestra School of PV" based in El Pitillal.

Get in the Wind at Bucerias Festival del Viento 2015

Inside La Cruz

The Festival De Viento 2015 will kick off with demonstrations in the central Plaza of Bucerias today, with competition running Friday through Sunday and a Saturday stop in La Cruz.

Paws & Claws ' Zumbathon' Fundraiser in Bucerias

Amigos de Bucerias

Don't know what Zumba is? Come and find out on Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 pm in the Bucerias Main Plaza, where this energetic healthy dancing display will be presented.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Valentine's Day Happenings, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit


A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Waterside Art Show, Luna Rumba, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

New Beginnings Benefit in Bucerias for Banderas Bay Women's Shelter


Please help make a difference, join us Feb 6th at Luna Lounge in Bucerias for great food, music, dancing, prizes and more than anything, "giving the opportunity for a woman and her children to breathe easier."

Paws and Claws Pet Picnic Valentine Special Fundraiser by Amigos de Bucerias

Amigos de Bucerias

We are looking for Sweetheart Dog of the Year! Do you think your dog is the best? Let's find out! Join Amigos de Bucerias on Sunday, February 15, 3:00 until 5:00 pm, for our annual Pets Picnic Valentine Special.

Bucerias Christmas for Kids Annual Gift Program Fundraiser

Bucerias Christmas for Kids

The aim is to provide a present for the poor children who otherwise would not receive anything – quite an undertaking! Join us on December 8, dance to live music, have fun and win raffle prizes. Proceeds go to buy the presents.

Special Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser - A Little Late

Amigos de Bucerias

Come and join us for a delicious Canadian Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings on Thursday 23 October! OK, it’s a little late but – we’re in Mexico! Funds will be used to promote animal wellness at Paws and Claws Bucerias.

Saturday Beach Cleanup Network in Riviera Nayarit Still Growing

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Four more non-profits joined the beach cleanup efforts during this fifth round, including La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with reinforcements heading to Bucerias and San Pancho; there are now 9 communities on the receiving end of their labors.

More Groups Join Monthly Clean-up of the Riviera Nayarit Beaches

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

On Saturday, August 9th, Platanitos will join Punta de de Mita, La Penita de Jaltemba and Bucerías; there has already been contact with San Blas and Guayabitos, both of which will eventually join in the cleanup effort.

Beach Cleanup Continues in Riviera Nayarit

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

This is an open invitation to everyone and anyone who would like to join in to contact the different groups and become a part of the project to maintain the beaches in the best shape possible.

Bucerias Recycling Update and How You Can Help

Amigos de Bucerias

As of Earth Day 22 April 2014, once the rubbish had been sorted and removed by the purchasing company, the amount of net plastic we have collected is - drum roll - 10,341 kilos!

Pet Picnic Fundraiser in Bucerias Declared a Doggone Success

Amigos de Bucerias

Nearly a hundred people came out to the delightful Tercera Edad facility on Sunday afternoon to watch owners and their dogs both on their best behaviour! And what a fun afternoon it was.

Annual Pets' Picnic at Tercera Edad Seniors Facility in Bucerias

Amigos de Bucerias

Join Amigos de Bucerias on January 26 for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon perfect for animal lovers. Compete in the Obedience, Best Dressed Dog and Owner and Dog Look Alike categories. Proceeds benefit the Spay n Neuter program and Bucerias seniors.

Vote for Recycled Christmas Tree Display by Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Recycled Bottle Christmas Tree Challenge is a two week "Fun!Raising" Recycling Awareness Exhibit where members of the community, businesses and organizations submit their originally designed Christmas trees of any size using plastic and/or glass bottles.

What's Going On at the Bucerias Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

After a long hot summer, I thought it was time to let you all know about our plans, our schedule and events coming up in the next few months at Biblioteca Rey Nayar in Bucerias, Riviera Nayarit.

Old Favorites & New Additions to Bucerias Wednesday Farmers Market

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

In addition to the fabulous market you have been visiting in the garden of Rosa Mexicano Restaurant, we have the new Oasis at Encore in addition to the over 70 food and artisan vendors you have come to know and love.

Beta Sigma Phi Wine and Cheese Benefit for 'Operation Warmth'

Inside Bucerias

This special event helps provide blankets and warm clothing for our neighbors in need. Come join us and help get the Bucerias social season started on November 20 at La Vida Condominiums.

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center Resumes High Season Spanish Program

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

The time has come to learn the language of this country that you love! BBCC will also offer classes of English, Yoga, Cooking and more. We hope you will register for the classes and ask about our needs for volunteer help.

Bucerias Farmers Market Re-Opens for the Season

Bucerias Farmers Market

The highly successful Bucerias Farmers Market had its new season opening on October 23rd. This week's Market on October 30 promises to be even better with new food vendors and master craftsmen coming along to show their talents and wares.

Get Involved in Community Projects With Amigos de Bucerias

Amigos de Bucerias

There are lots of reasons why people take the time to get involved with community projects. We think that more people would get involved if they just knew how. Join us for our Amigos de Bucerias breakfast meetings.

Africanized Bees Reported in Bucerias


This is a warning to all residents of this area. The volunteers at Recyclers of Bucerias were attacked on Monday morning and I was also told that the neighbor was sent to the hospital after being attacked, so please heed this warning.

Part 4: Vida Vacations Staff Volunteers at Banderas Bay Women's Shelter


Group four from the Vida Vacations Volunteers knew when they showed up that they would be in for a heavy labor day. They were building the 2nd floor so all of the 2000 blocks of concrete had to be carried up the stairs or on the pully system they had rigged up to get up to the 2nd floor.

Part 3: Vida Vacations Staff Volunteers at PuRR Project


Group three from the Vida Vacations Volunteers showed up with buckets of paint and all the equipment to upgrade the small grey brick buildings to a cheerful pink and blue. Everyone had a great time, and left covered in pink and blue paint.

Part 2: Vida Vacations Staff Volunteers at Senior Center


Group two from the Vida Vacations Volunteers teamed up with Amigos de Bucerias at the Tercera Edad Senior Facility with arms full of supplies, clothing, food, construction materials, new kitchen equipment and so much more.

Volunteers From Vida Vacations Change the World for Four Puerto Vallarta Charities


Wow! The phrase "what a difference a day makes" describes what the Vida Vacations staff accomplished on Monday, June 10, at four of our local charities around Puerto Vallarta. Here's the experience from Pasitos de Luz as the first of our four-part series.

Vida Vacations Staff To Provide Volunteers and Materials for Our Local Charities


The Vida Vacations group, the largest resort company in Mexico, has decided to give back to their community by supplying not only materials but also the manpower to spend a day doing much needed construction work, painting, and general repairs for the charity organizations of Banderas Bay.

Amigos de Bucerias Needs Your Help in Continuing the Recycling Program

Amigos de Bucerias

After informing the members at our regular monthly meeting of the situation, it was unanimously decided that Amigos de Bucerias would take back the Recycling Program for Bucerias. This will be totally reliant upon volunteers.

Recycling of Plastics to Continue in La Cruz

Amigos de La Cruz

The Amigos of La Cruz and Bucerias got together to address the urgent issue surrounding the discontinuation of the PEACE recycling program and thanks to resident Steve Cross, a temporary solution is in place.

Update on the ABC Festival Community Family Fun Fundraiser

Amigos de Bucerias

An afternoon of fun is planned for March 2 at the Explanada Corona in Bucerias. With a return to traditional family values, there will be games for the kids, classic cars on display, raffles, live music, lots of cheap food and more.

A Teddy, A Humpty, A Murder! Fundraiser for Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

Enter the sinister world of nursery rhymes and toys and be in for a big surprise as the BBCC presents an afternoon of fun and intrigue on Sunday, February 10, at Los Arroyos Verdes Botanical Gardens & Retreat in Bucerias.

'The ABC Festival' Community Family Fun Fundraiser

Biblioteca Publica Rey Nayar

The Bucerias Children's Library in co-operation with The Amigos de Bucerias is looking for some volunteers to help us with a FUN Fundraiser on March 2. This is going to be a little different than the usual fundraising events - it's a return to good old fashioned family values, sports day meets village fair!

Three Events in One at the Bucerias Street Fair

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Bucerias will be infused with color on January 23-25 with events like the Chalk Walk, the Taste of Riviera Nayarit and the Handcrafts Fair. There will also be chalk-drawing workshops for 150 children in Bucerias on Friday, January 25.

Banderas Bay Art Auction Supports the Children's Library

Riviera Nayarit Fun

Come and join us on January 19 for a fun evening of Banderas Bay art collections and unique items from local artists and private homes, while supporting our local Bucerias Library. We welcome those items that you would like to sell or donate.

The First Bucerias Art and Antique Auction Sale to Support Local Charities

All Bucerias

Gallery 64 will hold the first Bucerias Art and Antique Auction sale, and will be sponsoring a charity for each auction on December 15. The items to be auctioned are art pieces, antiques, collectibles, unique and other unusual items.

Used Books and Volunteers Needed for Children's Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

As a continuing source of fundraising for the Biblioteca Rey Nayar, we have a table of used books for sale every Friday at the "Art Producers Co-op Market" in Bucerias. We also need volunteers to man or woman our table at the Market.

Non-Profit Investours to Host Fair Trade Evening Market


This is a unique opportunity on November 8 to sample authentic Mexican cuisine from communities throughout Banderas Bay, purchase artisanal products made by local women, and enjoy a great night of music and some amazing prizes.

PEACE Says "Mil Gracias" for Incredible Community Support

PEACE Mexico

Thanks to the wonderful response from good citizens throughout Banderas Bay, PEACE collected a total of 2,533 food items in September to help local families through the difficult month, often referred to as Septihambre (hungry September).

No Reason to be Bored This Weekend in Vallarta


The "Action for Food" Drive begins this weekend, we have a new imported food store for you to check out, find some treasures at the farmers market, help PEACE clean the beaches, spend the weekend in La Cruz and attend or participate in the Regatta or the Volkswagen Festival.

Communities United in "Action for Food" Drive

Vallarta Yacht Club

The Vallarta Yacht Club will be helping hungry families survive this time through a united North Bay effort led by the non-profit organization PEACE. The "Action for Food" drive is collecting dry food donations September 1-30, 2012.

Fun-Raiser Party to Benefit Bucerias Library

Biblioteca Rey Nayar

The Bilioteca Rey Nayar is presenting a Fun-Raiser Party sponsored by Sharon Bell and The Shamrock Bar. Come and join us on June 22 for a fun night of games, contests, drink specials, music and much more, all for a great cause.

The Power of Plastic

Amigos de Bucerias

Taking inspiration from the Bucerias Recyclers project and other initiatives in Nayarit to collect plastic and clean up the environment, a national level education project is now being planned by media producer Caroline Webb.

Sonrisas at Sunset Cleft Palate Fundraiser

Amigos de Bucerias

Forget the cloudy weather - we have a fabulous sunset booked for March 5, the ideal beachfront location, and some brilliant musicians to make it all perfect. This audiovisual celebration is a fundraiser for the Cleft Palate Program.

Potluck Fundraiser and Events at BBCC

Bucerias Bilingual Community Center

Upcoming events include our Speakers Night featuring a presentation on Mexican Dance, Conversation Cafe and the Bucerias Potluck fundraiser. Come out and meet the Amigos de Bucerias who do a lot of good things for the community.

Whale Watching Fundraiser for the Food Bank

Amigos de Bucerias

Not only will you have an enjoyable and memorable experience of whale watching and snorkeling, you will also be helping to feed the needy in Bucerias. Come and join the fun on March 10.

Daily Life in Mexico Has Its Own Specific Set of Rules

Mexico News Daily

As in life, the rules are multilayered; there are overall rules and rules for specific activities. An extremely important overall rule for a sagacious life in Mexico is that if you accomplish only one thing in a day, the day is to be considered a success.

Millions of Americans Live in Mexico. Can We Continue to Coexist?

The Guardian

Beyond our trading relationship and our common border, Mexicans and Americans share a dream: one of freedom and prosperity for their people. Let’s not put that at risk.

Nationwide Paddle Out in Mexico to Memorialize Australian Surfers Who Disappeared There

The Inertia

The Mexican Federation of Surfing and Sinaloa State Surfing Association have coordinated with the surfers’ families so the entire nations of Mexico and Australia can memorialize the two surfers.

World Humanitarian Day: Let's All Make a Greater Commitment to Life-Saving Action

The Guardian

It’s a day to pay tribute to those who help the world’s most vulnerable people and to redouble efforts to provide emergency aid to global victims of crises. We applaud the very best of humanity.

James Guzman on Borderless Living, International Diversification and Life in Mexico

Guadalajara Geopolitics Institute

James Guzman meets in scenic San Miguel de Allende to discuss his work with Borderless as well as topics such as international living and diversification, the economic crisis, expatriation and living in Mexico.

Voluntourism: Spring Break Can Be a Time to Give

Mother Nature Network

More and more young people are passing up the revelry and choosing a different type of spring break experience. A style of travel known as voluntourism has become an exciting alternative for more young travelers - and for more travelers in general.

Organizations Fighting Food Waste

Statistics from the Natural Resources Defense Council state that 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten. There are several organizations joining the fight to maximize these resources instead of just dumping them in the garbage.

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Bucerias, Nayarit 63746

Rick Kranefuss
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