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“A bit of a good thing”
Review of Playa Lo De Marco

Ranked #208 of 405 things to do in Pacific Coast
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Owner description: A beach leading to Las Minitas.
Reviewed April 29, 2014

While staying in Bucerias, we took the bus one day to look at Sayulita and Lo de Marco. We liked Lo de Marco because it is smaller, less hustle-bustle, fewer beach vendors and generally quieter. The town looks adequately equipped with restaurants, markets, butcher, seafood, etc. for an extended stay. The beach is good for swimming or boarding. You can probably walk from one end of the beach to the other easily in a half hour so don't plan on endless walks. We were there on Easter weekend and the beach was busy but not overly crowded. Sayulita was a zoo.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Its almost a shame to let the secret out. Lo De Marco, specifically the Casablanca house on the hill, was the best vacation I've ever had. something special for young and old, and a short cab ride away from everything else. Skip the Americanized food options, and eat your heart out at the tiny store front taco shops and roasted chicken stands. we stayed for a week and it was worth every penny. We only wish we had more time in this lovely city.

13  Thank Denvertraveler5280
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

My wife and I stayed in Lo De Marcos for 3 nights. The beach is nice and the vibe in town is nice and relaxed. The town is very, very slow. This can be good or bad depending on what you want.

There are few restaurants. Don't expect much in quality.

We were looking for a restaurant on a Wednesday night and found only plastic chair type places open. There was nothing upscale open. Luna Restaurant was open on Friday and that was nice. Carolina's was also nice but nothing special. We also had dessert at another Palapa restaurant (the name is failing me) and the cake was very dry. Beachfront restaurants were just OK. Overall, food choices were very disappointing.

We ate one meal at Organico Bistro at Cielo Rojo in San Pancho and that blew away the food we experienced in Lo De Marcos.

We saw no entertainment or music even though we walked through town at night. The only crowd activity we saw was a political rally.

It is neither a quiet paradise or a tourist destination with entertainment.

The tourists seem to be predominantly retiree age and seem to live in long term rentals and in the multiple trailer parks in town. The town is pretty easygoing and I would expect if one is in town long term, the lack of entertainment options and lack of good restaurants would be fine. Some of the restaurants did advertise special nights with entertainment that were upcoming.

For a short getaway, the town was too lacking in entertainment and dining for us. We like quieter spots without a big party but it is nice to experience at least some live music and good food on vacation or to stay in a pristine beautiful environment. Lo De Marcos offered neither. While it wasn't for us, there are economical options in town and for a long term stay in a normal, very quiet Mexican town, it may be fine.

When considering, Sayulita, Lo De Marcos or San Pancho, it is interesting in that San Pancho is not only located between Sayulita and Lo De Marco physically, the vibe of the town seems to be in the middle as well. Sayulita is young and party. San Pancho is quiet but has nice restaurants and entertainment if you seek it out and has great dining options. Lo De Marcos is super quiet and there are no upscale dining or entertainment options.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Living half the year in Nayarit is awesome .,, especially when we jump in the old Yukon and head to other beaches. Sayulita is funky surfy and young with lots of action on the beach, San Poncho has an amazing beach but the surf can be rough at times, still a great town and great beach. We prefer Lo De Marcos beach..... great palm tree lined beach of white sand and little hut mexican restaurants scatterd along it . beautiful views into the jungle and a great beach for kids and families. Swim or Boogie Board and also a small surf on one end. This beach is usually really quiet . People scatted loosley along the shore. It does get busier during the mexican holidays and many locals picknic and BBQ during these times. If you want real Mexican flavour and a beautiful beach "Lo de Marcos " is probebly the town and beach for you

11  Thank Colleen A
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

I stayed at a place right on the beach, next to the lagoon (don't remember the name of it...Villas something, I think). The beach is very nice (good sand and surf not too rough for swimming) and my place had a nice private area on the beach, but the palapa restaurants weren't great and neither were the restaurants in town (just a few blocks from the beach). They have a nice new plaza in town, but the villagers don't gather there at all (they do in Sayulita, which is just a few miles away, and that's one of the charms of Sayulita, tho it's much busier with tourists in Sayulita).

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