The Markets of La Penita and Rincon de Guayabitos – Mexico

While on vacation in Mexico in Lo de Marcos which is about an hour and 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta airport we did some day trips to some of the local markets that are held during the week.  The first one we went to is held on Mondays in Rincon de Guayabitos which is a short taxi ride from Lo de Marcos, mabe 15-20 minutes – the cost for four of us was 20 pesos each . I was surprised that Rincon de Guayabitos is actually quite a large city with lots of traffic and quite a large tourist population.  The market is very large with everything from handcrafted items to fruits, veggies and lots of nummy baked goods.  We only made it around the stalls at the front of the market and that took us a couple of hours and by this time we were ready to get some lunch.  The vendors were not aggressive like I have experienced in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun markets which made for a very enjoyable time. Something to note is that there is a time change travelling just that short distance north, it was an hour earlier.

After the market we walked down to the beach, and what a surprise to see how busy it was, lots of vendors, children playing and families enjoying a day at the beach but still not as busy as the beaches in Puerto Vallarta  and Sayulita.  My friends had been to Rincon a number of  times so they knew of this great little restaurant, which I don’t remember the name of, that had a delicious tortilla soup – they were so right it was delicious and very filling.  After lunch we browsed the streets and some of the shops – if you need kitchen items there are lots of stores  there that carry a huge variety.

On Thursdays there is a market in La Penita which is a short distance past Rincon.  La Penita appears to be the next largest city after Puerto Vallarta with lots of traffic and it has the closest bank to Lo de Marcos. The market is huge, I think even bigger than Rincon’s but with a lot of different handcrafted items and if you venture deeper into the market you will come across places where you can buy fresh seafood, meat, veggies and more.  My friend even got a great back massage there – a full 30 minutes by a registered massage therapist for $15.  She said she was in heaven when it was done and so relaxed and her back felt so much better.  We never made it to the beach in La Penita but I would expect that it is a pretty busy place taking into consideration the number of hotels and tourists that were around.

Between the two cities I preferred Rincon de Guayabitos only because it wasn’t as big and busy and had much less traffic.

This post wraps up my recent Mexico vacation.  If you are thinking about visiting the Pacific side of Mexico really think about venturing a little further north of Puerto Vallarta, which is an easy distance to go to find pristine beaches, less crowds and reasonably priced accommodations and food.  It is relatively easy to even catch a local bus from the airport to any of the cities I have mentioned in my posts for as little as 40 pesos compared to taking a shuttle or cab which can cost you $40+ person or more. We took the bus back to the airport and it only took an hour and 25 minutes and it was 40 pesos and dropped us right off at the airport and it was just a few steps and we were inside the terminal.  If you are looking for more information on the area there is a new website for Lo de Marcos by our new friend Ara Acosta who resides in town, she was a wonderful help to us when we were there and she will even pick you up at the airport for a charge of $80 per trip, up to 6 people and stop at the Mega Mart if you need groceries, etc.  She is very knowledgeable of the area and what is for rent, etc.  Her phone number is 011-52-1- 322-155-1462, Ara speaks excellent English and the website is .

I have to share this photo even though it has nothing to do with the markets – it is just a photo of this horse standing patiently on a street in Lo de Marcos so funny!

Hasta luego