Lo De Marcos is the Worst Place Ever


Lo de Marcos is not really the worst place ever, but I was torn as to to whether or not I should share our love for Lo De Marcos with everyone; because of course-the last thing we want is for this sleepy Mexican town to be spoiled by mega resorts and hoards of people.


The town square of Lo de Marcos

The quiet town square of Lo de Marcos

We’ll just have to trust that the people of Lo De Marcos want to keep their town authentically Mexican.


Cody and I arrived on a sunny afternoon and were dropped off in the town square.


As we began to walk down the street, it must have been obvious that we were looking for our accommodations as a french couple asked if they could help us.


Life is Now in Lo de Marcos

Life is now……and slow

It turned out that they didn’t know where the camp was, but we ended up finding a different and fantastic place close to the beach for what we thought would only be 2 nights.


After setting up our tent we explored the small town. The Main Street is lined with taco stands, luncherias, fresh fruit and vegetable markets, and friendly people greeting us with buenos dias, ola’s, and buenos noches at every corner.


The days in Lo De Marcos are hot and almost deserted, but once the sun goes down people gather at restaurants and the town square to catch up on conversation, and drinking.


The aroma of roasted corn fills the air, and Mexican music echoes in the distance.


Our 7 days here were filled with waking up at our leisure, doing some shopping for avocados, jalapeรฑos, tostadas, cold beer, and visiting the beach.


Grocery shopping in Lo de Marcos

Grocery shopping for fruits and vegetables

We also spent some time laying out on the grass on our sleeping bag.


There is no evidence of Lo De Marcos giving in to commercial tourism whatsoever.


Most visitors stop in for a quiet vacation away from the rowdiness of Cancun.


Here you will find several RV and camp grounds, as well as bungalows and small locally owned hotels.


Camping in Lo de Marcos

Our little camp site in Lo de Marcos

There is a small craft market on Saturdays where locals showcase their work in hopes of making a few pesos. Enjoy a giant margarita at one of the beach restaurants, the Canadian owned bar in town “Endless Summer” has live music once in a while, and Carolina’s restaurant has an artisan and second hand shop you can browse through.


Lo de Marcos Saturday Market

Lo de Marcos Saturday Market

Before leaving for Mexico, Cody and I were warned about the dangers, but all we have experienced is how warm and friendly the people are, and how safe we felt in such a “supposedly” dangerous country. Check out our Backing packing in Mexico video here.


If you are perfectly ok with lazy days at the beach, quiet nights, and authenticity;


Put Lo De Marcos on your list of towns to visit in Mexico.


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Comments To This Entry.
  1. Sam May 11, 2015 Reply

    Sounds heavenly! Yes, it’s always tough to share these little gems we find while travelling, isn’t it? Let’s keep this one secret ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Giselle and Cody May 13, 2015 Reply

      We agree Sam!! Have you ever been somewhere you would like to keep a secret?

  2. Tyler May 13, 2015 Reply

    Nice little place!

    • Giselle and Cody May 13, 2015 Reply

      It is a pretty great and quiet little place.
      Hopefully we will be returning at the beginning of next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Marie May 13, 2015 Reply

    Sounds awesome! I will keep the secret!

    • Giselle and Cody May 13, 2015 Reply

      Thanks so much Marie but we are sure this place will start to attract more people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Anda May 24, 2015 Reply

    Looks like a very colorful little village, but I’m not sure I would rally enjoy visiting it. It’s a little too remote, besides I stopped visiting Mexico a while ago, when they started having these drug issues and taking Americans hostages. Sorry guys, don’t want to spoil your love for Lo de Marcos.

    • Giselle and Cody May 24, 2015 Reply

      Hey Anda,

      Lo De Marcos is not remote at all. It is only about an hour away from PV, and to be honest, the crime rate in Mexico is actually lower than in the USA, so our belief is that there is a lot of unfounded fear regarding Mexico.
      You don’t have to worry about spoiling any of our favourite places anywhere around the world, we don’t buy into most of the hype coming from the media. The world is our oyster ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Franca June 17, 2015 Reply

    Very nice indeed, I know you guys liked Mexico and I can totally understand why. This place sounds very nice indeed and the idea of having fresh avocados and tostada every day makes me want to jump on the first flight ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Giselle and Cody June 26, 2015 Reply

      It’s such a great little place to get away from the tourist crowds of Puerto Vallarta or even Sayulita.
      Sleepy little town with nothing to do but eat fresh fruit and hang out at the beach. You and Dale really need to get over to this side of the world and explore.

  6. Ronald and Angie December 22, 2015 Reply

    Seems like a great place to head to get away from the crowds of Puerto Vallarta. Have to add this to the list for next time.

    • Giselle and Cody January 2, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for the comment guys. If you get the opportunity to travel to Lo De Marcos then we would highly recommend it. It’s really nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of PV. We found Lo De Marcos to be a nice change.

  7. Carol Bower December 29, 2015 Reply

    Things will change soon. Japanese company has purchased land on the south part of the beach/coves.

    A large development, is planned.

    • Giselle and Cody January 2, 2016 Reply

      Carol, yeah it’s inevitable when you have such a beautiful and relaxing place.

      Time to find the next Lo De Marcos ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Paul March 5, 2016 Reply

      What is your source of information concerning the Japanese development in LDM?

  8. Carol Bower January 2, 2016 Reply

    Cody and Giselle
    Where do you call home when you are not travelling, the world?
    There are a few towns south of Puerto Vallarta, that are small and quaint, like LDM, Punta Perula, nice beach and town, 2 hours south of PV. La Manzanilla, great beach town, north of Melaque and Barra de Navidad
    I like the latter 2 towns, too.
    Unfortunately the best kept secret is out on these town’s. They have become very touristy,in the winter months.
    Happy Travels!

    • Giselle and Cody January 6, 2016 Reply

      Hey Carol,
      When we aren’t travelling we call Mississauga, Ontario our home or Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
      We are now in Puerto Vallarta and we are going to spend some time in San Blas and San Pancho.
      As much as we like LDM, it’s always good to explore new locations. We will definitely look into the places you mentioned as well.

      Happy New Years!

  9. Judith Kingsbury January 25, 2016 Reply

    We’re spending the winter in Lo de Marcos, and yes, I have to agree – Lo de Marcos is the worst place ever! Keep going up the coast to Rincon de Guayabitos.

  10. Juan Clemente January 14, 2017 Reply

    LDM is a beautiful pueblo.
    The truth is that it is now overtaken by so many Canadians, including more and more french Canadians, that at times you hear more french than Spanish spoken. Most of these people make no effort to integrate into Mexican culture. For example one woman said quite proudly “I’ve spent 15 winters here and haven’t learned one word of Spanish and have no intention of doing so”.
    The seasonal visitors start showing up in November and by the middle of January the place is flooded with blancos, who mainly flock to a series of trailer parks, and one concentrated area of homes that stick out like sore thumbs as extremely wealthy.
    If you are looking for authentic Mexican lifestyle, you will find it here, you just have to wade through North American culture to get to it.

  11. Ricardo August 29, 2017 Reply

    Lo De Marcos IS a beautiful pueblo. My wife and I have been there several times. It is close to Puerto Vallarta but with no tourists. We are looking to live there,long term. We have been all over Mexico but we always go back to LDM.

    • Giselle and Cody August 29, 2017 Reply

      Hi Ricardo, We agree that LDM is a beautiful wonderful place. it is laid back and has a nice small little community which is perfect for rest and relaxation. Hope you have a great move and find a wonderful place to live.

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