The origin of the peaceful town of Rincón de Guayabitos (or simply Guayabitos, as it’s commonly known) can be traced back to pre-Hispanic times. The bay was first explored by the Spaniards in the 1500s and subsequently used by British and Dutch pirate ships looking to benefit from the area’s riches.
It was during the 1970s that México’s government put the area in the limelight with the creation of the Banderas Bay Trust (Fideicomiso de Bahia de Banderas). As a result, Guayabitos was developed as a vacation destination, with a number of small hotels, tourist shops, restaurants, trailer parks and a residential area.
Today, Guayabitos continues to be one of the most sought-after beachfront vacation destinations for thousands of middle-class Mexican families, who flock to the area throughout the year, particularly during Semana Santa, México’s Spring Break equivalent. By the same token, an increasing number of budget-conscious tourists from Canada and the United States are including Guayabitos in their “must-visit” lists as they explore Puerto Vallarta and surroundings.
Real estate opportunities involve mostly small condominium projects along the beach and some in town, with single family homes also available at reasonable prices. Most owners are primarily from Guadalajara, although there is a strong Canadian community, for those that like to be away from the larger towns and something more "authentically" Mexican.