Boca de Camichìn

Here in Riviera Nayarit the abundance of fresh, local seafood alone makes it worth the visit. This week I visited Boca de Camichin, a small oyster-fishing pueblo about 2 hours north of San Blas, to help out on a series of environmental-themed murals at the local primary school.

Boca de Camichin is a town of just over 1000 people, and has an oyster-fishing cooperative based on a Japanese system introduced decades ago. The natural estuary provides the right conditions to hang strings of oyster shells off rafts to farm this popular shellfish. Adult oyster shells signal to oyster larvae that here is a great place to settle and live out your life, so hanging the oyster shells creates lines of oysters that can then be harvested.

Shucking oysters

This estuary is part of an extensive 5 river wetlands system protected nationally and internationally and known as Marismas Nacionales Nayarit. From the air, parts of this wetlands feature awesome straight lines horizontal to the coast, as if a giant plow had been taken to the land. These are a geological feature resultant of successive rising and falling of the sea. Apart from oysters, locals make their livelihood fishing in the estuary, off the coast and off Isla Isabel National Park, about 2 hours offshore. From Boca there is one tour provider that will take visitors to the island and also offer dive gear, EcoMata. If you want to explore more small town México and cut off the extra hour of boat travel to Isla Isabel from San Blas, leaving from Boca is a good option. Ecomata also have an excellent seafood restaurant on the estuary. Although a fresh afternoon breeze usually keeps the infamous no-see-ums at bay, known locally as jejenes, bring lots of repellent!

The seafood along this part of the Pacific is friendly to both the environment and your wallet. Oh, and of course your taste buds!

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