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Lo De Marcos personifies the hidden treasures to be found in Mexico. The small town lies about an hour from Puerto Vallarta and is composed of a modest-sized town square populated by locals and a slowly growing population of expat retirees who have largely succeeded in become part of this sleepy fishing village.  
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The unfettered coastline—a canvas for near-perfect sunsets—reigns as the town’s central attraction. The waves are ideal for mellow boogy boarding, body surfing, and family-friendly frolics in the surf. Adventurous swimmers should expect occasional rip currents, sting rays, and a dearth of lifeguards. If you want to ply the waters for the copious aquatic life, it’s easy (and cheap) to hook up with a local fisherman for an a.m. excursion.  
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Several taco stands line the town’s small central square, serving a variety of food well into the night. Try the lengua—beef tongue—served with lime, onions, and cilantro on a fresh, warm flour tortilla.  
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To experience a more authentic Mexico, consider visiting Lo De Marcos in late November so you can witness the local parade celebrating Día de la Revolución.  
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The holiday takes place on the 20th of the month, celebrating the anniversary of the 1910 start of the popular movement that led to the overthrow of dictator Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz Mori.  
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Diaz governed Mexico for 34 years under military rule and ushered in a decade-long civil war that ultimately fostered the country’s constitution in 1917.  
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Today, Mexicans celebrate with small parades through the town square, with the children dressed up as revolutionaries.  
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At night, the festivities continue, with caballeros dancing with their horses to the clamor of live music in the streets.  
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But truly any day can be enjoyed in Lo De Marcos: calm waters, lazy sunsets, and vendors selling candy from over-filled wheel barrels of candy…  
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