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La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

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La Cruz de Huancaxtle (The Cross of Huanacaxtle) is a tiny fishing village with a total population of 1600 inhabitants located north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit.

It sits right between Punta de Mita and Bucerías, and is about half an hour away from downtown PV. It can be reached by bus, driving, or taxi, but the latter tends to be the fastest option to get there.

Over time, La Cruz has grown in popularity and relevance as part of the touristic developments of the Nayarit Riviera. In 2008, the harbor was renovated and named Marina Rivier Nayarit, a more modern marina with 340 slips that can accommodate vessels of a size of up to 400 feet.

The town itself is named after a cross that used to be located by the entrance to the town. The cross was made of wood from the Huanacaxtle tree, also known as Elephant Ear in other parts of America. I suppose we should all be grateful that the town is known as Cruz de Huanacaxtle and not Elephant Ear town, as the latter doesn’t seem to roll of the tongue all that well.

La Cruz was founded in the 1930’s by the Chavez family that still inhabits the town. It’s a rustic, colorful town with more foreign inhabitants coming to live there every year. It’s popular for being a quiet place with a more Mexican look, making it somewhat less mainstream than the rest of PV. The weather is a little cooler there than on the southern side of the coast, and thanks to the Marina becoming a popular destination for boaters, many of whom end up establishing themselves and bringing their businesses with them, there is a variety of cafés, Huichol Art Galleries, international restaurants, small charity events, and many more local eateries and stores.

There are many beautiful beaches near the town, but the locally hosted beach of La Manzanilla has nice calm waters and delicious food to offer in its beachside restaurants. You won’t have to go far to have a good time under the sun. It’s also conveniently placed nearby other popular beaches, like Careyeros, BuceríasDestiladeras, Sayulita and San Pancho, among others.

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