Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

By Cat Morgan
Hola everyone! What a super fun time at Ana Banana’s Bar and Grill in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle last Sunday evening, dancing the night away to the tunes from the What’s Up Band. There was a nice crowd and I saw a lot of returning friends and made a few new ones as well. You can find the What’s Up Band playing at Ana Banana’s every Sunday starting at 7pm. It’s also Sunday Rib night that evening…eat, drink, dance and have fun….I certainly did! They also have “Rock and Roll Donny” on Fridays and Mondays are scheduled for Classic Rock and Roll, all starting at 7pm.
Tuesdays are a BLAST for Open Mic Night at the only castle with knights at Pub Britannia in La Cruz. Yep…I said Castle…and knights! This is a TRUE open mic night where ANYONE can come up on the stage to sing or play..or both! with Mike Curlette and “The Turn” Band. There are so many great musicians that come to play on Tuesdays, so if you don’t feel like singing or playing…that’s fine! Drink, eat and dance on the spacious outdoor patio area. They are the only British pub around with authentic Brit pub food like traditional English Cottage Pies, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash to name a few. Wednesday is Bingo at 3pm, and Game Night is on Monday and Thursday evening at 7pm. Both of these events donate portions to charity. NICE!
Masala Bar and Grill in La Cruz live music begins Thursday, November 20th. They are open every night except Tuesday. Easy to find, go left at the only light in La Cruz (towards the ocean) make a right at the glorieta / round about and they are down 1.5 blocks on the left.
Other Bucerias and La Cruz Events….
Amigos de La Cruz welcome back their friends on Wednesday, December 3rd at Roberto’s Xocotatl at 6pm with a buffet of chicken or mahi mahi fajitas, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. 250 pesos per person.
Salsa Dance Lessons at Breakers Beach Bar every Friday at 7pm.
Bucerias Children’s Library Used Book Sale Wednesday, November 26 10am – 1pm at Bungalows Arroyo, Lazaro Cardenas # 108 in Bucerias.
Movie Night with Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad has a new night and location.
Every Wednesday evening at 7pm at the International Friendship Club you can enjoy a movie.
Luna Lounge has so much going on!! ..the BEST of live entertainment! Mondays with What’s Up Band, Those Crazy Bitches on Tuesday, and something new for this season on Sunday with Keep it Country, with a new band (fantastic local musicians) called The Banderas Bay Country Band which debuted last Saturday. I heard it was a terrific show and look forward to checking it out! Luna Lounge is having many more terrific stage shows coming our way during the season.
U.S. Thanksgiving Day is coming up on Thursday, November 27th. There are a few restaurants that celebrate with a delicious Turkey dinner. For our Canadian amigos, this is your chance for another fun turkey dinner! Why not give thanks again! …And every day, indeed.
Philo’s Bar in La Cruz is putting on a “pot luck” dinner. You bring a dish to serve 8-10 people and Philo’s furnish the turkeys. A 50 pesos cover charge covers the staff for the extra help. Go early to get a good seat. It all begins at 4pm with dinner around 5pm. Philo and the Mexican Shuffle Band will be providing a fun evening of music for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Mark’s Bar and Grill in Bucerias puts on a very nice Thanksgiving Day spread every year with a several choices on their menu. Mark’s also has the Doug Robinson Trio play jazz on Saturday November 22nd. Stop on by!
There are always new restaurants opening up, one being Esquina 22 Bar and Lounge in Bucerias. They are located on 22 Mexico ave, (where the Shamrock was). Esquina means corner, so that makes sense! I hear they have excellent stuffed potatoes, pork chops and lasagna and happy hour specials. I am checking them out for myself this week!
It’s Tour Time!
There is nothing better than taking a tour whether it’s while you’re here for the entire season or on a two-week vacation. It’s fun to be on the beach drinking and eating, or checking out all of the best restaurants and cheap street taco joints. Absolutely!!! However, tours build great memories and experience different places and the culture of Mexico. There are a variety of tours that are a perfect fit for everyone, from Birding tours that are super for the entire family (a great tour in San Pancho with Luis from Birding San Pancho), and the amazing Altavista Petroglyphs jungle tour. As I mentioned in last week’s article, the whales are here.
There are also Orcas in Banderas Bay. With several ways to see the whales, there are all different types of fishing tours (I hear the fish are running!) and boats from panga’s to 72 foot yachts. Rent a private boat for the day and do what YOU want!
The Marietta Islands are absolutely a must do with a fun all-inclusive tour.
If you like to hike, try a Boca to Las Animas tour that has a great hike along the beach and jungle; then if you’re still willing a walk to the waterfalls in Los Animas. Return on a fun Panga ride back to Boca. I always find it amusing to hike for 2.5 hours; then ride a panga for 5-8 minutes back to Boca. There is a Boca Las Animas Tours that starts in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle by panga to and from Boca. You may like to try an orchid jungle tour out of San Pancho which is on my own “to do” list.
For more information on any of the above tours you may email me directly at The Holidays are approaching quickly! Stay tuned for nonprofit updates, holiday specials and the live entertainment that we all love so much.

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