Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

Cruisin’ La Cruz
de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle means the “Cross of Huanacaxtle”. Now, I don’t know this for a fact, and would love it if someone could confirm this, however, it’s such a fun story I thought I would write it down. This story came from an old timer local from the United States. She told me that she heard the name La Cruz de Huanacaxtle came about when lightening hit a very large Huanacaxtle tree, and it ended up making the mark of a cross. Hence, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
Now, another story emerges, and was told to Lisa van Thillo and my friend Lori Wilson from La Cruz, who had the pleasure of interviewing La Cruz’ Delegado Angel Alberto Garcia de Haro recently. This is a another very cool story, and to say that it is more confirmed than the last! It’s about the history of the La Cruz Cross, located at the Round’ a ‘bout in the center of La Cruz’s main avenida, which is also known as the glorieta. Here are her words…thanks to my amiga Lori Wilson!
“When Lisa and I (Lori Wilson) asked Angel (La Cruz’ Delegado Angel Alberto Garcia de Haro) if he had any interesting and/or humorous stories about life in La Cruz he told us a story about the glorieta. About 300 years ago pirates built a dungeon in the area that is now under the cross with a connecting tunnel that had an entrance at the old Enrique’s Restaurant. The dungeon had chains attached to the walls and to this day the remains of the prisoners can be found. Apparently only the old timers knew about this and many years ago when the streets were being built a group of young boys found the tunnel and entered. One boy, who went in farther than the others discovered the remains. Can you imagine his surprise? The boys ran home and told their parents who immediately blocked the entrance. The parents have since died, but many of the boys are still living in La Cruz.”
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle sits between Punta de Mita, to the north, and Bucerias to the south, and about 50 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, depending on the traffic and catching the green lights of course!

The La Cruz Marina
For those people with a penchant for long-term sailing, the town of La Cruz is particularly attractive. Much of this charm can be traced to a mixture of modern facilities and the traditional way of life. It can be compared to time travel, imagined by boat lovers.
Completed in 2008, the La Cruz Marina can dock up to a 400 foot vessel. La Cruz Marina is a favorite among those who have visited and it likely has a prominent placement on the to-do lists of all those who know about it but haven’t visited, yet. There is a clubhouse for members and a wonderful restaurant with the best Sunday brunch around.

La cruz huichol
art gallery
The Octopus’s Garden hosts a unique art gallery with an amazing collection of traditional and modern Huichol art. Large and smaller Yarn Paintings, beaded objects and jewelry, weaving and embroidery can be found. The Huichol set up and create their artwork at this unique cafe. Drop by to learn more about the Huichol people of Nayarit and Jalisco, one of the most expressive shamanistic tribes in the world.

Fine dining abounds
La Cruz has a number of excellent restaurants in the Marina and in town. From fresh seafood, to BBQ Ribs, Italian, Mexican, German and more, dining out in La Cruz is a wonderful experience. With a thriving live music scene, La Cruz is often the place to be on any given night. From jazz to salsa to rock and the classics, in the winter season there is live music nearly every night. Many of the local faces are well respected successful recording artists that now call La Cruz or the Bay home.
During the high season, the La Cruz Marina also offers the La Cruz Market every Sunday, starting in October and usually ending in May, where vendors from Puerto Vallarta to Lo de Marcos and some from as far as La Penita and Guayabitos come to sell their wares and fresh home grown herbs and wonderful food items including breads, pizza, baked goods, sauces and speads, sweets and smoked meats.

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One comment

  1. My response here is actually in response to Cat’s article on Fun on the Riviera Nayarit – “Have you had your Bananas today?”

    The extensive and excellent article on Bananas , made me think of science article relating to bananas in the 1900s in the San Francisco Chronicle by Kay Davidson, the assistant science editor. The article related to the checking of the large cargo containers entering the San Francisco Bay for nuclear bombs. Whenever a shipment of bananas came into the bay, the radiation detectors would alarm. Subsequently X-ray or other detectors had to be used because of the radioactive Potassium 40 in the bananas.

    Potassium 39 is the seventh most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and is used in chemical compounds in soaps, glass, and matches.

    Radioactive potassium 40 is found in the Earth’s center, resulting in the inner Earth being hotter than the Sun’s surface. It is also a major part of the center of the small planet Pluto, providing the heat to melt the ice covered planet to have a liquid 60 mile deep ocean, some 60 miles below the planet surface.

    Since the chemical element potassium, K , is only number 19 in the list of over 116 elements, the question is why potassium is found on the center of the Earth and Pluto? Likely due to the fissional particles from the decay of uranium autonomic number 92 ; Or from the 1940 atmospheric atomic bomb tests.

    Therefor, bananas, today, may not be the healthy fruit as mentioned in this article. Although the U.S. government and Japanese government discounts the danger of radiation regarding human health, it is a fact that cancer rates in the human population have increased since the 1940s atmospheric atomic bomb tests, and the nuclear reactor disasters in Russia , Japan, and in the U.S.

    Myself, I no longer eat bananas, or take x-rays. And limit my air travel to once a year coming to Puerto Vallarta; and staying out of the radioactive rain across America.

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