Life in La Cruz: La Cruz Celebrates for weeks!

The weeks of Semana Santa and Pascua bring many families to enjoy the beach, the parade, the fiestas, the carnival rides, the street vendors and more. This year our Fiesta’s Patronales where La Cruz celebrates their Patron Saint follows those ‘Easter vacation weeks’ making three weeks of both craziness and great fun. The best of these weeks for me is the horses riding down the beach and the fireworks.

Locals commented;

Berenice of Langosta Diez Restaurant said “For me Lent and the Holy Week means the opportunity to go to spiritual classes to meditate and pray in reflection of Jesus and what he did for us. I clear my schedule of unnecessary activities and go to Church to participate and see the devotion of the Christ procession.” Langosta Diez is open every day except Wednesday from 3 to 11 pm.

“Semana Santa is the biggest week in my Church. And it’s family week in Mexico, we get together for food and music… love it!” ~ Chuck Medina

“As Lisa and I experience our second Semana Santa, I look forward to hearing the many sounds around our town, and the sights that will accompany them. Mexico is a wonderful place, steeped in history and traditions. The celebration of Semana Santa is another example of that. A celebration fitting the event being observed and celebrated all over the world; Mexico just does it a little differently. That’s pretty cool.” ~ Carl Drake

“For us it’s more of a memorial week, to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made, for us and for Love. Friday is a sad day because it’s the day Jesus died, many people going to church out of respect. Saturday is a happy day, resurrection day. People vacation where there is water; beaches, rivers and pools.” ~ Magnolia of Oasis Spa where they will be closed on Friday ‘Viernes Santo’.

“Beyond the religious tradition, Mexican people anticipate these weeks all year to take a break from daily routine; it’s the Mexican major vacation!! The economy grows and people relax and party. It’s good for tourist destinations, we just need to learn to keep all clean and respect nature!!” Rafael, Harbormaster Marina Riviera Nayarit.

“Easter is a religious celebration where families in Mexico gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, take the opportunity to go on a family vacation and mainly visit the beaches of Mexico.” Fer, owner of La Saranderia says they’re open everyday 10am to 7pm.

Alef from Organic Love loves this time of year. “Our National tourists are happy to enjoy the beach, the natural beauty of the environment and attractions! At Organic Love we are always renewing our menus to offer our customers, the best of each season.”

The Black Forest will be open regular hours thru Easter Sunday. Beginning April 25th they’ll open Sundays to Wednesdays from 6 to 10pm.

Britannia’s schedule is slowing for the spring season. Monday is games night and Tuesday is the fabulous Open-Mic night where musicians get up and rock what they got! Both nights open for dinner specials at 6.30 pm. Games/music start at 7.30 pm

The Marina Riviera Nayarit is busy during this time. Organizer Kat told me “We have many sailing families this season at the marina; 25 cruising kids! We’re preparing a fun Easter Sunday egg hunt with the cruising kids and the La Cruz Kids Club.

On Earth Day the Marina hosts a beach clean-up with the cruising fleet along the special little beach located across from the charter boat dock. We invite everyone who would like to help on Monday, April 22 at 10:00 am, meeting at the marina Poolside Deli.

The 3rd annual RHA Festival with a variety of talented DJ’s showcasing their performances takes place April 26 and 27. The stage will be set in the marina parking lot and amphitheater, including a food park offering refreshments for all ages. Tickets will be available during the concert.

Get ready for sky confetti! Kite surfers leave from the La Cruz marina ‘sailing’ to Bucerias on Saturday, May 18.

Join the happy families and enjoy beautiful La Cruz de Huanacaxtle.

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Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar, in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact Cindy via