It may be a hard name to pronounce, but it’s a joy to visit! La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (or simply "La Cruz"), a mere half hour north of the bustle of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, offers a restful alternative to the glitz of Vallarta and a glimpse of a typical fishing village, with its fair share of good restaurants (thanks to the demand of many boating cruisers who dock in the marina or anchor just outside), fun shopping, and a vibrant music scene.
In La Cruz, cobblestone streets shaded by large trees lead to the charming town square alongside a tranquil waterfront, where local fishermen mend their nets and tend their pangas, rubbing elbows with a recently-constructed world-class marina with slips for 400 boats, a seaside promenade, repair shop, outdoor theater, restaurants and more.
Life in this rustic fishing village still meanders at a leisurely mañana pace. Still small-town Mexico to be sure, but with the marina and related amenities, along with luxurious residential communities that are springing up around La Cruz, the town increasingly caters to North Americans who have already discovered it. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, also has some excellent restaurants to select from.
A few minutes past Bucerías, take the clearly-marked Punta de Mita exit on your right. You will reach La Cruz less than five minutes later. Public transportation departing from Puerto Vallarta (at Walmart in front of the Maritime Terminal) is also available.
Marina Riviera Nayarit
The newest marina in the region is Marina Riviera Nayarit, which has more than 340 slips ranging in size from 31’ to 400’. The marina has a dry marina as well as working docks for in-water repairs and fuel station. The marina features the largest marine travel lift on the Mexican west coast; a 150-ton lift for up 32-foot beams. It provides specialized mechanic service, 110, 220 and 440 power outlets, pump-out service, 24-hour security, laundry, yacht club with business center and VIP lounge above the yacht club with great views of the marina and region.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle real estate development is growing with a number of large developments as well as a brand-new marina facility.
La Cruz has plenty of character and reflect the strong culture of Mexico. If it’s Mexico you are looking for, you’ll find it here more so than in neighboring Flamingos or the North Shore. The area has strong markets for both homes and condominiums for sale on the beach, hillside and in the town. The La Cruz real estate market has some newer developments offering more modern homes, but most new real estate development is in condominiums. The new Marina Riviera Nayarit adds a whole new dimension to this region with a state-of-the-art marina that will, in the near future, feature a Malecon, shopping and real estate opportunities built around it.