La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
31 January 2012 | Simply.....La Cruz
I know it is sounding kind of redundant...but once again we're falling in love with one of our stops. La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, or simply "La Cruz", is definitely the cruising epicenter of the Pacific coast of Mexico. As mentioned in my last blog, the anchorage here is HUGE (pic), and even though there are somewhere around 72 boats in the anchorage, there is still room for another 72. There is also Marina La Cruz , which has slips for 340 boats. Add the 1000 or so slips in Puerto Vallarta, which is less than 15 miles away and it's no wonder that boats are attracted from around the world to the protected, pleasant waters of Banderas Bay.
La Cruz is a quaint little town with an easy, laid back pace. The cobblestone streets, shady huanacaxtle trees and friendly people add to the town's charm. La Cruz is a real Mexican town with tourist Mexico dropped in every couple of blocks in the form of a restaurant/bar or a shop selling souvenirs and/or sightseeing tours. La Cruz is a favorite gathering place for the cruising community for several reasons. We are just a hop skip and jump away from Puerto Vallarta making it easy to have friends and family visit, or for us to take a boat break back home. From the La Cruz area we are able to do short sails up and down the coast, and be able to cover an area from Mazatlan to Manzanillo (296 miles), without more than one or two overnight trips. La Cruz even has a hostel like house (no sleeping quarters) where you can have internet, take a shower, store things and make phone calls to the U.S. or Canada for a very low price.
We are now in Nuevo Vallarta where we will be meeting Sharon's Mom and other family members in just a few days. We're excited to see them and to share this little slice of paradise with them.
As we are currently in a slip in Nuevo Vallarta and will discontinue sending out Spot messages after tonight, until further notice.
Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, God Bless!