La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a quaint fishing village that settled in the 1930’s and a favorite destination of water lovers and boaters from all over the world. La Cruz takes its name from a Huanacaxtle tree that is in the form of a cross (“cruz” in Spanish) at the entrance to the town. La Cruz is a half hour north of the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta and offers a restful alternative to the glitz of Vallarta and a glimpse of a typical fishing village, with its fair share of good restaurants, fun shopping and a vibrant music scene.
La Cruz is colorful with cobblestone streets shaded by giant trees that lead to the charming town square alongside the beautiful waterfront, where local fishermen fix and sew their fishing nets and tend to their fishing boats (pangas) and next store them in a newly constructed first-class marina built in 2008 with an abundance of slips that can accommodate some major yachts up to 400 feet long. It also has a beautiful Malecon which is the host to the world famous weekly farmers market every Sunday plus shops, an outdoor theater, restaurants and more.
Life in this small Mexican fishing village still is extremely slow paced and it seems everyone moves at a leisurely slow pace. La Cruz is still has a small-town Mexican feel and is extremely friendly, but with the marina and top notch amenities, along with plenty of new luxurious residential communities around La Cruz, the town is increasingly catering to North Americans who have already discovered this little hidden paradise. If you are visiting Mexico be sure to add La Cruz to your must stop list. It is also the Marina where you will find the Chica Locca docked and making its daily exciting fun trips to the Marieta Islands.