UAVI Explore: La Cruz de Haunacaxtle

Living at UAVI means there’s always a new adventure or a new discovery awaiting you, like exploring the charming beach towns of Riviera Nayarit – including one of Mexico’s most charming fishing villages, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. 

La Cruz, as it is more commonly called, is located along the coast of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, just a 20 minute drive from UAVI Residences. It is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by travelers seeking a laid-back beach town with an authentic Mexican feel. With picturesque beaches, vibrant local culture, and delicious restaurants, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a Riviera Nayarit experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on visitors. 

The town’s namesake, the cross of Huanacaxtle, is a symbol of the town’s rich history and cultural significance. The cross, made from the wood of a Huanacaxtle tree, was erected by Spanish missionaries in the 16th century. Today, the cross stands as a landmark that welcomes visitors to the town and serves as a reminder of the area’s history. 

La Cruz is known for its beautiful beaches, which offer soft sand and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Playa La Cruz, the town’s main beach, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike to relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and colorful sunsets.  

In addition to its beaches, La Cruz is known for its vibrant local culture and traditional Mexican cuisine. The town’s main square, Plaza de la Cruz, comes alive in the evenings with live music, street vendors selling handmade crafts, and delicious food stands offering a variety of local dishes. Visitors can sample fresh seafood dishes such as ceviche, fish tacos, and shrimp cocktails, all made with catches straight from Banderas Bay.  

There is also a large marina where visitors are able to charter fishing boats or luxury yachts to explore the bay or to board a whale-watching tour during the annual Humpback migration. On the weekends, the La Cruz Farmer’s Market is always popular on Sundays, offering food and craft vendors, live music, and entertainment.  

For those interested in exploring the natural beauty of the area, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle offers a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy. From hiking to birdwatching in the mangrove forests, there is no shortage of ways to connect with nature in this tropical paradise.  

Be sure to add La Cruz onto your list of UAVI adventures. It’s a hidden gem on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit that offers visitors a unique and authentic Mexican experience with beautiful beaches, vibrant local culture, and delicious seafood cuisine – La Cruz de Huanacaxtle has something for everyone to enjoy. 

We’ll be featuring other Riviera Nayarit beach towns for you to discover as part of our UAVI Explore series, because at UAVI every day a new discovery awaits. 

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