La Cruz de Huanacaxtle - Mexico's Riviera Nayarit
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Tradition has always been one of the essential characteristics of la Cruz de Huanacaxtle.
A fishing village for generations, this town has been modernized thanks to the construction of the Riviera Nayarit Marina —the largest and most modern of the corridor—, which has created a destination that harmoniously combines the traditional life of a Mexican pueblo with the sophistication of a development such as the Marina. So, when visiting La Cruz, as the locals call it, you will have the opportunity to witness postcardworthy scenes such as the arrival of fishermen on the pier in their boats loaded with a variety of fish.
You can also admire a beautiful sunset as you savor a margarita in the Sky Bar located inside the Marina. “We seek contact with authentic Mexico,” expresses Rafael Alcántar, Harbor Master of the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina, the most modern on the Mexican Pacific with a capacity of 400 ships measuring between 30 and 400 feet.
The marina is equipped with all the services needed for a comfortable stay: bathrooms and showers, security, electricity and fueling stations.
This modern development also has a yacht club, business center, sky bar, restaurant, seafood market, pier and one of the best equipped shipyards in the country, which, among other things, is home to the largest travel lift on the Pacific. And aiming to spur additional growth of the Riviera Nayarit, a plan has been set in motion to house commercial spaces within the Marina for the market’s most recognized name brands, condominiums and restaurants.
Open to investment, this projected area will cover 132,000 meters (82 miles), where these new establishments will soon be developed.
All of these maritime and fishing charms wouldn’t be complete without the golden beach of La Cruz, which covers five kilometers (three miles) and is divided into five sections: El Tizate, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, La Manzanilla, Piedra Blanca and Arena Blanca.
Here, you will find not only the obvious delights of the beach, but also a variety of restaurants where you can dine on dishes of freshly caught fish, creations that have been a culinary tradition of this town for more than 50 years.
Enjoy activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing (in winter the waves reach heights adequate for this sport), and of course fishing, one of the main activities of La Cruz thanks to the abundance of species such as tuna, marlin and mahi-mahi.
Imagine fishing tournaments held under the glowing light of a full moon, colorful festivals with the ocean as the guest of honor. Tie up your yacht in this town where tradition still abounds. All of this and more awaits you in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, where the “tree that hears” anticipates the sound of your voice.
Upon arriving in Destiladeras, you will be enraptured not only by the beautiful scenery of the bay, but also by the family-friendly and welcoming ambiance that can be felt all along the fivekilometer (three-mile) beach. It is common to see groups of young people and children playing with a ball, building interesting sand castles or jumping into the waves with their boogie boards.
This beach’s name can be attributed to a now-extinct freshwater waterfall. Destiladeras’ golden, fine sands anticipate the promising future with the proposed construction of luxurious hotels, a beach club, first-class spas, restaurants and a golf course that will surely cement the Riviera Nayarit’s reputation as a dreamlike destination for golfers from around the world. While these dreams become a reality, you can enjoy the tranquility and warmth of the sea in Destiladeras among family and friends. It is common to see visitors trying their hand at activities such as kayaking and sailing, as well as happy tourists bouncing along on a typical banana boat or running towards the ocean with their colorful boards at the ready.
And for those more adventurous travelers, on the southern part of the beach, the waves can reach up to a meter and a half (five feet) high, a true delight for surfing enthusiasts. And if you, nonetheless, are of a more reserved nature and you seek tranquility and rest on the ocean shore, this is also the ideal spot for you. The beach encourages contemplation with its open, clean lands. Or enjoy a stroll along the fine sand beach as you relax to the sounds of the waves and the sight of a breathtaking sunset. Delight in the delicious dishes served in the seafood restaurants housed inside traditional thatched-roof huts as you listen to accordion music and sing along to traditional Mexican tunes.