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Our Pueblito - La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Once one begins to explore La Cruz (as the locals refer to it), it becomes obvious why it is a chosen destination for visitors and residents alike. The beauty of the Bay of Banderas, the world class marina, the traditional local fishing industry and daily markets, the charming central plaza, the outstanding food and craft markets, a Huichol art gallery, and the many fine restaurants all combine to make La Cruz quite irresistible.
Named for the expansive guanacaste tree, also known as parota and elephant ear, La Cruz is the home of several of these spectacular trees. Its name derives from "cuanacaztle" in the Nahuatl language of one of the local indigenous people. One of the largest, shadiest and long lasting trees, the guanacaste can reach heights of up to 40 meters with a trunk measuring more than 3.5 meters in diameter. It has been called "the tree that hears" by the locals and is treasured by farmers for shade for their livestock, as well as by carpenters for the beauty of its wood and its resistance to humidity.
Over five kilometers (three miles) of sandy beaches and quiet surf invite sunbathing and swimming, as well as exploration of this part of the Riviera Nayarit coastline. One can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving and surfing (up to 1.5 meters high in the winter), in addition to participation in one of the main activities of La Cruz—fishing—thanks to an abundance of species such as tuna, marlin, mahi-mahi, dorado and sierra. Charter boats are available at the marina.
And, one of the best features of our town is the friendliness of its people. A visitor can arrive and feel confident, armed with just a little Spanish, that he or she can negotiate the town and get needed information just by stopping someone on the street or in a shop. A smile goes a long way here. And just as this picture indicates, everyone is welcome in La Cruz.