Sunday, May 19, 2013

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

 We sailed the over night to La Cruz and dropped anchor in the road stead. The next morning we dingyed into the marina and good deal #1 ....$26 all inclusive. So we took a slip in the marina and washed the boat. A first class marina, Marina Nayarit. If you have been reading this blog you may have noticed we rarely use a marina. I prefer the freedom and air flow that swinging on the hook provides and the view is always better. Lately here in Mexico it has been unusually cool, to the point we use blankets at night. Not the Mexico I remember.
 When I departed for the S. Pacific in 2006 from La Cruz they were just building the marina and associated buildings. I was saddened to think development had come to town and would destroy the ambiance and livability of La Cruz. While there is plenty of development around the waterfront just a few blocks back La Cruz maintains its old charm. In the above picture, the locals are having a Saturday night party so they just blocked off the street.
 Quiet streets in town.
 The cross from where the towns name derives.
 A landmark establishment is Philos Bar and music studio.That is Philo Hayward with arms up in the air. He cruised to the S. Pacific and got as far as New Caledonia, realized Mexico was the place for him and sold the boat and set up shop in La Cruz. His place has been a cruisers hangout for at least a decade. Philo does a lot of volunteer work for the community and tries to give back all he can. He sponsors a yearly Christmas Party for the children of La Cruz that is extremely popular with the locals.
The anchorage with the mountains surrounding Banderas Bay in the background.

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