After a few days anchored at Isla Isabela and an overnight passage returning to the mainland; our approach into Bahia de Banderas harbor greeted us with a wall of humidity and hazy overcast skies.
It’s understandable why so many boaters gravitate to La Cruz. Marina Riviera Nayarit/Marina La Cruz has been a fantastic moorage. La Cruz Marina has a full time special events coordinator who organizes an active social event itinerary. A host of seminars, Spanish lessons, yoga, guest speaker presentations, weekly outdoor movie nights (with A list new releases), two impressive on site restaurants, a comfortable and accommodating cruisers lounge, a nearby beach with fantastic sea glass and shells … there’s little room for boredom. Another bonus – the laundry senora that picks up and delivers the laundry is the best I’ve encountered in Mexico yet.
The town of La Cruz is very small, yet offers a lot. The week kicks off at the Sunday Farmer’s Market at the Marina. Various artists from the area offer their artwork (glasswork, metal work, paintings, jewelry, clothing, toys). Plenty of vendors offer an exceptional variety of outstanding food. In comparison to many open air markets, La Cruz delivers exceptional quality and variety.
We wandered into town on Sunday evening to discover the towns people gathered around a boxing ring. The entertainment of the evening… wrestling in costumes. Apparently fight night is the Sunday evening event in La Cruz.
Thursday afternoon the local market receives a cornucopia of fresh produce. Gringos and residents sift through crates of beautiful, fresh produce sold at a fraction of the price of the supermarkets and local stores.
The Huanacaxtle Fish Market is open all week. This is considered one of the best seafood markets around. It’s understandable, considering most of the fresh catches have only been out of the sea a few hours. Not to mention the cleanliness and reasonable prices.
We caught the bus into Bucerias to acquire a few necessary hardware parts and the Banomex to get pesos. Bucerias is more sizeable than La Cruz. Peggy found a beautiful set of hand carved macarana’s. Flyer now has a set of bongo’s, macarana’s and a baritone ukulele. Still on a mission to find the perfect güiro, a bolang gu or a pellet drum, and a few other instruments and Peggy’s ensemble will be well equipped to entertain.
Steve joined a few ‘Old Salts’ to take in the practice trials in preparation for the upcoming annual Banderas Bay Regatta (BBR).
Our next port of call is Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta (PV). Family and friends arrival will allow us to host and entertain while getting on the water and explore the magnificent Banderas Bay, the Cabo Corrientes/Gold coastline, down to Barra de Navidad.