La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is located in Banderas Bay, in the region known worldwide as the Riviera Nayarit. Named in 1997 as one of the "27 most beautiful bays in the world" due in large to its history and culture, natural attractions (flora, fauna and biodiversity), among others.
La Cruz offers a cool climate year round, making your vacation more attractive. Every year, at the beginning of the winter season (end of November), gray whales migrate into the bay to mate and raise their calves. Likewise, the Bay of Banderas is a natural sanctuary for four types of sea turtles and numerous exotic birds.
Throughout the year, local fishermen encounter various marine species. Among the favorite and most common are: mahi mahi, red snapper, sailfish, tuna, swordfish and marlin.
La Cruz is a favorite destination internationally. During the winter, dozens of sailboats from around the world, choose La Cruz de Huanacaxtle as their haven of rest.
Nearby are some of Riviera Nayarit's best beaches: Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Careyes and La Manzanilla, known for its soft seas and colorful palapa restaurants.
If you are into adventure, you will discover a huge variety of unexplored paradise with incredibly beautiful beaches in Sayulita and San Pancho (about 15 minutes by car), The Monteón, Chacala, Chacalilla, Rincon de Guayabitos and La Peñita ( about 40 minutes by car).
Puerto Vallarta is located 20 minutes south of Villa Bella. It is a cosmopolitan city with an air of a typical Mexican town by the sea, offering a wide variety of tours and activities. Among its most famous attractions are: The Church of Guadalupe, the city's downtown area, the newly renovated boardwalk and its sculptures, the Cuale River Island and crafts market, rich nightlife, upscale restaurants, galleries and beaches such as Los Muertos, Mismaloya, Yelapa and Quimixto.
Bucerias is another beachside village in the Bay of Banderas. Its name means "place of divers". Locals say it was part of Puerto Vallarta 50 years ago. Bucerias has a long beach of soft waves and clear water with golden sand. It is ideal for walking and enjoying amazing sunsets. You will also find a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, a cooking school, craft shops and beachwear. Bucerias is a place that comes alive at night with numerousfood stands.
Punta de Mita is one of the area's most famous beaches, featuring white sandybeaches formed by coral reefs that contrast with the dark blue ocean. Drift off to El Anclote, where you can enjoy a variety of gourmet restaurants, water activities and sports. The exclusive Four Seasons and lush St. Regis Resorts are located in Punta de Mita, home to spectacular golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, with a hole on an island in the middle of the ocean.
Sayulita is an internationally recognized destination for surf and Paddle Boarding. It is a charming bohemian town, with lots of nightlife, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Sayulita is a small bay, great for practicing many water activities. The Los Muertos beach is very popular and has a small and colorful cemetery on a hill overlooking the ocean.
San Francisco, better known as "San Pancho" is a small community that stands out for the variety of its multicultural residents. The beach is perfect for a day in the sun, but not recommended for water activities as it centrally located at open sea with strong currents. The village is surrounded by thick jungle, therefore the recommended activities are walking and horseback riding.
Villa Bella is surrounded by the most beautiful beaches of the Bay; such as Destiladeras, Punta de Mita, Careyeros and La Manzanilla. Winds and ocean currents produce an inviting environment for navigation north of the Bay of Banderas. Deep-sea fishing and diving excursions as well as whale watching are among the many delights of the region.
There are a variety of water activities such as diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Hiking, sailing and surfing are also popular activities in this area.
One of the area's attractions is one of the most diverse ecosystems in Mexico. Dolphins, sea turtles, giant manta rays and migrating humpback whales are frequent visitors. The visibility and the calm waters of the bay are a delight for divers and snorkeling. There are also a variety of eco-tours and activities such as hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, horseback riding and fishing.
The bay's waters are considered among the best in the world for deep-sea fishing and small dams. Throughout the year you can find a variety of small fish, such as swordfish, tuna amongst many others.
For fans of these sports, there are a variety of golf courses and first class tennis courts in the region, among which are: El Tigre, Flamingos Tennis Court and Villa Vera .
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are blessed with multiculturalism. Since ancient times, the region was populated by groups that left their mark on artifacts that make up the collection of the Archaeological Museum of Tepic, Nayarit. In Puerto Vallarta there are a number of galleries, a theater and several alternative cultural spaces.
Puerto Vallarta is a shopping paradise. You will find crafts from all corners of Mexico, from tiny artifacts to tableware, to large sculptures. There are also a variety of art galleries, boutiques, traditional markets and shopping centers.