La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

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Coordinates: 20°44′56″N 105°22′56″W / 20.74889°N 105.38222°W / 20.74889; -105.38222

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
La Cruz
Country  Mexico
State Nayarit
Founded 1930s
Elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 • Total 1,621
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 329

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle ("The Cross of Huanacaxtle") is a Mexican fishing village situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas in the state of Nayarit. It is situated approximately 25 km from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The town name comes from a cross that is made of Huanacaxtle wood which is located at the town's entrance.[1]


The town was founded in the 1930s by the Chavez family.[2] The Chavez family still maintains a mango orchard on the outskirts of town. The Blanca family was also one of the original settlers of La Cruz as it is locally known. They, too, remain residents.

In 2008, a major renovation of the harbor was completed and now hosts a marina, called Marina Riviera capable of handling vessels of all sizes up to 400 feet in length.

In 2014 the Huanacaxtle Cruz Award was given to Citlali Enriquez Nava. This award is given to people who have reached outstanding achievements outside of la Cruz. She achieved a Masters Degree in Medicine at Imperial College in London.


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