La Cruz Mexico News

What’s Up In La Cruz Mexico

Semana Santa was very early this season and will be over this weekend in La Cruz Mexico and all over the pueblo’s and playa’s on the Riviera Nayarit. The La Cruz Playa La Manzanilla was filled with people for the spring break this season, but already beginning to thin out.  Many of the snowbirds and Xpats have already returned home. However, this does not stop folks from continuing to have a good time. La Cruz restaurants are gearing up for the summer as they bring out their summer menus and establish new business hours  The music scene in La Cruz has amazing talented musicians and singers. It was a terrific season! . I love the energy of La Cruz. To quote my friend Russell, its “La Cruzin!” as La Cruz carrys a slower and easier pace. As we move into the summer / slower pace of life, there are many restaurants that will still be offering live music, fun and games and summer food specials. The La Cruz Sunday Mercado will have their last market for the season on April 17th, which is a bit early this season due to an early Semana Santa.
Here is a few to put on your calendar and some events coming our way.
Thanks to my amigo John Pounder / Digital Media.Net for the super-fly photos!

Octopus Garden “Thank You Organic Breakfast Buffett” / Wayland Fundraiser

This season at the Octopus Garden Alef Gallardo has been running the kitchen and the coffee bar serving delicious organic breakfasts and smoothies from 8am – 2pm, with Alfredo and MaryChuy operating the Palapa Bar and evening food and fun. Alfredo and MaryChuy will be taking over the entire kitchen and restaurant as Alef Gallardo’s last day serving the delicious organic breakfasts, smoothies and other health drinks will be on April 30th. In celebration of the year Alef is hosting a “Thank You to Octopus Garden” to thank all of the wonderful people that have come in and thanks to Wayland and Aruna with a Special Organic Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, April 16th beginning at 9pm. This is also going to be a Fundraiser for Wayland, as he continue’s on his healing journey. The Buffet will include an Omelette Bar, Coffee Bar with the buffet filled with fruit salad, veggie salad, chiliquilles, enchiladas and more with a Smoothie Bar and Coffee Bar. You ticket will include one coffee and one smoothie / health drink of your choice and the breakfast buffet. She will also be making Kambucha! Live music with Enrique and David. There will also be a 50-50 Raffle where you win half the pot, and Wayland and Aruna receive the other half for Waylands medical expenses. Tickets are 300 pesos and 50% will be going towards Waylands health care. There are only 50 tickets available. You can purchase the tickets at the Octopus Garden Monday through Saturday 8am-4pm, with the last sale day on Thursday, April 14th. She will need to know how much food to order, so get your tickets NOW! Gracias.

The Gecko Rojo will be staying open all summer with new hours beginning on April 3rd. They will be open on Mondays, Noon to 10pm for darts, Wednesdays open from 4-12pm with Cantus Eterna playing fun classic rock and other amazing tunes! beginning at 8pm, with dinner specials. Friday they are open at Noon with darts at 5pm.
There will be a smaller summer menu with food like pizzas, Chicken Burgers and fresh Cesar, garden and greek salads. Sharon makes it FUN at the Gecko Rojo!

Music abounds at Falconi’s Pizza …and on my journey around La Cruz I met my friend Jess for dinner at Falconi’s Pizza where R&R (Randy and Russell) Hardly Strictly Blues band happened to be playing! YEA for us! The house was packed except for one table as if it was just waiting for us! R&RHSB band features Randy Wilson on vocals,ead and rhythm guitar, Russell Cresto on vocals and harmonica and guest Dave Kimes on lead guitar.
Falconi’s Pizza has some of the BEST Alfredo pasta around, which is what I ordered, along with a fresh green salad. My friend ordered the Calzone..which was muy grande!..all so delicious. I really LOVE their pizza sauce and dough; all with good pricing.  It’s fun to share and so we did. They also offer a full bar.  The R&R Hardly Strictly Blues band will be playing again (with Dave) this Saturday, April 2nd, beginning at 6:30, and probably for a couple more Saturdays after that, so get in there and enjoy! Randy Wilson is an amazing musician and will also be playing solo acoustic guitar on Philo’s on March 30th and April 13th.  What FUN music and delicious food in La Cruz with my good friend Jess! Falconi’s Pizza is located on Sierra Ave between Delfin and Pez Vela in La Cruz.

Xocolatl by Roberto’s
will have Have Rodriquez performing his Cuban music all through April from 7-10pm. Havy is amazing as he plays drums and other instruments with his feet whist playing guitar and singing! Great dancing music; a very talented soul indeed!
The view of the bay from Roberto’s is spectacular, and the food delicious from Filet Mignon, filet of Red Snapper and super fun flaming Fajitas with ALL the fixings! Enjoy the steath margaritas…no more than 2 for this girl!

Over at the Black Forest Restaurant…The Blond Gypsies
Black Forest Restaurant in La Cruz will be ending their lunches for the summers and will be open once again from Sunday through Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm.  Saturdays is their time to relax! Opening for lunch was a new thing for them this season and they send thanks to everyone for coming in. The Blond Gypsies with Latcho and Andrea will be playing April 1st at 8pm and reservations are definitely recommended! 329-295-5203.
Join in on the campaign to reduce waste! This is what we ALL need to do for our planet! 
For years the folks at the Black Forest Restaurant have used the polystyrene food containers for their guests who like to take out their food or part of it. Unfortunately, all plastics have polystyrene which is non-biodegradable. This means that “the remnants of your takeout will be chilling on planet Earth for up to 500 years from now and its chemical components will still clog the eco-system. Polystyrene’s bulky eternity accounts for one-quarter of our landfill waste.” This plastic also ends up in our oceans polluting the environment there. Andrea continues to state, “As business owners, parents and citizens of our beautiful Bahía de Banderas we would like to be socially and environmentally responsible and therefore we would like to ask you to join us in our campaign.” So take note everyone! Our choices are very powerful and every choice counts. Say no to unnecessary packaging where ever you shop! The Black Forest folks would ask that you “Bring your own reusable’s (BYOR). You can bring your own containers or your own bag. We can provide you with reusable, microwaveable containers for an additional fee of 10 Pesos. Enjoy your food, save your money, improve your health and help our planet!” Why not do this everywhere you go? Bring your own “to go” containers. REUSE, RENEW, RECYCLE, REDUCE and RESPECT OUR PLANET! Together we can RAISE AWARENESS and create big changes in the waste we create on a daily basis. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Follow the Route of the Mezcal
Another fun event coming our way! Several restaurants around the Banderas Bay are excited and proud to introduce you to the traditional Mexican beverage by celebrating with the “Semana del Mezcal” from April 15th to April 27th. Each day a different restaurant will offer a 3 course menu which will include a paring of Mezcal for each course. During your enjoyment the “Master Mexcalier, Esteban Serrano” will explain the different types of Mezcal, the distillation process and answer any questions you may have.

You may enjoy the “Semana del Mezcal” at the Black Forest Restaurant in La Cruz on Thursday, April 21st, beginning at 6:30pm. The price per person is 399 pesos. Get your tickets while they last!

Thanks for tuning in on the La Cruz Mexico news! La Cruz live music, fun La Cruz restaurants…Lets go La Cruz’in! In La Cruz Mexico, on the North Banderas Bay in Mexico. 

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La Cruz Rental Pool

La Cruz Rental with Pool

La Cruz Rental Casa Cobian is an amazingly beautiful La Cruz House and La Cruz Mexico rental with 4 bedrooms + den, 5 bath two story house with a medium sized pool, 2 garages with a nice yard with grass, a upper level patio for entertaining. and laundry room. High walls make this La Cruz rental safe, secure and private. 1 minute walking to the bus. 10 minute walk to the playa.
A full American style kitchen, 3 furnished bedrooms and office.  partially furnished room with full bath downstairs and 1/2 bath by the kitchen. A/C is in all bedrooms and living area. All of the bedrooms have large closet space and vanities.
Fully furnished, this amazing casa can be rented short or long term.
The longer your lease agreement the better the pricing!

Casa Cobain will be available beginning February 2016.
Exclusive rental with Cat Morgan. Please contact Cat at or use the easy contact form below for inquiries. You may also call 322-728-6897 or leave a message at U.S. number 970-704-6345 Priced low to lease quickly. Please see pricing below. . Thank you.






































The current tenants are in the middle of moving, so please be patient for more photos on this
beautiful La Cruz Rental.
Thank you.  



Pricing :
Daily          2200 pesos
Weekly     1700 per night for 7 day stay
Monthly will depend on the length of the contract and will be negotiated.
Discounted Monthly Pricing until July 2016
Long Term one year contract 16,000 pesos per month

This La Cruz Rental will go quickly; Thank you for your Inquiry.

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La Cruz Restaurant Xocolatl by Roberto’s

bannernewLa Cruz Restaurant Xocolatl by Roberto’s is a locals favorite known simply as “Roberto’s” by the locals n La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico. Located on the north end of the Banderas Bay, this La Cruz restaurant has an amazing view of the La Cruz marina and the bay. They are known for their amazing fusion of Mexican flavors and are one of the best places to find authentic seafood dishes and original recipes.  Whether you are dining inside or outside on the terrace the views are truly spectacular, with the service friendly and very professional. But don’t let the ambiance trick you into thinking of high pricing. Xocolatl by Roberto’s has the freshest of ingredients prepared daily all at reasonable pricing. The owner Roberto Castellon Diaz takes pride in his work and enjoys talking to the customers and serving delicious cuisine. It’s a special time for Roberto to connect with customers and share his ideas of food and the creating of special dishes that are not on the regular menu, which is how he truly enjoys life. “I am truly grateful to god first, and for the people because when I see the place full they wait for me to visit their table to hear about the specials I am creating that day”.  Roberto’s is perfect for large groups and parties, your special wedding and celebration, business meetings and for all celebrations of life!  A perfect place to bring the entire family, or a romantic dinner for two, Roberto’s will keep you coming back! This La Cruz restaurant is open from 4pm to 10pm and open every day except Mondays…the day they go fishing!

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Farewell to Philo Hayward La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Saying Good Bye to Our Friend Philo Hayward

Dearly love, much admired, mentor to so many, and friend to all, it is with great sorrow that I report that Philo Hayward of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle unexpectedly passed away last Friday, September 4th.  I had only known Philo for 2 years, which is such a small amount of time in comparison to so many others. Many Banderas bay folks know Philo for his band, “Philo Hayward and the Shuffle Band” for the live music and fun times at Philo’s Bar in La Cruz. He had just received his Mexican Citizenship earlier this year and very proud of that. Philo also loved his tequila! During the short time I knew Philo he showed me great kindness, professionalism and honor. He was an excellent and genuine hugger; a person who really cared from his heart.  I witnessed so many different ways that Philo helped everyone who crossed his path, from large groups to individuals and I enjoyed writing about them. I was so blessed to be able to attend his 70th birthday party earlier this year with his La Cruz de Huanacaxtle neighbors and surrounding communities, where he was honored with so many plaques of appreciation and videos from those both near and afar who could not attend. Philo was deeply touched and looking back, this was such a fortuitous and presentiment sendoff to such a prominent part of his adopted land and the expat community
A vigil was held on Sunday with Philo’s casket placed on the stage at Philo’s Bar where he spent so many hours delighting folks with the music he so loved.  People came throughout the day and evening to pay their respects. On Monday, September 7th, a Mass was held at the Catholic Church in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and his body was cremated.  His ashes are now back at Philo’s Bar surrounded by beautiful flowers and the things Philo loved in his life. The memorial service will be held on Friday, 9-11-2015 at 11am.  This will be a pot luck style and BYOB cruiser style. Live music will abound, and if you would like to enjoy playing with the band bring your instrument and voice.
Philo’s partner and love of his life, Maria Joaquina Sierra has stated many times, “We have lost the Captain of our Ship”. And that he was, “Captain of the Ship” for so many.  Many blessings of love go out to Maria and the children at this time. May you rest in peace Philo Hayward; and many blessings of grace for your transition.  Our memories of you will always live within all of us; your legacy never forgotten.
Here is an article where many of us wrote a tribute for Philo in the PV Tribune; and with a big thank you to our friend Cindy Bouchard for her words; editing and putting it all together.
Please Click here for the link to the article. 

Visit Philo’s Bar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Nayarit, Mexico.


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La Cruz Restaurants and Summer Fun

Summer Fun at La Cruz Restaurants

Although many of the La Cruz restaurants and other businesses have closed down for the summer months, there is still some fun to be found in the middle of the hot rainy summer season for us crazy locals, and those who are crazy enough to come and visit this time of the season.  Live La Cruz entertainment can still be found!  Please try to support our local open restaurants. Stay tuned to the Riviera Nayarit Fun Facebook page  (and give us a LIKE) to find out weekly specials and events around the north end of the Banderas bay in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Bucerias. We will be letting you know when  some of the other La Cruz restaurants like Pub Britannia and Black Forest Restaurant and Masala Bar and Grill will be opening  back up to gear up for the coming season. This photo is from Roberto’s Xocolatl…what a terrific view! They are open at 4pm daily! 

Fun things going on this weekend….

Gloria’s Place ”Mid-Summer Surprise Trunk Show & Sale”
On Saturday, August 22 from noon to 5pm Gloria’s place is having a Trunk Show and Sale! Gloria has been designing exciting new dresses & tops….never seen before styles….along with other “Classic” styles as well.  The initial customer reaction has been fabulous!  They are also carrying a line of super-comfy strapless bras by designer Rhonda Shear.  (They fit great and have a small under-wire) This is the answer to many customers coverage issues!  Also, remember they carry ALL SIZES…Sm-3X.
Included in this showing is a great SALE!  When finished shopping, customers draw a tag which will have 10%, 20%, 25%,30%, 40% and 50% OFF their ENTIRE PURCHASE.
Refreshments will be served & it’s cool inside!

See Gloria’s Place page by clicking here! 
Gloria’s Place is located on 14 Delfin, (across from Philos) in La Cruz.
You can call for more information at: 322-197-0245

Support your local La Cruz Restaurants

Gecko Rojo restaurant and bar Located on the main drag is having a Summer Sarong Party this Sunday evening with live La Cruz entertainment with Andrea from the What’s Up band singing our favorite tunes. Wear a Sarong to the party and receive free Jello Shots! The band starts at 8pm, with happy hour from 6-8pm.
Sunday Brunch begins at 11:00am as Gecko Rojo serves Eggs Benedict with a mimosa every Sunday! Tim Horton’s coffee is the best around town! (also selling Wendy’s Coffee, beans or fresh ground) and they have one of the best breakfasts in La Cruz.

Check out their page and  complete breakfast menu and lunch / dinner here. Come on in and view the board for the daily specials! Breakfast, lunch and dinner….Open every day at 11:00 except Tuesdays (open for happy hour on Tuesdays) and closed on Fridays.

Roberto’s Xocolatl is another fun La Cruz restaurant who is open all year around with one of the best views of the La Cruz Marina and the Banderas Bay. Roberto’s is a local favorite! Roberto  personalizes the serves by  coming around to your table and suggests many dishes that are not even on the menu!  The cuisine is consistent, fresh and delicious with good local pricing. Try their Fajitas, which are.enough for 2 people, served with all of the fixings on a fun serving dish. The Red Snapper is boneless and superb! Served with a fresh coconut shrimp and sides, or on the lighter side try one of their fresh salads. For dessert, try the Fried Ice Cream! Roberto’s has a new menu out, as well as new designs in the dining room. The Margaritas are stellar! Romantic or with friends, Roberto’s is a great place to eat, drink and relax whilst enjoying the amazing view!

Nahui Beach Restaurant will be open all summer long. Loungers with umbrellas, tables and chairs line the beach and await you. Stay tuned for the next couple of months for their drink specials!
Nahui Beach Restaurant hs their own private cove and is located right next to Destilideras Beach just outside of La Cruz. NICE!

Peace Free Spay and Neuter Clinic in La Cruz

Help us get the word out – tell your friends and neighbors. The clinic runs Wed, Thurs and Fri 8/26 - 8/28 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM and Saturday 8/29 from 9 AM to noon.
Only the first 25 animals each day will be served. Owners should come between 8:30 and 9 AM to drop off their cat or dog.
The clinic is on the lateral next to Pets N Vets – across the highway from Roberto’s Restaurant.
Travel north to the stoplight in La Cruz (coming from Bucerias), and then cross the highway, turn left onto the lateral (you’ll see the chicken rotisserie on the corner).
Animals should have no food or water 12 hours before surgery. Volunteers are needed – contact: Leslie Caratachea – Cell 322 111 1435
Visit PEACE Animals at: for more information about this invaluable program.

Thanks so much for checking out this weeks post. The free PEACE clinic is safe for your animals, so please get your cats and dogs spayed and neutered. If your searching for a long term rental send me an email to .  Have a super week everyone….See ya around town! 

 La Cruz restaurants are open for the summer season on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico!

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La Cruz Restaurant & Bar Gecko Rojo

geckorojobannerThe La Cruz restaurant and bar Gecko Rojo is a locals favorite in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Mexico, and this La Cruz restaurant is open all year around!  During the high season check out Gecko Rojo for live La Cruz entertainment. Gecko Rojo rocks the house two or three times a week with live Rock and Roll bands. Other evenings sometimes include other types of music, such as flamenco or Latino.  Sunday mornings feature eggs Benedict and mimosas, often accompanied by live blues or Latino music. It has been the goal at Gecko Rojo to provide good food, good friends, good fun and just a great place to hang out.  Their menu includes an eclectic selection of international dishes and lots of comfort food.  Some of their more popular meals are meatloaf, spaghetti, turkey dinner and Kung Pao chicken.  Check with them daily for their specials. You never know what they’ll be serving.  During the summer season the staff at Gecko Rojo goes out of their way to find fun things to do.  Monday’s and Thursday are darts nights and there’s usually a good gang playing.  Games start at 5 pm.  Or if dominoes is more your speed, drop buy any Wednesday at 5 and join them for a game of Mexican Train (and they provide training).  Though the kitchen is closed on Tuesday’s and Fridays during the summer months, they continue with Happy Hour every day from 6-8 pm.  Corona and Pacifico and margaritas, Tequila shots and their very special Bloody Ceasars are also on happy hour special. The music is always hopping and the food is always great. Stop by and say hello at the La Cruz restaurant and bar Gecko Rojo!

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La Cruz Beach Restaurants ~ Nahui Beach Restaurant

nahui_goldLa Cruz beach restaurants are what your looking for when you want to chill on the playa. Whether you live on the Banderas Bay, or are visiting on your Mexico vacation, you want to spend time at the beach eating good food and drinking ice cold beers or perhaps a frosty margarita. Located on the Destilideras playa, the Nahui Beach Restaurant is perfect for La Cruz beach restaurants for several reasons. Their private cove below the main restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy with a luoungers and a dozen tables lined up along the beach, all with the perfect view. Nahui Beach Restaurant is wheelchair accessible There are no stairs going down to the playa making it wonderful for folks with walkers, canes and in wheelchairs. The main restaurant located directly above the beach with beautiful tablecloths and comfortable seating that can accommodate large groups and is perfect for parties with family and friends overlooking the Marietta Islands. A perfect setting for a romantic sunset dinner. Fresh food at local pricing is served by a professional wait staff. La Cruz beach restaurants are also perfect for a romantic Banderas Bay Beach Wedding! Small or large, the Nahui Beach Restaurant in La Cruz Mexico will work with your budget in a stress free environment to create the memories that will last a lifetime. Discover Nahui Beach Restaurant, located only minutes outside of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Mexico.

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La Cruz Beach Restaurants on Banderas Bay

The Best La Cruz Beach Restaurants

Hanging out on a sunny day at one of the La Cruz beach restaurants is where you want to be on your vacation. Sipping on a frosty margarita or a cold beer with your toes in the sand or relaxing on a lounger listening to the waves break is perfect!  Semana Santa is just about here, (April 5th)  and the kids will be arriving for spring break and the celebrating goes on for 2 weeks. April 5th is also the day we “srping forward” with the time change and move our clocks forward one hour. There is still some time to get in some “beach time” before the crowds get here!
There are a couple of La Cruz beach restaurants that are my favorites, due to the good food, good service, entertainment, and above all, the playa!  The beach is one of the reasons why we come to the amazing Banderas Bay! So get out there and enjoy yourself. Relaxing time reading a book,, swimming, eating and drinking, or dancing to a little rock and roll music on the beach. it’s ALL good!  Here are a couple of my favorite beach spots.

Nahui Beach Restaurant 
First off, Destilideras beach is my favorite beach on the Riviera Nayarit. Located just outside of La Cruz (towards Punta Mita) its easy to get to by bus, as the bus stops right there. The bus schedule is every 15 minutes so your never waiting too long, and is 8 pesos. There is also a large parking lot on top with plenty of parking. As you get to the parking lot, you will notice a La Cruz beach restaurant to the left. This is a lovely restaurant called Nahui Beach Restaurant. In fact, the sign at the bus stop says Nahui beach. They have a large palapa with tables up top overlooking the Banderas Bay and the Marietta Islands, making it a perfect venue for larger groups, parties and weddings. Down below on the playa you will find a long row of tables and loungers with umbrellas  in a private cove setting, set apart from Destilideras beach proper. There are no stairs, so folks that have a difficult time walking, or use a wheel chair can get down to the beach. There are also pop up shade tents set up between the beach and the restaurant. There is no charge for the tables and chairs as long as your buying your food and drinks. Prices are friendly and local.  Discover this private cove for yourself. It will be one of your favorite places to spend the day, or a romantic sunset dinner overlooking the bay and islands.

Las Palapas Grill
Located on Manzanillo beach you will find Las Palapas Grill in La Cruz. They are easy to find. If you walk to the beach just down from the La Cruz plaza, they are about a 3- minute walk down the playa to the right.. Las Palapas Grill has a beautiful restaurant with padded chairs under the three palapas, down on the beach are palapas with tables and chairs, with lights for night time. They have also added some beach loungers this season. Chef Lalo creates all of his plates with passion. Good tasting food with a fun plating. Click here to see directions and their regular menu. Here is their menu for the Semana Santa week, starting Monday, March 30th. Sarandeado (Red Snapper) is the traditional Mexican holiday dish!
Semana Santa Menu ..Monday through Easter Sunday
Buckets of Beers (5 beers) 1/2 order of fish Ceviche ….$130 pesos
One Kilo Shrimp any way you like it…grilled, spicy, Ceviche or breaded…. $550 pesos
One Kilo Sarandeado (Red Snapper) with salsa Mexicana, rice and salad….$250 pesos
Seafood  Platter for 4 with pitcher lemonade or orange drink $850 pesos Jumbo Shrimp (5) and one Margarita $210 pesos
Kids Menu…Hamburger and soda / lemonade
$80 pesos
Happy Hour is 2X1 National Drinks from 5pm to 6pm all week!
Live entertainmentis still going on! Every Thursday enjoy the “Hangers” band starting at 6pm, and the “What’s Up” band every Sunday starting at 7pm.  Sundays are also 2X1 Margaritas all day long!
Come on in and eat, drink, and dance off your dinner with friends and family.
Filez Semana Santa a todo!

Pub Britannia 11th Anniversary Party!

Pub Britannia is celebrating their 11th Anniversary party ion Tuesday 31 March 6.30. There will be Door prizes, Free Tequila if you wear red white and blue to the party! Remember, its also OPEN MIC NIGHT…so bring your instrument and voice and play with Mike Curlette and the Turn..and come and dance, drink and party!!!

To find Pub Britannia, come into La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Go left (towards the ocean) at the only light in town. Go left at the round a bout and travel down about 3 blocks. Look for the big white Castle…..the only castle around with Knights in Armor!  (across from Octopus;s Garden) This party is going to Rock IT!

Ana Banana Bar and Grill
Ana Banana’s is still rock’in the casa! Friday’s live music is  ”4 We’ll Drive” Band and Fish and Chips, Sunday Rib Night with the “What;s Up” band and  Meatloaf Monday’s rock the house with classic rock and “The Good Stuff”, and Wednesdays are  ”Dog Town Trio” and Rusty Debris.   “Beer, Brats, Beans and Burgers and Booze!”
The music begins at 7pm for all the gigs…So far, music is a go….so get in for some fun!

Masala Bar and Grill I believe are also having Easter dinner and are remaining open until the middle of May. Thursdays are live music with Tatewari and their special 3 course dinner for 250 pesos. Click here to view the entire menu. I await Chef Juliio”s Easter menu and will post it on our FaceBook page.Click HERE and give us a LIKE!

Gloria’s Place
Right now Gloria is having a BOGO sale for the end of the season!  
Buy one get one 50% off on anything in the store for super fun La Cruz clothing! Gloria’s is open from 11pm to 4pm on 14 Delphin, right across from Philo’s Bar. This sale starts March 26th and ends on Saturday, April 4th. So, before you leave for home, come on by and purchase 100% cotton to keep yourself cool this summer! Click Here to see more of the different clothing and jewelry. She also has created these super cool swim bags so you don’t have to leave your stuff behind while swimming. They are actually made out of dry bag material, but oh so very stylish, like Gloria herself!

Amigos de La Cruz Fundraiser Event
Amigos de La Cruz is hosting a 5K Zombie fun run in La Cruz. 
The fun run is designed to bring more awareness to the work that is being done for Highway Beautification project that Amigos has taken on by hiring two full time employees, local to La Cruz, who provide landscape maintenance and trash/debris clean up along the 200 HWY section running through town.  All proceeds from the run will go toward this project.
Participants in the run can either sign up as a Runner or a Zombie.  Runners be given a belt with two “lives” on streamers and can purchase as many additional lives as they want for 20 pesos each.  Sponsors can also purchase “lives” for their favorite runners.
Runners and zombies will start the race at two sections of the highway, with zombie’s attempting to steal runners”lives” (streamers) and runners trying to evade and outlast the zombies.   Prizes will be give the first runner and zombie to complete the finish line and also to the runner and zombie in the first top ten finishers with the most lives intact or taken, respectively.
The course will start at the entrance to La Cruz and take a turn at the streetlight, main road down to the marina, through the marina and out to the point on the malecon/seawall and return route up to entrance of town.
For more information you may email or check out their website.

Well, it’s that time of year again …it’s Semana Santa time! The free beaches will be filled
with nationals for spring break and the Easter holiday. It’s a two week on-going party! Enjoy the festivities…the bombs going off all times of the night….Nationals love to party and celebrate! So why not join in on all the fun? Check out the La Cruz Beach restaurants….and all of the La Cruz restaurants!
I would also like to add that the Murder Mystery Play I was in (Mrs. Molly Devaro Keal) was a blast! A terrific director Patricia Spencer and all cast and crew, along with the amigos made it all happen. The fundraiser event had a net profit of 33,546 pesos which goes into the Amigos environmental fund to cover the costs of our highway, street and recycling programs. Here is a fun photo with my friend Madeline’s son Maxwell.
Thanks for reading and Happy Easter everyone!
Blessing of Loving Kindness
Cat Morgan

Check out the fun at La Cruz Beach Restaurants in Mexico! 

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Valentines Dinner La Cruz Restaurants

Romantic Dining in La Cruz Restaurants

There are several La Cruz restaurants celebrating the day for lovers. El Dia de San Valentin is only a few days away and if you have not yet decided where your taking your loved one out for a wonderful romantic dinner, here are several suggestions from some of the participating La Cruz restaurants.
A romantic and delicious dinner is the perfect way to share this special day that is designed for lovers and special friends. After dinner take your baby out dancing at Octopus’s Garden for some Salsa and swing on their spring dance floor upstairs.

Las Palapas Grill
A very Special Valentine’s Dinner at Las Palapas Grill
Romance is in the air…..and on the playa….
Dinner begins at 5pm
One Bottle of White or Red Wine is Included with your meals
Valentine’s Day Menu
Fresh Green Salad with Strawberries, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
Enjoy your choice of Surf “n” Turf with tender Filet Mignon and Blue Shrimp served with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.
Seafood Stuffed Dorado, stuffed with Octopus, shrimp and scallops, served with fresh green salad and rice.
Special Lovers Pricing
$700 pesos Per Couple
(includes both entrees and one bottle of wine)
For reservations please email
Or call 322-121-5534

Black Forest Restaurant
Come and join us for a romantic candlelight Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, February 14th. Our Chef Winfried has prepared a prix fix menu that will entice you with Garlic Cream Soup with in Tequila marinated salmon or a mixed green salad in a potato dressing then you will progress through the evening to Saltimbocca à la Romana. The sweet ending wouldn’t be complete without Cupids Dessert Coconut Parfait on Passion Fruit Sabayon, topped off with a glass of champagne for sweethearts. Price per couple including champagne is 645 Pesos. Our regular menu is also available.

For more information or reservation please call us (01329) 295-5203

El Asadero
Come and enjoy a Mexican BBQ for Two.








Masala Bar and Grill
Enjoy a delicious meal with a unique and delightful presentation.  Music with the Jazz Duo.















Octopus’s Garden










Join in the evening fun at the Octopus’s Garden for Salsa Dance or Swing Dancing on Valentines Day evening. Bring your sweetie and friends out dancing. Directions: Left at the only light in La Cruz, Left at the round-a-bout and down about 3 blcoks on the right. Happy Valentine’s Day a todo!

Happy Valentines Day La Cruz!
Take the time to spend time with the ones you love and appreciate on Valentine’s Day and all through out the year.Check out the calendar for more fun events, weekly La Cruz entertainment and live music coming our way. LIKE us on our Facebook page at
Enjoy the weekend!

Spend Valentine’s Day at La Cruz Restaurants in La Cruz Mexico! 

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FUN in La Cruz Mexico

  Fun Entertainment in La Cruz Mexico

La Cruz Mexico is known for its local musicians and entertainment. This weekend is no exception!  Saturday (Jan. 24th) starts off the weekend with the Blessing of the Boats celebration. It’s the final day of the Bucerias Festival, “Lady of Peace” where folks start getting together at the church in the Bucerias main town plaza about 10:00 am or so for the day of “Blessing of the Boats”. There will be ladies on horseback with their amazing colorful dresses spread out over the horses along with Mayan dancers in full costume performing outside on the church grounds at about 11:00 am. The La Cruz and Bucerias fishermen dress up their panga;s with palms, flags, and flowers (usually paper flowers created into beautiful wreaths and arbors), in full celebration of the blessing to come. They boat over to Bucerias  about noon for the “Blessing of the Boats”, where they will one by one beach their panga’s to receive a blessing of luck and safety for the coming year. They may go back to the church after the blessing on the playa. The church is amazingly beautiful and filled with many fragrant flowers

The 4th annual Taste of La Cruz  is also this Saturday, January 24th, at the Marina Riviera Nayarit *La Cruz Marina) Xiriki Amphitheater. The gate opens at 3:00pm with the live entertainment and music beginning at 3:30pm, starting off with Tatewari Flamenco playing songs from their new CD “Porque No?” followed by the “Crazy Bitches” from Luna Lounge; next the amazing music of Zoe and Alfredo – Mango Duo, and to finish up the evening music with the amazing Banderas Bay Jazz Allstars with La Cruz local  Bryan Savage  on sax and flute.

The Tast of La Cruz expo/fair provides an excellent opportunity to try restaurant foods and drinks.  Visitors and locals alike are thrilled with the festival atmosphere, delicious foods and beverages, excellent entertainment along with a variety of businesses and entrepreneurs who make their living along the Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit to discover.
This year’s sponsors are Los Arroyos Verdes, Bucerias, Best of Bucerias, Bucerias, Café Des Artistes/Tuna Blanca, Punta de Mita, Frascati Restaurant,La Cruz, Grupo Chalita, Nuevo Vallarta, A Hand In The Kitchen, Bucerias, Hotel Cielo Rojo, San Pancho, Marina Riviera Nayarit, La Cruz, MexEco Tours, Bucerias, Puerto Bahia, La Cruz, and Sonora a La Parilla, Bucerias. Also assisting to promote and support the event is Riviera Nayarit (Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau) and and the Netowrk (RivieraNayaritFun.conm / /

The background canvas this year is the annual Vallarta Cup Race Series; a nautical series that will be ongoing throughout Saturdays in January.  So in addition to all of the fun entertainment, food, cocktails and local businesses, we will also be able to see the sailboats racing on the bay. The setting sun creates the magical  and colorful skies as the event winds down at 7:00pm.  Admission of $150 pesos includes a complimentary beverage.
Directions: From Bucerias take the 200 road to the Marina Riviera Nayarit exit to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Travel to the first (and only) light and go left. Remember you will need to get into the right lateral to make the left turn. Go all the way to the end, just past the park and enter the La Cruz Marina. Travel all the way down and around to the large parking lot at the end. See you there! :D

Gloria’s Place
The new La Cruz clothing store that is a “must check out” is Gloria’s Place. Gloria has 100% cotton gauze clothing in all sizes and colors, along with beautiful flowing shirts, long and medium skirts, pants with fun slits up the sides as well as custom made jewelry designs made by Gloria herself.  There are also men’s shirts in a variety of colors. Gloria has also created Swim Sak’s that you can actually swim in! Keep all of your things in a sealed ocean dry bagthat wraps around your waist. They are also cute and stylie.. and some have some bling! You can also use them for a hand bag. Check out her new page by
CLICKING HERE to see the all of the fun clothing and accessories! Gift Certificates are available…(Hey guys…great gift ideas! ..Valentines Day is almost here!)

Huana..A new La Cruz ice cream store has recently opened called Huana (short for Huanacaxtle) I think of it as Wanna Ice-cream? jaja…They have organic ice cream flavors, as well as organic coffee, granola, locally baked goods including brownies, grape juice, organic coffee, honey and bees wax candles.  Stop by and check them out and say a hello to the owners Hugo and Rodrigo Medina and treat yourself to an ice cream. My favorite is the organic chocolate. Coconut is delicious too! Huana is located across from Philos Bar.

Weekly Fun in La Cruz Mexico
Keep the fun happening all week long!  

Sunday Fun at Las Palapas Grill  has 2X1 Margaritas all day long with live music with the Hangars at 6pm. (photo left)  Delicious food specials on the menu..come party and dance on the playa while the sun sets!
MORE Sunday Fun at Ana Banana’s Bar and Grill… It’s Rib Night! the night away with the What’s Up band… Cocktails are 45 pesos all nigh long…NICE!

Monday Night at the Movies
are back again at the Octopus’s Garden..The Octopus’s Garden is also open for coffee in the mornings with amazing cinnamon rolls and other fun breakfast items. .
If you feel like dancing the night way head over to Ana Banana Bar and Grill with The Good Stuff with homemade Monday Meatloaf! YUM!

Tuesdays are all about Taco Tuesdays at El Asadero
with 2X1 tacos! Tacos Pastor start at 6 pesos!  Try their amazing Fish and Shrimp tacos prepared in their state of the art fryer..super cocktails! Located at the roundabout!
Head over to OPEN MIC NIGHT at Pub Britannia every Tuesday…you never know who is going to show up with all of the awesome musicians floating around during the high season! Philo stepped in last week with several other awesome musicians. Bring your instruments and voice and play with “The Turn” or just drink and dance the night away. Great pub grub too! Left at the roundabout..3 blocks down on the left…look for the big white castle!

Wednesdays starts the afternoons with Bingo! at Pub Britannia…its win-win…you can win and so does their charity! NICE! Doors open at 2:30pm..Game starts at 3:00pm.
Off to eat at El Asadero (actually Tuesday through 
Thursdays) it’s ALL YOU CAN EAT  Aracharra, chicken, and sausage with all of the fixins! Only 150 pesos! EAT ON!
Something NEW for Thursdays…It’s LADIES NIGHT! OK LADIES…100 PESOS  for national drinks all night long at El Asadero! They have a super sound system too!

Masala Bar and Grill has their 3 course special for only 250 pesos…SO GOOD with Tatewari Flamenco
music showcasing their new CD Porque No? The best of Flamenco music!

Fridays new band at the Pub Britannia Rocks The HOUSE with Rock Lobster,
.featuring Andra (from The Good Stuff) on vocals. All you can eat fish and chips and drink specials!
Latcho and Andrea at the Black Forest Restaurant is an excellent show. Reservations recommended!
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Saturday mornings are perfect at Ana Banana Bar and Grill for one of the best breakfasts in Mexico! Excellent wifi…easy live guitar music.  They cook their over easy eggs perfectly! YUMMY sausage and bacon…perfect potatoes..and the best jam ever! Along with Excellent service..a perfect way to start a Saturday!

Mark your February Calendar! 
FUNNY BONES FunRaiser “A Puppy Love Wedding”

The Second Annual Funny Bones Fundraiser called “A Puppy Love Wedding”…FEB 3rd 6pm – 10:30pm at Las Palapas Grill in La Cruz!
I am sure everyone remembers all of the fun we had at last years Funny Bones! Dani is putting on another terrific fundraiser this year at Las Palapas Grill  with the band  Funkswagon playing for our joy of entertainment!

Funny Bones will raise enough monies to spay/neuter 500 dogs and cats in the La Cruz area! There will be an actual beach dog wedding ceremony along with many activities, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, prizes, and appetizers. I
ts a No Host bar and much more! Tickets are 150 pesos in advance or 200 pesos at the door. Get your tickets at Pets & Vets or Contact Dani at WOOF!

Thanks for checking out the La Cruz Mexico community news!
 Please take a look at the La Cruz Calendar for updated and new events, and the weekly La Cruz Mexico entertainment and live music.
Murder, Mayhem, and Marshmallow Salad
The cast has been set for the upcoming Amigos de la Cruz fundraiser murder mystery dinner theatre comedy play with rehearsals beginning next week. Yours truly will be in it with a super fun cast. The play will be at Philo:s mid march. I will keep you posted for ticket sales and more information soon.
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Many blessings of FUN!

La Cruz Mexico
for the best of live music and entertainment
on the Banderas Bay in Mexico. 

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