La Cruz Community Fun on Banderas Bay in Mexico

What’s Up in the La Cruz Community??

Hola La Cruz Community and Banderas Bay people Things are hoppin as usual in the La Cruz Community and all over the Banderas Bay. Saturdays have Octopus’s Garden Brunch, with this Saturday the Taste of La Cruz and Sunday is the La Cruz Sunday Market down on the La Cruz Marina. If your looking for La Cruz Real Estate click here to check out a couple of seasoned brokers, with links to their websites and more information.
Live music abouds all week long! Check out more events below, and take a look at the La Cruz Community Calendar for events, Spanish and workout / yoga / dance classes and La Cruzin Fun!

Our Lady of Peace
With La Cruz being the sister pueblo to Bucerias, you should know that yesterday was also the opening day of the Bucerias Festival. The Bucerias Festival is named, “Our Lady of Peace”, the patron saint of Bucerias, and also is the name of the Catholic Church in the Bucerias Town Square. There are rides and games on the north side of Bucerias Centro. Due to the town square being torn up, the music festivities will be north of Luna Lounge in the vacant lot where they have built a stage. (see for more details)
The Blessing of the Boats
On January 24th, the Bucerias beach will be the place to be with the arrival of the boat parade from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. It all starts around 10:00 when everyone starts gathering. You will see the local riders on horseback dressed in their traditional costumes. The women have beautiful dresses spread out over the horses’ backs.  Local dancers who will be in Mayan costumes and will perform in the grounds of the Church at 11.00.
The panga boats plan to arrive about noon, and then all of the boat crews will go to the local church for a blessing. The boats are very colorful and decorated with palm leaves, paper flowers and flags.  The local fishing boats are called pangas, and they all take it in turns to head at full speed onto the beach, with the roaring  applause of the crowd. Its really something to see a panga pull onto the beach! The procession then goes up to the Church carrying freshly caught fish, fruit, bread, and of course tequila, all to receive a blessing for the next year,  along with the colorfully dressed Mayan dancers in their honor.

The Taste of La Cruz is Saturday on the La Cruz Malecon opening at 3pm with an amazing musical line for you tasteposter.pngwith Luna Rumba starting at 3:30, (featuring Geo & Cheko), along with those Crazy Bitches (from the Luna Lounge), Latcho & Andrea (the Blond Gypsies) and Bryan Savage with the Banderas Bay Jazz All Stars.
A  boast of  food vendors and restaurants will be there to feed all of us hungry folks; A Hand In The Kitchen (Bucerias), Puerto Bahia (La Cruz), Los Arroyos Verdes (Bucerias), Café Des Artistes (Puerto Vallarta/Punta de Mita), CMQ Group (Puerto Vallarta), Frascati Restaurant (La Cruz) and Oso’s Oyster Bar and Fish Market Restaurant (La Cruz) to name a few! In addition, over 50 local artisans, craftsmen and purveyors will be offering their unique regional art and crafts. The party entry cost is 100 pesos, which also buys you one drink to get you started!

Vallarta Yacht Club
VYC starts the sailboat racing season with the Vallarta Cup. This series, started in 2005, and runs every Saturday in January. Each day of racing is capped off with a great party at Vallarta Yacht Club!
Event Director Ricki Williams works her magic once more to put together another great Saturday night of entertainment at VYC! On Saturday, January 18 get ready to rock with one of the coolest R&B bands in the area, the Rhythm Roosters. How better to enjoy them than with Brats and Beer? You’ll get two brats, fries and a beer or soft drink for $120 pesos. The R.Roosters will start their rock’n’rolling at 6pm. (Photo below right of last Saturday’s leader)

Vallarta Cup Awards Night and Noche Latino with Rossy and Roberto
Join everyone for the awards night to find out who’s name will be etched on the Vallarta Cup Perpetual Trophy on January 25 at 6pm. It is the finale of our January of parties – a celebration of the the Vallarta Cup, and a celebration of the Latin Music. We’ll be awarding the trophies, as well as enjoying a great evening of Latin music with Rossy and Roberto.
The Menu:  Tortilla soup, Sirloin and Chicken a la Mexicana, Re-fried Beans, Flan and a margarita or soft drink, all for $150 pesos. Check out Chef Israel’s “special” hot sauce, if you dare! The fun starts at 6pm!
For more information on this and other VYC events please visit their website at

Ana Banana Bar and Grill
Ana Banana Bar and Grill always has a fun crowd, whether its for a cup of coffee with breakfast or during the anabanana_gold3evenings during one of the live music shows. Sunday’s Rib night host the Rhythm Roosters playing rock and roll, Meatloaf Mondays with homemade meatloaf with “The Good Stuff” classic rock and roll and Coffehouse Friday’s, with Ben on his guitar, along with Dave playing lead on his beautiful sweet Gibson. Ed on spoons chimes in, and during the breaks is like an open mike night and you never know who is going to show up! It’s always fun at Ana Banana Bar and Grill…stop on by!

Black Forest Restaurant
BEER FEST January 28th
Join us on Tuesday, January 28th for an evening of classic German delicacies and our proverbial German “Gemütlichkeit”. Your hosts Andrea and Yvonne will serve you in traditional German Dirndls and the beer mugs will be overflowing with ice cold German beer. Dinner selections consist of hearty German favorites such as bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, pork schnitzel, dumplings and spätzle, just to name a few.
Live Music with Latcho & Andrea are at the Black Forest Restaurant every Friday evening.  Don’t miss this passionate Duo this Season. Reservations are recommended.
Marlin #16, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Phone: (329) 295 5203

Octopus’s Garden
We always have a lot going on! Please check out the La Cruz community calendar for all of our events and classes, or stop on by and take a look at our event board out front. Wednesdays are dance night..with salsa dancing for everyone afterwards. We have also started our Saturday Brunch with live music. Come and enjoy a delicious breakfast brunch with us.
On Friday we will have the music master, Jerome on Piano with Chris on double base and with Mimi on guitar. This is like an open mike night. Last week local Chris Bouchard sang ‘Fever’, Michelle sang  ‘Geogia’ and Jeff recited his poetry to music. They were all very good. Come and and sing a song and show your talent!
Our second Golden Kingdom Dance Show is this Saturday, January 18th. This is a dinner and dance show, with dinner for 200 pesos, or only the dance show for 100 pesos.
Our menu this Saturday will be your choice of:
Thai Salad or Cream of Broccoli soup,
Coq au Vin wit Cambray Potoatos or
Beef Lasagna with baguette, or
Cheese filled Chilis Poblanos
Dessert is Mixed fruit or Ice Cream
Click here for on-line reservations and dinner choice or please call us at 329-295-5367
Thank you.

Masala Bar & Grill
Many do know about the amazing food at Masala Bar & Grill. They are easy to find. Take a left at the only light in La Cruz, then make a right at the glorieta (round-about) and they are 1.5 blocks down on the left. For those who do not yet know about this fabulous La Cruz restaurant, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are closed every Tuesday. The staff is professional and bilingual. Owner and Chef Julio and their staff of chefs and sue chefs create delicious foods with an amazing presentation.
They have morning breakfast specials for 65 pesos served with coffee or orange juice. You also receive a gratis french toast appetizer while your waiting for your breakfast..which is very delicious! Their regular breakfast menu is vat with everything from Eggs Benedict to fluffy omelets, and a locals favorite the Spinach Fritata with potatoes. Their vegetarian omelet is amazing!  The lunch menu also has several vegetariann selections, along with the fresh catch of the day. Masala also makes fresh soups daily…super delicious!
The Dinner menu offers layered flavors with several fresh fish options, grass fed Filet Mignon, Organic Pork Chops and roasted Cornish game hens. Also, serving fresh pastas like Ricotta and goat cheese raviolis and Linguini pesto basil. Thursday evening special is a three course meal with musical guests Tatewari playing Flamenco music, all for only 200 pesos! Enjoy the flavors of Masala Bar and Grill!  Click here to view their photo gallery!

Thanks so much for tuning in for the La Cruz Community News! Remember to check in on the La Cruz Community Calendar for new events coming up. Have a super fun weekend and week La Cruzin around. If you have any La Cruz community news to share, or would like to see your business here on the La Cruz community weekly splash drop me a line at
Many blessings of loving kindness,
Cat Morgan

Come out and play in the La Cruz Community and have fun on the Banderas Bay
in La Cruz Mexico!




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