La Cruz Sunday Market at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina
The La Cruz Sunday Market (officially called the Mercado Huanacaxtle) opens each year in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on the first Sunday in November every year since their inception in 2010. The location at the La Cruz Marina creates a special ambiance for Banderas Bay seaside shopping. Started at the location of the La Cruz town plaza, the market quickly out grew that venue, and moved to the new location at the La Cruz Marina in its first year of development.
Click on the photos (or click below) as they are linked to the La Cruz Sunday Market Photo Gallery!
The rent from the Mercado Huanacaxtle goes towards the new orphanage in Valle de Banderas, as well as education for Mexican nationals. The founders employing 15 persons, and paying the band, its a win win situation all the way around for the La Cruz community.
The La Cruz Sunday Market now covers the entire area from La Cruz Mercado (Fish Market), out along the Marina walk way and down and around to the jetty. More vendors attend and sell their wares each year, coming from all over the state of Jalisco and Nayarit. Some as far as Guadalajara as well as Tepic!
The organizers are selective as to which vendors can join the market, preventing the reselling of products and produce. The main guideline is having an original production of goods. There is a waiting line to get into the La Cruz Sunday Market now, and many take alternate turns selling there.
Its fun to walk, eat, and shop at the market while listening to the live music being played by the waters edge. Many diverse local and visiting musicians and bands come to play every Sunday. It brings an energy of happiness and joy to the market place. Give them a “tip” as you pass by!
So, what is selling at this market? One of the largest Markets on the Riviera Nayarit, there are currently over 170 exhibitors. Everything you can imagine at a Farmers Market / Artisan Market all mixed in together. Culinary delights abound! Homemade breads, jams and jellies, cookies and sweet treats like brownies and cakes, local organic coffee, (several different brands, whole and ground) smoked fish, delicious home made granola, freshly made peanut butter and yogurts, pickles, fresh farm eggs, organic fruits and veggies,local organic honey, home made tortillas and oh…so much more. Come hungry because the artisans are making food such as wood fired pizzas, empenadas, tamales, all kinds of freshly squeezed juices, Mexican liquid refreshments such as paella, sausages and ham creations, organic quiche, different types of wraps; an endless delight for your taste-buds!
Now, as if this was not icing on the cake, there is more! At the La Cruz Sunday Market you will also find a giant selection of Artisan art work, metal art, hand made leather goods like shirts and hand bags, rugs, feathers for your hair, wooden bowls and different wooden crafts, silk-screened T-shirts, embroidered clothing, hand made soaps and wonderful creams and lotions, shampoos and natural bug sprays, hand made cards and envelopes and post cards, coconut oils, cigars, Talavera pottery, and paintings, There are hand made puppets, homeopathic remedies, natural healing, fresh flowers, fashion dresses, natural shoes and huaraches, pet supplies and food, original paintings in watercolor and other mediums. And of course a huge selection of all kinds of jewelry from rings, necklaces, anklets, toe rings, nose rings and amazing Huichol beading and art work…just to name a few!
Directions to the La Cruz Sunday Market,
and the La Cruz Mercado
Its easy to fine the La Cruz Sunday Market, and the La Cruz Mercado (Fish Market), which is open 7 wonderful days a week! So bring a cooler for the fresh catch of the day for supper!
Finding the La Cruz Sunday Market is easy! If your traveling from Bucerias, head North on the 200 road and take the off-ramp headed towards La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta de Mita. Continue into the town past the two Pemex Gas Stations. You will see a sign for the mercado.Turn left there and follow the road to the end, ( a dirt road), or the street second to the end, and go left, which is the only way you can go! Travel to the end and take a right, and head down to the La Cruz Marina, about 200 yards ahead.
It is there you will find the amazing fish market at the La Cruz Marina,( the La Cruz Mercado), and the ever amazing La Cruz Sunday Market!
If you looking to spend the night, a lovely La Cruz Hotel, Villa Amor del Mar is located next door right on the beach overlooking the beautiful La Cruz Marina.