The La Cruz Sunday Market or Mercado Huanacaxtle opens each year in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Mexico on the first Sunday in November. Their inception was in 2010. The La Cruz Marina location makes for a special environment of seaside shopping in Banderas Bay. The market started in the La Cruz town plaza, but quickly grew out of that space and relocated to the La Cruz Marina in its first year of development. The Mercado Huanacaxtle rent goes towards the orphanage in Valle de Banderas and education for Mexican nationals. It’s a win win situation all the way around for the La Cruz community as the founders employ over 15 people as well as a seaside band for your listening pleasure while you shop.
The La Cruz Sunday Market now covers the entire area from La Cruz Mercado (Fish Market), out along the Marina boardwalk overlooking the Bay of Banderas.
The sun shining off the ocean and beautiful sailboats coming in and out of the docks only add to the magic of the market. The new location of the market is also convenient because you can just pop into the fish market before heading home and check that off your shopping list!
More vendors come and sell their merchandise each year coming from as far as Guadalajara! The organizers are selective as to which vendors can join the market, preventing the reselling of products and produce. The markets are producer only, which means that all the vendors there must either make it, bake it or grow it. The creativity, talent and passion displayed by this group of local bakers, jewelers, designers, musicians, chefs, artisans, painters, and farmers is amazing! There is a waiting line to get into the La Cruz Sunday Market now, and many take turns selling there.
People really enjoy walking, eating and shopping while listening to the live music being played on the boardwalk. Every Sunday many diverse local and visiting musicians and bands come to play. This brings joy and happiness to the marketplace and adds to the festive vibe. Make sure to tip if you like the music.
Ok, let’s get down to the goods!! So, what is selling at this market? There are so many wonderful booths with wonderful products to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start! There are currently over 170 exhibitors and it is one of the largest Markets on the Riviera Nayarit. There is everything you can imagine at this Farmers / Artisan Market.
There is an incredible array of jewelry designers, all with their own unique style….
There are local designers with everything from leather goods, t-shirts, rugs, handbags and dresses to bathing suits…
There are handmade crafts like blown glass trinkets, puppets, homeopathic remedies, natural healing, fresh flowers, pet supplies and food, original paintings in watercolor and other mediums, wall hangings, picture frames, handmade soaps and wonderful creams and lotions, shampoos and natural bug spray…
Come hungry because you can’t forget about the FOOD!…
You will find beautiful, organically and locally grown micro-greens, tomatoes, squash flowers, herbs, artisan breads, empanadas, pastries, baked goods, handmade cheeses, sausages, hams, salamis, salsas, hummus, dressings, dips, spreads, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, grains, jams and jellies, cookies and sweet treats like brownies and cakes, local organic coffee, (several different brands, whole and ground) smoked fish, delicious homemade granola, freshly made peanut butter and yogurts, pickles, fresh farm eggs, organic fruits and veggies, local organic honey, homemade tortillas and more! There are also ready-made meals of wood fired pizzas, tacos, curries, rice paper wraps, sandwiches and tamales. There is an endless delight for your taste-buds!
The La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Farmers’ Market is open on Sundays from 10am to 2pm and is a great way to support the local community. You might want to bring a shopping bag and a bottle of water. It is easy to find from any of our lovely Vacation Properties in La Cruz. Just head down to the La Cruz Marina where you will find the ever amazing La Cruz Sunday Market as well as the La Cruz Fish Market which (is open 7 wonderful days a week!)
Discover the La Cruz Sunday Market in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, on the Riviera Nayarit, in Mexico!
Note: ~ La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is located on the Bay of Banderas, about 15 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
Learn more at the La Cruz Market website: http://www.lacruzmarket.com/