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Adventures with Mr. O’Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

My hubby and I recently had (yet another) fun afternoon together adventuring around our town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit.

With the high-season temperatures (November through end of April), adventuring outside around noon was far more enjoyable than during our very hot and humid summer months. 

Toes in the sand and eyes on the horizon, we were greeted by this view, only steps away from our front door.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Our Front Yard

Magical indeed…

Heading north along the beach towards town, there are no shortage of beach-side accommodations to contemplate the day away at.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle~Another Great Mexican Beach Destination!

Making our way to the marina, we passed by an area of palm trees where the local fishermen work on their nets.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

At the end of the rock jetty we spotted the empty stalls and overhead tarps that host the high season’s Sunday farmer’s market—a must see if you are in the area between the months of November and April. 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Cruz Farmers Market, November thru April

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Not a bad spot to spend the day!

Venturing past the docks, we continued on north towards La Manzanilla beach. I am so happy to see La Cruz taking proactive action towards environmental consciousness and look forward to more and more individuals and towns joining in this global call to care for our planet.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Keep our beaches clean! #limpiemosnuestromexico

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Playa La Manzanilla

Past La Manzanilla Beach we ventured into the tidepools.

Tidepool Rocks

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Looking across the bay towards Puerto Vallarta

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Oyster Time!

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Christmas is in the air~even in the jungle!

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

La Manzanilla Beachside Restaurant

Thirst was upon us so we stopped to get a delicious, cold coco!

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

The walk home through town was fun, stopping to take pictures of various parts and enjoying getting to know our new digs on foot.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

The Green House

 

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

Local & Wild

 

Cutting back down to the beach to arrive home, we were were again greeted by the Pacific Blue.

Adventures with Mr. O'Grady: A Walking Tour of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle

I love days experiences these, where you just set out and see where the adventure takes you.

Here’s to many, many more…

Saludos,

~Katie

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About the author: Internationally-Acclaimed Author & Relocation Coach Katie O’Grady is a 4th generation San Diegan who together with her retired Firefighter hubby and their now 14-year-old twins immigrated to Mexico in 2012. Los O’Gradys in Mexico is InterNations Top Expat Mexico Blog and Katie has been featured on various distinguished platforms including Elephant Journal, Yucatan Times, and Huffington Post. Seven years into their Mexico adventure, Katie and her family continue to embrace their reinvented, reinspired lives where tacos and fun are part of their daily round! If you are interested in learning about raising bilingual, bicultural, cross-border children and creating a life of design south of the border, feel free to contact Katie at [email protected] and on the following platforms: Facebook Instagram Pinterest

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Paul Spino November 20, 2016, 5:41 pm

    Great pictures and article. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  • Sarah December 22, 2016, 1:16 pm

    I just read through your whole blog, and, like so many others, was instantly drawn into your story! It was just lovely.
    I am “born and raised” American, but my fiance is originally from the state of Jalisco (although he has been in the States for quite some time now). Although full time living is not in our plans, we would love to eventually be able to spend several weeks in Mexico each year in the future, once we are more established in our married life and in our jobs. I would seriously consider moving there, especially because I already speak Spanish and have been told by several Hispanics that even with my fair skin and green eyes, I would fit right in (the only give away being my accent!), but who knows what will happen! 🙂 He still has some family in Jalisco and Aguascalientes.

    I wonder if you could comment on safety in Mexico. My impression is that Mexico is much like any other country…there are good places to go and bad places to avoid. Judging by the news we get in the US, it would seem that Mexico is basically run by drug cartels and corruption. Could you offer some insight into that? I suppose a lot of it really just has to do with being aware of surroundings and trusting your gut…which is what we’re supposed to be doing anywhere we are anyway.

    Thanks so much, and I look forward to more! 🙂

    • Katie O'Grady December 27, 2016, 1:38 am

      Hi Sarah and Welcome to Los O’Gradys in Mexico!
      Thank you for the kind compliments about our blog.
      Your goals and dreams to adventure into Mexico sound very sound, practical and FUN! We are in fact in between 2 states–that of your husband’s origin and the one bordering it to the north, Nayarit.
      In response to your questions about safety in Mexico, you truly answered it as I would…there is good and bad everywhere and employing common sense is the best recipe for safety…that and as you say, trusting your gut, go a long way.
      In the 4 years that we have lived and raised our children as permanent residents of this dynamic country, I have felt safer and more supported by community that I ever did in our previous lives NOB. That is my experience. Of course this is a very layered and multi-dimensional topic and issue but if we lived our lives based solely on what the media chooses to magnify, I might never leave my house.
      Cheers,
      Katie 🙂

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