I am writing this blog just after waking up on my 4th day in my awesome vacation property in La Cruz, Nayarit, Mexico. As I awoke this morning and opened my eyes just before sunrise, I looked out through the giant windows overlooking the city lights of Nuevo Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta and the entire Banderas Bay area and it was breathtaking. I thought to myself wow, how beautiful this is and how lucky I was to find such a wonderful place at a great price. I really enjoyed watching the many fishing boats from Marina La Cruz heading out for the big haul of fish. It is quite a fantastic way to start anyone’s day.
The Casa we rented was beautiful and away from the hustle and bustle of any major city. La Cruz is a very small and sleepy fishing town that really keeps the spirit of Mexico alive. The name of the Casa we rented was “Vista De Bahia” which is a 3 BR 3.5 bathroom (plus an office). We traveled with just 4 people but this house could easily sleep 10 people. My favorite level was the palapa rooftop terrace and master bedroom on the 3rd floor. You have a complete panoramic view of the entire bay including Puerto Vallarta. Under the palapa and next to the terrace is the master bedroom that I spoke about and where we (my wife and I) spent the nights. The room is nice with Satellite TV, high speed internet and a memory foam padded bed that was super comfortable. I slept right through the night like a baby. It was even nice and cool up there with breezes flowing through even though we were staying there in the month of August when temperatures are in the 90s with high humidity. We really stayed rather cool especially in the evenings and the morning. The bedroom has very nice furnishings and a very large private bathroom attached with a big sink area and around the corner is the shower and toilet.
Just a step outside of the bedroom takes you out to the palapa terrace which was my favorite spot in the house. It is a very large terrace with tables and chairs plus a futon couch to relax and soak up the view. There is also a wet bar with fridge, microwave and coffee maker so you will have everything you need to heat up some snacks, have your morning coffee and of course your happy hour cocktails. The view from there is breathtaking. You can see the entire town of La Cruz and all the way across the bay to Puerto Vallarta. You look right down at the Marina so you can watch the many tour boats coming in and going out in the morning. The marina is home to so many beautiful yachts so you will probably see many of those too. We spent a lot of time on the palapa terrace playing cards, games and just enjoying the magnificent view.
The other favorite area of this house is the ground level where the pool is located. The outside patio area around the pool is extremely nice with plenty of shade. The pool is unique because it was not too large. It was 5 feet deep throughout with a bench seat in the water that goes all the way down one side of the pool. This is an area that you will spend a lot of time as we did. We loved having drinks in the pool especially before dinner since the pool area is right next to the kitchen. There also is a bar, gas BBQ grill which we made effective use of and there is also a washer and dryer just off the patio connected to the garage. The kitchen has everything you would need to prepare a great meal. We stopped at Walmart before arriving so we would have everything we would need during our stay. There were a few things we needed from town so the concierge, Marco was nice enough to pick up the things we needed and deliver it right to our front door. He is so helpful and was ready to help us anytime we needed.
The rest of the house includes 2 other living areas that are nice for reading and relaxing. There are also 2 other large bedrooms, one of which has air conditioning and both have very comfy beds. The fourth bedroom doubles as an office. It has a desk and pull out sofa bed. You could easily accommodate up to 10 people in this house which makes it a real bargain. Although with just 4 of us we felt pretty good about the $180 nightly price which breaks down to just $90 per day (per couple), I priced many hotels in the area that were much more than that with less amenities.
During our stay, we took some time and walked to the marina, the entire La Cruz Malecon and checked out all the mega yachts and boats docked there. We had dinner at Frescatis Italian restaurant in the Marina that overlooks all the boats and the bay. It was excellent, the food, service and ambiance was a beautiful way to end a very excellent day. Here is their website: www.frascatilacruz.com. After that long walk we were ready to get back to the casa and unwind and take a dip in the pool. We grabbed a taxi and got us home in about 5 minutes, that’s how close it is. The one deciding factor to getting a taxi was the hill that the casa is on. It is a bit of a hike and rather steep so we would walk down and get a taxi to go back which worked out great. The taxis are really cheap too, the average cost to get around was only a couple of dollars or 50 pesos.
One of the other days we took an excursion on the Chica Locca which is a boat tour to the Marieta Islands. Wow, this is a great trip, only $80 per person and all inclusive! This boat was huge, it was a trimaran had everything from, kayaks, paddle boards, water slides, water tubes (that we got to ride while we were cruising) snorkel gear, open bar, fluffy cushions to lay on, splash nets and a lot more. This boat trip will be a highlight of your vacation as it was for us. It is an all-day tour that you do not want to miss. It departs right out of the La Cruz marina so you can see it even before you book. Here is the website: www.chicaloccatours.com. You will be happy you did this trip.
The rest of our week was spent relaxing at the house and of course we did spend a day on the beach in La Cruz. We did quite a bit of walking around and visited some of the local stores, bars and restaurants. I will be writing more about this trip in another blog so check back on this site and get all the information you need about the area. If you want to have a nice vacation with friends at a great price then check out lifeinlacruz.com and they will assist you to have a fantastic vacation. You can find more information about this property and book it from this link: Casa Vista De Bahia.