La Cruz March 2012
We are still here because (besides the fact that we simply like La Cruz) we watched all the preparations for a huge welcoming party for a tourist convention that took place in a big dirt lot next to the marina (where a hotel will eventually be built.) and we wanted to see the finished product.
Tianguis Turistico was a HUGE deal. Most of it taking place in PV, but the welcoming party was right here at the marina. About 6500 people from the tourist industry attended. It’s amazing how the whole area from PV to Sayulita was transformed. The medians between La Cruz and PV were all planted with palm trees, flowers and grass (formerly all dirt). The overpasses were all painted. Everything was really cleaned up.
When we left La Cruz Feb. 2nd they had just begun renovations of the town square and the surrounding streets. Everything was torn up. Upon our return on March 16 the town square and street were complete and looking great and they had begun replacing the sidewalks on the main street coming into town.
|The La Cruz town square all fixed up.|
|First they went through with a jackhammer and did all the sidewalks|
on Calle Langosta.
So far they've replaced about half of the jackhammered sidewalks.
|The corners actually have wheelchair ramps!|
|Our favorite corner tienda.|
|Cafe Huanacaxtle - one of our favorites.|
Preparations for the Welcome Party were underway when we arrived on March 16th and by the 25th the dirt parking lot was totally transformed - all for a 4 hour event!
|Loomba-Loomba at the marina in La Cruz.|
|The token pool to impress the tourism visitors. It did not exist a month ago.|
|Set up - Day 2.|
We actually were able to attend the event because the marina was behind
the entrance gate and we could walk right in. It was quite spectacular.
Apparently it was invitation only!
|A spectacular fireworks show at midnight.|
|The next morning.|
|Taking everything down.|
We are planning on leaving La Cruz tomorrow (March 28) and heading toward Mazatlan and/or La Paz before we get up into the Sea of Cortez. While here we polished the hull and stainless, got fuel and water, reprovisioned, went to the dermatologist and dentist, visited our favorite restaurants, and re-connected with friends we haven't seen for awhile.