On Sunday I did sneak out between rain squalls to go to the market to sample the locally-made Italian and chorizo sausages. I had a combo Italian sausage and chorizo sandwich…muy delicioso. Also I did a video of a local band playing at the market called “La Payasos del Mer” (The Sea Clowns) playing a Mexican tune called something like “The Pretty Black Girl Drives Me Crazy.” For its smallish size, La Cruz has a very vibrant music scene with musical venues at the restaurants most days of the week. The market is quite an attraction here which happens on Sundays near the channel entrance to the marina, just a few blocks away from my abode. There are about 150 booth vendors at the market. It is well attended by mostly gringos and a few Mexicans. The vendors are mostly Mexican with a sprinkling of some gringos who live in the area. I will do a separate write-up on the Sunday market later. Don't expect the best prices but the quality is mostly very good.
Later in the morning, I met with Chris Bouchard, the real estate man who I met earlier at an open house in Bucerias, for a coffee at the Osos restaurant. He is a Canadian who lived in the Vancouver area and operated a construction-related business servicing large hotels. He sold the business and embarked on a mid-life sabbatical. Eventually, he and his wife, Cindy, set off to La Cruz where they purchased a condo and later a large house by the beach near the marina entrance channel. The house was extensively refurbished and turned into a boutique hotel/B&B with five suites -- the Villa Amore del Mar. They also rent an adjoining casita. You can view their Villa of Love by the Sea at http://www.villaamordelmar.com. They return each year to a cabin by Drayton Bay by Semiahmoo for the summers (near Blaine, Washington). Cindy, an interior designer, operates the inn, and Chris started Domus Vallarta real estate a year ago, http://domusvallarta.com/en/. I will look at some properties with him during my stay in La Cruz.
On the way home, I stopped by a typical Mexican eatery called “La Placita” (The Little Place) around the town square and had huevos rancheros.
I noticed that restaurants in La Cruz are frequented by either only Mexicans or only gringos. There is a bit of intermingling sometimes, but not much. It looks like the locals and the gringos get along well. The gringos are doing a lot of charitable activities in La Cruz to help the local Mexican community. I sense a very good vibe here.