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The Best Coffee in La Cruz! It’s in the Garden.

Right here at Marychuy Ortega’s Octopus’s Garden, an oasis in the middle of La Cruz De Huanacaxtle. She’ll make you breakfast, too. The coffee comes from a nearby plantation and roaster, all in the state of Nayarit. In the mountains. We prefer the dark roast. Marychuy grinds it for us, and the half-kilo bag comes to 125 pesos. That’s about a pound for about $6.75US. And, yes, it is very good, whether she makes or…

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It May be Low Season for Tourists, but Tuna Sees It Entirely Differently

Here  in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, every morning sees the return of the local small-boat fishing fleet to the Marina docks. And, judging by the constant selection available, the quantity and the quality…not to mention customer traffic…fishing is good. This is the time of year when tuna are plentiful in the Bay of Banderas. So is the dorado. And the huachinamgo. Denver by the Slice…Barefoot! wandered down to the market the other morning with the…

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On the Importance of Dick and Liz…

The real Oceano Bar is long gone. And, the iconic seahorse statue has been moved down the Malecon. Even the dusty cobblestone main drag has been replaced by one of the finest pedestrian zones we have seen. But, Puerto Vallarta, at its heart, is still very much like the village that John Huston put on the map with his 1964 film. The culture is in tact. Of course, if you have been to Puerto Vallarta,…

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