2015 MAR – SAYULITA

Sayulita is just a 40 minute and $2 bus ride north of La Cruz.  Driving there I was struck by the dense jungle that came right down to the road’s edge. The road was hacked out of the jungle – literally.

Due to the sheer remoteness of the place, the dense jungle, and the lack of a road… Sayulita remained a little fishing village while the rest of Mexico was being settled.  In fact it was only in 1941 that European families first arrived in the quaint village, so the little town has retained it delightful olde worlde charm.

Lots of roadside dining, and little stores selling their wares to enthusiastic tourists

Lots of roadside dining, and little stores selling their wares to enthusiastic tourists

In the 1960s the surfers found this little Eden, and it’s consistent river mouth surf break, and slowly the word spread and tourists started arriving, aided by the Mexican construction of Highway 200.  Today it is a Mecca for surfers and paddleboarders alike, in fact, on the day we visited they were having a Paddleboarders competition which had attracted large numbers of visitors.

Roadside cafes - making good use of the Mexican air conditioning - aka the sea breeze!

Roadside cafes – making good use of the Mexican air conditioning – aka the sea breeze!

Sayulita is a popular off-the-beaten-track destination and besides the surf hype, it also has other activities like horseback riding, snorkeling…. and eating!This “swinging” restaurant might just have me upchucking my meal.  It’s one thing eating while swinging at anchor on my boat, it’s a whole nother deal swinging at the table.

Another cafe where the seats are swings - planks suspended from the roof

Another cafe where the seats are swings – planks suspended from the roof

Sayulita has become a popular wedding destination – accommodation is reasonably priced and you cannot beat the view as a backdrop for your photos.

Stores around the tiny plaza

Stores around the tiny plaza

The town has a tiny, neat plaza with little stores all around.  This little town lacks the majestic cathedral and beautiful buildings surrounding plazas in the bigger cities, but has its own delightful charm.

Bohemian look to the little city

Bohemian look to the little city

With growing ecological awareness, Sayulita is carefully controlling development and zoning to retain its charm and lessen the ecological impact on this fragile environment.

The city is now a mix of rustic homes nestled next to 5-star resorts.

And all roads lead to the beach

And all roads lead to the beach

And of course, all roads lead to the beach!  There are dozens of places offering surfing lessons for beginners all the way to advanced.  The waves are not very large, but it seems the curl is consistent.

 

And roads lead to the beach...again

And roads lead to the beach…again

The beach is lovely and clean. No debris.  No trash.  Lots of vendors selling everything from cookies, to necklaces, to massages, scarves, carvings, and arts and crafts of every kind.

But the star is the beach….!

And presenting the main attraction... The beach!

And presenting the main attraction… The beach!

 

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