It’s hard to believe that we’re closing in on a month in Sayulita already. Our time here has slowed to an easy pace as we work from our apartment during the day and explore the streets of Sayulita after dark. It’s been nice to untether myself from my cell phone and camera and (to a lesser extent) the Internet and focus on writing. Still, I’ve managed to break away from my desk few times. So let me show you around the neighborhood.
This is the view from our apartment. My desk is to the left and Brian’s desk is off to the right. Behind me is a tiny but functional kitchen. To access our bedroom we have to leave the apartment and walk about twenty feet across an outdoor patio to a stand- alone room with our bed. It’s weird but also kind of funky and fun, except for when it’s raining.
This is a close-up view out the window. When I need a break from writing I watch the surfers on the water.
My first Mexican souvenir was this tiny skull magnet. Unfortunately we’ve already knocked her off the fridge and she shattered into a dozen pieces.
This is the dirt road that leads from our apartment into town. We’re a 5-minute walk from a quiet beach and a 15-minute walk to the center of town and the more popular and crowded surfing beach.
This is the main road leading into Sayulita. There’s a farmers market on this road every Friday. The bus station is a tiny dirt lot.
And this is the bridge that we cross over to walk into town. There are nearly as many golf carts and ATV’s on these roads as cars. The tourists rent them to get around but Brian and I go everywhere on foot. You don’t need wheels in this town, only hardy lungs to climb the hills.
The food in Sayulita is great. There are street taco stands, stand-alone restaurants, churros trucks, smoothy bars and even a couple of hot dog vendors (the hot dogs are wrapped in bacon here).
This is one of a handful of roads in Sayulita lined with restaurants, bars, boutiques and coffee shops. In this town, all roads lead to the beach.
The town square is the heart of the city. In the few weeks we’ve been here we’ve seen boxing matches, bands, and dance competitions on the road in front of the square. Families and friends gather with food and drink to watch the entertainment and street vendors sell snacks. Beer can be purchased in the tiendas for 12 pesos ($.89) a bottle.
Another Sayulita street view. Colorful restaurants and shops line this road.
Brian and I are on a mission to try guacamole from every restaurant in town. Here we are on the third-floor balcony of a restaurant off of the square. The guacamole at this place was just okay but the views made up for it.
This is the heart of Sayulita’s surfer scene. The beach is crowded here on the south end of town but the further north you walk the more isolation you’ll find. Brian and I like to pitch our umbrella on the quiet north beach.
On the very south side of town is the cemetery and, just beyond it, a small beach called Playa De Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead).
Playa De Los Muertos.
The cemetery is tucked into the jungle. At night it glows with candles.
This is our favorite beach restaurant. I don’t know the name of it. In fact, I’m not sure it even has a name. We just call it “our beach restaurant.” Guacamole rating: above average. Ocean view rating: perfect.
The ocean view from our beach restaurant.
The sunsets here in Sayulita are my favorite thing of all. Brian and I have been putting in long hours but no matter what we’re working on we make sure to drop what we are doing and head to the beach to watch the sunset.
The sunset puts everything in perspective.
The sunsets here never disappoint.
When the sun sinks we head to dinner. Our favorite restaurant in town is called Aaleyah’s. They serve the best green salsa I’ve ever had and 2-for-1 margaritas. We had our first guests pass through last week, Mike and Anne from HoneyTrek, and we took them to Aaleyah’s so that they could try the salsa.
Our other favorite restaurant in town is Yeikame. Their blue corn tortillas are handmade and the sopes here are out of this world. At 50 pesos each ($3.67) they’re big enough to split.
Finally, no night is complete without a stop at the bread truck lady. She sells homemade bread, doughnuts, pies, muffins, macaroons, turnovers and homemade blackberry jam right from the trunk of her car. It’s all delicious.
Sayulita is a lovely little town and I feel lucky that we’ve ended up here. One of the many great things about travel is that you leave pieces of your heart in the places you go. I can tell already that Sayulita will keep a big chunk of mine.