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Panoramic View of the Town Plaza of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Panorama of the Town Plaza and Surrounding AreaView All Sizes

One of the things I love about Mexico are the open-air mercados and tiendas that spill fresh vegetables and tree-ripened fruit onto the street and emanate delicious smells for passers-by.

Delicious Smells from this Mini SuperView All Sizes

JOURNAL : October 1, 2005

The Colorful Town of Sayulita

Sayulita > Nayarit > Mexico

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Malpasos Beach near Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Malpasos Beach

Sayulita is a colorful beach town nestled in a beautiful valley bowl near Punta de Mita, about a 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. The village sits like a pearl in a bay ringed with sandy beaches and steady surf. Its constituents are still predominantly Mexican, but also include lots of Canadians, Americans, and Argentinians. Surfers from everywhere and busloads of tourists from Puerto Vallarta descend daily. In the height of the season it can be difficult to find a rental, but Sayulita hosts plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops. In many way Sayulita is an ideal beach vacation spot, and reminds me of Isla Mujeres.

Heading home to Sayulita from Malpasos Beach, Nayarit, Mexico

Heading Home to SayulitaView All Sizes

I stayed in Sayulita for three months before, during and after my sister Summer gave birth to her baby. At the time she was also giving birth to her house by managing and funding its construction. When we returned for her wedding in 2009 the house had been completed for years.

Cobblestone Driveway on the Trail to Malpasos Beach from Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Cobblestone DrivewayView All Sizes

We rented next door to my sister Summer’s house during the wedding in November 2009. This is my other sister Robin and cousin Alyssa on the Palapa

Robin & Alyssa on the PalapaView All Sizes

Town Plaza, Square, or Zocalo of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

Plaza, SayulitaView All Sizes

Puerto Vallarta and Beyond

Some of our day trips include hiking north to Malpasos Beach and boating south to Yelapa. Frequently I took my motorcycle out and rode the jungle highway from Puerto Vallarta to Tepic. For mega shopping (or shopping at MEGA), essential services and memorable events, Puerto Vallarta is definitely the place to go.

Streets of Sayulita, Avenida Revolucion and Hotel Villa Amor

The Streets of SayulitaView All Sizes

This iguana lives in a tree in a house across from my sister’s casa in Sayulita. The owner of the house, a pleasant Mexican gentleman, explained in Spanish that every day the lizard saddles along the wall from the tree to this decorative courtyard gateway and peers out this little window.

Local ResidentView All Sizes

My Sister's Wedding

More recently, in November of 2009, most of my family and relatives converged on this tropical paradise for my sister's wedding. This proved to be one of those rare, wonderful occasions to see extended family and to witness a traditional Mexican wedding.

Mariachi Band Escorts Summer to the Church

Summer’s Mariachi Band EscortView All Sizes

Sayulita

Elephant Bay, Water Island. Boats on the Caribbean at St. Thomas, USVI

Elephant Bay, Water Island

Riverview Hotel Room

Riverview Hotel

Old lava fields are now Sugarcane Fields on Kauai

Old lava fields on Kaua’i

Boats near Puerto Vallarta, before departing to Yelapa

Boca de Tomatlan

Anole lizard on a plumeria branch, Mokuleia, Oahu, Hawaii

Anole on Plumeria

Sunset, Sunset Cruise from Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

Sunset Cruise

Devon Dailey and a female player riding down the field during the game.

Polo Game, Mokuleia

Point of Departure in Yangshuo

Yangshuo Embarcadero

Sharp, craggy quartzite ridge of Seneca Rocks

Seneca Rocks

Random Adventures!

Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico

The Ruins of Tulum

Universal City and Burbank

Universal City

Polo players thundering down the field during the game.

Polo Game