24. Sayulita, Mexico - Casa Rentals and Surf Lessons

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April 4, 2007

Despite our frequent attempts to rationalize it, we had concluded that it wouldn't be fair to our friend Kelly to make her spend her two-week vacation in Mexico sleeping on the bottom bunk of a VW van in a dusty campsite.

And so we had agreed to the idea of renting a vacation home in Sayulita for five nights.

Adrienne and I were of course in heaven at Casa de Mombo, the home we had rented through the Bradshaw Group, because we had Kelly's company, a blender, a deck with lounge chairs, a pool and an indoor bathroom that was connected to the bedroom. We were also only a ten-minute walk from the town's zocolo.

Sayulita had been recommended to us a few times over the years by various friends who, searching for a more "authentic" Mexican experience than offered in the big resort cities, had stayed there. Invariably, they had been pleased with their choice.

It was easy to see why: Sayulita is a small town on the beach with dusty roads and sidewalk taco stands.

But unlike the similar-sized towns farther north that we had stayed in/driven through during the previous few weeks, Sayulita also has lots of expats, many who have opened higher-end restaurants and bars (like Buddha Bar, Don Pedros, etc.), and enough young'ish hipster tourists to give it energy.

Sayulita's only downside is that the beach is small and the bay crowded with so many novice surfers, like us, that we couldn't find any room on the "break" to "catch the wave" after our surf lessons.

I ended up aborting the surf mission early on in fear of a collision occurring, and the legal implications attached. The girls, however, were successful in dodging the boaters, swimmers, and other boarders for at least a while;

Although we didn't leave our hearts there, the town of San Franciso, two kilometers to the north, is undoubtedly on the way to being the next Sayulita, and has more beach front to offer than its southern neighbour.

At the end of a narrow road at the far north end of town there are already a number of inviting, and secluded, places to stay, including the large Costa Azul Adventure Resort, where the pool almost touches the ocean, and the more modest Bungalows Lydia, which occupies a cliff in a jungle setting.

Key Facts & Figures:

-Casa De Mombo: $90/night
-Surf lessons: $25/person