One of the most memorable months during our travels in 2012 was the month we spent in this lovely little surf-town, in Sayulita, Mexico. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, this small, sleepy surf town is just 40 minutes from the bustling tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta.
However, we didn’t really like Puerto Vallarta from the minute we arrived. It was basically another Cancun, so we were dying to get to Sayulita; a place we had heard was very quiet and laid-back. After the short journey there, we instantly fell in love, and decided to extend our planned week-long stay into one month! We also gave ourselves a goal; during the month we would teach ourselves to surf.
Learning to surf had been a dream of both of ours for a long time, so it was amazing that we finally found ourselves in the perfect little Mexican beach town to do it in.
After walking around the town with our heavy backpacks for a few hours, under the intense sun, we finally found an adorable bungalow just one minute from the beach. It would be our home for the next month, and we would be extremely happy there. At only $5000 MXN pesos for the month, it was a steal. Thats roughly $385 USD or €295 EUR for a mini apartment, with private bathroom, two beds, self-contained kitchen and Wi-Fi.
During our search for accommodation, we had met a lovely Canadian expat, who offered to rent us her surf board at only $50 USD for the month. This was also great value, as the surfboards for rent in the surf shops around town would have easily cost that much for just one or two days!
Of course, we were too cheap to pay for the over-priced lessons, so we did what we do best; we jumped online, watched a few Youtube videos, and we were off! We’re big believers in the notion that you can really teach yourself anything online, even surfing!
And it worked…eventually! After almost two weeks, we were standing on the board and riding the waves to shore, (if not very wobbly). Spending our mornings learning to surf, our afternoons cooking, working on launching our first online e-commerce store and strolling around the lively town in the evenings, was the perfect way to spend a month in Sayulita, Mexico.
The relaxed, friendly vibe of the town, the beautiful warm water of the Pacific and the small-town atmosphere, has made Sayulita, Mexico one of my favourite places in the world. I edited together this video above to try to get across the essence of Sayulita. I didn’t really plan on making a video, so it’s a bit rough, but I think it works. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Have you ever fell instantly in love with a place, that you immediately decided to extend your stay?