Still surfing in Sayulita

After many days of hard driving and the excitement of constantly being in a new place, we are finally slowing down our pace of life in Sayulita. $18 USD per night seems reasonable for an ocean view, clean bathrooms, hot showers and full hook-ups for our camper. Our daily routine may include any of the following: surfing, yoga, reading, hooping, a visit to the palateria for popsicles, napping, walking to get produce, beer, or fish tacos.

View from the trailer park to the west of Sayulita

Sayulita Trailer Park & Bungalows is populated predominately by retirees, middle-aged people on vacation and families with small children. The buildings are painted in a cheerful yellow. A shaded ping-pong table occupies many guests, and others gather on a patio with a fire pit overlooking the ocean. Bocci Ball happens every day at 4 pm, and we arrived just before the annual tournament concluded. To celebrate the tournament, people brought out food to share and later danced to oldies, MJ, and the Macarena. I brought out some hoops and they were picked up immediately by young and old.  The next day we gathered to watch the Super Bowl on Canadian satellite, accompanied by ribs, steak, chicken wings and bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese.

You need not walk far from our campsite for for the necessities of life: cotton candy, doughnuts, pareos, silver and beaded jewelry will

Celia's Fruteria y Mas

come right to you out on the beach. Each morning trucks carrying LP gas drive by and play a little song. A stroll across the street brings you to a tienda with tortillas, beer and Fresca Toronja (grapefruit soda – my new favorite beverage after Topo Chico). Walk three blocks toward town and you can buy a variety of produce, Mexican and international foods and even bulk spices at Celia’s Fruteria. At Tienda Disconsa, flip flops are only 50 pesos – hanging on the wall next to the toilet paper and diapers.

The town of Sayulita is touristy enough to make life easy for a foreigner. Every waiter at restaurants aimed at tourists speaks great English. An autographed poster of Tony Hawk visiting Sayulita hangs on the wall at Sayulita Fish Taco. At least three offices in town sell real estate. Yet it still retains enough charm and is small enough that you feel comfortable and enjoy walking around town. School kids on their way home in the afternoon walk through the plaza in uniforms. Dogs wander about everywhere in Sayulita, both in town and on the beach. They all appear relatively friendly and well-fed.

Waves rolling into Sayulita

There are two spots to surf right in Sayulita. A right breaks toward the west, and a left breaks in front of the trailer park. Entry and exit can be interesting with rocks rolling around, and swimmers regularly get swept out by a strong rip tide. Both long boarders and short boarders are out every day, along with the occasional paddle board and sponger. The swell picked up yesterday to head high and the left was really working. I’ve had a tough time surfing the lefts the two times I’ve paddled out so far, but John is having a great time getting in the water 2 -3 times per day.

John in Sayulita



  1. gcraighobbs said,

    February 11, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Now we’re talking! Surf’s up! Sending love from Santa Cruz ; )


    • February 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm

      We’re passing on the dub love, gave the collection you created for us to another John who lives in Alaska and took up hooping in Sayulita. Give Yve and Chanelle hugs for us!

  2. gcraighobbs said,

    February 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Awesome! Big swell coming to Central Cali this weekend. Maverick’s is on and the weather is shaping up for epic waves. All love from your SC family!

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