Life is a Beach

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Casa Duende Vista Sayulita
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Monday, November 21, 2011

Ah, the beaches of Sayulita! We have lots of fond memories :D. After all, it was on the beach that we first met Anne and Leo & Suzanne. Anne is visiting for a second time from Minnesota and Leo & Suzanne from Canada spend 6 months of their year in this paradise.

We will also remember Sayulita as the place where we caught our first waves! It's such a rush, and easy to see the appeal. Our first attempt wasn't as hard as anticipated. Carlos from Pazport Surf School took us for a lesson. Perhaps it was beginner's luck. Perhaps it was Carlo's timing. Or perhaps the conditions that day were perfect. 

Frustratingly our subsequent attempts proved a lot harder. At times the waves were so persistent that just getting out to sea was a mission. Other times we waited forever for waves, just paddling and waiting while wrinkling into salty prunes. Dangers are ever-present - swimmers, other beginner surfers, getting knocked by waves and your own surfboard, and scraping yourself on rocks and stones. And what are these rash guards for again? Yeah, there's that too!

We can't surf properly by any means but we now know the basics and gave it our best shot. We'll definitely give it another shot at the first opportunity!

The beaches around Sayuita kept us entertained for 5 weeks:

Main beach - that's where we'd hang out most days for a few hours. We'd always look out for Anne on her usual spot, the sun-lounger alongside the little stream. There we'd chat, laugh, sunbathe, sip tequila ;) and plan our nights out. Ah, good times with Sweet Anne!

Playa de Los Muertos / Beach of the Dead - we'd often go here around sunset. It's past the colourful little cemetery, away from the vendors and surfers. A lovely little strip of beach perfect for swimming and sunbathing in peace.

Patzcuaro beach - a 25 minute hike along a jeep track and through the jungle. Leo & Suzanne shared this little piece of heaven with us and organised a fun-filled BBQ and sunset there one day. We foraged with drift wood of different sizes and Dee was set the challenge of lighting the fire to disprove rumours of her city-slicker ways. Leo expertly cooked the prawn & fish kebabs that he prepared earlier, and Suzanne organised pretty much everything else. Thxxx for a FAB day, guys!

Patzcuaro is a near empty beach with a huge German-owned house at one end, and a 70 year old naked man living under the trees at the other end. Apparently he's been there for 25 years! Initially we thought he was just a beach legend until one day just Mario and I returned to saw him there, in all his naked glory. 

That day we took the coastal route back to Sayulita, along little beaches but mostly by climbing over boulders of varying sizes. It was hair-raising at times especially when we were high up with waves lapping at the cliffs, crossing big gaps or sliding down slippery slopes. The coast seemed endless, around every corner there was another. But after about two hours we made to the other end with just a few scratches.

There's another little beach between Sayulita and San Pancho - not sure of the name but it's gorgeous and hardly anyone goes there. Again it's a hike through the jungle along a stream heading north) or you can hire a quad bike. We saw loads of 360 degree tracks on the sand. 

That's where Mario decided to strip off... just because he could!
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