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¡Mexico! It’s margaritas and sunshine most of the time. Or surf and cerveza if you ask my husband. To me, it’s all about the pace. Dolce far Niente- the Italian’s get it too. For those of you who have been to Mexico and those who haven’t- Sayulita is a magical place, just north of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific- the perfect location for your next international getaway.

Flying into Puerto Vallarta, margarita in hand, I can see an enormous Mexican flag waiving from the ground.  We love to fly Alaska Airlines to get to Sayulita. They offer direct flights up and down the west coast to Puerto Vallarta. The Fist Class accommodations on Alaska are always top notch- from the moment you see your private attendant smile upon boarding- it’s official- you’re holiday has begun!

Catching a bus or a taxi from the Airport to Sayulita is easy, you can walk outside arrivals and catch a taxi or walk across the freeway bridge to the bus stop. It’s fun and easy to take the bus- there’s a few spots to grab a bite to eat while you wait. Enjoy a multitude of activities to explore once you arrive in Sayulita. Surfing and SUPing are a few of my favorite. The waves are perfect for beginners or someone looking for a guaranteed fun surf session. It’s also a popular destination for yoga retreats- my friend Mandy at Zen Girl Chronicles is the expert on Yoga in Sayulita. On this trip we enjoyed surfing, stand up paddle boarding and horseback riding in the mountains. Depending on the time of year you visit, you might even see some baby sea turtles born on the beach. Mid-November to mid-February is your best bet to catch sea turtle hatching.

For this trip we chose to stay at a private rental in nearby San Poncho- a beachfront home complete with pool, spa and outdoor kitchen. The cottage is affectionately named Casita Amorita and is part of a larger compound named Las Casitas Bonitas. We enjoyed coffee and morning walks on the beach, collecting shells and making plans for the day… or not. Some days we opted to stay at the house- surfing the beach break and lounging in the hammocks by day and sipping margaritas from the spa at night. We also took advantage of daily housekeeping and optional chef. After a day of activities you can look forward to coming home to a clean house, authentic meal and refreshing private pool.

Sayulita is a great place to slow down and enjoy life on the beach. The town has amazing art, culture, shopping and food. Plan to spend the better part of a day exploring the town and enjoying a meal. Taco carts, juices, fresh fruit and cocos frios are abundant. I have 101 more things I want to explore in Sayulita and it’s surroundings- I can’t wait for the next trip to explore more and share my favorite finds! Until then- Adios!

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