Every two months we leave the boat (we work on) securely in a marina and take a week off to travel, explore a destination on our bucket list, and use the time to rest, recharge and do the things we can’t while working/on the water.
The first week we took off was last year, in early September 2016. One of the things Rufus doesn’t get to do much while on-board is surf, as the places we go are focused on a specific kind of fishing which, up till now, has rarely coincided with decent surf breaks. I had been in contact with Petter from Sunshine Stories, picking his brain about good surf spots in Mexico. He suggested one of his and Linn’s favourite places, Sayulita. After re-reading their posts on the town and googling some additional info we booked our flights, which were conveniently super cheap and fast from our location in Ft Lauderdale, and packed our carry-ons!
Since it’s almost the same price to fly your surfboard, to and from Mexico, as it is to buy a new one, Ruf decided it best to leave his Al Merrick behind and rather rent a board from one of the many local shops at our destination. I did however pack my new Fuji XT-1 mirrorless camera which I had just received for my birthday.
I had been eyeing and throughly researching this beauty for over a year and finally saved the cash (and gathered the guts!) to splurge on the graphite silver model together with a 35mm prime lens. This was the first real opportunity I got to use my new camera and so needless to say I took a LOT of photos… Also, Sayulita is a seriously photogenic town. It felt to me as if all the locals get together on a regular basis to discuss and plan the aesthetic of the village, everything from the colour schemes of the buildings, the street signs, store fronts, street side vendor displays, right down to the type and arrangement of the potted plants and coconut palms. It’s such a beautifully curated riot of colour and design, so all of the 6 days we spent there were a visual feats for our eyes!
We visited in the off-season so rates were more reasonable and the town wasn’t jam-packed with loud and rowdy tourists. We prefer a more chilled out vibe but still appreciate a vibrant atmosphere which Sayulita produced in bucketfuls. One thing we were disappointed with though, was the condition of the town’s main beach, it was unfortunately rather dirty (we were prepared for this, having read the same in a few travels blogs beforehand) and the waves were underwhelming so we decided to do day missions down the coast to find better surf, a little further away.
Note: I’ve decided to break this up into two parts as I have so many photos and I couldn’t cut nearly enough to make one reasonable length post. So here’s part one… enjoy!
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