It was the beginning of September 2013, when this cover of Foam Symmetry magazine came out. I was completely fascinated and wanted to know who was that girl, and obviously where had she gotten that super cute swimming suit. Soon I found out that Lola, the girl, was from Sayulita, and that this small sleepy village on the west coast of Mexico, was a really cool surfing spot. I also found out that everything that Seea does is absolutely gorgeous.
Fast forward two and a half years, and here I am, for ten days of sun, warmth, surf and tacos! And my trip couldn't have started better. I was still on the plane and already making friends. Tawny, a sweet, friendly, soft spoken lady from Venice, California, was the best company I could have asked for, and her Mexican friend Paola, is one of the most easy going, funny and energetic persons to be around!
I stayed at the colourful Aurinko Bungalows, just a few steps from the beach. The bungalow had a small kitchen, dining and lounging area, with a hammock where I frequently napped. I signed in for surf classes with Lunazul and had the most patient instructor I've ever had, Carlos.
The days were so easy going. I would wake up and get a green juice from the lady with the juice cart next to cafe El Espresso, and headed straight to the beach to have a look at the sea. Chat with Carlos, or any other Lunazul instructor - they're all very friendly - about the best time to have the class. Sayulita is really small and everyone goes more or less to the same places, so it's not hard to find people spontaneously. I'd often bump into Tawny or Paola and had breakfast with them. Sayulita has a great organic food store where I would get my kombucha bottle refilled by mid morning (I was obviously hooked after the fermentation course). And speaking of food, is there a better thing to eat after a surfing session than a big, fat veggie burrito? I had quite a few at Burrito Revolution, and many tacos at Mary's and Barracuda. I also had a scrumptious shrimp burger at Alas Blancas, which also serves the biggest margaritas I've ever seen! I had one by the way. Afternoons were spent napping and swimming in the pool, to get away from the crowded main beach (it was Semana Santa, after all).
Sayulita is also a great place to shop for clothes, accessories and beautiful Huichol handicrafts. I was completely marvelled by one store in particular, Evoke The Spirit, and its gorgeous cow skulls, rugs and jewellery. Also worth a visit is Pachamama Sayulita, a family owned boutique, particularly known for their back pearl necklaces, and of course, my friend's Paola one, Ula Boutique.