Sayulita 2012

In February 2005, right after Ronda and I retired, we hastily put together a month-long get-away to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico. Sayulita is about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. Located outside of the Bay of Banderas, the beach there is subject to unimpaired Pacific Ocean surf. Once one of the quintessential Mexican fishing villages, surfers found the place a couple of decades ago and tourism followed. None of the high-rise crap that has creeped north from PV has reached Sayulita yet and here’s hoping it never does. We rented a duplex for our (hastily put together, remember?) 2005 trip, as there were slim pickings. It turned out to be a less than satisfactory lodging. Add to that, most of the streets in town were torn up with utility undergrounding. We still had a good time and thus made plans to return in 2012. We were looking forward to returning to a town not quite as torn up as the 2005 version. Alas, in 2012 the project involved placing/replacing nearly every sidewalk in the center of town. Construction-wise, it was much worse than 2005. We had a lot more lead time putting this trip together, however, so we had many more available choices for lodging. Still, the place we rented looked better on the web than in person. It was in a good location and had pretty good outdoor hanging, but the lodging itself was a bit rough for a whole month. Partly because of this disconnect between Internet hopes and feet-on-the-ground actuality, we decided that we would like to book lodging for next year based on our own eyes. This, and the fact that we really do like Sayulita, led us to spend a bit of time on this vacation trying to find lodging for next year’s vacation. We found one (as you’ll see in the photo log that follows) and have already booked for March 2013.