To reach Mal Pasos Beach you follow the same route taken for Playa Las Cuevas which we explored in a previous feature article (see the archived article published on May 22), and instead of turning left and taking the short trail that leads from the primary trial down to Las Cuevas, you continue along on the primary trail, which is actually finished enough to be driveable. From this turning …
This fruit blog examines the large, spiky green fruit called the guanabana, or soursop. These are the fruits of the broadleaf, evergreen tree scientifically known as Annona muricata, more commonly known as the Graviola. The fruit has a slightly threatening appearance, what with the spikes, but fear not, they are soft and will do no damage.
Guanabana, native to the tropical regions of the Americas, has long been revered …
Before getting into this story I want to thank Miguel Sanchez Origel, bartender, and Storm Richardson, proprietor of the Sayulita Public House, for the info they provided, and also for the beers they poured for me to sample and for Donna to photograph. Storm has been an aficionado of beer since high school, he …
Flights are frequent
Getting to Sayulita from the US or Canada is as easy as hopping on a plane in a frozen northern city, knocking back a few cocktails or beers, a book, or a nap, and getting off the plane in Puerto Vallarta 2 or 3 or 5 hours later, in the tropics, in the sun, in the land of languor, in what feels like a different world.
Arriving in Puerto Vallarta
From the Puerto Vallarta international airport, you’ll drive or bus north on Hwy Mex 200. Sayulita is about 22 miles (36 km) north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. Upon exiting the airport follow the signs for Compostela and Tepic.
Driving through Mexico
The route from Guadalajara to Sayulita is easily marked with plenty of public road signs to Puerto Vallarta. Head west on the Cuota (toll hwy) towards Tequila. Continue for approximately 2 hours until the turnoff to Compostela. Continue for an hour on Hwy Mex 200 down the incredibly windy / curvy road to Las Varas and on ahead for another 45 minutes to km 123 marker and the Sayulita turnoff.
Walking the streets of Sayulita
Sayulita is a small town, but steep hills and a mixed variety of streets—paved, cobbled, or just plain dirt roads–make getting around mildly challenging at times. But not really. There is no place not within walking distance, although hilltops and distant jungle outposts can seem a long ways off, especially at night.
The Vacation Throw Down
We love Puerto Vallarta, but we prefer Sayulita. This is where we live and work and wait for our guests to arrive. Whatever you choose, if you come here from the US or Canada or even Europe or Asia, you’ll be happy to soak up some sunshine for a week or two. We hope to see you here in Sayulita.
Photographer: Donna Day
June 7, 2013