Tuesday,7 Jan 2014


Justin Henderson is responsible for most of the the text on this site. Justin is an established writer, having published six novels as well as many non-fictions and travel guides. When he’s not writing, he’s usually riding waves on a surfboard or a paddleboard in Sayulita or Punta de Mita.


After a week of mildly annoying weather, Sayulita’s wintry perfection returned with a sunny vengeance around January 2nd, and the sun’s been with us ever since. Warm sunny days, refreshingly cool nights—Sayulita’s signature winter weather.

Naturally this lovely weather brought a big happy crowd out onto the beach and into the ocean, where those who hit the (small, beginner-friendly) waves surfed and swam and paddleboarded while watching the frigate birds soar high overhead and the fish zip around under the surface; while on the beach people chilled in their chaises and sipped cocktails and beers beneath umbrellas, munching on shrimp and ceviche and reading the weather reports from New England: snow, snow, snow.

We love a crowd on Sayulita Beach on a sunny day, because we know that’s what the people are here for: to gather on the beach and frolic. In high season—and the weeks around Christmas and New Year’s are ultra-high season—we expect to see the beach abuzz with a mob of happy visitors, both Mexican and foreign. Nationals and gringos, that is.

There are many Mexicans visiting Sayulita these days, which is great because it further stirs the already mixed up melting pot that is Sayulita. Once upon a time, not so long ago, this was a town where mostly Mexicans waited on and catered to the needs of mostly gringos. These days, this is a town where gringos and Mexicans wait on and cater to the needs of both gringos and Mexicans. This is as it should be, in a proper melting pot.

Now that we’re done with talk of happy multi-cultural crowds, the next point to be made is this: along with pictures of our busy, umbrella-mantled downtown beach, you can see photos here of nearly empty stretches of beach. Well, that pristine beach is also Sayulita Beach in the high season. Yes, at 10 o’clock in the morning on a Saturday, a couple of days into the New Year, still on high season vacation time, you can walk out onto Sayulita Beach’s north side, and take a walk along the shore, and see more pelicans than people.

Get into it all, or get away from it all, all in the same stretch of sunny shore.