In the plaza, meanwhile, we had a visit from a well-known character who doesn’t usually get this far south. That would be Mr. Claus, aka Santa, who showed up in his red suit with two assistant Santas to greet the kids of Sayulita and hand out some candy canes. Santa came courtesy of a couple of generous benefactors, Ian and Kerry Hodge, who paid for reindeer maintenance and Santa’s sunscreen; we hope that Senor Claus will find time on his increasingly busy schedule to make it to Sayulita again next year, and for many years to come.
As for the high season kicking in to gear, well…Xmas Eve we thought things seemed slow, on the sands anyway, but by Christmas Day the town beach was quite the circus, every lounge chair taken, hundreds of sunbathing beauties, swarms of swimmers and surfers at sea—beginners on the inside to the south, more serious types out by the point. The streets were alive with the sounds of…shoppers, vacationers, happy campers of all sorts. Busy, busy, busy.