Tuesday,1 Jan 2013


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.


We’ve had some uncharacteristically gray weather this week, but it didn’t slow things down one bit. The town filled up on Christmas Day and has been full ever since, with a lively, colorful mix of Mexican and American visitors. The hotels, houses, trailer park, and campgrounds are all full to overflowing—hey, its’ Christmas vacation!–and a few dozen hardy young souls even camped out in tents on the beach. The camping was fine until early in the morning on New Year’s Day, when a seldom-seen-in-January rain started falling. Coupled with a power outage that lasted much of New Year’s Eve day, this rain turned your usual New Year’s Even into an unpredictable event: who knew what next, with weird weather and intermittent electricity.

But the lights came on in the early evening on New Year’s Eve, and after dinners and dances and drinks and whatever else people do between sundown and the end of the day and year, the whole town poured out onto the beach for a huge party that climaxed, naturally, at midnight, with a whole lot of fireworks up and down the beach. We all know that fireworks are not good for the local bird population, but every now and then we just can’t help ourselves, and we have to set off a few. This picture tells you why: they just look so damn cool! Happy New Year!