We covered the seasonal streams of Sayulita in a recent story, but we have yet to mention, or to show people, what happens to Sayulita’s main beach in the rainy season. One thing that happens is what you see here: The “point,” that rocky bed that defines the space between the town surfing wave or “right” and the north beach surfing wave, or “left is completely buried by tons of sand washed down the river by the frequent rainstorms of August and September.
After what felt like a solid month of gray skies (with, of course, many a gorgeously illuminated sunset), on September 29th here in Sayulita we all woke up to what felt like the first day after the rainy season. We have no doubt that October will bring more rainy season storms and attendant humidity, mud, and roaring rivers, but meanwhile, for a day or three, we had all day blue skies and fresh morning air. We wandered down to the beach to check the surf, and found no waves. This was not surprising, since this has been a summer short on surf.
But we did find this rainy season phenomenon: a huge, curving sandbar completely covering the bed of rocks that defines the midpoint of our beach, arcing all the way from the right to the left, with the river dividing in the middle and pouring out at both ends. This configuration of beach will no doubt be washed away in the next few weeks, as more storms, swells, and shifting tides do their relentless and inevitable work on the beach and the bottom of the sea, but meanwhile, for those of you who have never seen what the rivermouth looks like in summertime, here’s a look at the Sayulita Delta.