Monday,29 Apr 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.


This week on the beach and in town one could feel the low, slow, sleepy season coming on. The beach was peaceful, relatively empty of people, and everybody and everything was slowing down. The restaurant people are talking about their closing dates. People are shopping for house sitters online and in the street. Everybody is full of talk about when they’re heading north.

As we often do, we strolled the beach one quiet evening, and for the first time this year enjoyed watching the sun set not once but twice.

First, from just north of the rivermouth, we watched the sun go down behind Punta Sayulita. Then we walked a hundred yards up the beach, and watched the sun go down again, this time into the sea.

There were a couple of surfers riding small waves at the north beach left, a few wandering people and dogs, a nearly-full moon rising behind the palms, and a wonderful sense of tranquility. The sailboat that lives in our bay was beautifully silhouetted in the evening light. The construction site at Punta Sayulita was blacked out in the backlight, so we didn’t have to look at all the concrete and wonder, will they ever be done? We know they will be, and that the grand houses out there will look like they are supposed to, integrated into the landscape—but it seems to be taking a long time. Meanwhile, it is nice when the concrete disappears.

This is a beautiful, peaceful time to be in Sayulita. We know there are countless amazing, colorful sunsets to be witnessed here–they come every day, it seems–but now is the season, as the sun moves north for the summer, that you can easily enjoy the setting sun twice.