Dios de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed and to support their spiritual journey. Although it is recognized throughout Latin America, it originates from Mexico. I was fortunate enough to be in Sayulita to witness the pure joy and sense of community that is at the heart of this amazing holiday!
If you have been to a few beach towns, you invariably find that the same sarongs and beach towels are found across the globe. One of the charms of Sayulita is that it has a strong artisan culture, largely because many artists from around the world have chosen to now call it home. As a result, there are some wonderful stores worth stopping by and taking a look - whether to purchase a unique souvenir or to simply be inspired by the beautiful artisanal products of Mexico.
There are few places that embrace vibrant color with the gusto of Mexico and Sayulita is no exception! As soon as I arrive at the Puerto Vallarta airport, I am always taken back at how even the planes seem to be happier and more colorful in Mexico. For as little as the town of Sayulita is, they have managed to wash it with every single color of the rainbow resulting in a visual assault of the best kind. Here are just a few of my favorite photos from this photogenic charmer....
When one comes to Sayulita, you will find that though it is a relatively small town, there always seems to be plenty to do - time moves slowly and quickly here. It is the strangest and best part of vacationing here!
When you land in Sayulita, the first thing you will want to do is head to the beach! Given how small the town is, you will be surprised to find that there are actually multiple beaches all within walking distance from the main plaza. Each one offers something different, so here is a quick guide to get you oriented so you don't waste any precious vacation time lounging on the wrong beach, which would be such a shame!
Located just 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is an interesting mix of a town. Famous for it's surfing and Bohemian vibes, it is home to both expats (from Europe, US & Canada) and local Mexican families that have lived here for generations. You essentially have two choices when it comes to lodging here - you can either choose to stay in town, close to the beach and nightlife, or in a private home in the surrounding hills. Regardless of where you stay, you will fall in love with Sayulita - everyone does. There is a something special here.
When it comes to dining, Buenos Aires has it all - from fine dining to hole in the walls and the quality of the food (not to mention the meat) is excellent! Of course, like any city, it is impossible to go to them all but I was seriously impressed with each and every one of the restaurants I was able to make it to. My main focus was in the Palermo neighborhood as this is where I was staying and also the area that most of the best restaurants are located. As a continuation to my previous Palermo Dining Guide Post, here are the remaining 5 places of my Top Ten list...
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