Posted September 30, 2009 by Jamie Moore
About 22 miles north of Puerto Vallarta is a little laid-back village where locals have two passions: surfing and art. Surfers bob in warm waves waiting for the perfect ride, and artists showcase unique wares. Leave your watch behind and bring along a few pesos as you head for the beach, check out colorful art galleries, and soak in the scene from the quintessential Sayulita cafe.
The beach: The surf's up in every season on Sayulita's main beach. Here you'll find two different breaks—one where novice riders learn to surf, the other where serious surfers show off their moves. Rent a surfboard for the day and learn wave-riding techniques during a lesson. Or, just surfer-watch. Amble along the golden-sand beach or splash in the warm water. Another option: Take Sayulita's laid-back vibe literally and pull up a towel for an afternoon siesta.
Sayulita's art galleries: Forgo T-shirt and shot glass souvenirs for a funky little something from a Sayulita artist. Wander through the town's cobblestone streets and check out museum-quality trinkets made by the Huichol people, folk art from remote mountain towns, and whimsical home decor made from steel. There's even a gallery, Sayulita Surf & Art, with painted surfboards and surf-inspired art and photography.
Choco Banana: Chill out at this Sayulita landmark with a frozen fruit smoothie or mocochino. The plaza-side cafe serves up its famous choco-dipped bananas and banana French toast with the best coffee in town. Lunchtime crowds munch healthy wraps and burgers (vegetarian and carnivore varieties) from mismatched tables and chairs on the outside patio. Order from the town's only to-go window en route to the beach, or stick around and use the free wireless Internet. The homemade goodies and endless servings of hot, Mexican sun might inspire a few wish-you-were-here emails. But no rush. You're on Mexican time.
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