After working with my artisans in Leon, Mexico for four crazy, jam-packed days I decided to make the most out my trip and visit somewhere I hadn’t seen before. I heard about Sayulita from some friends and magazines and I was curious, so I made my way across to the Pacific coast.
After taking a plane from Leon to Puerto Vallarta, I realized that I also had to take an hour bus ride to get there. After getting off the plane with my large luggage of products and personals I realized that a taxi ride to the coastal beach town was going to cost a pretty penny because of how remote it was, so I decided to take the only bus that goes there – but this maybe wasn’t the best idea.
As soon as I got on the bus ( all sweaty with two luggage’s) I realized that I probably should have taken a taxi and this was going to be one crazy ride. As soon as the bus started moving it became was wild, locals jumping on and off, going like 80 mph and the door only closing SOMETIMES. (I saw no tourist on this bus except one sweet hippy family who has been living in Sayulita for months) and they were used to it by now. So I held on tight with my luggage’s stacked beside me and enjoyed the view.
I didn’t exactly realize how remote this village was until after driving for about 30 minutes. I realized shortly we were actually in the middle of the jungle and it was beautiful. For a minute I actually realized how crazy I was, but also how liberated and excited I felt.
Once I arrived at a makeshift bus terminal (like a dirt road, under-construction, not really a bus terminal but a garage of pile wood) I found the first taxi and it brought me to my little beautiful casita where I proceeded to pass out.
I woke the next morning to roasters and sunlight and realized I hadn’t really eaten anything the day before. I got ready and headed out. I walked into town and found there was a local hippy market happening down the street with the best food, music, and products, it was amazing and if you’re there for it I really recommend it.
Sayulita is a cozy bohemian surfer town on the Pacific coast of Mexico. A bit overwhelming at first, with shops and people and colors and I wanted to see and eat everything – but more than anything I wanted the beach. The first day at the beach was heaven and since it’s on the Pacific coast of Mexico, it’s so perfect for those who love surfing as the waves are stronger but the water cleaner and warmer.
The next 48hrs were a blur but I was able to really enjoy the local beach and do a photoshoot on a secret beach and make some friends with lovely humans who own gorgeous shops. This is a list I made for the design lover who plans on visiting this beautiful town and are dying for a little inspiration. and magic. enjoy x
Places to Visit for:
THE DESIGN LOVER
The Bohemian Homebody
Evoke The Spirit | Evokethespirit.com
This brand currently has three locations in Sayulita and grew from their famous decorated cow skulls to a whole new line of beautiful interior pieces like ceramics and rugs. The second shop they have is devoted to workshops for those interested in learning the dedication and hard work it takes to create those beautiful handmade pieces. If you have some time sign up and make your own souvenir, one you’ll actually love.
The Beach Dweller
Coyucci | @coyucci
Coyucci is an offset of Evoke the Spirit but strictly focuses on flowy and clean beach essentials. From beautiful linen dresses to delicate jewelry and the perfect beach towel (which I now own) this pearl of a shop is a beach minimalist dream. (And run by the most wonderful lady!) Go in and leave with something amazing.
Petit Hotel Hafa | Petithotelhafa.com
Everyone who visits here knows Petit Hotel Hafa, a boutique hotel & bar that doesn’t disappoint is definitely a needed visit, if only to check out there amazing open-air roof terrace and gorgeous interiors. Open and natural, you’ll feel that you’ve been transported to a secret beach club in Morocco.
The Modern Nomad
Manyana | Manyana.com
This shop struck me by surprise. A design-forward men’s shop, somewhere between a mix of California cool, with Japanese quality goods but still a Mexican artistic undertone promoting beautiful books and well-designed chocolate. For the man in your life – this is the shop you want him to shop.
Although I was only there for a short time I became well adjusted so quickly and naturally. I LOVED the laid-back spirit of the place, it was so friendly and safe and still untainted by people looking to exploit its beauty and obvious potential. It was warm and raw and everything I could ask for in my search for authenticity. Highly recommended, just stay longer than me…