Let’s talk about my trip to Mexico that I didn’t tell anyone I was going on over four months after I’ve returned!
I’ve been kind of vocal to my
therapist friends that 2015 wasn’t my year. I started this year with such high hopes. Everything was working out! I had everything I wanted! I had goals! Then shit doesn’t go according to plan as things are apt to do in life and I was forced to re-evaluate everything.
March and April were pretty dark months in my life if we’re being honest. I had never been broken-up with for someone else before (to my knowledge) and when you’re already dealing with self-confidence issues, it really screws with your head. (What screws with your head even more is when said ex-boyfriend who lives across the country SHOWS UP AT YOUR APARTMENT THE DAY AFTER YOU GET BACK FROM MEXICO. I can’t make up the shit that does down in my life sometimes but that’s what happens when you date a kid who went to film school.)
So… back to Mexico. After the dark miles of 15-18 in my marathon in May, I was admittedly feeling a lot better about my life but just didn’t feel like myself quite yet. I had wanted to go to Sayulita for a while, I had some flight credit and I was working with my therapist to figure out how to be okay on my own and make decisions for myself. The opportunity to go surfing for a few days in Sayulita came up so I just kind of didn’t tell anyone and went.
I’m honestly admittedly sometimes a shady person in the fact I like to just do things and not tell anyone about it. It’s how I deal with not wanting to feel judged for my decisions, not that I should be judged for going on vacation but if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I put way too much importance on what people think.
Okay, so I’ve been way too open and candid on this post so far so let me tell you what to do in Sayulita and more importantly, where to eat.
Where to Eat
- Yeikame Traditional Mexican
This is Pre-Hispanic Mexican food. I think I ate here twice during my stay in Sayulita. I got the vegetarian blue corn sopes with a bazillion salsas the first time and then I got fish tacos before I headed to the airport to come back to SF. You get popcorn before your meal which is interesting. They also have a neighboring ice cream shop that is traditional Mexican ice cream but it was a little icy for my taste.
If you’re looking for a healthier breakfast, snack or lunch in Sayulita, this is your place. They have smoothie bowls (but not acai, as the owner told me acai is insanely expensive to buy in Mexico), yogurt bowls, smoothies and fresh pressed juices. They also have a bunch of vegan and gluten-free treats as well.
- Mary’s Tacos
Maybe the best fish tacos I’ve ever had, minus the hatch chile ones my dad and I made. But those were made with love so that’s probably why they tasted so good. Literally nothing is as delicious as anything my dad makes. ANYWAY, this place is great. They also have all the salsas which is my type of jam. I ate here twice as well during my stay. I also got the veggie tacos one night and they were the bomb. Super big portions and super cheap but it’s Mexico so that’s obvious.
- Naty’s Cocina
Nata’s was right across the street from my bungalow but I never seemed to be around when they were open until my last day there. Each taco is less than $1 (!!!) and they do breakfast and lunch. The tacos are super huge and it’s basically just Sayulita’s version of Chipotle as far as toppings go (you pick whatever you want) except you don’t have to pay extra for guac.
If you want gringo breakfast food that isn’t as good as any gringo food you would get in the US, go here. But if you need a sweet and cold snack after surfing all day, you should go here and get a chocolate covered banana.
- Wakika Heladeria
Clearly it was my goal to eat every ice cream-type concoction in the entire town of Sayulita while I was there. Wakika is known for their paletas (ice cream popsicle things) but they also have gelato and chocolate-covered bananas. I had a pistachio one after surfing one day and I was super impressed. And I am an ice cream connoisseur if you’ve ever looked at my Twitter profile so I feel qualified to make decisions as far as ice cream goes.
- El Fortin
Of course I started craving acai while I was in Sayulita. This is the only place I found it. I ordered a large because I was starved and feeling aggressive about acai. They were nice enough to add a packet of Vega One Protein Powder for me too because I knew I wasn’t getting enough veggies or protein during my trip. Clearly I was not the first person to ask for this because the girl smiled and nodded when I handed her the packet. They also have the best Americano in all of Sayulita and I bought a bag of their beans for my dad.
- El Itacate
These were the best steak tacos of the trip. They also came with pickled beans and grilled onions which were a tasty touch.
What to Do
Duh. That’s like the whole reason Sayulita is a town. The break is pretty gentle and consistent which is perfect for beginners or people who want to tune up. And the water is WARM! After surfing in cold water the entirety of the year before this trip, it was nice to only have to wear a bikini and a rash guard and not a wet suit and booties.If you’re looking to rent equipment or take a lesson, I suggest Lunazul. Everyone there is beyond amazing, knowledgeable and so, so nice. They also made a comment that a lot of single girls from San Francisco end up in Sayulita so clearly I’m not original in my escapism.
- Stand-Up Paddle Board
I’ve admittedly been stand-up paddle boarding for a couple years now but I’ve never done it in the ocean. It’s kind of hard to get out into the ocean (you have to paddle out like you’re on a surf board then try and stand up and not get knocked over by a wave in the process) but it’s so fun and relaxing. I would just paddle around when the surf was flat. There’s some hidden beaches you can get to from the main beach of Sayulita. Allegedly Kim and Kanye West rent a house on one of them every now and again. You can rent a paddle board at any beach stand or at Lunazul.
I basically went to Mexico with my only goal being to surf and buy a pair of huaraches but unfortunately only one of those came true. Despite the fact I didn’t get new beautiful handmade sandals and somehow ruined my existing ones with some sort of oil, there are a ton of boutiques with beautiful handmade jewelry, gifts and clothes. I want to go back and buy a painted skull to hang above my couch so if I’m watching TV and there’s an earthquake I get impaled (joking about getting impaled, but I do want a painted long-horn bull skull for my apartment).
Where to Stay
- Aurinko Bungalows
My bungalow was basically bigger than my apartment, had a hammock (!) and was like $50-some dollars a night. It was clean, super safe and two blocks from the beach. It’s kind of loud at night but it’s Mexico so what are you going to do? You can also see large lizards on other rooftops which are scary if you’re me.
Where to Drink
- Sayulita Wine Store
Mexico’s wine scene is just starting out, really. They’re more known for tequila (obviously) but if you want some wine — and to try Mexican wine — stop by this store.
- Le Zouave de Hafa
This place is super hipster and has real sexy vibes. Come for a margarita made from fresh pressed juice.
Chat with me:
Have you ever traveled to escape all the feelings? Am I the shadiest human ever? Have you been to Sayulita — did I miss anything in my guide?