Travelling is Hard Work

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
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Hotel Diamante

Flag of Mexico  , Pacific Coast,
Friday, October 21, 2011

Travelling is hard work but someone's gotta do it. Constantly moving around takes its toll. If that's a "humpf" I hear, consider our routine: 

Arrive. Unpack. Orientate. Adjust. Figure out new shower/bed/kitchen. Make friends. Share stories. Pick brains. Research. Budget. Shortlist. Decide. Execute. Pack. Travel. Repeat.

So I guess we needed a break from our travels. Time to pull ourselves towards ourselves... in our own space. Somewhere we could chill for a while. Somewhere relaxed but not boring. Somewhere we could practice our Spanish. When we put forward our criteria to Moises (co-owner at Hostal Galeria, Guadalajara) he suggested Sayulita. 

And so it was!

We loved Sayulita from day 1. It's a great little surfer town somewhat off the beaten track and is 40 minutes north of it's better known (hence more touristy) neighbour, Puerto Vallarta. Playa Sayulita's waves are gentle enough for beginner surfers & paddle-boarders and safe enough for swimmers. The sand is golden (literally!) and there are plenty of fish in the sea (literally!). You can actually see them in the waves and jumping out at times! Watching pelicans dive-bomb from on-high provides hours of entertainment. 

Americans and Canadians dominate the tourist and holiday home market here. Good thing we've come to like them (see our final U.S. blog entry - http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/thelees/1/1314214312/tpod.html). One negative effect though is that absolutely everyone seems to expect a tip, even people with food stands on the street. I even spotted a tip glass at the till in the little supermarket the other day!

The town has a good balance of local and foreign-owned shops; of informal taco stands and touristy restaurants. Fresh seafood and fruit abound! We found the best little fish taco joint (to our detriment) on day 1 and have been going back ever since. They grill their seafood while most others deep-fry and they have the best homemade habanero-pineapple sauce ever!

It's simply called "Fish Taco" and is next to the Oxxo convenience store, in case you decide to visit sometime... ;)
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