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My husband turned 40 in November and I had a plan in the works for a long time to surprise him with a great adventure somewhere...

As the big day started to creep up on me, I had a few plans in mind, but nothing was really panning out.  The only thing I knew for sure was that he would really want (and deserve) some real rest and relaxation.

I decided on the cute and colourful town of Sayulita, Mexico! This first pic was taken almost the moment we arrived.

Having conspired with my fantastic in-laws to secretly fly in to stay with our son, all I had to do was book the flights and somewhere to stay. Here are our highlights!


Stay - I found this amazing house on airbnb, and it was everything we hoped for! A little out of town in Nanzal, was casa Selva y Sol.  Up in the hills, surrounded by jungle, with sweeping view of the town and coast from the rooftop deck and a dip pool for cooling off! Seriously, heaven.


Savour - the first night we were headed somewhere else for dinner, but the place was packed. Right next door was a little restaurant that became our go-to for dinner for the rest of our week. I can't say enough good things about the service and food at Yeikame.  We seriously felt like part of the family! Every bite was so satisfying.  We especially loved the chiles rellenos and the vegetarian platter.  Oh, and the blue corn tortillas are NOT to be missed. I know if we ever make it back to Sayulita again, I'm sure this is the first place we'll be headed!


Shop - one of the first places I wanted to visit was Evoke the Spirit.  I love the collaboration and support with the local and indigenous artists. I had to come back a second time to decide what piece I wanted to bring home with me and I chose this beautiful hand beaded necklace.  The lovely young lady in the shop that day informed me it was made by a local Huichol artist.  I know this is a piece I will cherish for many years to come.


Another place we stopped by a couple of times was Manyana - a self-described funky little shop with a carefully curated collection of items including housewares, textiles, books and clothing including Mexican designers.  I couldn't resist picking up one of their own version of "the most touristy tourist" tees - consider me an official member of the Cactus Appreciation Society!  We had some great chats here - including about our home town!


And of course you know I could not leave Sayulita without bringing home some of the brightly coloured pompoms.  My only regret is that I didn't buy more.  Always buy more pompoms than you think you need.  You're welcome.


Swim - besides the refreshing dip pool at casa Selva y Sol, I loved adventuring over to Playa los Muertos.  100% quieter than the main beach and getting there (and back!) was definitely half the fun! Worth mentioning that given that Sayulita is a surf town, the waves are no joke!  I got to see first hand more than a couple times just how beautiful and turquoise the water is from underneath the waves.  This pic is actually from the main beach as I didn't take many at Playa los Muertos.  After swimming there I was just content to sit on the beach and be happy to be alive. See what I did there?

I totally get what the hype is all about now and this sweet little surf town sure has a place in our hearts!