Though I thought that we loved Puerto Vallarta, nothing could prepare me for how refreshing Sayulita Mexico was.
While it is quite the touristy surfer town, the pace is so much more relaxed and slow. Not to mention, we aren’t swarmed by the people on the beach asking us to buy something from them. Shaun has said “No gracias.” so many times now that he has the accent down perfectly.
The main issue I had with Puerto Vallarta was that it was equivalent to Disneyland. As a kid you totally believe in the magic. Hey – as an adult you do too. The only people who know what really goes on at Disneyland are the people who work there. It isn’t all glitz and glamour. I despised seeing the waitstaff being treated so badly by the tourists.
Back to Sayulita (and can we say tangent?)-
Our first day was quite a doozy. We spent 4 hours walking around town trying to find our hostel that no one knew existed, until eventually we found a different hostel and set up camp there. I am so glad we did find Hostal Amistad because the people who are here are freaking amazing. That night we grabbed a few beers, went to see a live band to dance some of the night away and headed home to call it an early night. We had surfing lessons in the morning and I wanted to make sure I could give it all I got.
Then “it” happened.
Our room is an open air room with 4 beds in it. No walls. No windows. All elements.
Over and over and over again. I jumped out of bed as it sounded like a mob of angry roosters were in our room.
Welcome to 4:30am (or in the case of our second night, sometimes as early as 1:30am).
There aren’t any ear plugs in existence that can save you from the amount of echo there is in the neighborhood on the second story of an open room.
Obviously frustrated by my wake up call, I turned to Shaun and stated,
“We’ll, there is nothing like 4:30 cock.”
And I fell back asleep despite the crowing that ensued for the next few HOURS.
And while this has now woken us up several mornings in a row, I still love the atmosphere, beach, and people of Sayulita. Everyone is so friendly and there is always something to do somewhere.
Hey, you can always nap during the day, right?