The 30 Day Challenge. Why I Love Mexico. Reason #11. The Beaches

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The Beach at Sayulita, Mexico

For the past 20 years or so, Fred and I have managed to have a winter vacation on a beach in Mexico. We did do one of these trips to Jamaica, and one to Costa Rica, but those two trips just reinforced that Mexico is the place for us. We have been to Acapulco (that was decades ago, and I would not recommend it now), Pie de la Cuesta (again, decades ago), Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Isla Mujeres, Isla Holbox, Mahahual (with a day trip to Xcalak), San Agustinillo, Zipolite, and now Sayulita. Most of these beaches we liked enough to visit multiple times, and many I’m sure we will return to.
Our current trip to Sayulita is to find a beach that is a fairly easy drive from San Miguel de Allende, the beautiful little town in the central mountains that we are starting to think of as home.
We arrived on January 1 to a rather overwhelming crowd of tourists. This is a small town and it was bursting at the seams. You could almost feel its systems being overtaxed. The beach itself was jam packed and chaotic. The streets were so crowded it was impossible to drive and we were very happy to find a parking place near our little rented house. Our thought was, “My god, what have we done?” We decided to give it time, and hope that the crowd would clear out by Monday, January 5. And it has. The town seems to now have far fewer people and cars and a sort of sanity has settled in. The weather here is splendid. Last winter we spent 3 1/2 months on the coast of Oaxaca in Zipolite. It was a more beautiful place, but also much hotter. So far the weather here feels like paradise. Our place is up four (yes, four) flights of steps and surrounded by jungle plants. We don’t have a water view, but it doesn’t matter. It is a pretty good hang out. There are lots of places to eat here. It is a funky Mexican beach town; not glamorous at all. That suits me pretty well. Yesterday we drove a friend who was visiting to the Puerto Villarta airport, so this is the first day here that we have had absolutely no agenda. And that suits me pretty well, too. While we are in this area we plan to explore a few other places along the coast. I would like to go to PV one day for lunch at my favorite restaurant on the beach, La Palapa. But for today, everything is just mañana.

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