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A bi-monthly source of positive energy and 
information for the village of Sayulita, Mexico

Friday, November 27th, 2015
From the Editor's Desk:

Happy Friday!

The last few days have been overcast and rainy, which means it has been cooler, which I personally love. Unfortunately, the Mercado del Pueblo has been cancelled today due to the rain, but it should be up and running again next week. 

If you missed the SayulitAnimal fundraiser last Saturday night, make sure to plan to attend next year. The event sold out quickly and was great fun. A special thanks to Bliss, River Cafe Sayulita, Aaleyah's, La Rustica, and Latitude 20 for your participation. 

Thank you for reading this edition of El Sayulero,

Stacey Elkins statistics for the last 30 days

October 27 to November 27:

  Newsletter subscribers:  13,626
  Website Visitors: 71,626
  Web pages viewed:    294,254
  Average visit session:  4:52
  Reservation requests:  5,015
  Business requests:  987
  Reviews Posted:  182
Check out Sayulita's popular homes and businesses here!

Most Popular Rentals

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Most Popular Businesses


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Upcoming Events in Sayulita
Celebrate the Beat Benefit
28 November, 5-7:30pm
Punta Sayulita

Live painting with EVELYNE BOREN to benefit Celebrate the Beat.
Please RSVP here.


Sayulita Climate Gathering
29 November, 10am
Main Beach

The teachers at Costa Verde International School invite you to join us on the beach! 


Don Pedro's Latcho & Andrea Gypsy Flamenco
3 December, 7:00pm
Don Pedro's Restaurant & Bar

Live music! Enjoy the untamed power of real inspired Gypsy Flamenco music.


Mercado Del Pueblo
4 December,  10am-2pm

Enjoy local artisanal crafts and fresh local produce at Mercado Del Pueblo every Friday.

Sayulita Wine Festival
8-9 December

8 wine makers from Baja California to California's central coast.  Mexcal, tequila, live jazz & DJ set in Gorgeous private beach house.

Pro Sayulita Fundraiser
16 December:  4:30 PM
Ruben's Sayulita

Second annual fundraiser.  Last year's event SOLD OUT so get your tickets right away at Ruben's or at the Farmer's Market

Publish your event on the Community calendar.


Being a Local in Sayulita:
An Interview with Ruben RodriguezTrujillo


Ruben Rodriguez Trujillo was born and raised in Sayulita. His grandfather, who had been mining gold in San Sebastian, moved here with his family in the 1930’s, when the gold mining came to an end. His family was one of the first of seven families to live in Sayulita. In 1987, at the age of 17, Ruben moved to Los Angeles, where he stayed until 2005. He then moved back to Sayulita, where he has lived ever since with his wife, Monica, his 19-year-old son, also named Ruben, and his 12-year-old daughter, America.

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Making a Positive Change 
in Sayulita: Sara Briner

Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography
Sara Briner, one of the founders of SayulitAnimals, was born in Spain and raised in Switzerland. Thirteen years ago, she left her job as a dental hygienist, and her life in Switzerland behind, looking for her place in the sun. She traveled for two years through Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Guatemala, and Mexico. Eleven years ago, she drove into Sayulita and instantly knew this was where she belonged, and she has been here ever since. Upon adopting her first puppy, Esmeralda, it opened her eyes to the needs of the homeless dogs and cats on the streets of Sayulita, as well as the mistreatment of some of these animals. At the time, she had no knowledge of animal welfare, but knew she couldn’t live here without actively helping.

Sayulita HD Webcam (LIVE)


Sayulita WiFi and SayulitaLife have teamed up to provide our website with a streaming HD webcam posted at the top of Nanzal. Check it out on our front page or at the Sayulita Webcam Page with 720 and 1080 views. Special thanks to all of our SayulitaLife advertisers who help make this possible!

An Interview with Steven Larios: Owner of River Café


Steven Larios, the owner of River Café, is no stranger to Sayulita. Born in Puerto Vallarta, he has been visiting Sayulita since he was 8 years old, and has long since enjoyed the local surf scene and community. With his history in Sayulita, it’s no wonder he chose this town to open River Café Sayulita last December, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

New and Featured Sayulita Listings

Featured Property: Casa Rio Zarquito
$419K USD
This recently constructed property consists of three apartments that reflect the emphasis on quality and exceptional taste of the owner. This secure walled compound hosts a top floor 1 bdrm, 1 bath apt, a poolside 2 bdrm, 2 bath apt, a courtyard 1 bdrm and so much more.

For Sale: Casa Bonita
$296K USD

Casa Bonita has two master bedroom suites, each with full bath.  The kitchen, dining and living areas open completely onto a spacious patio overlooking the yard and gardens. There is a large palapa covered terraza.

For Sale: Casa Pelicanos
$130K USD

Excellent Investment Opportunity! Casa Pelicanos has one bedroom, one bath, and a fully enclosed yard with off-street parking for two vehicles. Titled property. 


New Rental Property: Casa Candiles
From $285/night

Casa Candiles is a beautifully designed hilltop home with one of the most breathtaking ocean views Sayulita has to offer! Two bedrooms are located in the main house and a separate third bedroom is down stairs.

New Rental Property: Casa Pedro
From $100/night

Casa Pedro is a charming Mexican cabana in a garden setting with views over the river and close to everything. It has two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen opening up to the porch. The master bedroom has a king size bed, A/C and a private bathroom with a large shower.

New Business: Marriage Recovery Center
Clinical Psychologist 

Escape from your day-to-day life and find hope for your marriage with a Marriage Intensive in Mexico. Whether you are in the midst of a crisis, or are simply longing for a deeper connection with your spouse, Dr. Hawkins will help you gain the insights and tools that will allow you to experience healing. 

New Business: Sayulita SUP & Surf
SUP and Surf Lessons 

Sayulita SUP & Surf provides an affordable, safe, fun and rewarding surf experience for anyone wishing to learn to surf. The business was built on a true passion and love for teaching SUP and surfing. 

New Business: Sayulita Catering/Events
Catering Services 

Sayulita Catering & Events provides you a full-service catering for your wedding, business & corporate catering, birthday, Quinceaneras, intimate dinner parties, and all special occasions. 

New Business: Body Restoration 
Massage/Holistic Bodywork

Body Restoration Sayulita combines years of experience, teaching and learning different modalities of holistic bodywork all over the world. 

Restaurant Coming Soon: Su Casa 
Global Cuisine 

Everything on the menu is made for scratch, from our buns and bread to our salad dressings and sauces. A custom built smoker will be flowing sweet scents non-stop. They believe in trusting the palate, experimenting with flavour, and delivering five-star service. Live Music nightly with artists from around the globe.

Shelly Yogev Labovitz
Making the Move to Sayulita

Shelly Yogev Labovitz was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Just after her third birthday, her family moved to the states for her father to do his infectious disease fellowship in Chicago. While the original plan had been to stay in Chicago for only a year, her family has been there ever since. Shelly also continued to live in Chicago until 2006, when she and her partner moved to Sayulita.

Why Did You Choose
Sayulita for Your Vacation?


Robert Anderson & Cecily Sweet
San Francisco, California

Because it's cute. Our co-traveler suggested Sayulita. 

Susan and Robert
Roberts Creek, Canada
We've been coming to Sayulita many years and we love the energy and the vibrancy. It's a special place to come in Mexico. 

Tim Milligan
Duluth, Michigan

I like Sayulita because of the beach, the surfing, and there's not a lot of "us" and "them." It not just a tourist town. I like it so much that I'm actually building a house here now. 

Jeff and Maria Groves
Salt Lake City, Utah

It's tradition. We've been coming to Sayulita for many years. And the surfing, of course. 

Millet, Canada

We just drove to Sayulita one day when we were vacationing in Bucerias and thought it was more what we were looking for. 

Save the Date

Ruben’s will be hosting the second annual La Granja Ranchero Fundraiser at Ruben’s Ranch, located on Manuel Plasencia, on Wednesday, December 16th. All proceeds will go to Pro Sayulita to help fund community projects. Doors open at 4:30 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm and dancing starting at 7:30. The gourmet menu from Ruben’s will include the best chicken, ribs and fish in Mexico, as well as a buffet of vegetables and salads. In addition, there will be a lot of fun activities like golf, archery, horseshoes, a shooting gallery, and mechanical bull riding. Dancing horses will be entertaining us before dinner. There will also be a tequila tasting bar. Purchase your ticket for 700 pesos at Ruben's, the Pro Sayulita table at the Mercado del Pueblo or from a Pro Sayulita board member.   Hope to see you all there!


An Interview with Architect Oliver

Photo by Spencer Harris

It was during early travels throughout Europe and the U.S. that Oliver De La Cueva first decided he wanted to become an architect. Having called Sayulita home for over a year now, but originally hailing from Cuernavaca, Mexico, Oliver, owner of Architect Oliver, has been an architect and builder for over 23 years.


Movement + Calisthenics X in Sayulita 


I’ve been to a lot of exercise classes in my time, but knew immediately that the Movement + Calisthenics X in Sayulita class, one with a strong gymnastics foundation, taught by Daniel Spencer, is one of a kind. It was Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. and I was at Quilombo of Sayulita, participating in the warm up, moving my neck in slow movements forward and back, like a turtle peeping its head out of its shell. It sounds easy, but it’s really not, making this small motion without moving the rest of your body. As we continued warming up, Daniel, a certified personal trainer, explained how we can learn to move more efficiently by mastering the ability to make small body movements. 


Photo of the Week

Photo by Ed Dorsett with Dorsett Photography
A baby iguana in Sayulita stops for a tasty snack!

Escuela Primaria
“Damián Carmona” in Sayulita


Activities taking place in our school. We are now promoting cleaning the grounds of the school and having local parents help with this. We feel a clean environment is a healthy learning environment.  The result of the efforts of parents and students led by the director have been great.  Our school is looking cleaner and cleaner every day.

El Sayulero is Growing
(Now Hiring)

WRITERS WANTED! Do you love Sayulita? Do you live to write? If so, consider joining the El Sayulero team of contributors. We are gearing up for another great season and are in the process of creating new sections for our bi-weekly newsletter. Paid (though not much) positions available! If interested please contact Ian Hodge to learn more. 

Festival Sayulita is charging into its third year with the stellar combination of international film, music, spirits and surf on January 27-31, 2016.  Accolades are coming in all directions for the Festival, which benefits the creation of a local creative community center and provides an unparalleled multi-cultural event.  Tickets are on sale now here

Pet of the Week

I'm Luna, and was, along with my "brother" Peluche, abandoned by my owners. And by abandoned I mean that they moved away and left us behind. Of course after a few days without food and water we started crying, and thank God an animal rescuer heard us and saved us. Now we need a new home. We are both friendly and sociable. Consider us please!

Contact SayulitAnimals here!

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Articles From the Last El Sayulero

  1. Making a Positive Change in Sayulita: Octavia Jolley
  2. Día de los Muertos Festival in Sayulita 
  3. Children of Sayulita to Name Humpback Whales in New Research Project 
  4. Pro Sayulita Gears Up For High Season
  5. Día de Muertos and Halloween at Costa Verde
  6. New Sayulita Wine Festival/Viva Vino Mexicano! Debuts on December 8 & 9 


Thanks for reading.  Please let us know your opinions, suggestions, complaints or anything else you feel will help make Sayulita a better place in which to live and vacation.
Ian & Kerry Hodge Stacey Elkins Valorie Vanrheen
Founders Editor Director of Operations
and Social Media

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