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                                  Friday, August 1st, 2014                                              

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From the Editor's Desk:

Thank you for the warm welcome and kind words that I received this week. It's always nice to receive emails from our readers. 

The last two weeks we have seen more Mexican tourists as families are traveling from inland to enjoy the school break. However, the break is short, so only expect this increase in tourists for a few more weeks. 

Businesses continue to close for the hot, humid summer. Many of them choosing to reopen their doors in September, like Sayulita Sushi Delivery and Don Chow.

Sara Briner with SayulitAnimals is closing her shop, Lulu, to focus 100% on SayultiAnimals. She currently has cute women's clothing on sale at cost. See her at SayulitAnimals if you are interested.

If you have suggestions on things you would like to see in El Sayulero or ideas to make this newsletter better, please email me at

Thank you for reading,

Stacey Elkins



Articles this Week

  1. Sayulita Auxiliary Lifeguard Program
  2. Iconic Sayulita Villa Undergoes Renovation
  3. It's Hot, Hot, Hot
  4. Spotted in Sayulita
  5. Photo of the Week
  6. Pet of the Week statistics, The last 30 days

July 1 to August 1:

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Sayulita Auxiliary Lifeguard Program

The Sayulita Auxiliary Lifeguard Program has recently appointed a new Beach Coordinator, Oswaldo Vallejo. In this position, Vallejo will work directly with Pro Sayulita, Firefighters Crossing Borders (FFCB) and the Bahia de Banderas Civil Protection y Bomberos to help meet the need for lifeguards and water rescue in Sayulita, as well as manage the Auxiliary Lifeguard Program.

Brian Singleton, Regional Repesentative for FFCB,  touches on the history of this program, “FFCB facilitated the creation of a Unified Community approach to improve emergency services in Bahia de Banderas. In Sayulita, we’ve been working with Pro Sayulita and Protection Civil y Bomberos to improve fire rescue and emergency medical services in the area. Improving Surf Rescue capabilities and beach safety has been a major focus for a number of years. Protection Civil’s creation of an Auxiliary Lifeguard Program is a result of those efforts. FFCB will continue supporting the Auxiliary Lifeguards as they work to protect the beaches of Sayulita."

As Beach Coordinator, Vallejo has already recruited 21 volunteer lifeguards. Of these people, many of them are surfers and regularly spend a large amount of time at the beach.

“We have a lot of tourists that come to Sayulita and they want to enjoy themselves and feel safe in the water. It’s our priority to help keep Sayulita safe for both tourists and locals,” said Vallejo.

Several of the volunteers have already attended a CPR training course. A second class will be scheduled for the remaining volunteers. In October, they will attend a water rescue training course, which will include new members of the Auxiliary Lifeguard Programs from Sayulita, Punta Mita, Bucerias and San Pancho. This training will be under the guidance of lead instructor, Adam Finer, the Bucerias Coordinator who has been working with FFCB’s surf instructors here and in Cabo. The first week of December, FFCB’s will be providing additional firefighter and water rescue training.

FFCB will be hosting the first annual Sayulita Lifeguard Competition on Friday, December 5th. This competition between Sayulita, Punta Mita, Bucerias and San Pancho will include individual events and team events to help motivate volunteers to practice their skills. The competition will wrap up with a BBQ sponsored by Pro Sayulita to thank all of the trainers and volunteers for all their hard work.

“The goal is to have all beaches up and functional by November 1st,” according to Singleton.

Janice Parker, head of the Beach Safety Program for Pro Sayulita, expressed her gratitude to those who have helped make this program happen. “Without the support of Pro Sayulita and Brian Singleton from FFCB, we would not have been successful in getting this project together. I want to personally thank Brian for his efforts and also thank him on behalf of Pro Sayulita. The final piece of the puzzle that had been missing was the appointment of a Beach Coordinator. Pro Sayulita and I thank Oswaldo Vallejo for stepping up to the plate and thank all who have volunteered to become Auxiliary Lifeguards.”

Donations are needed to help purchase the following equipment: uniforms, rescue fins, buoys, whistles, first aid kits, radios and a jet ski to help assist with water rescue. If you would like to help, please make a donation to Pro Sayulita and indicate that the donation is to be used towards the Auxiliary Lifeguard Program.



Iconic Sayulita Villa Undergoes Renovation

By Stacey Elkins

Don Huseman’s first trip to Sayulita was in the 1960’s to have lunch at Costeno’s. From where he was sitting, he could see a beautiful piece of land across the way, on the south point of the bay. The next morning he purchased the property and began to build a house, which is now called Casa los Arcos.

Back then, Sayulita was not the tourist destination it has become. The town was very small and everyone knew each other. In fact, it was so small that a conch shell horn would be blown to indicate when and where people were getting together.

Huseman fell in love with the people of Sayulita and felt a strong attachment towards them. He and his wife, Luz Plascencia, would host a Christmas party for the children each year in their home. Everyone in town was familiar with their house, which they lived in with their two daughters until 1994.

Throughout the years, Huseman and Plascencia built on to the house, adding villas for their family to stay in when they visited. Today it consists of 5 villas, Casa Don, El Nido, La Panga, El Pescador and Love Nest, which are rented out to tourists.

These villas just underwent renovation under the very talented designer, Jeffery Hill. The redesigned villas were unveiled to Palencia for the first time a few days ago, as Hill requested that she wait to see the end result.

“At first I was very nervous because I have conservative taste. However, I really like the work that Jeffery did and I’m very happy and satisfied with the results. He kept a lot of the old Mexican-style furniture and designs and combined it with a contemporary style. I made the right decision going with Hill. The quality of his work is high and he kept the soul of Mexico in the villas, which is what Don would have wanted if he were still with us,” said Plascencia. 


It's Hot, Hot, Hot

The days have been extremely hot and humid, strangely similar to the feel of walking around in a giant sauna. The temperatures have been in the 90’s, but with the heat index, we’ve seen days that feel as hot as 107 degrees. We have gotten an occasional reprieve when it rains, though the rain isn’t consistent.

With these high temperatures and humidity, it’s important to take care of yourself.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high humidity can affect one’s body’s ability to cool itself. High humidity prevents one’s sweat from evaporating as quickly, causing one’s body to release heat slower.

The good news is that there are things you can do to help remain cool in this heat. First of all, if possible, avoid outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day. This is the perfect time for an afternoon siesta. However, if you do opt for the beach, sit under an umbrella when you’re not in the ocean.

Staying hydrated is extremely important. Take a bottle of water with you when you leave your house or enjoy an agua fresca from a local vendor. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, make it a priority to drink fluids.

Taking frequent cold showers and regular dips in the ocean or pool can also provide a respite from this heat.

When asked how she and her family stay cool, Sarah Babb, a local jewelry designer, replied “We open our house up to help with air circulation and drink room temperature water. It’s better for your system and doesn’t shock your system as much as cold water.”

Jeremy Powers, a tourist visiting for a month from Nebraska, said “If I’m outside, I stay in the shade. I make sure to stay on the first floor wherever I go. I also jump in the ocean, stay under fans whenever possible, and eat cool food, like nopal.”

“I read a book under a great fan and then I don’t even realize I’m hot,” replied Nylene ONeal, a Sayulita local.


Spotted in Sayulita

It was an exciting day last week when the Google Maps Street View car was seen in our village. Finding your way around Sayulta will be much easier with updated maps and current views of our streets. 

Stay tuned for current maps and more on


New and Featured Listings

New Business Listing:
Siete Lunas Boutique Hotel

This 7 room hotel on top of a cliff face offers you a beautiful view of jungle covered hills and the ocean. It's the perfect escape for a couple, yet also works great for groups. 

Click here for more details.

New Business Listing:
Casa Nina

This 3 bedroom villa is only a 5 minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the square. Lounge in comfortable furniture while you enjoy your own private patio and pool.

Click here for more details.

For Sale: 
Lote Miramar


This 6,595 square foot lot is situated 3 blocks from the beach and 3 blocks from the square. This would be perfect for commercial property. Water, electricity and public sewer is available. 

Click here for more details.


Congratulations to Sayulita Investment Reality on the sale of Casita Roja! We welcome the new owners to Sayulita!

Click here to see what you missed.



Upcoming Events in Sayulita

August 2
Natural Products Workshop
Fifth in a six class series:
Natural herbal hair products
9 am - 2 pm
Casa Mexhica, Tamarindo

August 6 - 9
Surfabilly Summer Surf Camp
9 am - 1 pm
Ages 7-14
August 9
Natural Products Workshop
Last in a six class series:
Microdosis de plants and herbs
9 am - 2 pm
Casa Mexhica, Tamarindo

Click here to view the community calendar!

Photo of the Week

Taken by Ed Dorsett

Nothing beats the beautiful sunsets we get to enjoy in Sayulita. 


Pet of the Week


I am Xela, a young, female, yellow lab who was left at an abandoned house tied up in the hot sun with no water. I am shy  because I have never had loving humans in my life. I would love to find an active family who will take me on adventures and give me a safe place to call home. I get along with kids and all dogs. 

Let my friends
at SayulitAnimals know if you would like to meet me. 

Contact SayulitAnimals here.


Articles From the Last Issue

  1. Hidro Sol Albercas Changes Location
  2. SayulitAnimals Needs Volunteers
  3. A Fairytale Ending
  4. A Perfect Romantic Getaway
  5. Om Yoga Summer Programming
  6. Photo of the Week
  7. Pet of the Week


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
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