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Friday, February 13th, 2015
From the Editor's Desk:

Happy Friday!

Calling all Sayuleros! Tomorrow, Saturday, February 14th, Riviera Nayarit is sponsoring a beach clean up at 10:00 AM. They will be providing gloves, bags, and water. Please bring your own cup or bottle. Meet up in front of El Break to participate.

Galen Wathen has organized the Rio Brigade, which is a group committed to picking up garbage in Sayulita on a weekly basis. They have cleaned the river, the beach, the ball field, and other areas of the town. Join in this effort and meet up with this group for coffee and clean up at 10:00AM every Monday at River Cafe.

Costa Verde is having their annual fundraiser, Mexi Gras, this Tuesday. Read more about it below and make sure to purchase your ticket before it is too late!

Mark your calendars and save the date for the annual Pro Sayulita general meeting on March 4th.

Sayulita has become a popular location for destination weddings. With the ocean, jungle and breathtaking beauty that surrounds us, it is no wonder. Because so many couples choose Sayulita to say, "I do," we have decided to do a series of interviews with couples who have gotten married in Sayulita, and also showcase some of the amazing wedding planners in town. This El Sayulero brings you the first interview in this series.

Thank you for reading this edition of El Sayulero,

Stacey Elkins
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An Interview with Tamra Koch and Lina Weissman about Mexi-Gras  


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 17th for the Costa Verde International School’s 8th annual scholarship fundraiser. This year’s theme is all about fun, as Sayulita meets New Orleans for a Fat Tuesday celebration in support of this school.  Tamra Koch, a founding board member of Costa Verde, and Lina Weissman, a board member of Costa Verde, sit down with El Sayulero to share more about this school, the event, and why you will want to attend Mexi-Gras!


An Interview with Macdai Duenas, Owner of MACEVENT

MACEVENT, a company that rents furniture and other party items for events, services Sayulita and the Banderas Bay. They are the perfect “go to” for your party needs, taking stress off of you by providing excellent service and taking care of all the details, including delivery and pick up of all rented items. Macdai Duenas, Owner of MACEVENT sits down with El Sayulero and shares more about her business, what services they provide, and why you should hire them.

Pueblo Magico: Keeping the Conversation Going

As plans for Sayulita’s Pueblo Mágico program unfold, Marcos Scott, president of the Pueblo Mágico Committee is working to keep all residents of Sayulita informed as to the progress that is being made. The program has inspired a lot of discussion — both pro and con. Members of the Pro Sayulita communications committee recently met with Scott to gather and report information about the latest developments.

Whale Watching with
Sayulita Entourage

“Look, look! Over there! There! Right there! Ooooh, wow!”  It was Thursday and I was sitting in a panga on a humpback whale watching excursion with Sayulita Entourage.  It was a slightly overcast day, with the sun making an appearance from time to time. There was a gentle breeze in the air and the Punta de Mita bay was flat and calm. Fish were jumping as our captain, Felix, steered our boat out into the bay, and already we could see a whale breaching in the horizon. 


Sayulita Destination Wedding with Sayulita Dream Weddings

Photo by Sayulita Wedding Photography with Joann Arruda

Blair and Jason MacDonald met through mutual friends while attending college at Western Washington University in 1999. They got engaged in Sayulita on April 2nd, 2013 when Jason proposed on the rooftop of Casa Mar Del Sur at sunset. They wed one year later to the day, with Blair’s brother, Christopher, officiating their ceremony.  This couple currently lives in Port Ludlow Washington and shares with El Sayulero why they chose Sayulita as their wedding destination and much more. 

Valentine's Day Dining in Sayulita


Tropical House
4-course meal for $25 USD
1. Tropical fish ceviche tostada or cream roasted poblano soup
2. Garden salad or grilled cheese tomato avocado salad
3. Seared fresh tuna in an orange ginger soy sauce, prime angus arrachera topped with wild mushroom sauce, fresh mahi mahi topped shrimp in a creamy sarandeado sauce or stuffed chicken in spinach white wine sauce.
4. Flourless chocolate cake or caramel coconut flan
Includes a complimentary glass of spumante.
Free mimosa for every couple
Don Pedro’s
Tuna Carpaccio- shaved foie gras, chives & truffle oil
Pumpkin Ravioli- pumpkin seed pesto, sage & brown butter
Oyster Rockefeller- New Orleans style                                
Muscouy Duck- balsamic braised figs, grilled polenta and bitter greens
Seafood Bouillabaisse- white fish, sea scallops, shrimp, octopus, clams, mussels in saffron seafood broth with crouton and garlic chipotle aoli
Molten Chocolate Cake- house made hazelnut ice cream and caramel sauce
Los Afortunados
Purchase of The Parrillada will come with complimentary glasses of wine (2) or deserts (2)
***Parrillada for Two ****
Charbroiled Arrachera Steak
Grilled Local Shrimp
Manchego Stuffed Poblanos
Fire broiled Spanish Chorizo Skewers
Fresh Dorado Filet
and a choice of two (2) sides
Oven Roasted Baby Garlic Potatoes, Green Salad, Grilled Veggies, Mexican Rice, Black Beans
Bistro Organico
Saturday, February 14th & Sunday, February 15th
4 course menu - French wine, gypsy jazz with smooth songs
Dinner 650P / with pairing 900P
App I  Kale - medium Oyster- spicy liquor - sheep’s milk cheese. Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc Brut
App II –Seared bay scallops, long bean with guava dressing.
Start - Crab cake with dill garlicky potato sauce & Fresh Arugula. L. Latour Chardonnay Ardeche
Main - Marinated Dorado wrapped with hoja santa, squash Blossom, butternut squash sauce & ginger pumpkin seeds. E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose
Shrimp Bowl, Mustard greens, quinoa, borage petals, roasted fennel & avocado sauce. L. Latour Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee
Desert -  Black chocolate cake, Raspberry banana compote, pine nuts, sunflower seeds & petals. Taylor 10 years Tawny Porto

River Cafe
$595 pesos or $750 pesos with wine pairing
Mushroom, parmesan and parsley crostini
Beet, orange wedge and goat cheese salad
Citrus sorbet
Carrot, ginger and scallops cream soup
Combination of Pacific jumbo shrimp with citrus sauce and grilled flank steak with bordelaise sauce
Chocolat duo, served with red fruits compote


An Interview with Regis Cadena of Fishing Sayulita


Regis Cadena operates the aptly named Fishing Sayulita, though he provides several other additional services, on his charter panga boat, Mahi.

How long have you been a fisherman? Well I grew up fishing with my dad. At the age of 9 I was taking time on the weekends to go commercial fishing...snapper, bottom fishing, and every once in awhile, we'd do long line fishing for Dorado. That's how we would make income for the family


Where is Your Favorite Place to Eat Tacos in Sayulita and Why?

Jan Bayley, Victoria

The Real Fish Taco. It is yummy and fresh. It is my daytime favorite and right by the beach.
Maia Walczak
Naty's. They have vegetarian tacos and they are very inexpensive. 
Will Estes

El Rinconcito. It is inexpensive and the shrimp tacos are only 14 pesos. They double the tortillas and I split them apart and have four tacos instead of two.
Israel Luna

Tacos Ivan. They have a traditional taste and don't taste commercial. I especially like the pastor.
Sara Briner

Naty's Tacos because they have vegetarian tacos.


New and Featured Sayulita Listings

Villa For Sale: Casa Jungla

This partially furnished two bedroom, three bathroom house is located just a three-minute walk from the plaza and the beach. A spacious terrace and a gourmet kitchen is perfect for entertaining guests.


Villa For Sale: Casa Rio Zarquito

This property consists of three apartments, located just a three minute walk from the square and the beach. This is the perfect income property, complete with ocean views, and a pool and cabana with an outdoor kitchen. 

Villa For Sale: Casa Yoli

A very private, secluded hilltop home, located at the north end, with panoramic views of the ocean, mountains and jungle. Two bedrooms, three baths, large palapa covered roof deck and a lot of covered patio space. Completely furnished and ready to move in!

Villa For Sale: Villa de la Vida

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to purchase a second home in Sayulita that will pay for itself. Access to the beach is a 2-minute walk down a cobblestone lane and a beautifully landscaped trail. The terrace is where you will find yourself each day, whether it is coffee, yoga, siestas, dancing, stargazing, reading or visiting. 

Lot For Sale: Ocean View Lot

This lot is a five minute walk to the main plaza and a seven minute walk from the beach. Titled property includes architectural plans and expired building permit. Lot/ Land size: 237.59 square meters or 2557.4ft².

New Rental: Casa Love
$60 - $170/night

Casa Love is an incredible Sayulita vacation rental consisting of seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, small yet convenient kitchen, and a huge amount of living, dining, and relaxing areas throughout the house. One to seven individual bedrooms available for rent.

New Business: Fishing Sayulita
Captain Regis offers a number of different activities, including fishing, fly fishing, whale watching, surfing, sightseeing along the bay, and snorkeling. He has over 25 years of experience and speaks fluent English.

New Business: River Cafe Sayulita
Enjoy exquisite cuisine in an elegant, yet relaxed open-air ambiance at a great location by the river. They will pamper you with excellent service. They serve only the best, fresh products, chosen by their chef with attention to quality.

New Business: Luxury Transportation
Taxi Company
Airport pick up and drop off includes margaritas, beer, water, juice, and a stop at Mega for groceries. They also do tours in and around Sayulita, including La Cruz, La Penita, San Blas, Alta Vista, and more.

New Business: Madera Del Mar
Their work is made with an eye for quality, detail and design. They aim to deliver a result which will create the perfect environment, restaurant, holiday home, or store for their customers.
New Business: Audio Services Sayulita
DJ Paladub
As experienced DJ's, we can offer all kinds of music styles from Latino, Dance, Oldies to Pop. You name it, Audio Services Sayulita has it! We work with the best wedding planners in and around Sayulita to ensure you and your guests have fun and are satisfied, making your event special with your favorite music.
New Business: Donna Evans Officiant
Officiant: Weddings, Memorials, Services
What is your vision for your special Sayulita wedding day: A little nostalgia? Totally romantic? Some humor to relieve the tension? Do you want to write your own vows, or have you found a poem or essay that describes your special relationship? Donna can start you off with several options that you can build upon to make your Sayulita wedding memorable for both you and your guests. 
New Business Listing: Pachamama 
Gallery and Boutique
It was not a coincidence that over the years this surfer town has acquired fame and a Polynesian appearance, as necklaces, rings and other ornaments made from genuine Tahitian pearls are like the business card of the Pachamama Boutique.
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A Message from Pro Sayulita


Photo by Ed Dorsett with Wicked Fotos

What makes us love our one-of-a-kind Sayulita?
The beautiful, clean beaches;
Lush jungle, great for hiking & horseback rides;
Colorful Mexican culture;
Or ALL of the above?

What is it worth to you, your family and your guests to have:
  • Free 24/7 ready response ambulance and paramedics (average cost of an ambulance ride in Canada: $45 to $240; in the U.S.: $2,000). 
  • A well-equipped fire station (first responders who speak basic English, carrying the jaws of life), plus lifeguards with rescue boards and a proven track record: 900 medical emergencies handled and 327 rescues in the 2013/14 season. 
  • Garbage and recycling services that keep our beach and public roads clean.
  • Continued reductions in crime: Down 90% since our police station opened.

Do you want to return to the days:
  • When it could take an ambulance close to an hour to reach someone in need?
  • When beaches and streets were littered and dirty? 

This is a real prospect --
unless we all step up to the plate! 
Pro Sayulita provides $120,000 U.S. per year for essential services. Join your fellow supporters, who have already raised $60,000 through the annual Fiesta. Give at any level:
  • Gold -- $500 to $1,000 (or more)
  • Silver -- $365 ($1/day) to $500
  • Bronze -- $50 to $364
  • Friend -- $___________
Supporting Pro Sayulita is easy: Go to  and click “donation.” If you have already given -- thank you for your support! 
Donations will go through “Friends of Sayulita,” a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit organization and is tax deductible in the United States.


Tickets on Sale for Live Theater Sayulita's 'Sign of the Times' and 'Driving Miss Daisy'           


Live Theater Sayulita returns for the 2015 season, excited about the schedule and the venue, La Luz Fantastica, located at 155 Ave. Revolucion.  LTS will present three one-act plays by the inimitable Shel Silverstein, billed as Signs of the Times on February 26, 27, and 28. Performances will begin at 8 p.m., with two brief intermissions to allow theater-goers to purchase wine, beer and water.

“We should end at about 9:15 so that anyone who wants to get to the San Pancho Musical Festival will be able to catch the last act there,” said Donna Evans-Deyermond, co-producer.

One month later, March 26, 27, and 28, you will be treated to a production of Driving Miss Daisy, the Pulitzer Prize winning show written by Alfred Uhry.

Tickets are on sale at the Mercado del Pueblo in Sayulita on Fridays or at The cost is $200 pesos per person, and you can pay in cash or through PayPal online.

The subject matter in the Silverstein plays is adult-focused, with strong adult language.  For that reason we suggest this performance is not appropriate for anyone under age 16.


Growing Up as a Teenager in Sayulita

Written by Aaleyah Cortez 
Grade 8, Costa Verde International School
Sayulita is a place filled with love, colors, creativity, and a lot of people. Most of the people live here and others are tourists. When it is busy season, the town is full of activity.

Pet of the Week

This is Klaus. He lived on the streets of San Vicente. He was lucky enough to be fed occasionally by a local woman who saw him hungry on the street, but then Klaus disappeared for two months. When he returned, just before Christmas 2014, he had a huge open wound on his leg (down to the bone) and ulcers on his legs, penis and behind his eye. Sayulitanimals took him in. He has been getting chemotherapy and treatment for Erlichia. Klaus never knew he was sick! He has been responding miraculously to his treatment (vet could not believe his eyes) and is full of energy. He loves to go for runs and really likes people. He will make a wonderful, loyal friend to someone. Are you ready for the sweetness of Klaus? Unlike Christmas Santa Claus, this Klaus brings joy year round!
Contact SayulitAnimals here!

Photo of the Week

Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography
A few days ago, Camilla came across two tiny baby turtles lying on their backs as she walked the beach just before sunrise. She flipped them over, their heads pointed toward the ocean, and let them go on their way. 

Upcoming Events in Sayulita

February 13
Live Latin Jazz, Blues and Salsa
8:00 - 10:30 Fridays
Latitude 20

February 13
Jazz with Steve Goldberg and Friends
8:00 PM Fridays

Zen Garden

February 14
Riviera Nayarit Beach Cleanup
10:00 AM
Meet at El Break Cafe

February 14
Valentine's Day Special Dinner
8:00 PM
Zen Garden

February 14
Valentine's Dinner, French wines and Gypsy Jazz
6:00 PM
Bistro Organico
Hotel Cielo Rojo, San Pancho

Any day now...
Sayulita Days
Approximately two weeks of carnival, street vendors and fun!
Culminates on February 24, Flag Day

Sayulita Baseball Field

February 15
Live Music and BBQ
2:00 - 6:30 PM Sundays
Latitude 20

February 16
Women's clothing and book swap
to benefit Pro Sayulita programs
11:00 AM
Zumba studio, corner of Manuel Navarette and Caracol

February 17
CVIS MexiGras Scholarship fundraiser
6:00 PM
Don Pedro's beachfront

February 19
Latcho & Andrea Gypsy Flamenco
7:00 PM
Don Pedro's

February 20
Noche Mexicana for Sayulita's Escaramuza Team
6:00 PM

February 20
Live Latin Jazz, Blues and Salsa
8:00 - 10:30 PM Fridays
Latitude 20

February 22
SayulitAnimals Salutes the Oscars
4:00 PM
Latitude 20

February 26
Latcho & Andrea Gypsy Flamenco
7:00 PM
Don Pedro's

February 27 - March 3
Tango Workshop
Two part series - All levels welcome
Ginger's Dance Studio


Click here to view our community calendar.

Articles From the Last El Sayulero

  1. Pro Sayulita and Pueblo Magico Progress
  2. An Interview with Damien Porter, Owner of Don Pedro's
  3. An Interview with Mi Chaparrita
  4. Origenes Men in Sayulita
  5. An Interview with Charlene Cordner 
  6. Festival Sayulita: It's a Wrap
  7. Sayulita Wine Shop
  8. Plastic: A Harmful Material


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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