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                                  Friday, July 4th, 2014                                              

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Sayulita has been our home for the better part of the year for my wife and me. After our wedding in November, moving down here was the first thing we did. We got to experience our first house as a couple, and our first pet! Taking in Sayulita's streets was my full time hobby for the first few months. I will never forget the time we have spent here, and I will always appreciate having met so many of you. 

However, it is time now to say goodbye. We have decided to head back home. Back to the land of the free, and the home of the brave, the land of milk and honey, Uncle Sam's melting pot, Los Estados Unidos! While I am particularly excited to get back to see my long lost family and friends, there are many things I will miss here. 

Sayulita is one of the most interesting places I will ever go. The sights, the atmosphere, the beach are overflowing with character. I will miss waking up and seeing the Pacific extend into the horizon, the sunsets over the light blue water, grilling on the roof, and strolling on the beach in the morning. 

It has been a wonderful experience. Multiple times over the last few months we have spoken with people visiting Sayulita, and mentioned that we lived here full time, reactions were always the same. "You have it made, living in paradise, I wish I could do that." My response was always, " you can, you should!". To get away, to live in another world is something I think we should all discover. 

El Sayulero, however, will be better then ever since our new editor will be our star reporter Stacey Elkins! Stacey will continue to help redesign the layout, while using her excellent writing skills to bring you great new Sayulita stories! 

Thank you for reading,



What's Happening This Week

Interview with Cristina Cruz 

Sayulita Summer Economy

SayulitAnimals Clinic

Talking to Pepe Kabande

Help the Turtles

Photo of the Week

Pet of the week statistics, The last 30 days

June 04 to July 04:

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An Interview with Cristina Cruz


On Sunday, July 6th, the eleciones intermedias, which are the local elections, will take place to elect local officials into office. One  local woman in Sayulita, Cristina Cruz, is running for the position of Regidora por la demaraccion 1, which is one of 8 demaracciones within Bahia de Banderas. Demarccion 1 covers Lo De Marcos, Sayulita, Higuera Blanca, San Pancho, Guamuchil, Corral del Risco, Las Lomas, San Ignacio and San Quintin. Cruz, a part of the Movimiento Ciudadano party, shares with El Sayulero about herself and running for office:

How long have you lived in Sayulita and what do you like about living here?
I was born here. I like the beaches, that it’s clean here, and that we live in a family-friendly community. I appreciate the tourism that keeps our town thriving.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to practice sports, such as softball and baseball. I also like to run.
When and how did your political aspirations start?
I have always worked to help other people. My father taught us to give and serve without expecting anything in return.

How does it feel to be running for Regidora por la demarcacion 1?

It is a great responsibility because my people, that is, all of this area, have hope that the Regidora will do something for their towns.
What is a typical campaign day like?
I visit the people of the towns. This enables them to express their needs to me and offer suggestions of how I can support them. I negotiate support from them and how I can contribute to a better quality of life for them.

Why should people vote for you?
People should vote for me because I am a person who follows through on my word. I have a lot of faith and trust in people and I want them to believe in me like I believe in them.
What do you hope to change if you get elected into this position?
I would like to change many things. However, the first thing I would do is go from town to town and give thanks for the people’s unconditional support during my campaign. Also, I want them to see me as a person who would work 24-hours a day for them and be a model of progress and hope for them.

Sayulita Summer Economy Report


Following the hustle and bustle of tourist season, a quiet solitude has fallen over Sayulita. There has been a significant decrease in tourists and many people who live here have left for the hot, humid summer. While high season brings plenty of business for everyone, the same can’t be said for low season.
Several businesses have closed temporarily, due to decreased business and the difficulty of staying afloat with the decrease of tourism. However, many businesses have also chosen to remain open.
Banannie Jewelry, a store owned by Annie Krieger, is still open. Krieger has been in business the past 16 years and specializes in making one-of-a-kind handmade pieces with semi-precious stones.
She has reduced her hours due to the slump in business and the intense heat. She currently opens the store by 11:00 a.m., closes from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and then reopens from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
“While business has slowed down a lot, I have regular tourists that come year round, even in the summer, and they help carry me through these slow months. Rainy days also are good work days because people aren’t spending the day at the beach,” said Krieger.
Ally Cat Sailing Adventures, a family run business for the past 25 years, has also remained open for business. This company offers day trips on a 56-foot catamaran to the Marietas Island and includes a full day of snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, boom netting, food, open bar and more.
Office hours have been changed from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sailing trips have also been reduced from daily trips to approximately 4 trips per week.
“We have been having a lot of private tours going out and we have a lot of repeat guests. We also are offering group discounts and local discounts,” says Debi Gonzalez, one of the owners of Ally Cat. 
El Espresso, a coffee shop and café owned by Yesi Ramos for the past 8 years, is also still open.
Yesi stressed the importance of her employees continuing to have employment throughout the summer, so she has kept all of her staff, but has cut their hours in half. While breakfast is served from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., the kitchen is now closed for lunch.
A daily breakfast special that is in the 60 to 70 peso range, including a smoothie and coffee has been implemented. The special will switch up daily.
Despite the decrease in business, Ramos remains positive and optimistic, “The Mexican school break is in July and we generally see an influx of Mexican tourists.” 


Sayulitanimals Spay/Neuter Clinic

On Monday, June 30th, Sayulitanimals hosted their 3rd spay and neuter clinic of 2014. Despite the cool and rainy morning, the doors opened at 9:00 a.m. and shortly after, the clinic was packed with dogs and cats. Locals brought their own pets, neighbor’s pets and street dogs and cats. 

This clinic was organized by Sara Briner and Shelly Labovitz, the two women behind Sayulitanimals, and was made possible due to a combined effort of many people. Traci Willis, owner of ChocoBanana, donated muffins and coffee for breakfast, while Eileen Loftus, with Don Chow’s, donated sandwiches and potato salad for lunch.

Dr. Charlotte Burns and her vet technician, Bliss Fisher, flew in from California to donate their time and skills. Dr. Julio Martinez, Dr. Gabriel Trejo and Dr. Marcia Alvarez, all from Animal Love, also spent the day performing surgeries. Twelve additional volunteers assisted in whatever task was needed.

Volunteers helped watch over dogs and cats in recovery by monitoring each animal’s heartbeat, respiration and temperature. They cleaned ears, cut nails and removed ticks and fleas. Animals were pet and soothed and monitored for pain.

“I volunteered because these clinics help improve Sayulita. I love this town and want to do something worthwhile here,” said Mimi Buffetrille, one of the volunteers.

A total of 43 animals were spayed and neutered: 29 dogs and 14 cats. These animals ranged in age from 2 months old to 8 years old. All of these surgeries were performed at no cost to the pet owners or to those who brought in animals.

“This is one of the most beneficial programs going on for everyone in the community. It helps keep unwanted dogs and cats off of the street,” said Will Estes, another volunteer for Sayulitanimals.

Not only was this day a success, the program has been a huge success throughout the years. “Since we opened our doors a little over 5 years ago, we have spayed and neutered approximately 2,300 animals between Sayulita and the surrounding towns,” stated Briner.

We appreciate everyone that has already had their pets spayed and neutered, but keep spreading the word for next time. Let everyone know. Transport an animal to the clinic next time or contact us if an animal needs transporting,” suggests Labovitz. 

New and Featured Listings

New Real Estate
Casa Aurora
$425K USD

A beautiful 3 bedroom home with stunning jungle views and beautiful gardens and a large kitchen and garage. This Sayulita treasure contains a salt water turquoise tiled pool, and an upper level palapa art studio for the creative type.

Click here for more details.
New Real Estate
Sayulita Lot for Sale
$225K USD

This almost beachfront lot is located in a great spot, surrounded by many luxurious properties. It is a 30 second walk to the beach and a 5 minute walk into town. Great opportunity for an income property! 

Click here for more details.

New Rental
Casita Buenos Aires

Located on a secluded, hilltop on the north side of Sayulita, it is surrounded by a tropical garden. It has a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony with a view of the sea. It is separate from the other buildings on the property, so you have plenty of privacy. The beach and plaza are just a 5 minute walk away!

Click here for more details.


Once again another one of Rod Rosile's listings at Sayulita Investment Realty has sold! We all congratulate  the seller (and Rod), and welcome the new owners to Sayulita.

Click here to see the deal you missed.


Talking with Pepe Kabande 
By Stacey Elkins

Perhaps you've walked by Origenes David Luna and admired the beautiful, intricate handmade leather purses or one of the home furnishings, such as a delicate hand blown glass lamp. This store opened in Sayulita on January 21st of this year. Pepe Kabande is a
partner of the designer, David Luna, and runs this store day in and day out. Kabande shares his Sayulita experience, his passion for David Luna’s designs and his love for his work with El Sayulero.

How do you like living and working in Sayulita?
It’s a show. It’s a party. Sayulita is a great place to live. Everyone is very respectful and the town has a great ambience. My friends come to visit me. All types of people come to see me. There’s a lot of talking and fun.

How was it decided that you and David Luna would open a store here?
A good friend of ours suggested that we open Origenes here. We were looking for a location that we could keep open year round. We came for a long weekend at the end of November, saw the potential, and rented this store location that very weekend. The end of December I moved here from Guadalajara and the grand opening of the store was the end of January.

How has business been?
We have had a lot of business since day one. Everything is still going well and we’re looking forward to seeing how the shop will do for a full year. The store hours have been shortened due to the summer. However, we’ve been fortunate that we have been getting some on line sales through our advertising with Sayulitalife.

What is your best-selling item?                 
Currently we are selling a lot of large, roomy shoulder bags. They all are carefully crafted by hand and constructed of fabric and leather, with intricate tool work and stitching. We also sell a lot of small compact, long strapped purses. These can be dressed up or dressed down and are ideal for traveling due to it’s small, enclosed compartments.

What is unique about David Luna’s purse designs?
They all are designed with elaborate tool work, yet applied in various ways. Some are made completely out of leather, some have leather cut outs and some have jute bottoms. Most of the purses are made from vibrant colors, such as burnt  orange, turquoise, red, yellow, pink, as well as black, gold, brown and copper. Some of the purses are made from a combination of colors.

How did David Luna get his start?
He started designing products from his home in 1982 and opened his first public shop in 1996 in Tlaquepque. He has had shops in Centro Comercial Santa Fe, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. He has sold his designs to a lot of shops along the Pacific Coast and Gulf Coast. Currently there’s the store here in Sayulita and a store in Tlaquepque.

How often is  David Luna in Sayulita?
He is here pretty often. During busy season he was here every other weekend and would stay 4-5 days at a time. Now with the heat, he hasn’t been here as frequently.


Helping Sayulita Turtles


The Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita is in need of volunteers to help protect the turtles during nesting and hatching season, which is now through February. 

Alejandro Aguirre Ayala, a marine biologist, who is spearheading this effort, touches on the importance of having volunteers. “It’s very important to have volunteers help in this endeavor because the turtles are an endangered species and because there are people who will steal their nests. It’s also very important that we move the nests within 5 hours of the eggs being layed because after this time frame, moving the eggs can kill them.”

Volunteers are needed nightly from 10:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. and from 6:00 a.m to 8:00a.m., as nests are generally laid at night or very early in the morning. As a volunteer, you will look for nests, under the direction of a guide. If a nest is found, you will help dig up the eggs and move them to Campamento Tortuguero to safely rebury them. 

Last year 283 nests were found and relocated and approximately 100 to 120 eggs were in each nest. It takes 45 days for the eggs to hatch. When the time comes, volunteers will also be needed to help release the baby turtles into the ocean. 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita through their Facebook page or call 322-132-7381. If you aren’t able to volunteer, but would like to help this organization, please consider making a donation.


Upcoming Events in Sayulita

BBQ at Don Chow
Happy Hour starts at 3:30, dinner at 5:30
Live music, baby roasted pig and BBQ Beef Brisket

Natural Products Workshop
First in a six class series; tinctures of medicinal plants
9 AM to 2 PM Casa Mexhica, Tamarindo

Volunteer day for Sayuparke
9 AM
Volunteers needed for final installation of playground equipment

Sayulita Turtle Camp needs night volunteers
to walk the beach to collect turtle eggs for safe hatching
Natural Products Workshop 
Second in a six class series; herbal bath products
9 AM to 2 PM Casa Mexhica, Tamarindo
Kirtan at Om Yoga
Chanting for inner silence
11 AM
CVIS Spanish intensive class
Mon - Fri  9:00 to 11:00 AM
CVIS Summer Camp
9 AM to Noon
Ages 4 -12
Two more sessions July 21 - 25 and July 28 - Aug 1
Summer Camp for kids 7 -14
9 AM
Click here to view the community calendar!

Photo of the Week

Punta Sayulita Sunset

Pet of the Week


I am Leah, a beautiful two year old pittbull mix who was found in the streets of Sayulita. I was underweight, dehydrated, sick, and badly abused. Luckily a loving man brought me to SayulitaAnimlas, because I would probably not have made it much longer. I am slowly learning to be loved by humans after all the abuse, so I am a bit slow to show affection. I am still looking for a loving home with patient owners!

Please contact my friends at sayulitAnimals if you would like to get to know me!

Contact SayulitAnimals here.


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 Joseph Riddle Valorie Vanrheen
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