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Happy Friday!

El Grito, also known as the Mexican Independence Day, was on Tuesday, September 16th. The town was alive with people and festivities, including music, dancing, fireworks, food and a parade. Camilla Fuchs, with Camilla Fuchs Photography in Sayulita captured an excellent photo during the parade, which you will find as our photo of the week. 

Camilla also contributed the great shots taken at the Sayulita Coastal Clean Up Day. You will find the story about this clean up day organized by Costa Verde International School below. 

El Sayulero welcomes a new writer, Angela Wieland. We are very excited to have her on board.

We have been getting rain on and off for the last several weeks, including a few good storms. The temperature has cooled off and the humidity seems lower. Hopefully the cooler weather is here to stay. 

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

El Sayulero Reaches

10,000 Subscribers


Ten years ago, in 2004, we started in an effort to create a website for Sayulita that truly represented the town. Through the years we have seen tremendous growth and many changes but the heart and soul of Sayulita continues to be the same one that captures all our hearts and makes this such a special place in which to live, work, and vacation.
Our first El Sayulero was sent to less than 200 readers.  This edition is sent to over 10,000!  We would like to offer a HUGE GRACIAS to all of our local home and business owners whose advertising revenue funds this free newsletter. Thank you to our El Sayulero readers for all of your comments, suggestions, and critiques over the years.   
Publishing a newsletter (even one this small) week after week for 10 years is certainly not an easy task and has only been accomplished with the support, hard work, and dedication of the Sayulita Life staff.  Thank you all employees (past and present) for your contribution to this community.  
We have a lot of new ideas for the upcoming season and look forward to sharing them with our readers. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us anytime with your comments or ideas.
Saludos and happy reading,
Ian & Kerry Hodge
Founders, SayulitaLife and El Sayulero


This Week's El Sayulero

1.  Sayulita International Coastal Clean Up Day
2.  Sayulita "Adopt a Turtle Nest"
3.  Festival Sayulita 2015
4.  Exciting Changes on the Horizon for Quiverito Surf Shop
5.  Mexi-Go! Expo's Bringing Riviera Nayarit Real Estate                            to Calgary and Vancouver
6.  Surfing with WildMex Surf & Adventure
7.  Bliss Fundraiser for Corazon de Nina
8.  What is Your Favorite Way to Pass the Time in Sayulita?
9.  New and Featured Sayulita Listings
10.  Deals and Specials
11.  Photo of the Week
12.  Reader Quote of the Week statistics for the last 30 days

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Sayulita International Coastal
Clean Up Day

By Stacey Elkins
Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography

The sun was shining and the waves were gently lapping the shore on Saturday, September 20th as locals gathered for International Coastal Clean Up Day. Upon gathering at El Break at 9:00 a.m., many people noted that it was a gorgeous day to be on Sayulita’s main beach, picking up trash.

Approximately 80 people showed up with smiles and a good attitude for Sayulita’s Coastal Clean Up Day organized by Costa Verde International School. There were an impressive number of families with small children, along with several individuals from within the community.

A group of young student teachers from Costa Verde were amongst those who came to offer their assistance. “We’re the student teachers at Costa Verde so we like to get out in the community and help,” commented Katherine Nahn. “It’s cool the school does things out in the community, rather just in the school,” said Vanessa Renz. “Participating in events such as this is important because we work in the community. We live here and we are part of this group and should give a hand,” joined in Melina Sendon, Grade 3 and 4 Teacher.

While trash was collected from the beach, this community event was about much more than just picking up trash for the day. It was also about raising awareness. “We’re really trying to teach the kids to take action and they’re very excited to be a part of something. Let’s give them a problem, such as local pollution, and have them work on solving it. This is about ongoing action, about committing to something on a deeper level, and this is also a great way for them to connect with the community,” said Andy Slavin, Director of Costa Verde.

Cigarette butts were placed in one container and bottle caps in another in order to be used for awareness campaign projects for the children. Octavia Jolley, owner of El Break, is behind the cigarette awareness project and is helping to educate the children about the importance of eliminating cigarette butts on our beach. “They rank as the #1 litter item found on beaches and each cigarette contains 165 chemicals. They make their way into the ocean and the wildlife, such as birds and fish, eat them. This results in the animal’s stomach expanding and giving them a false sense of fullness.”

The children are taking this issue seriously and want to make a difference. “The kids noticed a lack of ashtrays at the bars and restaurants on the beach and they are excited to do something about it. They’re talking about making ashtrays from recycled containers and offering them to those businesses for free,” said Slavin.
Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography



Sayulita "Adopt a Turtle Nest"

By Stacey Elkins

The Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita is offering the community an opportunity to adopt one of their protected turtle nests. With over 226 nests at the turtle camp to date, there are plenty of nests available for adoption and this is a great way to support an important local cause.

Several local Sayulita businesses have already adopted a nest, including ChocoBanana, Alas Blancas, Rosemary Boutique, Revolucion del Sueno, Print On, Sayubicla, Buonissimo, La Terrazola and Hidro Sol Albercas. There have also been several individuals, both locals and tourists who have adopted a nest.

The adoption fee is very reasonable at only 300 pesos per nest. For each business or individual who contributes to this cause, a wooden stake with their name or business on it will be placed over their adopted nest. Not only is this a great way to help save these endangered turtles, it’s also a great way for local Sayulita businesses to gain advertising and show their support.

When the adopted nests hatch, an announcement is put on the Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita’s Facebook page. This post lets people know that the turtles have hatched and that there will be a turtle release that night.
The funds that are being raised through this program are helping the Turtle Camp to sustain itself. They are purchasing items that are important to their efforts and success, such as wood, rope, flashlights and wire cages that protect the nests.

When asked why she adopted a nest, Tracie Willis, owner of ChocoBanana simply stated, “The turtles can’t save themselves.”

“Sayulita is our home. It’s where we work and raise our children. I want my daughters and the people who come on holiday to realize the importance of preserving the world around us. This is a very worthy cause and I encourage everyone to contribute in their own way to this initiative,” said Nicolea Del Sueno, owner of Revolucion Del Sueno, another local business backing this program.

Alejandra Aguirre Ayala, a marine biologist behind the “Adopt a Turtle Nest” program encourages you to participate. “You can help save the turtles by adopting a nest. Every nest that is adopted helps to sustain us in our efforts.”

If you’d like to adopt a turtle nest, either stop by the Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita or contact them via their Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita Facebook page. 


 Festival Sayulita 2015


The highly anticipated Festival Sayulita is quickly approaching and will take place January 14th through January 18th. This year's festivities will be even bigger and more diverse than last year. There will be more movies, spirits, surfing and food pairings. A Children's Day, full of family friendly activities, and an entire day of live music, with over 20 bands, will be added to the mix. 

The funds raised through this festival will go towards building a bilingual Center de Transformacion. This space will be used for workshops, such as board shaping and making natural cleaning products. There will be a fully-equipped kitchen for instruction and to also support shows in the amphitheater space. There will be a community garden and an in-house store, allowing workshops to sell their products. This center will be all about local resourcing and skills. To help support this project, Festival Sayulita has partnered with tourism boards and their sponsors. 

This year, the seven meter beach screen will again be utilized, as well as an addition of an indoor matinee venue. Some of the movie acceptances have already been announced.

Nunca Regreses is directed by Leonardo Diaz. This is a touching story about two young friends who accept a job, ignoring the fact that they may never return to the place they use to hang out or return to life as they knew it.

Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians is a controversial film. Herman Vilchez presents the case to defend the Wirikuta, which is a sacred territory, against the threat of mining exploitation. In the face of this modern progression, the Huicholes begin a spirtual movement to protect their way of life.

Big in Japan is a musical comedy that follows a struggling Seattle band in Tokyo who are trying to make it big. 

Festival Sayulita and Sayulita Surf Club has teamed up to co-present Mexi Log Fest 2015. This is a competition of the world's best long boarders. There will be a cash prize of $10,000 USD and will be split between the men's and women's classes. These surfers will be judged on traditional longboard style, with a progressive flair. This competition will take place on Friday, January 16th and Sunday, January 18th.

For more information about ticket sales, scheduled activities and movie releases, visit the 
Festival Sayulita website or the Festival Sayulita Facebook page.. Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter through the festival's website. 

Exciting Changes on the Horizon
for Quiverito Surf Shop

                                                   By Angela Wieland

For four years now, Quiverito Surf Shop has been the only surf shop in town to rent and sell retro, collector, and high performance boards to intermediate and advanced surfers.  With its’ recent expansion, tripling the size of the shop, they will be adding a few more feathers to their cap.

Marilee Woolace, the very friendly and down to earth owner, will soon be offering several new and exciting services.  For starters, beginning in early October, and again being the first and only in town, she will have storage space to safely and securely accommodate 12 boards of any size, whether SUP or surf.  Seasonal prepaid rates will be available, in addition to daily, weekly, and monthly storage rentals.  Given the current limited parking situation and the chore of loading and unloading boards, or the distance of some homes and the burden of having to carry a large board to the beach, this is a much needed convenience which will soon be available in Sayulita.  No more schlepping of boards will be necessary, as the shop is a half block to the beach.  During the high season, the shop will be open from dawn til dusk, ensuring easy all day access.

In addition, smaller storage lockers will be available for beachgoers’ personal goods, such as laptops and cell phones, with the lockers featuring a cutout in the back to allow such devices to be charged while being stored.  Renters will be given a small numbered pin, attachable to shorts, etc. such as those utilized at spas and saunas, which will allow them to easily access their items.  The lockers will be rented by the hour.  A bathroom will be available for changing prior to or after going to the beach or elsewhere.


Lastly, Quiverito will be partnering with, which will be bringing lightning fast fiber optic public internet access to Sayulita in
October.  Quiverito,as the main affiliate, will serve as the sales headquarters where users can sign up and purchase this exclusive wifi service, which will allow them to surf the web, check email, or text on the beach, in the plaza, and eventually throughout the bulk of the downtown area.


Marilee can also serve as a great hook-up and referral service for information on guided surf trips, by car or boat, and tailored to experience level.


Quiverito Surf Shop is located at 12 Marlin, just up from Don Pedro’s.  This street has seen vast improvements, upgrades, and general beautification over the last six months, with many other businesses being added or expanded, in addition to a transition to a generally pedestrian only thoroughfare, with widened sidewalks.

Mexi-Go! Expo's Bringing
Riviera Nayarit Real Estate to Calgary and Vancouver

Real estate sales have been picking up in the Bay of Banderas, the Riviera Nayarit and in sunny Sayulita, Nayarit.  More buyers are coming prepared to purchase property and increasingly these buyers are Canadian.  In an effort to help educate and influence potential Canadian buyers about Mexico and Mexican real estate, Mexi-Go! is holding two Real Estate Expos in the area’s most popular markets, Vancouver and Calgary.  If you are considering purchasing Mexican real estate and want to learn more, check out the Mexi-Go! Expos being held in Calgary on September 27th and Vancouver on October 4th.

Canadian travelers to Mexico have increased from 750,000 to 1.7 million in the past 8 years.  More and more Canadians are making their tropical home dream come true by not only visiting but also purchasing vacation, investment or retirement homes in Mexico.  In fact, as much as 70% of vacation property sales in some touristic areas of Mexico are to Canadian buyers.  Local Sayulita broker/realtor Rod Rosile from Sayulita Investment Realty said “We see a great mix of Mexican, American, and international buyers. They all love Sayulita for the same reasons (surf, sun, amazing food, and great community feel) that I fell in love with it, but increasingly we have noticed more and more Canadian accents from our buyers.”

Two such Canucks were Jenn and Joe Chivers from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada who recently bought and remodeled their tropical home away from home Sayulita through Rod at SIR.  With the renovation complete they have already had a number of opportunities to enjoy their corner of paradise and are now also successfully renting Casa Aventura
 on when they are not using it.  They are thrilled about the leap of faith that brought them to home ownership in Mexico. “We can’t say enough good things about the whole experience; Rod and the amazing service and friendship he has provided and then for walking us through the first steps of owning a rental home and how to make it work…We also love Mexi-Go! Magazine and the inspiration it provided us.  If you are dreaming of owning a home in Mexico we suggest reading Mexi-Go! and attending the Mexi-Go! Expos to any fellow Canadian who want to make their dream a reality.”

In addition to exhibitors from around Mexico the Mexi-Go! Expos will also feature a speaker series with local experts describing what makes their part of Mexico so special and offering insight into Mexican home ownership done correctly. The event will also have a strong Sayulita connection with Sayulita Animals and their Canadian partner organization NoBars (No Borders Animal Rescue Society) attending to promote their Rescue, Rehab, Re-home, and Education programs.  This is a great way for animal lovers planning a trip or a full or part time life in Mexico to connect with this organization and learn more about how they can help.

For more information on the Expo’s visit, click here.


Surfing with WildMex
Surf & Adventure

By Stacey Elkins

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have lived in Sayulita for nearly a year, and Tuesday was the first time that I have gone surfing. I am a runner, but it was long overdue that I hang up the running shoes and grab a surfboard.

I showed up at Wildmex Surf & Adventure at 2:00 p.m. for a beginner group surfing lesson. Upon arriving, we were told that there had been a change of plans. While Sayulita is known for having great surfing waves, there are still days when the ocean is smooth and glassy with no waves in sight. Tuesday was one of those days. However, rather than cancel our lesson, our instructor, Alvaro Gutierrez, loaded us up in a WildMex van and drove us to Punta Mita.

The 15 minute drive gave our group (all ladies) a great opportunity to get to know each other. Lata Nott, from Washington DC, Soula Kalamaras, from New York, Diana Requena from Sayulita, Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography in Sayulita and me were all excited to get on a board for the first time.  

Upon arriving at Punta Mita, we took a small motor boat to La Lancha, a well-liked spot of local surfers. Alvaro informed us if any place around had waves, it would be there.

We were all given rash guards, which we soon realized we’re multi-functional and ideal to block the sun and keep our bikini tops in place. We were also given foam surfboards, which are perfect for inexperienced surfers. These boards float more easily in the water and are also safer in the event of a surfing accident.

As we jumped from the boat and paddled to shore on our boards, I noticed what a perfect day it was for a beginning surfer like me. There were waves, but they were gentle and not quite big enough to cause alarm. The water was warm and inviting, the sun was high above us and the sky was a beautiful shade of blue with cotton candy-like clouds. To top it off, we had the beach to ourselves.

Alavaro, with over 10 years of surfing experience and excellent English, knows his stuff. He taught us the correct terminology for the parts of the board, how to position ourselves on it and what to do when a wave breaks while paddling. He instructed us to fall like a starfish into the water to avoid hurting ourselves and to keep our heads covered if we did get a good tumble in a wave. He stressed the importance of safety and told us that we always needed to be aware of our surroundings and the people around us.

In the water he was patient, encouraging and helpful, telling us when to paddle, giving our boards a push and telling us when to stand up. He was great at having us in the right spot at the right time and getting us up on our boards.

It was a great afternoon for all of us as we cheered each other on, laughed at ourselves and enjoyed the humor of each fall and mistake. Every single one of us caught a wave and no one crashed into one another; that’s a major success.

I woke up the next day with a welcome burn in my upper abdominal muscles and an urge to hit the waves again.  Who knows, I might just have to hang up those running shoes more often.

To experience this surfing adventure for yourself or for information about other surfing and adventure options, contact Javier Chavez at WildMex Surf & Adventure



Bliss Fundraiser for

Corazon de Nina

By Angela Wieland

On Thursday, September 25th, Bliss owner, Rebecca D’Este, sponsored a fundraiser in support of Corazon de Nina.


This non-profit society, founded by Melissa Canez and Juan Meza, is dedicated to providing a safe, loving home environment for girls rescued from high risk situations including abuse, abandonment and human trafficking. They are rapidly growing and continue to be the only government approved home for teenage girls in the entire Bahia de Banderas area covering two states (Jalisco and Nayarit).  With tourism as the main industry in the area, child exploitation and prostitution are rampant, causing government agencies and individuals to look to them for assistance. Three years ago, they opened their hearts and their home to help break a terrible cycle and reclaim childhoods. All of the girls attend school, English classes, counseling, and participate in cooking and housework.


This well attended Bliss event featured delicious cocktails, games, a silent auction and raffle items donated from local Sayulita businesses. The proceeds will go towards purchasing art supplies for the girls at Corazon de Nina for a very special project. Each girl will be creating a painting around the theme of hearts. Bliss will have these paintings on display from November 1-19.


On November 20th, the second phase of this project will occur, which will feature a champagne cocktail party and a silent auction of the girls’ paintings as well as donations from local businesses. In addition, Rebecca will have a heart with each child’s name posted along with an individual wish list of wants and needs, as this event will be held just prior to the holidays. Community support and participation is encouraged and very much appreciated. Please open your heart and help support such an important and valuable organization.

If you would like to make a donation, please contact Rebecca at Bliss


What is Your Favorite Way to
Pass the Time in Sayulita?

Hazel Daniels, Sayulita

Surfing. I like the water and the smell of the wax.

Haley and JT Lowe
Olympia, Washington

Walking around and discovering great finds, like the other beaches and the cake lady serving amazing flan. 

Adil Schindler, Sayulita

Driving my motorcycle in the jungle and exploring the trails. 

Saida Hernandez, Sayulita

Surfing. It is a lot of fun and great exercise.


Alysa Hullett
Seattle, Washington
Sarah Jackson, Australia

Lounging on the beach catching the rays. 


New and Featured Sayulita Listings

For Sale: Ocean View Lot

Located in a quiet area in a fine neighborhood of homes. This property is literally steps to the beach. It is perfect for building your dream house or a rental property. It is only a 10 minute walk to town.  

Click here for more information.
For Sale: Ocean Front Lot

Located on the north end of town and almost one half acre. Great for a single home or development. Located in a neighborhood of fine homes, it is very private, yet only a ten minute walk to town. 

Click here for more information.

Deals and Specials

The following special will run from Friday, September 26th through Thursday, October, 9th. To get this special deal, mention this ad in El Sayulero.

Cafe El Espresso Sayulita-  Cool off with 2 x 1 Frappuccinos from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. You can find this great cafe directly across from the Sayulita Plaza.

Look for new deals and specials in the next El Sayulero!
Photo of the Week
Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography

A "Queen" gets elected in every Mexican town each year in honor of ancient Mexican heroes. This was part of the Independence Day Parade, which was held in the center of Sayulita on Monday, September 16th. What a colorful event!

Reader Quote of the Week
I have been reading the El Sayulero for over a year and enjoy it very much. I have to say that I think the content has improved in recent months.  The most recent issue with the "What Do You Love Most About Sayulita" is great because of the variety of responses. The photos make this column even more interesting.  As someone who has visited Mexico several times, I am anxious to visit Sayulita in the near future.  Thanks to your publication, I am getting a head start on my visit. 

Dallas, Texas

Articles From the Last El Sayulero

1.  An Interview with the Owner of Manjares Exquisite Cuisine
2.  Experiencia Sayulita Spanish School
3.  Transitioning to a Life in Sayulita
4.  Pro Sayulita Needs Your Support
5.  Horseback Riding with Painted Ponies
6.  What Do You Love Most About Sayulita?


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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