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

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
From the Editor's Desk:

Happy Friday!

I was in Morocco on vacation when the last El Sayulero was sent out. I just returned to Sayulita a few days ago and noticed that the vegetation has grown bigger and greener and there is water running down the river. The weather is still on the warmer side, but the ocean water feels fantastic. 

The next Nayarit-sponsored garbage cleanup will be on Saturday, October 10th. It only takes about an hour of your time and really makes a difference in helping to keep Sayulita clean. Meet up is in front of El Break at 9:00 a.m. This is an ongoing monthly cleanup, so mark your calendars for the second Saturday of every month. 

The Mercado del Pueblo is set to open for the season on Friday, October 30th. This is a great opportunity to buy from local vendors, eat delicious food, listen to live entertainment, and catch up with friends. This market will be open every Friday through the end of April from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. one block north of the main bridge on Calle Revolucion. 

Back to bi-weekly status:  With "The Season" starting up again, we are excited to return to our bi-weekly publishing schedule with issues coming out every other Friday.  

Thank you for reading this edition of El Sayulero,

Stacey Elkins
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September 2 to October 2:

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  Average visit session:  5:10
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  Reviews Posted:  61
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Sayulita Awarded
Pueblo Magico Status
(an interview with Marcos Scott)


On Friday, September 25th, Sayulita was declared a Pueblo Magico. This program was launched in 2001 by Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism. Currently there are 111 towns, including Sayulita, that have the status of being a Pueblo Magico. Marcos Scott, who played a huge roll in Sayulita gaining this status, sits down with El Sayulero and shares more about this exciting change in our community.

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A Letter to the Editor
(From Marcie Cavanagh)


I have never written a letter to the Editor before, but feel the need to get the word out regarding my experience with Airbnb, not only for all the vacation rental owners out there, but also for the many visitors who are looking for a Sayulita vacation rental.  

An issue occurred at one of our rental homes. We immediately took steps to rectify the situation, and sent proof to Airbnb of the action we took. However, without warning or explanation, Airbnb cancelled our entire account. This resulted in 30 guest reservations being cancelled. I not only had no way to contact these 30 reservations, but also had no way to call and talk to a real person at Airbnb. Furthermore, I did not receive any of the deposits or rental fees collected for these houses.
It is frightening how quickly you can go from having excellent reviews, to having your account cancelled, all with no explanation, NO SAY, and no way to call and talk to a real person. In addition, think of the 30 vacations that were potentially ruined, as those visitors now have to find alternative available lodging. 
This was another eye opener as to how much better it is to "shop local," so to speak. I know there are a lot of websites out there on which to list or look for a vacation rental. However, I want to give a big thanks to SayulitaLife for always being there to provide actual customer service, to both vacation rental owners and visitors. You can email or talk to a real person at any time. I appreciate the fact that the staff at SayulitaLife are real people who live in Sayulita and who care about their clients and the community. 
Thank you SayulitaLife for being part of the community.

Marcie Cavanagh

*The thoughts and opinions expressed in letters to the Editor are those of the individual contributors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of owners or staff.

International Coastal
Cleanup in Sayulita

This was the second year that Sayulita participated in the worldwide event, sponsored once again by Costa Verde International School (CVIS) on September 19th. Approximately 50 volunteers, consisting of CVIS staff, students and parents, as well as other community members, including Tracey Willis of ChocoBanana, assembled at 9am on a beautiful Saturday morning in front of El Break Café.


Making a Positive Change in Sayulita: Tracie Willis

Tracie Willis, Canadian born and English-raised, moved to Sayulita 26 years ago on April 2nd, 1990. Always passionate about environmental issues, ironically, it was this concern that helped her end up in Sayulita. While working for a cruise line, she became aware that ships were dumping garbage into the ocean. After turning the company into the coast guard, she was fired, and dropped off in San Diego. Chasing a job at a horse ranch in Puerto Vallarta, she headed to Mexico. When someone suggested she check out Sayulita, she did, and has been here ever since. She was one of the founding members of Sayulita Recycling, and continues to be passionate about the environment and making a positive change in Sayulita by making an effort to increase recycling, eliminate garbage, and protect wildlife.

Festival Sayulita
 will take place January 27th through the 31st, 2015, and will once again include international film, music, spirits, and food. There is definitely something for everybody!

Here is the line up for the concert on Saturday, January 30th:

Le Butcherettes
Golden Ganga
La Hora de la Hora
Mexican Juligans

Concert tickets and package tickets are already on sale during Phase 1 here.  

Buy your tickets today and get ready for a great time!

 Erin Parker Photography

Erin Parker, of Erin Parker Photography, moved to San Pancho, just North of Sayulita, from Santa Fe, New Mexico, last summer. “My husband and I decided we were tired of the rat race. We recently had a baby and didn’t want the expenses of keeping up with the Joneses. My parents, brother, and sister-in-law, owner of Playa Bliss Weddings, were already living in San Pancho, and proved it was possible to make a living here. So, we knew we could do what we wanted here and have family support,” shared Erin.

Gabbi and Andrea Villarrubia Making
the Move to Sayulita

Gabbi and Andrea Villarrubia have lived full time in Sayulita for nearly 10 years. Gabbi is originally from Bueños Aires, Argentina and grew up in San Jose, California, after his family immigrated to the United States when he was very young. Andrea grew up mostly in Louisville, Kentucky, and then finished high school and attended college in the Pacific Northwest. Gabbi and Andrea first met in San Francisco working for PDI/Dreamworks on the movie Shrek. They lived together for five years in San Francisco before they made the move to Sayulita.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lesson with Stand Up Paddle Mexico

It was a beautiful, clear, sunny Sunday morning and the conditions for a paddle board lesson with Stand Up Paddle Mexico could not have been more ideal. The ocean was flat, the water glassy and shimmery from the reflection of the sun, and at 10:00 a.m., it was still early enough that the beach was pretty secluded. As my friend, Camilla Fuchs, and I stood on the beach, the warm sand between our toes, I was excited to get in the water for our paddle board lesson with Shelby Taylor, who also happens to be a Pro Paddler.


New and Featured Sayulita Listings

SOLD: Casa Conchita

Congratulations to the former owners on the sale of this casa! We welcome the new owners to Sayulita!


Casa For Sale: Casa Cielo Azul
$880K USD

Large hilltop property with breath-taking ocean and jungle views! Located less than 5 minutes south of downtown Sayulita in an exclusive area of homes, this Mexican style home has 3 bedrooms and is located on 1.5 acres of land.

Condo For Sale By Owner: Pajaro de Fuego
$275K USD

A 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse condo at Pajaro de Fuego, located on Sayulita's exclusive north side. The condo is furnished, has A/C, and ocean and tropical views from every room. Amenities include secure underground parking, a great swimming pool shared by the complex, and a great location.


New Rental Property: Casa Surf & Skate
From $500/night 

This casa has three stories, with 4 bedrooms and 4 full-baths, 2 kitchens, large open air dining and living rooms and a separate 3rd floor 1 bedroom apartment with queen bed, fabulous ocean views and an amazing palapa roof. A large professional-level skate bowl, for both serious and beginner skate boarders, is adjacent to the first floor party & spectator room. 


New Rental Property: Casa Estrella
From $300/night 

A fantastic vacation rental that can be rented as either a 3 or 4 bedroom 3 bath home located in the beachfront property known as Villa del Palmar. Our huge shared swimming pool- one of Sayulitas largest along with a wonderful childrens pool with views is just steps to the ocean. We are a short and level 4-block walk to downtown shops, restaurants and the town square.


New Rental Property: Casa Suenos
From $250/night 

The main house accommodates (8) and consists of 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a living room, and a dining room with large kitchen. There's also a 63 foot long swimming pool with kiddie splash area. CASITA SUENOS is the detached one bedroom studio which is nestled in the jungle which sleeps (2) with a fully equipped kitchenette, full bath with walk-in shower, queen bed and large terrace. 


New Rental Property: Artists House
From $200/night 

The house has 2 levels~ each with its own kitchen and living spaces as well as a king bedroom suite on each floor. The first floor even has a perfect little nook for a teen to hangout and sleep in a platform bed. Upper suite also has a queen fold out futon. This house is located a short 3 minutes (by foot) from the North beach- and very close to the left surf break.


New Rental Property: Casa Roberto
From $200/night 

A traditional, yet spacious, Mexican casita with 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, living room and dining room, beautiful gourmet kitchen, polished concrete and tile, wood beams, WiFi and a flat screen satellite TV. Casa Comfortably sleeps 4 (up to 6.)


New Business: Toma Dos

A team of audiovisual producers with four years of experience in destination weddings throughout Mexico, but mostly in Sayulita and the surrounding areas. We focus on documenting all those little, yet beautiful moments which life is composed by naturally with a unique style and perspective.


New Business: Empower Training Retreat

This is what you have been waiting for! A training camp in the warm Mexico sunshine, during the coldest time of year- with the best coaches.  No cookie-cutter food or workouts.  This is better than all inclusive- it is customized to your needs and guarantees results!

New Business: Movement + Calisthenicsx
Exercise Classes

Currently classes are taught at Quilombo of Sayulita 3 days a week.
A variety of movements and exercises are taught that help people achieve the goal of moving their body better. This class has influence of gymnastics, capoeira, yoga, circus training and martial arts. Private lessons and small group lessons are also available. 


New Business: Mary Carmen Bernardino
Makeup & Hair Artist

Specializing in bridal makeup and airbrush techniques for
Sayulita destination weddings, anniversaries, quinceañeras, graduations, and other special occasions. Services provided in your home, vacation rental villa or hotel.


New Business: La Orca de Sayulita
Tours and Adventure

Three hour whale watching tours, leaving directly from the beach in Sayulita. Spaces are limited with small groups of 8 people maximum. The guides are experienced biologists engaged in whale research. A hydrophone, a special marine microphone, enables you to hear the whales. 

What Makes Sayulita Unique?

Christie Hawkins
Bainbridge Island, Washington
I come down here and I feel free. I do not feel like I'm in a gringo population. I feel like everyone works together to make Sayulita a better place. 
Winona Roemer
Berlin, Germany

Its many colorful houses, as well as its lovely people and animals that give this little village its distinct atmosphere.
Marco Najera
Palm Springs, California

The people. There is such a diverse group of people. The food. The weather. Sayulita is only 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, but it feels like you are 300 miles from civilization. 
Jacqueline Roemer
Berlin, Germany

It has kept its original Mexican charm despite its tourism. Also, the harmonic coexistence between people and animals can't go unnoticed here.
I'd come back to visit any time. Not only because my brother and his girlfriend live here! I love this town!
Corinna Fuchs
Munich, Germany

Its extremely friendly people, the colorful buildings, the lush green landscape, the mountains right by the sea, and that there is so much to do in this little town!

Pet of the Week

SayulitAnimals will soon be opening their doors after their monthlong break. If you are interested in opening your heart and home and adopting one of the several puppies or adult dogs currently in foster homes, contact SayulitAnimals! Foster homes are also needed and is a wonderful way to help out cats and dogs in need.

Contact SayulitAnimals here after October 9th!
Photo of the Week

Photo by Camilla Fuchs with Camilla Fuchs Photography
The supermoon lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, as seen in Sayulita on Sunday. What a magnificent sight! The next supermoon lunar eclipse won't happen again for 18 years. 

Articles From the Last El Sayulero

  1. Making a Positive Change in Sayulita: Anne Menke
  2. An Interview with Nicole Fredrichs with Playa Bliss Weddings
  3. Katie Hoffman Making the Move to Sayulita
  4. Mountain Wave Concrete Designs


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
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