Our Little Town in Mexico

Sayulita, Mexico
03.13.2013 | by: Meghan

We’ve been here before, Sayulita, Mexico. Every winter for the past three years. I wanted to try somewhere else–Tulum, Merida, Trancoso–I really did, but in the end, we couldn’t resist the pull of Casa Ninamu or the laid-back town with prayer flags and street food on every block or the sounds and solitude of jungle. We don’t go to town much, but when we do, we travel down a long dusty dirt road that winds through bright-green palms, towering old gnarled trees with immense trunks, Higuera boughs,¬†and unexpected pops of orange and fuchsia bougainvillea that cascade down the rare clay wall or forgotten gate. We pass the candy-colored cemetery for freshly grilled shrimp on a stick at Playa de Los Muertos, or oysters with hot sauce and lime, and in town, we gulp down smoothies on the beach and browse the handmade textiles at the hammock store. The organic farmer’s market is bigger and busier than I remember, and there’s a new shop selling dreamcatchers made from ripped leather, which makes me think things are changing around here, but it still feels unassuming, if not undiscovered. And, most importantly, the sun still shines in the middle of winter.


7 Comments on “Our Little Town in Mexico”

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for posting about Casa Ninamu. Thanks to you my wife and I had the greatest honeymoon I could have ever imagined. I don’t get the opportunity to travel much, actually this the first official vacation I’ve taken in my life. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about the experience. Every person we met was incredibly kind and generous. Walking through the jungle, discovering beaches, and wondering around town just added to what would have been an amazing trip if we had never left the house. Anyway, thanks again for sharing, I’m not sure if I would have been so fortunate on my own.


  2. Hi Rami: This is the most heart-swelling comment anyone has ever posted about this little blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I’m so glad you found Casa Nimanu and have such great memories from your honeymoon. Thanks so much for reading.


  3. Any specific food recommendations? We’ll be there next week and that pile of oysters on a table looks amazing!


  4. Katie: Our favorites: the shrimp and oysters (grilled and piled on a table in the sand) at Playa de Los Muertos; Sayulita Cafe (best food in town, in my opinion); Tacos Ivan (more street food); Rollies for breakfast; and the little bakery called Paninos. Have a great time!


  5. Thank you Meghan!


  6. Beautiful!


  7. House sitting can be a great way to live eaioomncclly in another country. When I first moved to Panama I was fortunate enough to land a house sitting gig in the mountains of Chiriqui Province in western Panama in a place called Potrerillos Arriba. It was an almost brand new house complete with a dog. In the mornings I’d sit out on the front porch with a steaming mug of locally-grown coffee and could see all the way down to the Pacific Ocean. On the back porch Volcan Baru, the country’s highest peak loomed over us.I paid for the electricity (around $20/month) the satellite t.v. service ($40/month but if it had been up to me I’d have dropped it) the internet hookup ($45/month) and a maid came in once a week for half a day. ($10 each visit) Plus cooking gas which cost me about $15/for the six months I was there. So, for less than $150/month I had a fantastic place to live.Right now I’m renting a full-furnished, newly renovated house in the small town of Boqueron not too far away from Potrerillos. I pay $175/month and take care of the yard. The only problem with that is that it’s a two-hour yard and I have a one-hour back.


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