There are other Mexican beachside cities that I prefer over Puerto Vallarta, but there are a few food and shopping gems to be found here. Also, I have a soft spot for hilly towns by the water for some reason…maybe they remind me of Hong Kong, one of my favorite cities.
Last but not least, my favorite shop in Sayulita…Evoke the Spirit! A space so beautiful it looks more like a gallery than a shop, with beautifully designed & made products to match. And if you visit the shop, please be sure to say hi to Santos, the Huichol yarn painter in residence.
A very special thank you to Evoke the Spirit’s owner & designer Brittney Borjeson, who was so welcoming and helpful during my trip! You can see more about Brittney and her shop in Domino magazine!
Back after a long hiatus…and with the perfect town: Sayulita! I just returned back from a few days there, and had to write about it.
Sayulita is a small Mexican surfing town not too far north of Puerto Vallarta. This rustic beach chic hotspot for expats is home to some great eateries and boutiques. Will be posting a few highlights later today.
How I got there: I was staying in Puerto Vallarta, so I took a bus from the bus stops on the street in front of Wal-Mart. The bus ride takes about an hour…not the most enjoyable ride ever, but I like to travel like a local sometimes. The windows and door were wide open and we were barreling along. What more can you ask from a 35 peso (<$3 US) ride?
Upon arrival in Sayulita, the bus drops off on the main road…from there you just keep walking until you find something interesting. PS-That shouldn’t take too long.
Fortunately for some & unfortunately for others, the world did not end today, 12/ 21/ 2012. Ancient Mayans did not actually predict an apocalypse today, but rather the end of an era. I am currently smack in the center of the supposed apocalypse, so I thought I should just go with it. This & the following two posts are a few things I have seen today, in homage of baktun.
The cemetery at Xcaret in Playa del Carmen was an unexpected place where I spent the most time. The time & creativity used on each memorial was wonderful, and it was so much more personal and heartwarming than the traditional gravestone. In addition, the crypt was beautiful, with a wall of wax made by the drips of the previous candles. Beauty in the simplest of ideas.
Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world (located on Via della Scala).
Founded by Dominican friars shortly after 1221, the year of their arrivaI in Florence, the pharmacy used medicinal herbs grown in the monastic gardens to make medications, balms and pomades for the monks’ infirmary. The apothecary still uses the monks’ ancient recipes to this day. The space is beautiful, and so are the products, although very expensive. I was also in love with the extensive use of the SMN logo…a very lovely place to visit!