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AH! WE HAD the best time in Sayulita. This place has been on my radar for a while now and I’ve been dying to check it out.  Many friends of mine have visited this cute magical surf town and they have all returned singing the Sayulita praises. I’m happy to report that I’m joining the choir. This place is simply the coolest.

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Everything is quaint and simple and brightly coloured. It’s the perfect amount of authentic Mexico with a subtle (albeit growing) tourist influence making it friendly and accessible for all. It’s small enough that you can walk everywhere and everything is close. There are quite a few intense hills though so some take to renting golf carts to get around. The amount of tacos we planned to eat meant we were walking. Unfortunately you don’t burn calories sitting on the beach.

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Just a couple of weirdos. Ya’ll should be used to photos like these by now though…

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We met so many awesome people (locals and tourists alike) on this trip and were lucky enough to be invited back to take in this view with some new friends. This was an awesome Air BNB find where our new Aspen friends were staying. Dan and I loved our little lodge but we’re already dreaming of  returning to Sayulita with a bunch of friends and taking over this Casa for a week.


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One thing that surprised me a lot was how much I loved the food. I actually don’t know if I’ve ever really had true authentic Mexican fare before this trip but man I was in love. Our favourite question of the day was “in what way would you like to enjoy tortilla, rice, fish, beans and salsa today? Taco? Enchilada? Fajitas? Quesadillas? Burritos?”. In some ways it’s kind of all just the same ingredients arranged in a slightly different manner but it was ALL good ALWAYS. And spicy. Yum.

We actually had sought out accommodations with a kitchen because we intended to cook a lot but it turned out to be so cheap (and delicious) to eat out that we just wanted to indulge the whole time.

We highly recommend the special of the day for breakie at El Espresso if you want bang for your buck. It’s usually some sort of Mexican egg dish, coffee and a mango smoothie for about $6.00. It’s also got free wifi which would be a bonus if you wanted to check in with the world.

Other notable mentions are Burrito Revolution and Orangy and you pretty well can’t go wrong with the street tacos. We also discovered the deliciousness of Marlin (fish) and sided with that option most everywhere we went. Get the marlin. Trust. Also if you get sick of Mexican (it’s possible) Mammia Mia makes pasta fresh on site and is quite good. But really – I don’t think we had a bad meal – just eat everywhere.

Our favourite restaurant, was Teirra Viva. We met the best server ever (Martin) who was so fun to chat with and the food was incredible. Arguably the best coconut shrimp I’ve ever had. On our last night Martin brought us dessert and had our names written on the plate – it was such a sweet surprise (literally!).

And also the Popsicles from Wa Kika are life changing (see photo above) and if you get offered a snack on the beach (cucumber with lime and hot sauce) take it.

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I had a mini hiccup this trip catching some sort of bug or sun poisoning (we’re still not really sure what it was) so unfortunately I was down for the count a bit (fever, aches, chills…ugh) so I spent most of the trip in the shade on the beach but Dan got a little surf session in on our last day.

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Also my new Mexican beach blanket! I’m obsessed. I had to stop myself from buying 50.

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Sayulita – we’ll be ‘seeing you later’ for sure. Until next time…keep it real.



Sayulita Mexico

REMEMBER LAST YEAR when I won this? Well it’s finally time to cash in my prize. After a lot of research and debate, humming and ha-ing, and weighing pros and cons – we went from Costa Rica to St. Lucia to Tobago and then finally settled on a small little surf town in Mexico, Sayulita.

I hate to sound like a brat but winning free flights to ANYWHERE in North America (+ Caribbean) made it really hard to choose a destination. I know, I know, cry me a river. There was immense amount of pressure to “take advantage” and go somewhere really far that would otherwise not be an option for us ($$$$). The US seemed too boring even though there are a ton of American cities I’m dying to check out. The Caribbean was extremely tempting, especially since it’s so far from Vancouver. Growing up in Toronto, exotic places like Barbados and Jamaica were always just a hop and a skip away, but now it feels like an epic trek to get there (possibly the only downside – apart from being far from family – about living on the west coast). Also – let’s not forget about the swimming pigs that I vowed to see at some point in my lifetime. I mean, the pigs swim! No – I still haven’t accepted this reality. Those pigs made the Bahamas a top contender for sure.

We had almost completely decided on Costa Rica until we sort of realized that we’d burn 2 of our 7 precious vacation days on travel (and I mean completely burn – like a 12 hour travel day). It also was in the midst of the rainy season and hey, if we wanted rain we’d just stay in Vancouver, right?

After all the dreaming and planning and feeling like we were spinning our wheels and never going to be able to commit to anything we made a list of what we both wanted to get out of the trip.

1. Hot and sunny
2. Cheap once we got there (hey, funds are low)
3. Spanish speaking (Dan’s request)
4. Not an all-inclusive
5. A place where we can have adventures and be active but also relax on a beach
6. A cultural experience (not a tourist trap).
7. Not too far so we don’t spend half of our vacation travelling

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When we broke down what was important to us, Sayulita seemed like the clear choice. I have a lot of friends who have visited this tiny little surf-town just north of Puerto Vallarta and they all rave about it. I’ve always wanted to visit and though the flights aren’t that expensive or far from Vancouver “taking advantage” of free flights stopped being our priority.



I just love how vibrant and colourful everything is! Ironic, I know, since I live in a world of black and white. And TACOS! I want all of the tacos. And Margs. And Coronas. EEEEEE!

We leave mid-October just after a lot of the projects that I’ve been killing myself over will wrap up and right before I start working full-time with PlaidFox. It’s the perfect time for a getaway for Daniel and I and now that we’ve booked it, it can’t come fast enough!

Have you ever been to Sayulita? We’re now accepting all recommendations!



 Take Me To The Mountains | LITTLE LESSY

I CONSIDER MYSELF pretty lucky to live in such a place where daycations are possible. I mean I guess a daycation is technically possible anywhere but just 10 minutes outside the city of Vancouver you feel like you’re in a whole new world. THAT is pretty spectacular.

I’m headed to Whistler today thanks to a surprise plan put into action by Daniel. Unfortunately he didn’t foresee me spraining my ankle when he booked it a month ago. Any one have any recommendations on what a crippled person should do up there? To be honest I’m simply pumped for the quiet, quality time. Maybe I’ll finally finish that super intelligent book (ahem, Catching Fire) I started reading in March… Maybe?

You should daycation today too. Just tell your boss Allessia said so. Don’t even worry about it.