The Un-Spring Break Spring Break: Sayulita, Mexico

Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, Extras, Featured, Featured Getaway, Group Travel, Mexico — By on August 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Not that there’s anything wrong with the bro-tastic trip to wet t-shirt land or any shame in throwing back shots like a freshman trying to pregame in her dorm before an RA walks by. But let’s just say you were in the market for a beach vacation that felt a little less MTV-inspired. May we suggest an alternative?

Stay: Sayulita Beach House

More space than you could possibly need, plus a furnished kitchen so you can cook up your own feast on nights you don’t want to go out to eat. You will be a fifteen second walk from the beach, with easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, shops, bars, and… wait, did you need anything else? Check out all the details here.

Do: Horseback Riding and Surfing

You can ride horses on the beach, through the woods, up to a perch from which you can see the entire coast and the ocean that looks like it goes on and on and on. No experience and very little money required. Same goes for the surf lessons; just stop at one of many stands scattered across the beach. Don’t worry about wiping out (you will) or looking silly. If not now, when? Have at it.

You could also go on a boating and fishing trip, but that’s not exactly an official activity. It basically entails meeting a nice looking guy with a boat and a cooler full of beer. If that doesn’t creep you out at all, power to you, chica.

At Night: Girls Walk Into A Bar

That thump thump bass of techno music blasting so loud in Cancun you can feel it come up through the floor in Acapulco? Yeah, you won’t find it here. Sayulita nightlife is much more mellow – a good margarita, some chips and salsa, live music, dancing. Mill around the cobblestoned streets from one rooftop bar to another. Try Buddha for a bigger space and more dancing (there’s a DJ, not a band) or Don Patos for a more laid back vibe.

Leave it at home:

Any and all hair straightening products Embrace the waves, lost girls; heels – those aforementioned cobblestoned streets will have you stumbling even when you’re sober. Valuables: there’s a safe in the room, but it’s still not quite as secure as an enclosed hotel. There’s that small town sense of everyone knowing everyone and no one stealing, but, well, you don’t actually know everyone. Plus there are plenty of small stores and stands in the center of town where you can pick up some local accessories that won’t set you back too many pesos. Makeup: Give your skin a vacation, too. Besides, Sayulita is just not that kind of town.

Don’t forget to pack:

Sunscreen. Mexican sun is like Mexican tap water – you might be able to handle it stateside, but it will not be kind to you south of the border. All of you who “don’t really burn” while playing in your pool will get sunburn in Sayulita. I repeat to all the too cool to reapply kids: You. Will. Get. Sunburn. I speak as a former victim of a Sayulita sunburn so painful it hurt to open and close my eyes (fun fact: it is possible to burn the skin on your eyelids!) Slather it on before even getting dressed. Make friends with a cute boy on the beach to get those hard to reach spots on your back. Who says sun safety isn’t fun?

Aloe. Because in your quest for the perfect tan, you will think you’re too strong for the sun. The sun will kick your ass. Might as well prepare for the inevitable.

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