this photo is from my first trip to sayulita. i exited the bus from puerto vallarta and found myself on the side of the highway. taxis wait along the dusty turnoff, expecting to carry curious travelers like myself the short distance. sayulita is a quaint beach town on the western coast of mexico. it is growing in popularity and is on its way to being overpopulated by tourists – both foreign and mexican. loved by surf enthusiasts, it is inhabited with longhaired, sinewy hipsters who are drawn to the crashing waves. surfing is a crack-of-dawn, early morning enterprise. if you are blessed to wake in a breezy room overlooking the protected cove, you will hear the faint voices of surf students learning the craft from leather-skinned professionals. straddling their boards and basking in the pink and orange sunrise, the crashing waves muffle the instructor’s voices. you can’t make out exact conversations, but the occasional group celebration can be heard echoing across the water. successful wave riding deserves a cheer from your fellow schoolmates, right? days spent in sayulita are lazy. coffee is a must. breakfast is leisurely. meeting times are vague. it is assumed that there will be shopping, beach time and a late lunch. in between, many refreshing drinks will be consumed. casual cantinas with outdoor seating – sometimes swings – play everything from reggae to 80’s pop music. families with bronzed, sand-dusted children are seen in golf carts, on the way to the beach or picking up smoothies from the vegan café. the roast chicken stand on the corner has the best pollo i have ever tasted. it is especially delicious after a few tequila libations. while on a stroll through town, i discovered sleek and chic hotels, bohemian bed & breakfasts, alleys lined with traditional artisans, upscale boutiques, wine bars, colorful murals, international cuisine and the classic street vendors. i think sayulita has everything you could want in the way of a laid-back beach town. flip flops are considered formal attire. color and texture seem to be everywhere. this wall obviously called out to me and the wood grain of the shutters seemed its perfect complement. every time i scroll past this image in my phone, or online, it always makes me smile. it feels warm and bright and cozy. it might be time for another sayulita getaway.