There isn’t much more I love than getting lost in a town that I don’t know much about. Sayulita, in the state of Nayarit Mexico is a popular surf tourist destination, but I admittedly hadn’t done a lot of research before this trip and couldn’t have been happier not knowing what to expect. The first thing I noticed was the bursting colour covering the main streets, rainbows of flags were draped across the roads from balcony to rooftop, and every shopfront, alleyway and house was boldly painted with the owners sitting and grinning out front.
Being New Years Eve seemed to bring an even larger crush of American tourists to the town’s foreshore, so Melissa and I decided to take the back streets. The best experiences can come from the most humble beginnings, and once Melissa had struck up conversation with a local (needing a restroom… haha!) we were walking up a winding narrow staircase to a dimly lit room full of dust, colour and aged spirits in both sense of the word. They invited us further up to the rooftop, getting our first glimpse over Sayulita. There is a lush jungle with trails through mountains sitting behind the town that I would love to explore more of if I ever return.
Photos by Melissa Findley