It’s a new year, so time to play a bit of catch-up. Back in October some friends let us use their condo in Punta Mita, so we certainly figured we shouldn’t pass up on another opportunity to head to the beach. Plus we had not been to Punta Mita yet, so off we went.
So, way behind on getting these up, but better late than never. Over Memorial Day weekend, we headed back to the beach with some friends, this time back to the coast north of Puerto Vallarta, an area we had not visited since shortly after we first arrived at post.
We rented a house at Playa San Pancho in the quiet little beach town of San Francisco. This was a great location as it meant an hour less driving than if we had gone all the way to Puerto Vallarta. And with more of the toll road completed, this meant a less than four hour drive, a big plus for returning to the area in the future.
When it came time to head to the beach, we headed down the highway about another 15 minutes to the town of Sayulita, which has become quite the hipster surfing location for many American tourists. We needed a quiet and calm beach and a co-worker had recommended Playa de los Muertos, whose name became apparent as we finally managed to find our way through the narrow streets and then noticed the cemetery as we were looking for a place to park.
We enjoyed a late lunch in Sayulita and enjoyed exploring the town a bit. We definitely look forward to a return visit.
It was tough to beat the views from the Marriott where we stayed. Mexico knows how to do their beach resorts.
Our first morning we took a cab ride down to the historic center of Puerto Vallarta where there are lots of shops, bars and restaurants along a pleasant boardwalk area.
We finally made it to the beach, thanks to my in-laws who met us there. The drive from Guadalajara can be on the long side depending on the traffic, so the fact that they were meeting us there was the extra boost we needed to hit the road (as well as having Francisca along too). We ended up making good time and arrived in a little under 5 hours. The kids loved the beach and after breakfast we would head down to have some fun in the waves.