Many initiatives have been taking place in Sayulita recently to reduce our consumption of single use plastics. For example, numerous restaurants have banned the use of plastic straws, or found sustainable straw substitutes made of paper, metal, or bamboo. Furthermore, thanks to the efforts of local environmental groups like Ser Su Voz and Las Mujeres de Sayulita, many of our tiendas now offer reusable canvas bags or charge customers for plastic bags. Additionally, more and more restaurants now have biodegradable to-go containers or use paper bags instead of plastic. While all of these measures are great progress for our Pueblo of Sayulita, the entire state of Nayarit will now be joining the cause, and according to recent news, all of Nayarit will be plastic free by the year 2021.
To celebrate Sayulita Life's 15th year in Sayulita, Sayulita Life began the “Giving Fund” campaign, honoring our value of giving back to the community by pledging to give a donation every month to a different local charity, fundraiser, organization, or cause in Sayulita. The first recipient of this donation was granted on Thursday, May 29th, 2019, toward the Dia De Los Muertos Festival of 2019. This donation will go directly toward the purchase of over 30 kilos of yarn and materials to support the efforts of Sayulita’s goal to create at least 12,000 “Ojos de Dios”, or “Eyes of God” for this year’s Dia De Los Muertos festival.
MexiTreks has been around in Sayulita since 2013, and offers clients fun jungle hikes, sea kayaking, snorkeling tours, and more, both in Sayulita and its surrounding areas. However, more than just a tour company, MexiTreks prides themselves on taking the opportunity to educate others about our local ecosystems and environmental preservation; they are dedicated to helping the local community, and to sharing their passion for nature. One way MexiTreks will show its commitment to their mission is by hosting a special fundraiser hike to Monkey Mountain on Monday, May 27th, 2019 for the local non-profit organization, SayulitAnimals.
Alex and I, (Judy), live in a small village in Central Northern British Columbia, called Vanderhoof. Some years ago, I was looking for a yoga retreat and stumbled across the town of Sayulita. When I googled more about Sayulita, it seemed like a great place to go and visit. I decided instead of going on a retreat, I would invite my husband along and just take a few yoga classes, as Sayulita offered so many options with affordable drop-in rates. The more affordable prices meant we could afford to have my husband and brother come along. For our first visit, we stayed at Los Corales suites. It was a great space with amazing hosts. We enjoyed fishing, surfing, yoga, and of course the many restaurants, including the Mama Mia Pizza (which is no longer around). Because of how much we loved Sayulita after that first trip, the following year we loaded up our family and rented a house (Casa Suenos). With our 5 daughters, spouses and our first grand-child, we all enjoyed 10 wonderful days together experiencing Sayulita’s magic of beach massages, beaches, and making fun memories with our family.
Sayulita’s Junior Surf and Sup Teams are heading to Colima, Manzanillo, on May 25th, 2019, through May 31st, to compete for the first time in the Mexican National Olympic games. After two weeks of training, the youth are ready to compete against the best, although many of them have been surfing or paddle boarding for their whole lives in preparation. This is the first time in history that the Nayarit state team has been represented at the Mexican National Olympic games, due to the requirement that the team members must also be enrolled in school, and also because this is the first time that surfing has been acknowledged as a federal sport by the government of Nayarit. I talk with the team coach, Geovani Perez, about the team and the excitement over this competition.