Trip of a lifetime
My girlfriend and I spent the first week in May at Casa Flores, and it was perfect timing. Sayulita's tourist season was ebbing, and the temperatures were on the rise. It felt like the "sleepy little fishing village" I was promised, at least from Casa Flores's palapa overlooking palm tree silhouettes on the ocean.
The truth is Sayulita bustles, even during it's down season. The town center is situated on the beach; a small gridwork of narrow streets lined with restaurants, bars, artisan shops, jewelry merchants, tortilla kiosks, more bars, more restaurants, surprisingly chic clothing and home goods stores, and rental houses for anything ocean-related but mostly for surfing and standup paddle boarding. Casa Flores is walking distance from all this, and just a quick car's ride to the nearest town, San Pancho, where there's more of the good beach life.
Casa Flores is a multi-tiered home, built not so much on top of a hill as into a hilltop. Each floor is more lovely than the next. Set behind a bamboo and iron gate, you enter the kitchen by way of a sun deck. We ate breakfast here every morning, windows wide open, watching the sun rise over the verdant hilltops and reflect on the Pacific Ocean. A few steps away, across the bridge (yes, a bridge), is the palapa. We spent a lot of time there drinking coffee in the subtle breeze, letting the morning hours get away from us, or watching the sunset with an ice cold beer or Rosé. A level below the kitchen are two bedrooms, and down another few steps is the saltwater pool. The temperature is perfectly set for your comfort. In the hot afternoon it's brisk and refreshing. In the cooler evening hours it's bathwater warm. And after midnight it's as cleansing as holy water. There's a high wall to one side, and gloriously wide open space on the other. The pool, like the rest of the house, is a very private place.
We chose the bedroom on the lowest level, down the curling stone staircase. It's more of a bungalow than a bedroom, actually, with a manicured lawn, wooden deck, a few dozen books on the shelves, and an outdoor shower. I think the best way I can sum up Casa Flores's affect is by observing that during our stay we never once turned on the television.
I couldn't recommend Casa Flores more highly. It turned a great vacation in Mexico into the trip of a lifetime.