Full Name: Manuel Plascencia Hernández
Nickname: El Meño
Age: I am 63 years old
Where are you originally from?
I am originally from Sayulita, and I have spent my whole life here.
Do you have a business in town?
I provide an array of tourist activities including horseback riding, sport fishing, snorkeling, whale watching, and much more. It has been fascinating for me to witness the remarkable transformations in Sayulita over recent years. Once a humble town primarily focused on farming/ cattle farming and fishing, Sayulita has flourished into a vibrant tourist destination. The influx of visitors has brought forth a multitude of changes, turning Sayulita into a thriving hub for travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences.
What is your favorite place in Sayulita?
Being a fisherman myself, I have a deep appreciation for the ocean, I love the beach, especially the area where the fishermen gather on the south side. It holds a special charm for me.
What is your favorite memory of Sayulita?
Some of my fondest memories are from New Year's celebrations in Sayulita. It was a time when families would come together, bringing their dinners and tables to the vibrant tamarindo area in the center of town. The atmosphere was filled with warmth and joy as everyone shared their delicious homemade dishes. It felt like one big family gathering, where laughter, conversation, and the aroma of different dishes blended harmoniously. These cherished moments captured the true essence of community and togetherness, creating lasting memories that continue to bring a smile to my face.
Do you have a funny story to share?
On one occasion, a group of tourists mistook me for a well-known local musician. They approached me excitedly, asking for my autograph and expressing their admiration for my work. Caught up in the moment, I decided to play along and embraced my temporary role as a musician. We took hilarious pictures together, and I even entertained them with a few impromptu songs. The laughter and camaraderie were infectious. Eventually, the truth came out, and we all shared a good-natured laugh about the case of mistaken identity. It was a memorable experience that highlighted the joy and spontaneity that can arise from unexpected encounters with strangers in Sayulita.
What is a local tip you'd like to share with our over 40,000 readers?
On the jungle path to Playa Pascuarito, you come across two well-known giant stones referred to by the locals as "Las Comadres." According to ancient inhabitants, these stones were believed to represent two women who used to wash clothes in a water basin. Due to the scarcity of water, they would argue with each other, and as they were comadres (close female friends), a curse fell on them, and they transformed into stones. Nowadays, the residents still refer to them as "Las Comadres". I think its very important not to forget our old customs and traditions.