SayuSoul

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  1. Hola Chrystal, It's true, this past season we saw an estimated 21k national visitor to Sayulita however many "issues" that American and Canadian tourists experienced during the high season (holiday season) this year was not a huge problem due to the fact that the town came together (both expats and nationals) to keep the town clean and safe. For example, there were many port-o-porties set up around the town to ensure the sewer systems wouldn't be over it's capacity. There were 3 main beach clean ups daily to ensure the town and beaches were clean of all trash. And trash bags were handed to visitors to encourage them to clean up their trash. To see an extensive list of the efforts made from Semana Santa in 2017, you can view here: https://www.sayulitalife.com/news/detail/651 Semana Santa for 2018 starts on the 25th of March and Ends on the 1st of April. You will see visitors coming a week before and leaving about 3-5 days after. The ocean water is not affected by Semana Santa. If anything, Semana Santa was cleaner than it was in Sayulita over the holiday season. The riverbed by the ocean is smelly but that is due to an entirely different subject of the water plant that has plans to be fixed once enough funds are raised. You can read about the town infastructure project here: https://www.sayulitalife.com/news/detail/612
  2. Hola Morganb! Take a minute to check out Sayulita Life - there are hundreds of amazing vacation rentals that fit your needs. You can plug in your check in/check out dates and your desired budget. I went a head and took a look at what's currently available. People tend to book their christmas/new years stay in Sayulita up to a year in advanced so you'll definitely want to book something soon! Here are the results for what is currently available during those dates with your price range: https://www.sayulitalife.com/rentals-search?search_begin_date=12%2F26%2F2017&search_end_date=01%2F02%2F2018&search_locations2[]=999&search_attributes2[]=3&list_mode=2&search_locations2_unchecked=&search_check_date=1&search_bedrooms2=4&min_price=&max_price=400&season_price=
  3. I would suggest becoming familiar with the work and labor laws here in Mexico. Since you are not fluent in Spanish, getting you temporary or permanent resident card and permission to work will require you to hire a lawyer for translation purposes and to walk you through the necessary steps for obtaining your residency and becoming eligible to legally work in Mexico. All paper work will be in Spanish. You must also check online with what the requirements are for qualifying for your residency as it seems to constantly change. On SayulitaLife.com there is a section of some highly qualifies legal services that can help you with any questions you may have and walk you through the process of becoming legal to work and live here in Mexico. https://www.sayulitalife.com/sayulita-legal
  4. On Sayulita Life, you can put in your dates of travel and add extra amenities within your search such as A/C and Wi-Fi. If you look at the amenities section of the vacation rentals, anything that says "Premium WiFi" means the homeowners have installed Sayulita WiFi - a premium private internet company that has the fasted speed internet in town. You can do a quick search in our detailed search section here: https://www.sayulitalife.com/homesearch Let us know if you have any questions!
  5. Hola Julia! Z Galeria often hold private and group art glasses in the gallery. Check out Zoey's business on Sayulita Life and send her a message to see if she's holding any classes. https://www.sayulitalife.com/z-galeria
  6. Driving from La Cruz to Sayulita is about a 20-30 minute drive. Taxi's from Sayulita to La Cruz range around $200-500 MXN, depending on if you get a street taxi or luxury transport service. It also depends how many people you are taking, sometimes vans will charge an extra fee after 4 people. Here is a list of highly recommended taxi companies in Sayulita: https://www.sayulitalife.com/taxi_transportation
  7. Audrey at Audrey International can be of great help and service for these kinds of questions. Although this thread is from 2014- it's still a very relevant topic of interest for new homeowners. https://www.sayulitalife.com/audrey-international
  8. Hola Dave, To my knowledge, there is not a place that does guitar rentals in town, however, below are some restaurants/ venues that do live music almost every night. I'm sure if you get in contact with the owner or manager, they can give you information on lending a guitar during your stay. https://www.sayulitalife.com/su-casa https://www.sayulitalife.com/latitude20 https://www.sayulitalife.com/don-patos https://www.sayulitalife.com/lucid Enjoy your time in Sayulita!
  9. Hola Mike! We hope you enjoy your time in Sayulita "Reasonably Priced" differs for many people, so maybe it would be a little helpful to be more specific of what you're looking for? BJNelson made a great suggestion, Sayulita Life has a handful of super qualified and respected chefs and catering businesses in town. Take a look at what they offer and send them an email ! https://www.sayulitalife.com/sayulita-catering
  10. I've lived in Sayulita for 2 years and I've found myself getting a "flu-like" bug during the winter months, just as I occasionally would when I lived in California. Flu season is flu season, and when hundreds of tourists over populate a town and are in total "vacation-mode", people tend to forget to constantly wash their hands, be cautious of food preparations, take vitamins, hydrate, and probiotics (instead of drinking tons of beer and tequila). All this lowers ones immune system. When our immune system is lowered, natural bacterias that are airborne that our systems aren't used to can give us a nasty attack. I never swim in the Sayulita ocean and I still found myself sick at some point during this past winter. However I found myself sick for maybe 24 hours, drank a lot of tea, natural broth, and coconut water and I was better. For those who would like to inform themselves on the "water issue" - here is a recent article stating a 5 phase plan for a solution of cleaning the water, and working on a pipe/drainage system that can withhold the capacity of the amount of tourists Sayulita receives every year. https://www.sayulitalife.com/news/detail/612 Everyone has valid points in this forum, however unless you find yourself getting sick and decide not to go to a doctor or specialist and get lab tests taken and contact your local health department, everything will be just assumptions of what the cause of the illness was and how "contagious" it is, and what necessary precautions must be done to help fix this issue.
  11. Hola @rdubin I would highly recommend Carmela Carlyle in Sayulita. Take a look at her reviews: https://www.sayulitalife.com/carmela And some extra research for any of your wedding needs: https://www.sayulitalife.com/sayulita-weddings
  12. UPDATE on Golf Carts: this was written from someone in a different forum just passing along the info: "First of all, there will be regulation as they expressed, but they haven't yet informed the requirements for regulation, but likely all carts must have a minimum of safety and operation equipment. Also, it has been advised that there will be control on: .Underage drivers (not permitted under NO circumstance .People drinking on carts or DUI .Carts overloaded (max 2 in 2 seaters and max 4 in 4 seaters) .No one can go standing on the back seats .Nobody can load a bunch of kids in a golf cart threatening their security, abide to the max payload of each cart mentioned. .Avoid sitting toddlers or older kids on the lap, use the seats. .Respect and abide all rules of parking & direction of traffic, specially giving emphasis to those that do double parking or park in corners or block the ramps for wheel chairs. *So, starting now, everyone is allowed to drive the carts.* This is the word from the director de trĂ¡nsito del estado. And *all the above minimum rules MUST BE followed by everyone* Traffic police will be controlling the normal use of carts."
  13. Hey Jene, these florists come HIGHLY recommended in town from DIY brides and local wedding planners: https://www.sayulitalife.com/florists
  14. There really isn't any "slow season" in Sayulita anymore. The week after Semana Santa may be a bit more mellow, but definitely keep in mind Spring Break for American tourists. Last year after Semana Santa there was maybe two or three days of down time, and then a slew of wedding parties, college students on spring break, and weekend warriors. However, this isn't to say you can't enjoy Sayulita. If you have a place already booked, and want to enjoy the beaches, the great restaurants, and take some surf, SUP, Yoga or fitness classes, Sayulita will have everything you could want!
  15. Hola Jenna, A lot of very important questions! Making a big life change is a huge decision and as with anything, there are always pro's and con's. My partner and I moved to Sayulita 2 years ago and last year, were part of the house hunting process and eventually purchased a house with his family in Sayulita and now operate as a vacation rental. Buying property in Mexico is definitely different from the US (I can't speak for Canada), however if you have a great team working with you and a knowledgable and reputable real estate agent, they can answer ALL your questions and will help you every step of the way. We all felt ver confident during the process knowing our Real Estate Agent had over 20 years of experience handling properties in Mexico. Here are some good resources to take a look at: https://www.sayulitalife.com/sayulitarealestate https://www.sayulitalife.com/general-buyer-info https://www.sayulitalife.com/faqs https://www.sayulitalife.com/sayulita-real-estate-legal I don't have kids, however I know plenty of people who have made the move to Mexico and have enrolled their kids at the local private ECO School, CVIS. You can read a little bit of information on Costa Verde International School here: https://www.sayulitalife.com/costaverde My biggest suggestion is come out to Sayulita and stay for a season. Come out during the summer months, see if you can handle the major humidity and see what some things may come up for you being a potential homeowner during the hot summer months with tropical thunder and lightning storms. Enroll your kids into CVIS for a semester, network with parents and attend one of the many fundraisers non-profits and organizations hold throughout the year in Sayulita. As you'll soon learn, the community is VERY open to new comers and welcome those who come to Sayulita looking to make a positive impact on the community. If you have any questions or want any detail specific information, I'm happy to shoot you an email! Saludos!
  16. It's hard to say what the resolution to the golf cart situation is, however for any interested parties looking to rent a gas or electric cart in town, I highly urge people to either call or email the owners and get the answers from them. No one wants to go on a vacation and pick up their reserved pre-paid cart only to find out they're still not allowed on the streets. Many companies can be found on SayulitaLife.com - click on the "Email Owner" button or find their phone number on their page and contact them https://www.sayulitalife.com/taxi_transportation
  17. Hola Ed, Sayulita has MANY organizations and non-profit groups in town that make Sayulita so great. Although I don't have any email addresses to share, there are plenty of organizations that have Facebook Pages and respond fairly quickly. Here are a few resources: https://www.sayulitalife.com/community-support https://www.sayulitalife.com/support-local Hope that helps!
  18. Ed589 - I've never had to put my suitcase on my lap, only if the bus was crowded and I had a hiking back pack plus a suitcase. If there's room on the bus, I use a seat next to me for my suitcase. When I'm traveling alone back from PV - Sayulita, there are generally people on the bus that will help me if my arms are full with bags/ luggage. I've never had an issue. I've gone back and fourth from the states to Sayulita with luggage on the bus approx. 9 times in the past 2 years.
  19. Hola ExploreMore! I've taken the liberty to take your dates and requirements (Wi-fi) for a 1 bedroom place in town. Here is what is currently available on Sayulita Life. Take a look at over 90 available places for rentals during your dates of travel: http://www.sayulitalife.com/rentals-search?search_begin_date=01%2F30%2F2017&search_end_date=02%2F08%2F2017&search_locations2[]=Central&search_locations2[]=Gringo+Hill&search_locations2[]=Nanzal&search_locations2[]=North&search_locations2[]=South&search_locations2[]=Other&search_attributes2[]=6&rental_type_hotel=1&rental_type_vacation=1&search_bedrooms2=1&search_check_date=1&min_price=&max_price=&season_price=
  20. Of course, Ed589! Also, if you plan on just going to the beach and walking around town, no need to bring socks and shoes. If you want to do any hiking or walks to different beaches, definitely bring extra socks and hiking shoes or trainers to walk through the jungle
  21. This is my second summer in Sayulita and like Radita says, it's all about your living situation and your comfort level. My first summer I lived in a one bedroom, tucked away behind other buildings, no A/C, no cross breeze, and I took about 3 showers a day due to constant sweating. I'm not someone who enjoys the heat and humidity so I did as much as I could to be inside after 10am. 7-10am I'd do my grocery shopping, go to the tienda to get cleaning supplies, run errands, take my laundry out, etc., and after 10 or 11am hits, I'd hibernate in bed, read a book, work online etc., The heat outside and humidity was too much for my laptop ( A LOT of Apple product batteries expand out here) and my computer would overheat, so I worked mainly inside. My second summer, I was living in a nice house with AC and tons of floor fans and ceiling fans with the house located on top of the hill with a lot of great afternoon breeze. That being said, if you live close to the beach it's great to take a short walk, jump in the ocean, grab an agua fresca or cerveza, and relax for the rest of the day.
  22. I'm not Canadian nor do I have experience with this, but I would ask your bank provider what their rates are when it comes to using an international ATM. You should expect to experience: - Conversion rate -Exchange rate -Transaction fee -International fee depending on your bank You'll get the best answer from your bank on what their policy is though. My suggestion: If you bring in cash, exchange for pesos when you buy something at the Mega before heading into town. From what I hear, the CAN exchange rate isn't the best, but this helps you by=pass transaction fees, etc.
  23. This is a more personal preference, It depends on your comfort level and how often you want to take your laundry to a laundromat. Also, it depends on where you're coming from. Coming from a cold climate? You'll probably be really hot due to the humidity and heat, so pack breathable fabrics. Plan on spending most of your day at the beach? Bring a few swim trunks. Do you like eating out and want to bring a button up short sleeve or polo for a nice occasion? Bring that if you wish... Attire is super casual. Tank tops, swim trunks, shorts, flip-flops and underwear is pretty much all you need here. Hope that helps!
  24. What type of improvements are you specifying here? you can read about updates to the boulevard on Revolucion for Sayulita here: http://www.sayulitalife.com/news/detail/562 This is the only official news we have regarding town improvements so far.
  25. Stormsam has a great suggestion, the bus (although not a luxury bus but inexpensive transportation) can take you straight into Sayulita for around 30 pesos. You will want to take the green and white bus that says Compostela. The buses are across the bridge where the taxis are. Alternatively, you can always post here for a ride share or exchange as well as post in several groups on other social media accounts asking for a ride share and help pitch in for gas. Please remember, taxi rates continue to fluctuate as the peso rate changes, as well as taxis do cross a state border to go from PVR > Sayulita in Nayarit. There are regulations for taxi rates however I don't know enough to provide an explanation or talk about it. Hope it helps!!