Wow, time flies and its been a while since we updated the Blog.
So let me rewind the time and let me share our adventure over the past week.
The first night on Mainland Mexico we spend in Las Islitas or Stoner’s point. Las Islitas is very popular for local families, many beautiful restaurants right on the beach, perfect water for kids to play around, plenty of bakery shops instead of taco stalls, and around the corner you find the surf spots.
Unfortunately the swell did not cooperate with us so we moved on.
As both of us are world travelers one would believe we have experience in most situations, so kinda did we, but that’s not true. Regardless of how much you know, when something happens the first time your childhood instinct kicks in. It had to happen sooner or later that we got pulled over by the police on a scooter. The police officer claimed we were speeding and that it will cost us 1500 pesos. How he figured Hänsel was going over the speed limit while he was parked on the side of the road without a radar gun is beyond me. Yeah, Hänsel and Gretel stick out like a sore thumb in Mexico. In Germany you do not argue with the police and there is definitely no negotiation with the police so we paid the fine. As I am handing the money to the police, all the advise other people have given me and all the knowledge I had about Mexico kicked back in and I instantly felt like an idiot. Hey, there is a first time for everything and next time we will negotiate with the police.
We heard beautiful things about Sayulita from other travelers we met along the way. The RV park Cuartos Y Bungalows is located right on the beach with a short walking distance to the surf spot. Although it is a little pricy at 350 pesos/night, we totally recommend this place, especially thanks to the German owner Teek who has an answer to any question you have or at least knows someone who does. Super helpful while traveling. Thanks to Teek we met Paco the electrician, who fixed our A/C within an hour and we only had to pay 300 pesos… whoop whoop what a bargain!
Surf, eat, laugh and meet travelers was our agenda for the next 3 days. It was awesome to exchange stories, give each other advice on where to go next and have game nights with people from around the world. Traveling definitely widens your horizon and keeps your bucket list from never ending.
Some Local surfers advised us to check out La Lancha and Burros. The south swell will work perfect at those beaches and we definitely will find better waves than in Sayulita. You do not need to tell us this twice, within a day we packed up and moved on.
Punta de Mita is a must place to visit. A small fishing town with plenty of surf. Punta de Mita offers surf for everybody, beginner, intermediate, expert, longboard and sometimes barreling waves. One needs to hike through the jungle before heading to the surf, which is mesmerizing and if you are not careful you forget what your actual destination is. The only downside, there is only one RV park in the next town with exactly 4 spots. Lucky for us that it is the beginning of the rain season and the park was empty. Starving for some food we choose to eat at the Italian restaurant at the corner, Tescalama. Loud music echoed from the restaurant as we approached. We truly were the only guest, but the place was set up for a big party. The staff told us that they are doing theme nights and tonight was the night of the GoGo dancers. Guess what we had male and female dancers to ourselves the entire evening. We even ended up dancing with them through the restaurant.
The next morning we headed back to Burro’s. Unsure of where to park, we decided to stop at Mictlan Surf Shop to pickup some local knowledge. There we met Dana and Andrea. Two amazing girls from Slovakia. Dana has been living in Mexico for 4 years and Andrea is visiting her. They watched Hänsel and Gretel while we surfed. We immediately had a connection and Dana offered us a parking spot in front of the surf shop to spend our nights. The next four days we surfed together, went on a boat trip to the island Marietas where we went snorkeling and Kenny got dropped off at a pinnacle in the Ocean to spearfish. He speared a 30-40 lbs roosterfish which is a prized fish with a good fight. However, when he finally got his hands on it, the fish gave several swishing blows of his tail and won the battle by slipping off the spear shaft. Darn!.. The one that got away!
Different tour guides take you to Marietas, but be aware of the different trips you can do. The main hole and beach is limited to the public and you need a special permit to enter. One is allowed 15 minutes on the beach to take photos then you have to leave. For the special permit you spend around 100 USD. On Monday the island is closed to the public. Besides the main hole, you can book a trip around both islands, where you can discover blue footed booby birds and yellow footed booby birds, a very lively ocean to snorkel and some beaches. We were able to Stand Up Paddle and spearfish on our trip with Mictlan Surf Shop. Double check which trip you book so you won’t be disappointed.
If you want to have an amazing time, come to Punta de Mita and hit up Micltan Surf Shop. They will hook you up with rentals, surf lessons, fishing, spearfishing and/or surfing trips and the perfect knowledge of the area. http://www.mictlansurf.com/