Sayulita – When dusk falls on the beaches of Sayulita, you will see, like floating spirits, silhouettes skim across the water, bodies dive and emerge awaiting the next wave, facing the sunset, painted in the dazzling tones of the sun’s descent into the sea. These are surfers participating in the sport they love, which happens to be one of the main attractions of this traditional fishing village. From all over the world, surfing enthusiasts flock to these beaches, like a sacred site, with their boards on their backs, their golden skin glistening and hearts full with a passion for the sea.
Sayulita breathes a cosmopolitan air. You can hear a young woman speaking German, a young man waxing his surf board while chatting in English or a small child telling her father what she wants for breakfast in French.
There is also a vibe similar to that of the sixties, focused on love and peace, gathering together in nature with a friendly and relaxed environment. Young people, adults and children come together on these beaches where the sounds of drums accompany a pleasant conversation among friends, a celebration, a great meal or a calming walk on the beach with the waves lapping at your feet.
San Francisco (San Pacho) – The history of San Pancho —as this town is lovingly called— is read on the walls of a compound near the beach; it is shared with images painted in acrylics, with colorful personalities and sprinkled across landscapes of this destination, considered the “cultural capital” of the state of Nayarit, thanks to the numerous initiatives carried out here to promote culture and education.
The first inhabitants of this region, where the Southern Sierra Madre begins, were indigenous tribes pertaining to the Tatuan de Nayares group. In 1524 Don Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura named the area Azapan, and the Spanish christened the town San Francisco de Azapan and made it a part of the Jaltemba Hacienda, which produced coconut oil. In 1936, the Sayulita common lands, which San Pancho belongs to, were formed.
This establishment, in a way, created the community spirit that characterizes this destination. And it is precisely the social advocacy of its inhabitants, their work in conjunction with educational projects, environmental issues and the promotion of the arts that has spurred San Pancho’s positive growth and development.
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