6 Incredible Experiences In Sayulita

Discover 6 incredible secrets of Sayulita that not everyone knows about.

Sayulita is a beautiful location that many people have not yet visited. For those looking for an itinerary for an upcoming trip we present 6 incredible secrets of Sayulita!

From:Punta Sayulita

A quick search online about Sayulita will likely tell you about the most popular reasons why people retire, invest and vacation here. Beautiful relaxing beaches, excellent Mexican cuisine, great surf and water sports all appear top of the list. But locals and experienced Sayulitanos will tell you there´s a lot more to see and do when you scratch under the surface. Here are our 6 incredible secrets of Sayulita to help you have awesome experiences.

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Secrets of Sayulita Number 1 – Whale Watching 

Humpback whales, known as “Jorobadas”, pass by Sayulita twice a year in early winter as they head south to mate and give birth and again in spring to return to feeding grounds. They can seen from the main beaches in Sayulita, just at the mouth of the bay as well as from hilltops. For a close up experience boat trips are available from the beach at Punta de Mita (only a short car journey from Punta Sayulita) as a highly recommended way to see these special creatures first hand. Trips last 3 hours including travel and spotting time. 

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Secrets of Sayulita Number 2 – Playa Escondido 

Also know as the love beach, Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach) is a short stretch of beach partially covered by a wall of rocks in the heart of the Marietta islands. The islands are found a few kilometers west of Punta Mita, in the Pacific, and form one of the sanctuaries with the greatest biodiversity in Mexico. Hence, it is protected by the government and considered a National Park and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.  It is a popular day trip from Punta Sayulita and does´t take very long to get there. 

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How To Avoid Common Traveling Scams

While traveling is one of the most enjoyable and life enriching experiences, there are many “scams” out there that can turn your dream vacation into a nightmare. The good folks over at Guiddoo put together a great list of 11 common travel scams to help you avoid them.


From Guiddoo

1. The Flirty Fox

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M.O: An attractive woman will approach a solo male traveler and begin to flirt, eventually leading him to a bar or club. However, the catch is that she already has an agreement with the bar, and they will charge you an extortionate amount by the end of the night. Either that, or the consequences could be much much worse.

Trick: Always keep an arms distance from attractive strangers, and if you do end up striking a conversation, always go to a familiar/touristy place and never leave your drink unattended.

2. The Helpful Pickpocket

M.O: Pickpockets posing as helpful locals will warn you about ‘pickpockets’ close by and tell you how they just saw someone get pickpocketed. They will ask you to check if you still have your valuables, but they are actually probing where you keep them so they can steal them later.

Another approach they could use is if they see you struggling to figure out a foreign ATM machine.

Trick: Keep your valuables safely at the hotel and always try to travel with minimum cash on you. Cards should be kept safely where only you can access them. Try keeping your wallet in your front pocket.

3. The Friendly Flowerman

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M.O: A man will approach a tourist standing with a spouse/girlfriend, and offer her a rose. Once accepted, he will ask for an exorbitant amount of money for it and refuse to take the flower back. He will even go as far as to shame you for being cheap if you refuse.

Trick: Straight out refuse the man, and surprise your girlfriend a little later with something better!

4. The Lost Taxi Driver

M.O: Some taxi drivers will try to take advantage that you’re ‘touristy’ looking and assume you’re unfamiliar with the area. They will ask a few questions to check if you know and if you don’t they’ll purposely take longer routes, get stuck in traffic and drive intentionally slower. Some drivers will even use rigged meters to jack up the fare.

Trick: Try and map/plan out your day so you know the best routes and what landmarks you will be passing along the way. Alternatively, you can ask other taxi drivers if you’re on the right track.


10 Secrets For Taking Incredible iPhone Travel Photos

Are you planning a vacation and wondering what camera to take? If you’re thinking of carrying bulky camera equipment, you should reconsider! Whether you’re planning a weekend city break, a family vacation or a round the world adventure, your iPhone is the perfect camera for your trip. In this tutorial you’ll discover ten ways to guarantee success with your iPhone travel photography.

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Is The iPhone Really All You Need?

The purpose of travel photography is to document your journey and experiences. These images serve as memories that will last a lifetime, and it’s likely that you’ll want to share them with family, friends and your social media followers.

While the image resolution and quality might be higher on a DSLR or other high-end camera, the iPhone wins hands-down on portability and convenience.

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Not only is the iPhone compact, lightweight and great for taking photos quickly and discreetly, but you’re going to be carrying it with you anyway so there’s no need to take any extra equipment.

The last thing you want to do when you’re traveling is to carry a heavy camera, tripod and lenses around with you all day. It’s impractical, and it also makes you a target for theft as you can’t hide the fact that you’re carrying an expensive piece of kit.

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The other problem with a traditional camera is that you can spend vital seconds or minutes changing settings, only to miss the once in a lifetime shot. With the iPhone you can have it out of your pocket and shooting in a couple of seconds!

The most important aspect of travel photography is to document the story of the locations you visit and the time that you spend there. So if you’re thinking of taking a large digital camera on your next vacation, you might want to think again.

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Your iPhone can easily be the best travel camera, as long as you take some basic steps to prepare for your trip and follow these guidelines when you’re at your destination.

With a little knowledge and imagination, you can take stunning and unique travel photos with your iPhone. So let’s take a look at ten ways to maximize your chances of taking amazing travel photos with your iPhone!

1. Research Your Destination

Good travel photography starts way before you arrive at your destination. It starts off at home, where you should research the location that you’re visiting.

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Spend a bit of time finding out about local landmarks, interesting architecture and areas of natural beauty that would make good subjects and locations for your photos.

Use the internet and travel guides to find out as much as you can about the region, culture, weather, and any interesting events or festivals that might be going on while you’re visiting.

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Sometimes you’re just around the corner from somewhere really incredible that’s waiting to be photographed. That’s why it’s so important to research the places you’re visiting beforehand so that you don’t miss out on great photo opportunities.

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Check what the weather will be like during your visit, and find out what time the sun rises and sets. The golden hours are usually the best times of day for taking photos, especially in hot climates where it can become hazy during the main part of the day.

In certain parts of the world you’re not allowed to photograph whatever you want, and there are certain rules to be followed. Find out what you’re allowed to photograph and what’s prohibited.

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You should also check whether there are any dress codes, as well as other local rules and laws. Learn about the country’s religion and culture beforehand so that you don’t commit any mistakes or cause offense in the country you’re visiting.

2. Use The Instagram Community

Purchasing a good travel guide book is important for many people, but it’s also interesting (and free) to check out what the Instagram community has to say about your chosen destination.

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Let your followers know where you’re going next and ask for personal opinions about locations to visit, places to eat, and what to see and photograph in that area.

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Each destination has its clichés, as well as hidden secrets off the beaten track. Search for local Instagramers to see what and where they shoot. If possible, speak to them to get inside knowledge of their favorite places to photograph.

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The Instagram mobile photography community is a friendly place, and you’re sure to find people who will be happy to help you find great locations to shoot. You never know, they might even offer to meet up and show you the sights!

3. Prepare Your Camera

Before you set out on your journey, set aside some time to prepare your iPhone for the trip. One of the most important things is to make sure you have enough space on your iPhone for lots of new photos.

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You don’t want to run out of space half way through your adventure! So free up as much space as possible by transferring your existing pictures to your computer.

Battery life is also important as you might be out shooting all day with your iPhone. I would advise purchasing an external battery, such as the Mophie Juice Pack, to give you more hours of shooting time.

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If you’re traveling to a location where you don’t need to use cellular coverage, optimize the battery usage by switching on Airplane Mode in the Settings app. This way your iPhone won’t drain the battery trying to keep you connected all the time.

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A “foggy” image can sometimes be a pure result of a dirty lens, so make sure your iPhone’s camera lens is clean. Wipe the lens gently with a clean lens cloth, or any other soft fabric such as your t-shirt, to ensure your photos are crystal clear.

4. Rethink The Cliché Shots

Visiting tourist spots when traveling is practically inevitable, but you don’t want to return home with your images looking just like the guide book. It’ll be much more fun and interesting if you take unique shots of popular travel destinations.

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The important thing to remember when photographing popular tourist locations is to avoid shooting the subject just like everyone else has done before you.

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Move around and get to know your subject. Experiment with more appealing angles and viewpoints that aren’t common in this scene.

Shooting from a low angle is an easy way to show a scene from a perspective that people don’t normally see from standing height.

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Leave the photo clichés to the tourists! You’re a mobile photographer and a traveler on a mission to take the best photos you possibly can within a set timeframe.

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Keep your eyes peeled for unique photo opportunities, and don’t be afraid to take the shot. If it doesn’t work out you can delete it, but if you don’t take the photo in the first place you’ll never know how it would have turned out.

5. Shoot Portraits Of Local People

A great way to capture the essence of your destination is to take portrait photosof local people. If you’re shooting from a distance this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you want to take close-up portraits it’s polite to ask permission first.

For a softer approach, I suggest a quick study of the language first. Buy a phrasebook or download a translation app on your iPhone, and learn the basics such as, “hello,” “please,” “thank you” and “how are you?”

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Best Selling Travel Gear on Amazon

While trends come and go every day, this is a fun list curated by flashpackerfamily.com of the top selling travel gear on Amazon. Hopefully one or two of them help you on your travels!

Best Selling Travel Books on Amazon

Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel

#1 Best Seller in General Travel Reference

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel: Our List of the 500 Best Places to See… Ranked


Nat Geo Destinations of a Lifetime

#1 Best Seller in Travel Pictorial Reference Books

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

Best Selling Luggage on Amazon

Delsey Helium Spinner 29

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Suitcase)

Delsey Luggage Helium Aero 29 Inch Expandable Spinner Trolley

Samsonite Fiero Spinner 20

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Carry On Suitcase)

Samsonite Luggage Fiero HS Spinner 20

Rockland Two Piece Luggage Set

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Luggage Sets)

Rockland Luggage 2 Piece Luggage Set

Adidas Duffel

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Duffel)

adidas Team Speed Medium Duffel Bag

Olympia 33in Rolling Duffell

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Rolling Duffel)

Olympia 33 Inch 8 Pocket Rolling Duffel

Kipling Seoul Laptop Backpack

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Daypack)

Kipling Seoul Large Backpack With Laptop Protection

Osprey Farpoint 55L Backpack

#1 Best Seller in Backpack

Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack

Skip Hop Zoo Kids Luggage

#1 Best Seller in Luggage (Kids luggage)

Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid Luggage


Best Selling Packing Gear on Amazon

eBags Packing Cubes#1 Best Seller in Packing Organizers (Packing Cubes)

eBags Packing Cubes – 3pc Set


#1 Best Seller in Packing Organizers (Bottles)

Humangear GoToob 3 Ounce (3 pack) Travel Bottle

Etekcity Luggage Scale

#1 Best Seller in Scales

Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale

Leather Toilet Bag

#1 Best Seller in Packing Organizers (Toiletry Bag)

AmeriLeather Leather Toiletry Bag

Best Travel Accessories

J Pillow

#1 Best Seller in Travel Pillows

J Pillow – Travel Pillow

Master Lock

#1 Best Seller in Travel Accessories (Lock)

Master Lock 4688D TSA Accepted Cable Luggage Lock

Lewis & Clark Neck Stash

#1 Best Seller in Travel Accessories (Money Wallet)

Lewis N. Clark Rfid Neck Stash


#1 Best Seller in Health Care Products

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Best Selling Cameras on Amazon

Nikon Coolpix

#1 Best Seller in Digital Point & Shoot Cameras

Nikon COOLPIX L840 Digital Camera with 38x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi

Samsung Mirrorless

#1 Best Seller in Mirrorless Cameras

Samsung NX3000 Wireless Smart 20.3MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm OIS Power Zoom Lens and Flash

Canon EOS Rebel

#1 Best Seller in DSLR Cameras

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS II + EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Bundle


#1 Sports & Action Video Camera




Best Selling Electronics Gear for Travellers on Amazon


Armor iPhone Case

#1 Best Seller in Cell Phone Sleeves

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JOTO Waterproof iPhone bag

#1 Best Seller in Marine Dry Bags

JOTO Universal Waterproof, Snowproof, Dirtproof Case Bag

Kindle Fire

#1 Best-Seller Computer & Accessories

Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB

Amazon Fire Stick#1 Best Seller in Televisions & Video Products

Amazon Fire TV Stick


#1 Best Seller in MP3 Player Batteries & Battery Packs

Anker PowerCore+ mini


#1 Best Seller in GPS & Navigation Equipment

Tile (Gen 2) – Phone Finder. Key Finder. Item Finder.



Best Selling Kids Gear for Travel on Amazon

Regalo Portable Travel Bed

#1 Best Seller in Nursery Travel Beds

Regalo My Cot Portable Bed

Graco Pack n Play

#1 Best Seller in Baby Playards

Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard, Aspery

Summer Lite Stroller

#1 Best Seller in Lightweight Baby Strollers

Summer Infant 2015 3D Lite Convenience Stroller

Jl Childress Gate Check Bag for Carseats

#1 Best Seller in Car Seat Travel Bags & Carts

JL Childress Gate Check Bag for Car Seats


Taste This! In Sayulita

There is no doubt that Sayulita has some of the best food around. Pair that with great drinks and a fun atmosphere, and it is a win, win , win!

What places should be on your “must eat” list you ask?

MightyGirl.com recently posted her favorite places in Sayulita to eat, and we like her recommendations. So direct from her blog here are a few of our favorites from the Mighty Girl list of places to eat in Sayulita:


Paletas from Waikika
Ave Revolucion, 63732

Paletas are ice pops made from fresh fruit, strawberry was my favorite. They’re like a heartier popsicle, and about half of them are made with cream as well. We went during the sweltering off season, and I could have had one of these for every meal.


Sunset at Don Pedros
Calle Marlin 2, Centro

Don Pedros is an upscale restaurant overlooking the beach. It’s pricey for Sayulita, but the view is lovely, plus they have a great bar, a good selection of fish and veggies, and pizza if you have kids. Good way to treat yourself and ease into town if you’ve just landed after a long flight.


Handmade Pasta at Il Vizietto
Avenida Palmar | Next to Camping Junto del Rio

Ah, Mexico. Renown for its pasta.

We wouldn’t ordinarily try an Italian restaurant in Mexico, but we walked by this charming open-air restaurant every day on our way into town. The swing seats proved too much to resist.

Il Vizietto starts serving dinner at eight, and the setting is so romantic. The waiter pours you a cocktail while you watch the fireflies, and then you head up to the kitchen window. The owner shows you the three types of pasta he made for the evening and you pick one. The pasta is amazing, and the salad was good too. So if you get tired of tacos, Il Vizietto has a bar-side swing waiting.


Tacos and Margaritas from Yeikame
Calle Jose Mariscal # 10

Yeikame is an unassuming cafe with sidewalk tables, but it was my favorite place to eat in town. Great traditional Mexican food at reasonable prices. Everything on the menu is satisfying, and they have a wide selection of fresh juices and frescas.

While you’re there, try one of Yeikame’s Margaritas. It’ll take things down a few notches, and you’ve got no place to be.

To see the full list and article visit: http://mightygirl.com/2015/08/18/places-to-eat-in-sayulita-mexico/

40 Travel Necessities To Be Prepared For Anything!

It would be nice to imagine a world where all traveling is perfectly smooth. Airplanes all arrive and depart on time, trains make it to their stops on time and the food is perfect. But often getting to your destination is part of the adventure.

The below list was curated by Keph Sennet and published on MatadorNetwork.com. These 40 items will ensure you are ready for the adventure of travel.


“1. Your smartphone (or iTouch or similar) can be used in place of a bunch of individual travel accessories: maps, GPS, currency exchange converter, translation tool, mp3 player. Make sure you have a fresh backup in the cloud and you should be set. Though, putting too much reliance on a single device can backfire: On a recent press trip to New Brunswick, I ran over my iPhone in the rental car and smashed the screen so badly my data couldn’t be recovered.

2. Iodine tablets (two per quart of water) and a steel canteen like this one from Kleen Kanteen make for drinkable water in most backcountry.

3. An eco-friendly, biodegradable, phosphate-free multipurpose soap to wash your dishes, your clothes, and your body.

4. Mini-first aid kit with these essentials: band-aids, antibiotic cream, anti-nauseants, anti-diarrheals, antihistamines, analgesics, a single-use ice pack, a sterile bandage, and an EpiPen for those who are allergic to bee stings and pad thai.

5. A compact and energy-efficient headlamp that uses LED technology.

6. An immersion water heater can be inserted into a canteen and brings liquids to a boil within minutes. Here’s one for $20.

7. A multipurpose tool is a compact and lightweight way to bring your kit with you. You’ll have easy access to pliers, screwdrivers, a jackknife, a saw blade, and mini-scissors. Models vary. Check out these options from Gerber.

8. A portable solar power kit, like one of these units from GoalZero, so you can charge your electronics anywhere (if it’s sunny).

9. Protect your papers and electronics by storing them in waterproof pouches /drybags. In 2007, I went under the falls at Iguazu in Argentina. We were given drybags by the boat company but I forgot that my passport was in my pants pocket.

10. Bug spray, a mosquito net, and Afterbite. Add anti-malarials where required.

11. A pair of aquasocks — slip-on shoes with non-skid soles to protect your feet in the water. Also can double as shower shoes.

12. Small pump bottle of Febreze to freshen your clothes (in lieu of laundry, if you’re rolling lazy).

13. Socket configurations vary region-to-region, so bring a travel adapter. Choose an all-in-one unit, and make sure it includes a power transformer, or you could blow out your gadgets by using an incompatible voltage.

14. Camera, memory cards.

15. A travel sleep kit with eyeshades, earplugs, and a travel pillow. I also put a sleeve of Gravol in mine to help me sleep on airplanes.

16. Portable speakers — instant party, or a good way to kill down time.

17. Packing cubes help you fit more into a smaller space, and keep dirty clothes separate from clean ones.

18. Pack of biodegradable towelettes.

19. A no-pin twist laundry line allows you to hang your clothes to dry anywhere. I’ve also used this item to hang a sarong between bunks in a hostel dorm for extra privacy.

20. Pack inflatable hangers if you’re going to need unwrinkled clothes.

21. Quick-dry microfiber towel. Alternatively, use a sarong. They don’t dry as fast, but they are much more versatile.

22. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and Afterburn.

23. A travel door alarm adds security to shared or unlocked rooms.

24. A sleep sack — lightweight cotton or silk bag — to sleep in at hostels that don’t provide linens.

25. Carry an ultra-portable insulated blanket made of lightweight polyethylene and aluminum. If you’ve ever had to wait out the long wee hours between a hostel’s curfew and opening, you’ll appreciate this item.

26. Bring a toiletry kit that has a hook so you can hang it off the door knob or shower rod.

27. Keep thieves out of your stuff with a wire pack protector and TSA-approved luggage lock.

28. A survival whistle, if you’re going far off the grid.

29. Rum Runners are reusable, BPA-free soft plastic flasks. Manufactured in response to the exorbitant price of alcohol on cruise ships, they can’t be detected by X-ray machines. They’re also a lightweight and flexible way to pack along a bottle of wine.

30. Noise-cancelling headphones, to block out the sounds of other travelers.

31. A netbook or tablet makes it easy to get online and prepare documents, without the weight and expense of a laptop.

32. Reusable cutlery and a small bowl.

33. Rain gear, including a cover for your pack.

34. A portable electronics charger allows you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously while only using a single socket.

35. Dissolve oral rehydration salts in water and drink to treat severe dehydration.

36. A money belt to hide your cash, cards, and passport.

37. If you think you might be taking advantage of the Duty Free, pack aninflatable travel bag for wine or other breakables.

38. A tire patch kit fixes punctures in bicycle tires and other inflatables.

39. A portable digital luggage scale lets you weigh your bags before you get to the airport.

40. Duct tape is notoriously versatile, and while it won’t help you if you forget something like your solar power kit, it’s a go-to repair tool. The most unique use I ever put duct tape to was rebinding the spine of a book a travel companion and I were reading at the exact same time.”