Sayulita beach is stunningly beautiful. The two-mile long beach on Mexico's Pacific coast boasts soft fine sand, warm blue waters and perfect surfing waves. © Christina Stobbs, 2009

Sayulita: bohemian surf town on the Nayarit coast

Sayulita beach is stunningly beautiful, and most visitors are completely captivated by its charm. The two-mile long beach boasts soft fine sand, warm blue waters, perfect surfing waves and is adorned by rich tropical foliage and swaying palms, fulfilling most people’s fantasy of a tropical oasis. Indeed Sayulita is commonly referred to as “The Jewel […]

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Nayarit: San Blas, Tepic and in between

The fog of hallucination that occasionally seems to envelop Mexico hovers over San Blas most of the time. The amiable residents talk of their future as the next Puerto Vallarta while they wave towels to keep off the abundant mosquitoes, and inquire if you don’t find their town tranquilo while you yawn, stupefied from a night clamorous with the […]

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Mexcaltitan, Nayarit: an island city in the swamp

The mangrove swamps of Mexico’s Pacific Coast shelter a seldom-visited jewel of a day-trip destination. Legend has it that the man-made island city of Mexcaltitan, was Aztlan, the ancient home of the Aztecs, and that it was here a priest had a vision of an eagle perched on a nopal cactus, eating a serpent, which he interpreted […]

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Jose Alonso Reynoso Meza with children from th San Quintin school in Nayarit © Edd Bissell, 2011

Mexico mid-term gradecard: Primary school in San Quintin Nayarit

Here is a gift for you, good news, a mid-term report from my favorite little Mexican school. Several years ago I told you about Edd Bissell, pharmacist from New Market, Tennessee, who retired to the high-rent district, Punta Pelicanos, in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, in the […]

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Lakeshore at Bungalows Koala

Gold trail to Santa María del Oro, Nayarit

Gold-colored walls line the main street through Santa María del Oro, Nayarit. Bumping along the cobblestones in our camper-van, we are following in the footsteps of the Spanish conquistadors. In 1504, the nephew of Hernán Cortés, Franciso Cortés de San Buenaventura came here, in search of gold. In 1530, the renegade conquistador, Nuño Beltrán de […]

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Punta Raza is an incredibly beautiful and pristine beach in a spectacular setting on Mexico's Nayarit Riviera. © Christina Stobbs, 2009

Punta Raza, Nayarit: where the jungle meets the sea

Punta Raza is an incredibly beautiful and pristine beach in a spectacular setting. Its two miles of unspoiled beach are a prime example of the incredible beauty of Nayarit beaches where the jungle meets the sea. Punta Raza is set amid the Vallejo Mountains with its tropical foliage, mahogany trees, waterfalls, and estuaries filled with […]

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