Finding sand—and surf—in Mexico's hottest new beach town.
That night we head back to the Sayulita Cafe to celebrate my accomplishment. With sun-kissed cheeks and at least a gallon of water in my ears, I wolf down a plate of hard-earned fajitas. “So?” Tim baits me with a smile. “Alright,” I admit, “waves aren’t that scary.” Surfing, it seems, is a sport that even this landlocked Midwestern girl with a fear of the ocean can conquer. I will certainly surf again. But, if given my choice, I’d still choose the calmer waters.
IF YOU GO: Frontier Airlines runs direct flights from Denver to Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita is 36 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport, along Highway 200 (a 45-minute drive). You can catch a taxi or bus from the airport (fares range from $20 to $70, depending on the number of people), or rent a car (try Europcar). Villa Amor (www.villaamore.com) features 33 beachfront villas with room rates starting at $150 during the winter season. Book a surf lesson or mountain bike trip with Javier Chavez's Wildmex Sayulita Adventures (www.wildmex.com). Surf lessons cost around $40 per person.