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Once a sleepy fishing village on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, Sayulita has evolved from a secret surfing paradise to a thriving example of traditional Mexican culture—and a home away from home for many expats. Forty-five minutes north of Puerto Vallarta (which is a four-and-a-half hour direct flight from Seattle), this tiny, colorful hamlet has managed to maintain its quaintness—there’s only one road that runs in and out of town—while adding world-class boutique shopping, such as clothing and jewelry shop Scarlett (scarlettinsayulita.com), and outstanding food to its repertoire. Try authentic Mexican at Tierra Viva, although you can’t get more authentic—or delicious—than the street vendors serving up tacos. Visitors usually take advantage of one of the many ridiculously affordable vacation rentals (sayulitalife.com) along the town’s two miles of beach, but if you’re feeling the need for some pampering, consider Playa Escondida (playa-escondida.com), a spa resort with a variety of casitas and cabanas; we’re partial to the eco-friendly teak bungalows in Bird Canyon. L.S.
Photo: For salsa and palm fronds with your sun, check out Playa Escondida in Sayulita