When in Doubt Find Nature

Forcing myself into nature and all its glory has always been my go-to habit if I am feeling a little off. Not only are there amazing physical benefits to putting yourself in the salty sunny air, or wandering through a green forest, but it can help you reflect on everything going on inside your head without the distraction of people and the chaos of daily life.

This past month, Sayulita got BUSY. There are so many cars, golf carts, and buses driving around town that it can feel like the tourist hot spot everyone says it has become. The sidewalks became congested with people, the restaurants are so busy they spill out onto the already crowded sidewalks, and life in this little town has become a bit too close to what I was trying to leave behind when I left the states.

On your way into the jungle you can see a glimpse of the beach on the other side

After you come through to the other side of the path a long stretch of sand is in view

I have lived here in the off season and know that even with the rain and the humidity, the town can be much more enjoyable when it gets its sleepier, quieter, energy back. Until Sayulita empties out, I realized it was important for me to find outlets that will allow me to feel that same calm I love about this place.

On top of needing some quiet time due to high season, I also started a new online job. My life went from occasional freelance writing to fulltime hours at the coworking space in a matter of weeks. As grateful as I am to have a more stable income, I also lost a lot of beach time in the process. Thinking I would kill two birds with one stone, I decided to take a hike that would lead me across the beach and into the jungle.

I had heard about the path going up and around the rocks on the North end of the beach, eventually taking you through the jungle and all the way to San Pancho. More recently, there had been a lot of talk about it being blocked off due to a new property owner. I couldn’t get a clear answer so I decided to try it. Hiking the beach itself took a good half hour or more and when I got to the rocks I could see a private property. From the looks of it, there was still a fairly clear path up the rocks and around to the other side. I went as far as I could before there seemed to be a little fence blocking my way. I stopped for a while thinking this view was as good as any, and I was alone by now.

Within minutes I made a friend who had gotten a little lost but pointed me towards another set of trails on the public side of the wooden post fence. He set me on my way in the right direction and I eventually found the path down the other side of the point, through the jungle, and onto a beautiful, very clean, and barely populated beach.

There was no one in sight at the small cove

There is even a little cove of a beach just before the greater stretch of sand that can be accessed from a narrow trail or through a small tunnel in the rocks. I was in heaven. Soaking up some vitamin D and letting my thoughts wander, I decided to stay where I was at and not even venture to the far end of this beach to find the route to San Pancho.

Since my hike, I have gone back again and walked farther down the beach. There is indeed a fence blocking the next path that takes you to San Pancho on the far end but it is still a nice if you want to extend your trek.

If you are looking for a great day hike that ends in a beach day, check out this path. However, there were definitely some steeper and more narrow parts. If you are not regularly active, this might be a bit difficult for you. In that case, walk the beach down to the first point and skip the hike around to the other side. Even in the busy season, there are still far fewer beachgoers down at the far North end so you can still get some peace and quiet.

PHOTO CAPTIONS:

Through the jungle: On your way into the jungle you can see a glimpse of the beach on the other side

Beach View: After you come through to the other side of the path a long stretch of sand is in view

Looking Out: There was no one in sight at the small cove

Sarah Johanna is a freelance writer and researcher. At the beginning of 2017, she left her typical New York City life to travel and gain insight into how we relate to the natural world. Sarah manages Haus of Healing, a travel and lifestyle blog focused on exploring the themes of nature and mysticism in connection to health and wellness.