It was one of those uncanny Law of Attraction moments when I found Casa Estrellita on my OCD troll for modern accomodations. Admittedly, I wasn’t keen on Sayulita in the first place. It seemed a bit shabby, a bit 2nd World, and not particularly interesting. Luckily, I stumbled upon this casa blanca gem that is truly unique in this surf town. We were lured and hooked immediately, even as we drove up the windy and unmarked streets leading up to it. We were super stoked to discover that the town is charming and has just the right amount of quaintness and relaxed attitude by both locals and gringos.
Casa Estrellita is perfectly situated above and away from the (mild) party scene below and its white angular lines are now happily esconced in the postcard shot of the Sayulita coastline (you can see it in the photo above…the white box on the hill). Inside is a nice blend of graphic and organic details….my favorite. Warm wood finishes with clean straight lines complement cool concrete and stone. I especially loved the big windows, the cool bath, Danish MCM furniture and the breezy white drapes. And the keyless entry keypad was…well, a key feature.
A walk down the steps of the Villa Amore next door, and you’re on the beach then right into town. Better yet, go the opposite direction and head toward a more secluded beach called Playa de los Muertos where you can swim without getting tumbled in the surf. We enjoyed cooking at home and even grilled up a fresh fillet of Roosterfish from a couple who went on a boat trip that morning. Sayulita is a friendly, kid-lovin’ town. But definitely insist that your taxi driver from Puerto Vallarta bring you to the MEGA supermarket on the way in. Otherwise, you’ll be riddled with wilty cilantro, bruised tomatoes and eggs you carry home in a plastic bag.
The owners, Ann Marie and Isaac, are an inspiration. They are a couple who UNdid their Film and TV careers in West Hollywood and made this their reality. I hope some of their good mojo rubs off on us!