The Guardian: Sayulita, hippy-chic Mexico on the Pacific coast

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A new charter flight to Puerto Vallarta has put Mexico’s Pacific coast within easy reach from the UK. But don’t hang around in the big resorts – head north for laid-back beaches and boho shops, whale-watching and rodeos.

As the dozen Mexican cowboys knelt down in Sayulita’s dusty rodeo arena, crossing themselves as they prayed, the 14-piece band cranked up its trumpet fanfare and an irate bull was dragged in front of the crowd and readied for action.

The first challenger balanced precariously on the fence before leaping on the animal. The bull thrashed wildly, throwing him to the ground in seconds before the cowboy was dragged away as the band blasted on regardless.

We winced, but the crowds – dressed to impress, the men in pristine cowboy hats and girls in skin-tight jeans and stiletto boots – whooped as they downed cans of Corona Light sold from old ice-filled buckets and waited for the next bout of man versus beast.

The hippy-chic coastal town of Sayulita, on the west coast, which mixes Mexican country culture with Pacific surf, boutiques and cool bars, is off the radar of most British travellers. It was discovered by free-range surfers in the 1960s, but savvy travellers can now use a new charter flight with Thomson, from London Gatwick to Puerto Vallarta, just 45 minutes’ drive away through lush jungle, far from the all-inclusive resorts.

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