Semana Santa in Sayulita
March 19, 2018 7:37 PM   Subscribe

Soooo-we are heading to Sayulita, near Puerto Vallarta, Saturday for a week for Spring Break. We knew we’d be there during Semana Santa (Easter week) when we booked, but I don’t think we realized how perhaps bad of an idea this might be. And now I’m seeing online posts that indicate we are doomed to be stricken by norovirus and soaked in sewage for the week. Help!

We are heading down with four families, with 9 adults and 8 kids, 8-15. 6 of the kids are in Spanish immersion, and we are hoping to get them to use their Spanish a bit. We’ve rented two houses, about a block apart. Cancelling isn’t an option-we’d lose thousands of dollars for each family.

So, how bad is the illness really? I have a hard time telling from TripAdvisor if it’s a huge issue, or if people who are affected are just likely to post over and over again. Any way we can prepare?

And how crazy will it be at night? Will we be able to sleep? Eat out? Or sompacked we should just stock up on groceries and eat on our roof and enjoy the view?
posted by purenitrous to Travel & Transportation around Sayulita, Mexico (2 answers total)
Best answer: I can't answer all your questions, but I will address the ones that I feel comfortable doing so.

Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta are some of the safer regions in Mexico. There's a large expatriate population, and tons of tourism.

As far as the sickness/norovirus and the raw sewage -- use your wits. Wash your hands frequently, drink bottled water, don't eat any raw vegetables or under cooked meat. Stay away from the main beach, because that's where most of the sewage problem is, thanks to the river dumping out to the sea near there. I believe Sayulita realizes this is a big problem and they're working on fixing it, but it's going to take a few years.

As far as the sleeping/eating/etc -- where are the houses located? Near the main shopping district? In a more residential area? With a group that large, I'm thinking probably somewhere touristy-ish. Download some white noise apps on your phone before you go -- I find they work wonders when staying somewhere and the sounds are different (partiers on the street outside, bands from the bar next to our room, etc...).

Breathe. It'll be okay. Remember that most people don't rant online if they had a perfectly fine time. If it were really that bad, there'd be more news about it than just on TripAdvisor reviews. You can do this. Enjoy your trip!
posted by PearlRose at 1:07 PM on March 21, 2018

Response by poster: Thank you! We are fairly experienced and not normally nervous travelers but this trip has me a little anxious-I think partly because it’s my youngest kids first trip out of the country and we are traveling with three families-who we haven’t traveled with before.

This is one of the houses we are renting-I think it’s in a residential area :

We have a second home a block away.
posted by purenitrous at 8:14 PM on March 21, 2018

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