The Ocean, the Town, and the People | My Family Travels
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          San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico is a place that I have visited and identified with for many years now. It is beautiful and intriguing in so many ways and I recommend everyone visit this amazing place. It is merely a town like no other. Once a person enters, the humidity and climate is first noticed. I have even encountered many people from all across the world who have come to San Blas and simply fell in love with it. Whether a person is going to the beach or to the plaza (town center), something about this town is magical. My family and many others have continued to return for many years. I hope to also return in the future and bring down other people and share this secret place with them.
 

FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

           The beach or la playa is very warm and has the perfect sized waves depending on anyone’s level of difficulty. As the day goes by, the waves or las olas, increase in size and strength and the more experienced surfers arrive at the beach. Whatever a person enjoys: surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing or just floating along, this beach is perfect. The sea life is amazing and snorkeling is another great attraction. Floating above a whole other world is how I view it. All of the different creatures spark inspiration in me to create art, as do others in the town. Many people may also come to this place for the simplicity of life.

            Gaining perspective to let go of things in life that do not matter is a huge part of this town. Unlike in the United States, people seem to care way less about materials and electronics and way more about the things that really matter. Love, passion, and adventure are the way of life for people here. The diverse groups of people that come together in this town seem to be from all across the world. My great friend Sandra is from Spain and she is an amazing surfer, who also fell in love with San Blas. Also some of my other friends: Keko and Gute live in San Blas and have grown up there, they also love it. All of the people of this town are incredibly kind. They will show newcomers the way around and help teach them Spanish.

            A tourist should stay at La Playa Azul, it is a restaurant, surf camp, and place to stay which I greatly cherish. The food is delicious, the cabanas to stay in are very nice and start at such small prices as $250 pesos (about $20 US dollars) a night. Tourists should go to La Isla, a fantastic restaurant containing a multitude of shell decorations and great food. Going to the plaza at night is where everyone gathers. Often there are dancers, musicians, and things for sale. People relax and just enjoy the company of others, it is simply beautiful. Another place people should go is on a boat ride tour: La Tovara. This is around the swamps of San Blas, people can see the cocodrillos (crocodiles) and then by the end go to a refreshing pool with a rope swing. Juan Bananas is the best place to get fresh breads (banana, chocolate, etc.). Even the small taco, hot dog, and hamburger stands are so good. 

             It seems I love San Blas in so many ways and even if I do not receive this scholarship, I am happy to have shared such an amazing place with you. 

 

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