The 140 kilometre Pacific coastline stretching north of Puerto Vallarta to San Blas has long been a hideaway for those seeking seclusion and anonymity. From celebrity couples like Richard Burton and Liz Taylor in the 1960s to modern day celebs like Beyonce and Jay-Z, this tropical paradise has been a popular spot to escape the limelight.
So, it’s not surprise that Patrick McDermott (aka Patrick Kim), who vanished at age 48 shortly after splitting with Aussie singer Olivia Newton-John, should turn up in a beach town just north of Puerto Vallarta. Until recently, it was believed he had fallen overboard during a fishing excursion in 2005.
Now it appears the mystery is over. Private investigator Philip R. Klein announced on the website Find Patrick McDermott that “Today marks the end of the our hunt…Investigators have concluded beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDermott is alive. We have received both documentation and voice imprints from McDermott and from a “lawyer” that states he represents him…In return for our agreement to end our search McDermott and his lawyer have sent our firm “proof of life.”
Reports from Mexico suggest that McDermott had been working on a tourist yacht based in Sayulita, 30 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta.
So, if you too are looking to drop out of sight for awhile, this beach town might be just what you’re looking for.
Scruffy around the edges, Sayulita is a mix of RV parks, small hotels and beach bungalows. What it lacks in polish, it makes up for in personality and seclusion. The region surrounding the town is still relatively undeveloped and is known for its bird-watching, clear skies and the lush vegetation of its mangrove swamps.
The ecological reserve of the nearby Marietas Islands are still relatively undiscovered and offer prime snorkelling and scuba diving. The warm waters surrounding the islands also serve as an important refuge for the humpback whale from November through April.
Laid-back and relaxed, Sayulita is growing in popularity among Canadians as a day trip from Puerto Vallarta but is still a surfing town at heart. The palapa-shaded tables overlooking the main wave break are the best spots in town to watch the surfing action. See the slideshow below for photos of Sayulita and Punta Mita, its upscale neighbour.
For more information on Sayulita, visit the official Riviera Nayarit website: www.rivieranayarit.com
Air Canada offers direct flights from Toronto to Puerto Vallarta. From there, Sayulita is 35 kilometres by way of Federal Highway 200.
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