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Sayulita, Mexico
Photo by Anne Menke

Coastal getaways: Sayulita, Mexico

Slow way, way down

Quaint and compact Sayulita is Mexico’s chill-out destination du jour, but in September, when the weather’s hot and kids are back in school, things slow down considerably. Relax on the stylish rooftop lounge at Petit Hotel Hafa, a tiny boutique hotel two blocks from the beach, where the Moroccan-inspired decor in the middle of the Mexican tropics draws both design enthusiasts and hideaway seekers.

Owners Christophe and Marina Mignot know everyone in town and are happy to share all off-season secrets, so a stay here feels like the real local’s-eye-view. From $53 U.S.; 2-night minimum –Samantha Schoech

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