Sayulita, Mexico is located on Pacific coast in a region known as Riviera Nayarit. Particularly popular with North Americans, Sayulita attracts surfers from all over the world because of the consistent waves. Sayulita is a fishing village at heart, but since the discovery of the near perfect surfing conditions about 50 years ago, Sayulita has grown into a hip little tourist town.
Situated on the Pacific coast 45 km north of Puerto Vallarta and 325 km west of Guadalajara, Sayulita is a good mix between remote destination and happening hot spot. Directly to the north, up the coast, you can find the tranquil town of San Pancho, and to the south you will find the small, yet exclusive town, of Punta de Mita.
Most of the action in Sayulita revolves around Sayulita beach and the main plaza/square in the village center. Restaurants cater to the Gringo tastes by offering up Californian style fish tacos and burritos on almost every corner. The feel-good vibe of the village is complemented by rasta and rock-n-roll music echoing from every restaurant terrace in town. Long hair, dreadlocks and tattoos can be seen everywhere, and the apparent high tolerance for open drug use makes Sayulita a hippie surfer’s paradise.
Although Mexican tourists visit Sayulita, the primary visitors are Gringos from North America, Europe and other parts of the world. Naturally this increases the costs of everything from a cup of coffee to a hotel room, however Sayulita is still a bargain when compared to other Mexican resort towns like Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta,Acapulco or Cancun.
How to get to Sayulita
Sayulita is a little off the beaten path which adds to its charm, but is easily accessed by bus from Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara. The bus line is Vallarta Plus and can be picked up at any of the below terminals. Check bus schedules at www.vallartaplus.com
Terminal Tlaquepaque – Autopista A Zapotlanejo No 210, Guadalajara. Tel (33) 3600 3434.
Terminal Zapopan – Prol. Av. Vallarta No 650, Guadalajara. Tel (33) 3673 8166
Terminal Pto. Vallarta – Av. Palma Real No. 140, Puerto Vallarta. Tel: (322) 221 3636.
Once in Sayulita the town is easily navigated by foot, and if you want to go to any of the neighboring villages you can either take a taxi or bus. Car, scooter, and ATV rentals are also available in the village center.
There are no banks in Sayulita, however there are several ATM’s that dispense pesos and work with international AMT cards.
When to go to Sayulita
Sayulita’s high season starts in November and ends after Easter. The Easter weekend in Sayulita is notoriously busy with the streets and beaches packed with people.
May and June is considered low season.
July and August is the rainy season, however it is busy with vacationing Mexicans.
September and October is low season.
Things to do in
Sayulita Beach - is divided by a small river that runs through town and into the ocean. The beach vibe North of the river is considerably more mellow and less developed. South of the river is where you will find the best surfing conditions and most of the beach bars and restaurants. This is where you will find surf schools, board rentals, and the majority of the beach chairs. “Captin Pablo” is located right in the middle of it all and they are the only operation on the beach that offers free beach chairs.
Playa Carricitos – The first time finding this beach is difficult, but the effort is well worth it. It’s located South of Playa los Muertos and you have to walk some jungle roads to get there. Ask locals for directions.
Sayulita was put on the map because of its consistent swells and it’s also a great place to learn to surf. Board rentals and surf lessons are widely available on the beach. For current surf conditions in Sayulita see the Sayulita Surf Report
Learn to Surf in Sayulita
WildMex – Offering the most compressive & expensive lessons in town. Located directly on the beach just south of the river. tel: (322) 100 70 70. Email: email@example.com
Mi Chaparrita – located on the southern end of the beach with a friendly staff of young surf instructors. 400 pesos for 30 min land instruction, 1 hour water instruction and an additional hour of board usage after the lesson. Address: Manuel Rogriguez Sanchez #14. Tel: (01329) 291-31-12. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunazul Surf School – Located on southern half of playa Sayulita, they offer surf lessons for 450 pesos for one-on-one lessons and 300 pesos for group lessons. Located at Marlin No 4. Tel: 329-291-2009, ask for Charlie Brown.
Sininen Surf Shop – Surf gear, rentals and lessons. Located on Calle Delfin No. 4. Tel: 329-291-3186. Email: email@example.com
Yoga in Sayulita
Paraiso Yoga – Yoga studio offering private classes & group sessions as well as affordable accommodation. Located two blocks from the Sayulita bus stop. Address: Playa Azul 21, C.P. 63732. Tel: (322) 1524.296 web: www.paraisoyoga.com
Riviera Nayarit Magical Tours – Offering boat trips (on a Trimaran) for up to 60 people. Depending on the season and general conditions, the tour could include whale watching, fishing, and snorkeling. All trips include breakfast, lunch, snacks and an open bar. Address: Ave. Revolucion calle Defin N. 44-C. Tel: (329) 291-2065
WildMex – Offering a variety of outdoor activities such as surfing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, snorkeling and horse back riding. Located right next to the lifeguard tower on the beach. tel: (322) 100 70 70. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddha Bar - Located on Calle Marlin1/2 block off the beach, this second floor lounge has a retractable roof and is a good place to relax and start the evening.
Don Patos – Best bar in Sayulita, offering live music every night of the week and popular with the hippie community of Sayulita (the third floor is the open smoking area). Located on the second and third floors of a building right on the main plaza. Calle Marlin #10
Tekary - Don’t even think about going to Tehari before midnight. This is the late night after hours party spot in Sayulita. Located on Ave Manuel one block from the main plaza.
Tigres – Second floor bar frequented by young surfer types. Located directly on the village plaza.
La Bodeguita del Medio – This is a Cuban chain restaurant and Bar that opened in Sayulita. Good place to eat and suck down a few Mojitos. Ave. Revolucion 30-A.
Restaurants in Sayulita
Fish Taco Restaurant & Tequila Bar – Legendary fish tacos, seafood menu, and excellent selection of tequilas is what you will find at this famous Sayulita restaurant. Located on the main plaza in Sayulita.
Choco Banana – Good choice for breakfast, with outdoor shaded seating. Located in Sayulita’s main plaza.
Tacos and Beer – Good cheap eats. Excellent fish tacos. Located on Revolucion No 31B.
Break Fast – located on the beach at Calle Marlin. Serving up health food, deli style sandwiches, fruit shakes, and more.
Calypso – Fine dining offering international cuisines and wines. The space is on the second floor with open air seating, located directly on the village plaza. Tel: 329.291.3704.
Camping in Sayulita
El Palmar – Camping and cabanas located just south of the river on the beach. Tel: (329) 291 33 40 email: email@example.com
Beach Bungalows in Sayulita
Junto al Rio – Beachfront bungalows located just north of the river. Junto al Rio is probably the bang for your buck in Sayulita. The offer single room Bungalows, multi person bungalows (up to six people) and permanent style luxury tents with bathrooms, showers and electricity. Located M. Navarret No 10. Tel. (329) 29-13416. Web: www.juntoalrio.com
Aurinko Bungalows – Located in the city center close to the beach, each bungalow has a kitchen and ceiling fans. Tel: +52 329.291.3150
Casa Los Arcos – Offering a private ocean front home that sleeps up to 13 people and 5 private cabanas this is an exclusive property located on the hill overlooking Sayulita bay. Tel: 805.481.7260
Luxury Hotels in Sayulita
Villa Amore Sayulita – Offering 44 luxury villas on hill overlooking Sayulita bay. This is one of the most exclusive properties in Sayulita. Tel: +52 (329) 29 13010
Bacabes – Enjoy a unique experience at this jungle retreat like property located about 5 min outside Sayulita. Tel: + 52 (329) 291 41 33
Casa Campana – Beautiful property overlooking the beach. Starting at $115 US per night. Contact Richard or Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +52 329.291.3130
Casa Carlitos – Located on a hill overlooking the beach, close to Playa Los Muertos. Staritng at $900 US per week.
Casa Higuera – Offering panoramic views of Sayulita’s bay and village. 2 bedroom/2baths. Startign at $1000 US per week.
Casa Blanca – Beach front property with pool, BBQ, AC. Starting at $2900 US per week.
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