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Sayulita

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Sayulita is a city in Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

Get in[edit]

Sayulita is located 21 miles north of Puerto Vallarta on a two-lane highway. You can take a bus or a taxi from the Puerto Vallarta airport. The buses are safe and cheap! Look for the green and white bus that says Compostela down the side. It should also have Sayulita written on the front window as one of the destinations. It takes a little over an hour to get to Sayulita, and it's an exotic ride through lush jungle. Buses run every 20 minutes on the hour beginning at 6:00 in the morning until the last one leaves Sayulita at 9:20 pm.

Get around[edit]

If you are staying in the main part of town, nearly everything is walkable. You may want a rental car if you are staying more than a mile or two from the center of town. It's also fun to rent some wheels and see the surrounding beaches and jungle.

  • Sayulitalife, [1]. You can visit this link to find transportation options to and around Sayulita.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

Sayulita is a natural beauty. It still has plenty of virgin jungle for hiking. You will also find several different hidden beaches as you travel the dirt roads deeper into the jungle. You can rent ATVs and/or horses for jungle tours and the jungle roads are great for mountain biking.

Rent kayaks to explore the ocean or hire a panga boat to take you whale watching (November through January).

Experience the economic diversity of the Bahia de Banderas while giving back to its Mexican communities. A local nonprofit called Investours offers socially responsible microfinance tours in Sayulita and its surrounding communities.

Do[edit][add listing]

Surfing Sayulita is an excellent, tranquil place for new surfers to learn the sport. The beach is shallow and you can reach the bottom even fifty meters away from the shore. The bottom of the beginner section is sandy and mostly safe. This makes it easy to get back to the place the waves break and allows more efficient learning. The beach also has a more demanding, rockier section, but it is quite hard to get there by accident. The waves are rather small and easy for beginners (at least in January through March). A good company to contact for Surf Lessons, Rentals and Trips is Wildmex Adventures[2]

Plenty of small sport fishing trips available if you look around. If you can find Nacho's boat trips, he will give you a fun trip and can take you whale watching if you don't want to fish (be forewarned he'll stop to fish anyhow if he sees something interesting).

There are a couple of other beaches that are more 'local', if you're up for minor adventure scout out the other beaches around town.

  • Sayulitalife, [3]. There is so much to do in Sayulita, it's a good idea to check out your options before you come. Visit this link to find food and entertainment.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Plenty of shops with tourist things and local art.

Huichol Indians sell their handcrafted wares in the plaza daily. The true find: some of the best Huichol art in Mexico in the museum store Galeria Tanana on Avenida Palmar.

  • Syulita Entourage, [4]. Sayulita enTOURage was born several years ago under the name Sayulita Diving School. A business originally diving-oriented has now expanded to offer a wider range of experiences to its clients. With a FULLY LICENSED and FULLY EQUIPPED 22 foot panga, they organize private whale watching and snorkeling tours around the bay, surfing trips and, of course, diving classes and excursions. They consider wildlife viewing a tremendously exciting experience best shared among small groups of friends. If you are looking for a more intimate setting for your trip, rather than a crowded group excursion, or are after a bit more of attention and dedication during your training, they can definitely fulfill all your needs. Stephane and his crew never fail to satisfy their customers' requests! At Sayulita enTOURage, you will also find a multi-ethnic team with 4 languages spoken. Sayulita Entourage is the result of years of experience and expertise, knowledge of our environment and love of wildlife.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

For breakfast try Rollie's Place just a couple of blocks off of the main square (they also serve dinner now too). There are 40 or more restaurants in town even though it is a small town. Try the street side taco stand vendors for some great fare and cheap eats.

Try Mangiafuoco for dinner, an Italian restaurant with an Italian chef with a menu changing daily, and frequent live music later on. Excellent homemade pasta and wood oven fired pizza.

  • Sayulitalife, [5]. Here is a list of most restaurants in Sayulita. Take a look and find where you can have the food you want in the atmosphere that suits you.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Go to one of the grocery stores off of the main square to get cervezas, then return your bottles for deposit returns. There are margaritas the size of your head available at Costeno's, which is located right on the beach, straight down from the plaza. Or stay in the plaza and visit Monchis for the best hamburger in town, then head up to Don Patos bar to listen to live music any night of the week.

If you are looking for a more upscale establishment, try Don Pedro's (also on the beach) or head to the plaza and check out Miro Vino or Calypso. If you want to learn about and sample Mexico's finest Tequilas, then try Sayulita Fish Taco.

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There are several affordable options for accommodation. The town center is just a couple blocks in size and you should have no trouble finding a place to stay. The campgrounds in Sayulita are considered to be among the best in Mexico and are famous word of mouth lore passed among seasoned travelers.

  • Camping del Palmar, (south of river). Of the two campgrounds in Sayulita (not including the RV park). This is the better maintained and more pleasant. Very nice actually. US$4/night.  edit
  • Casa Tranquilo, (Sayulita, North Side), [6]. Ultimate beachfront rental in the north side of town, is a 3BR house and includes a Golf Car.  edit


  • Sayulitalife, Sayulita, Nayarit, [7]. Here is a list of Sayulita rentals with up to date contact info for each one. It is a secure way of finding short and long term rental options.  edit
  • Casa Buena Onda - Sayulita Surf Hotel, Ninos Heroes #30, 51 329 291-3976, [8]. Caters to surfers looking for a clean and relaxing place to stay 3 blocks from the beach. US$35-US$60.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Aurinko Bungalows, Calle Marlin, +52 329 291-3150 (), [9]. Personally styled bungalows right in the center of Sayulita. The Finnish owner also has two surf shops close to the beach.  edit
  • Estrella del Mar, Calle Vista Mar 5, +1 323 319-4299 (US) (), [10]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Estrella del Mar is an estate consisting of two separate Mexican Modern architectural one bedroom homes. It sits atop the hill on the southern end of Sayulita's bay, at the edge of the tropical rainforest, so it has spectacular 360 degree views of ocean and untamed jungle. 125-150/nt. (20.870681721988593,-105.4464340209961) edit
  • Hotel La Casona, Calle Delfin #7, +1 415 683-3244 (US), [11]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel La Casona is the newest boutique hotel in Sayulita, less than one block from the beach. US$75-US$140. (20.869719,-105.440898) edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Playa Escondida, Camino a Playa Escondida #1, +1 415 259-4748 (US) (), [12]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. A secluded resort, nested in a beachfront setting surrounded by hills covered with jungle. Close to nature, yet safe and comfortable; clean air, private beach, beautiful rooms, relaxing ambience. http://www.playa-escondida.com US$150-US$400. (20.866013,-105.454682) edit

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