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Sayulita is a town 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. If you cross the pedestrian sky bridge over the highway, the taxis are cheaper on the other side, as they do not have to pay the airport tax. It takes 50 minutes to 1 hour to arrive depending upon traffic conditions. The buses are safe and cheap, about 35 pesos! Look for the bus that says Compostela on 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 on the bus, 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. Please keep in mind this is a commuter bus, and there are no luggage racks, or places to put your surfboard. If you are traveling light, with just a backpack, the bus is for you! Please be polite and do not put your luggage on the seats, keep it on your lap and save the seats for passengers. The bus driver may charge you extra if you have a lot of baggage.

Get around[edit]

If you are staying in the main part of town, nearly everything is walkable. However, there are some very steep hills so you may wish to rent a golf cart which you can also find on on the transportation page. You may want a rental car if you are staying more than a mile or two from the center of town, however keep in mind this is a busy town with lots of people, restaurants with tables on the streets and parking can be very difficult especially on weekends. 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 including golf cart rentals, airport transfers and rental car options.  edit

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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. There are new trails for hiking and mountain biking, and you can now rent mountain bikes in town.

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.

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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]

You can find food for all tastes and budgets in Sayulita, from delicious street tacos to fine dining restaurants with white linen tablecloths. You can also find authentic Italian food as well as other types of fusion cuisine. 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.

  • 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, and read reviews from other travelers.  edit

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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 El Costeno's, which is located right on the beach, straight down from the plaza. Or stay in the plaza and visit Sayulita Public House for the best hamburger in town, and a huge selection of beer, 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. Plaza Papellilo has Leda Italian restaurant for fine dining, and also in the same plaza you will find La Vega Cuban Cigars and Rum lounge which has A/C and great rum and cigar pairings. There are many shops and boutiques here as well as new lodging upstairs in the Papellilo lofts.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are several affordable options for accommodation if you want to stay in hostels. The town center is just a couple blocks in size but you should plan accommodations ahead of time as Sayulita grows in popularity and many travelers have already discovered it. The campgrounds in Sayulita are considered to be among the best in Mexico and are famous word of mouth lore passed among seasoned travelers.


There are several hostels with dorm beds ~$200-300(Nov.15). You can find hostels, B&Bs and budget friendly accommodations on

  • 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. $200/night(Nov.'15).  edit
  • Camping Palmar del Camaron, (north of river). This seems to be the budget option in Town, they have little thatch cabins too and just painted the bathrooms. $120/night(Nov.'15).  edit

If you want something more upscale, try the custom search on SayulitaLife, where you can search by dates, number of bedrooms, price range, location and other desired amenities, such as pool, wifi, or ocean view. You can find private villas with a staff or casitas in someone's back yard, to small properties with multiple guest rooms.

  • Sayulitalife, Sayulita, Nayarit, [6]. 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, [7]. Caters to surfers looking for a clean and relaxing place to stay 3 blocks from the beach. US$35-US$60.  edit


  • Aurinko Bungalows, Calle Marlin, +52 329 291-3150 (), [8]. 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) (), [9]. 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
  • Sayulita Central Hotel, Calle Delfin #7, +1 646 472 5072 (US), [10]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Hotel Sayulita Central Hotel has Rock and Roll themed rooms and includes a full breakfast. It's less than one block from the beach. US$60-US$200. (20.869719,-105.440898) edit


  • Playa Escondida, Camino a Playa Escondida #1, +1 415 259-4748 (US) (), [11]. 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. US$150-US$400. (20.866013,-105.454682) edit

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