Sayulita Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 88%Budget Travelers
- 86%Green Travelers
- 81%Adventure Travelers
- 70%Luxury Travelers
- 69%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (17)
- SayulitaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Dec 01, 2013
Sayulita is an amazing little surf town about 30 mins north of Puerto Vallarta. Very laid back feel, with cobblestone streets, great restaurants, and a nice beach with good waves, this is the kind of town I have been looking for. The town is surrounded on 3 sides by jungled mountains, and feels like a little oasis. It's no longer undiscovered, with loads of Americans moving down to take up residence, driving up the prices and taking away a bit if the local feel. But it's still amazing. I'll be back.
- SayulitaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 04, 2013
A great little surf town that attracts foreign and Mexican tourists alike, and the perfect surf break for both beginners and more experienced surfers looking to spend some time in relatively consistent warm waves. Even in the off-season the beach is bustling with activity -- surfers, sunbathers, couples, families, wedding guests, students partying over their summer break, etc. -- and you'll find plenty of local vendors walking the hot sands to ensure coconuts, beach donuts and homemade tamales are available whenever the need should strike.
Need a break from the sun? Head a block into town and you'll find a variety of small restaurants serving up local fare, as well as small artisan shops, surf shops, street musicians, kids on skateboards or on a giant community trampoline, families and friends gathered in the shade, ice cream carts, and anything else associated with a relaxed, beachy good time. Of course, the typical description applied to Sayulita ("small fishing village") is in fact somewhat subjective. Yes, you can skip the rental car entirely as the heart of town is walkable in minutes and the surf break lies right out front amidst it all. But you won't be the only one with that plan. Word has gotten out about Sayulita. So as time goes on, more and more travelers of all kinds find their way here. If you come during high season (Dec - April), prepare to share your time and the break with a good sized crowd (albeit nothing like what you'll find in a larger tourist town like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Los Cabos, etc). Even in the low season (May-November) there's plenty of heads in the lineup. But if you can handle a bit of heat and the chance of rain (generally late afternoon/evening), you'll find better deals and smaller crowds in town overall, plus the change for bigger swells passing through as storms accumulate in the Pacific.
- SayulitaDec 05, 2012
Best place to unplug and reset the system. Only a three hour flight from SFO, cheap, and friendly. Sayulita is just waves, warm weather, and yummy tacos.
A typical day goes like this:
You wake up early, throw a swimming suit on a pareo o other cover up and drag yourself over to Bruno's Casa Gourmet for a good coffee and an awesome croissant. If you are in for a detox, then grab to the many places selling healthy fruit smoothies. Chocobanana in the main square is a good spot to do so. The Green Goddess smoothie: spinach, cilantro, and ginger.
Then head over to the beach to grab a lesson or catch some waves. Make sure to wear a rash guard and slather on some sunscreen. If you are a newbie walk over to the left side of the beach where the bottom is sandy. If you know what you are doing go to the right but beware of the rocky bottom and the sea urchins!
When you have had enough, grab a chair and order ceviche and a bucket of beer (6 x 100 pesos) and get ready for a good people or rather dog watching session!
Another good alternative is to head over to town and grab some tacos. Tacos El Ivan or Mary's tacos (next to the bridge) are good options.
A siesta later, perhaps you head over to Che Marcelo for a good Argentine bbq and empanadas or to Le Bus for a cold one and some sports if that's your thing. Other recommended spots are Sayulita Cafe and Don Pedro's for a nice, US priced dinner.
After dinner grab a paleta at Wakika and shake your booty (if you still have the energy) at one of the main bars around the plaza. Go to bed and repeat the next day!
- SayulitaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBackpackersSep 27, 2012
Gorgeous little town an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. Easy to get to given the airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but with its dirt roads (at least as of 2001), you'll feel as far as possible from the tourist scene. We rented a great, open-air house facing the ocean, and walked along the beach to get fish quesadillas every day. A little slice of heaven.
- SayulitaJul 05, 2012
This is like the Goldilocks of Mexican beach towns - not too developed, not too small. It's a just-right mix of good hotels & restaurants (nothing fancy), easy to get to (about an hour's drive from Puerto Vallarta), enough shops to keep things interesting, and most importantly, a good beach with a gentle surf perfect for beginners.
Want a smaller, chiller town? Head a bit north to San Pancho (San Francisco). Want a luxurious resort? The Four Seasons at Punta Mita is a half hour or so away. Want megaresorts or high rise condos and big-time nightlife? Head back south to PV. Me, I'll be chilling on the beach in Sayulita with a cocobanana and a cerveza.
- SayulitaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
It is such a breath of fresh air compared to the overly commercialized Puerto Vallarta. It is such a colorful, cozy little town. There are enough options of surfing shops that offer classes to help beginners pick up the spot. Nice restaurants on the beach, perfect for romantic dinners. There are also some cool shops to help pass the time in between surfing and dinner.
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