Located about 30 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta, the once-quiet village of Sayulita is now one of the hottest travel destinations in the Riviera Nayarit.
This small city (population 4,000) has become a prime destination for young surfers, families and online entrepreneurs looking for beach-town bliss on a budget. If you haven’t been to Sayulita yet, here are 5 reasons to swing by and check it out.
#1 – Wonderful Winter Weather
The best time to visit Sayulita is during the winter months. With mild daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s, sunny Sayulita offers the perfect environment for a winter getaway. Winter is the dry season and rains are few and far between, so you can expect plenty of sunny days during your visit – even if it’s several months long!
#2 – Beautiful Beaches
One of Sayulita’s biggest attractions are its remarkable beaches. Take a stroll along the 2-mile stretch of the busy main beach and watch people swim, surf, eat, and play. Head off on a jungle trek to find some of the lesser-known hidden beaches in the surrounding area: Playa de los Muertos, Carricitos, Patzcuaro, Las Cuevas and Malpasos. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Pacific or simply hang out in a lounge chair or under a shady palapa and catch up on some R & R.
#3 – Family-Friendly Fun
Sayulita is an exceptional place to spend a family holiday. The beach is the perfect place to hang out, swim and catch a few waves. Sayulita also offers stand-up paddle boarding, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, hiking, mountain biking and more.
Rancho Mi Chaparrita near Sayulita offers lots of fun activities for young and old. Zip through the treetops on an exhilarating ride on canopy zip lines and marvel at the best views around. Or take in the local scenery on horseback or on an ATV as you explore the jungle trails and nearby beach.
Golfers will be happy about all the amazing golf courses located just minutes from Sayulita: Flamingos, El Tigre, Litibú, Las Huertas in San Pancho and Campo de Ensueño in El Monteón.
At the La Patrona polo field in nearby San Pancho, you can enjoy equestrian activities and events in a fabulous rural setting. This world-class polo field offers private lessons, indoor and outdoor polo fields, and a cultural and culinary center. Stop by and watch a practice match or see world-class players compete in the international tournaments being held here throughout the winter season.
#4 – Fabulous Food
You can find a restaurant to suit nearly every taste in Sayulita. If you count the taco stands and food trucks, this boho pueblo offers at least 100 places to satisfy your cravings. The dining experiences are varied – ranging from cheap Mexican eats to award-winning fine dining establishments.
Any type of breakfast fare you could want is available here – from healthy, fresh-squeezed juices and green smoothies to decadent pancakes and waffles drizzled with chocolate and topped with whipped cream. And, although there’s no Starbucks, Sayulita is packed with so many great coffee shops that you won’t even miss it!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy snack, then the street-side taco stands will fill you up for just a few pesos. For a more exotic dining experience, Sayulita offers many tasty options from around the globe: Italian, American, Argentinian, Spanish, Lebanese and, of course, Mexican in all shapes, colors, and sizes.
You’ll find mouth-watering pizza, scrumptious sandwiches… and the seafood? Absolutely divine! Try the mahi-mahi, marlin tacos, or plates of shrimp cooked in an infinite number of ways… it’s always fresh and oh so good!
#5 – Sensational Surf
Sayulita Bay is a surfer’s paradise, especially during the winter months when the north swells hit. There’s a perfect, gentle break at the sand bar which is ideal for beginners and longboard enthusiasts alike while the waves at the left break provide a challenging experience for advanced surfers. Sayulita is also a great place to learn stand-up paddleboarding, a sport which has gained popularity in the area over the last few years.
On the main beach, there are a number of surf schools where you can catch a quick lesson. Boards of all type can be rented there: longboards, boogie boards, and even kayaks. However, less adventurous spirits might enjoy spending the afternoon in a comfortable lounge chair sipping margaritas while watching the surf dudes ride the waves in their stead.
Of course, there are lots of other reasons to visit Sayulita, which you’re sure to discover once you arrive. Make it a point to include a trip to Sayulita on your next Mexican holiday – you’ll love it so much you won’t want to leave!