Discover 6 incredible secrets of Sayulita that not everyone knows about.
A quick search online about Sayulita will likely tell you about the most popular reasons why people retire, invest and vacation here. Beautiful relaxing beaches, excellent Mexican cuisine, great surf and water sports all appear top of the list. But locals and experienced Sayulitanos will tell you there´s a lot more to see and do when you scratch under the surface. Here are our 6 incredible secrets of Sayulita to help you have awesome experiences.
Secrets of Sayulita Number 1 – Whale Watching
Humpback whales, known as “Jorobadas”, pass by Sayulita twice a year in early winter as they head south to mate and give birth and again in spring to return to feeding grounds. They can seen from the main beaches in Sayulita, just at the mouth of the bay as well as from hilltops. For a close up experience boat trips are available from the beach at Punta de Mita (only a short car journey from Punta Sayulita) as a highly recommended way to see these special creatures first hand. Trips last 3 hours including travel and spotting time.
Secrets of Sayulita Number 2 – Playa Escondido
Also know as the love beach, Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach) is a short stretch of beach partially covered by a wall of rocks in the heart of the Marietta islands. The islands are found a few kilometers west of Punta Mita, in the Pacific, and form one of the sanctuaries with the greatest biodiversity in Mexico. Hence, it is protected by the government and considered a National Park and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is a popular day trip from Punta Sayulita and does´t take very long to get there.
There are several authorised boat tour companies that go to the islands and to the entry point for the hidden beach itself. You have to be a little careful when entering the cave, swimming under the volcanic rock that lies between the rocks of the main island. It can only be done when the tide is low. But then you reach the very white sand, the crisp clean water and the sound of wind blowing throught the rocks mixed with the sound of waves breaking on the shore. This is one amazing secret not to be missed.
Secrets of Sayulita Number 3 – Yoga at Haramara
Haramara means ”Mother Sea” in the native Huichol Indian language. This yoga retreat is secluded in the jungle with an amazing beach view. With an emphasis on being one with nature, this magical place was built without mechanical equipment so as to not damage the jungle, and each structure was hand-built using traditional construction methods. This little gem of a secret is another unique Sayulita experience.
Secrets of Sayulita Number 4 – Las Paletas
Paleta is a popsicle or lollipop and the selection at Wakika Heladeria is endless. Choose between the rich creamy milk based popsicles or the lighter ice based fruit popsicles. Everything is excellent, you won`t be disappointed. Prices are good and on a hot summer day there´s nothing better!
Secrets of Sayulita Number 5 – Snorkelling
The main beach of Sayulita is better suited for surfers rather than snorkelers but there are some great snorkel locations within walking distance from Sayulita. While you may want to bring your own snorkelling equipment to Sayulita there are some rental shops available. The rental shops are a good place to find out about snorkelling excursions to see some of the area’s best snorkelling spots.
For example, La Marietas Islands have incredible rock formations and coves. In addition to swimming with a variety of colourful tropical fish, you can encounter octopus, tropical blow fish and spotted rays. Snorkelers of all ages can experience intense blue waters in a safe environment. The islands are just a short boat ride from Sayulita.
Secrets of Sayulita Number 6 – Horseback Riding
Whether a beginner or an experienced equestrian there are a few great options for horse back riding in Sayulita. Go riding on the beach at sunset or through well known paths in the jungle with a guide.
Painted Ponies’ horses are all good quality horses, and receive quality care. The horses have happy dispositions and are lovely movers, which makes it a very enjoyable experience for all levels of riders. There is also the family run Rancho Mi Chaparrita where horses are their passion. They have horses that will match all ages and skill levels.