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Destination Sayulita sees 123% increase in tourism

Destination Sayulita sees 123% increase in tourism

In 2015, Sayulita was designated a “Pueblo Mágico” or Magical Town and has seen an increase of 123% in tourism compared to 2015, according to analysis from

“Since the Ministry of Tourism started to promote national campaigns such as “Traveling in Mexico”, Sayulita has experienced a surge in national tourism if you look at the increase in visits to destinations like Sayulita or Tequila, that previously were less common” said Gabriel Rosillo, marketing manager at

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Also in 2016, Mexicans traveled more to national destinations, visiting places such as Mexico City, Monterrey, Jalisco, Yucatan and Querétaro.

According to, the ranking of the five national destinations with the largest growth in 2016, were:

. Sayulita (Nayarit) –  123% growth.

. Tequila (Jalisco) – 74%growth.

. Tijuana (Baja California) –  51% growth.

. Cabo San Lucas (Baja California Sur) – 47% growth.

. Puerto Escondido (Oaxaca) – 42% growth.

Mexico invested 2,500 million Mexican pesos in the Pueblos Mágicos program from 2013 to 2016, the Tourism Ministry reported. The figure is equivalent to 50% of the 5,000 million pesos earmarked since the start of the program in 2001, Gerardo Corona González, undersecretary of innovation and tourism development, said in a statement.

“Undoubtedly this model of development changes the economic dynamics of the community, increases employment and improves services, as well as the quality of life of the inhabitants, added Corona González.

To read more about Sayulita and the Pueblo Mágicos program, read our article here:

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5 Myths about Mexico

5 Myths about Mexico

Mexico is an extremely popular tourist destination that caters to millions of visitors each year. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that over 1,000,000 foreigners now live here and the trend is increasing. So obviously, just like in any other country, some negative things happen to people and its gets reported in the media who are always looking for a dramatic headline. However, while the media sometimes portrays Mexico as a dangerous place, it is statistically very safe. So, as positive goodwill ambassadors for Mexico, and for Sayulita especially, we set out to debunk some typical Mexican myths that simply aren’t true.

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1. Myth No.2:  Mexico is a poor country

A long-standing myth that Mexico is a country struggling with it’s economy is definitely out-of-date. It is now the 15th largest economy in the world and the 3rd largest trading partner with the United States. Also, it is predicted to be within the top 8 economies in the world by 2050, which is very powerful. While agriculturally still very strong it has now developed a massive technology economy and is the 3rd largest manufacturer of cars in the western world.

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2. Myth No.1: Drugs are everywhere in Mexico.

Many places yes, but everywhere no. Most of the border towns with the US have created this bad reputation because of the drug traffic and their history of violence. But Mexico is an extremely large country and a federal state. It is much better to look at individual regions, cities or towns within Mexico and if they have been a long history of crime before labelling an entire country with the same brush.

While drug cartels and their ruthless reputation sometimes dominate the headlines, the Mexican government are spending millions to dismantle the cartels and increasing international pressure and the hugely beneficial tourism economy are leading the change.

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3. Myth No.3: The public healthcare is bad

Mexico has some of the best medical healthcare institutions in the world. Many foreigners from the US and Canada visit Mexico for medical treatments for a fraction of the cost. Since the introduction of the “seguro popular” over 10 years ago, which gives all residents medical coverage, the standards and professionalism have increased dramatically in larger urban areas. Foreigners who own property in Mexico can register in the healthcare system for a little as $300 a year. Now, most urbanised areas can provide highly trained physicians woking in state-of-the-art facilities.

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4. Myth No.4: Property in Mexico is expensive

Although Mexico property is steadily rising with 8% growth annually, it is currently undervalued in the global market. This has led to a large influx of investment into Mexican property and an expansion in the construction sector. Couple with that the lower cost of living it explains why many North Americans and Europeans are taking advantage of real estate opportunities for business or private purposes.

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5. Myth No.5: Crime is common in Mexico

This is definitely an outdated myth. Mexico ranks 21st globally for homicides, a long way behind other popular tourist destinations like Brazil, Jamaica or Guatemala. While kidnapping is an issue in Mexico, many are connected to drug wars, poor regions and power struggles. It is a lot less common for foreigners to be kidnapped and is increasingly seen as a foolish means to get money. As with most cities and travel destinations, there is some petty crime in many areas. Taking a few common-sense precautions will help you enjoy Mexico with no problems.

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Why investing in property for the rental market in Sayulita is a great business opportunity

Why investing in property for the rental market in Sayulita is a great business opportunity

Over the past few months, we have seen a dramatic rise in the public profile of Sayulita and the Nayarit region in general. Just last week the NY Times published an article entitled “A small corner of Mexico is experiencing a rising tide of property investment” explaining many of the benefits in the region and why it is becoming popular. This was quickly followed by a similar story from Fox News about “Bill Gates triggers wave of investment in remote area of Mexico” which also backed up many of our recent articles published on the News & Events section of our website.

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So what’s happening in Sayulita?

Well, the short answer is Return On Investment. It takes a unique set of circumstances, and a little good timing, to forecast a very promising R.O.I in 2016 and beyond. We believe that Punta Sayulita is perfectly placed in the luxury villa market to exploit the next wave of property appreciation. In a recent article, we identified The Golden Mix of Location, Lifestyle, and Potential as the 3 key characteristics required to position high-end properties in the global marketplace. In a different article, we detailed the unique factors you should consider for real estate investment and why we believe that Punta Sayulita is ahead of the curve for property investment.

Appreciation of property value

It’s important to note that 2 of the most important factors that contribute to property appreciation are tourism development in the region and population growth in the region.

International tourism in Sayulita has been growing over the past 10 years and is projected to grow aggressively as the area continues to expand its profile and infrastructure. This can be seen and backed up by significant investment and support from local, regional and national governments who have recognised the potential of tourism for the economy.

One example of this is the Pueblos Magicos project. Additionally, a quick Google search reveals many authoritative results from The Guardian, The Huffington Post, In Style, The National Post and The Seattle Times, all praising the special reasons why Sayulita is a terrific tourist destination.

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The NY Times article

Additionally, Forbes has reported about a significant investment in a new luxury hotel by Grupo Autofin in the Riviera Nayarit and at the trade website, reported a massive investment by RLH Properties into new hotels across the region. This, of course, is excellent news for anyone involved in the tourism and services sectors and is further evidence that the entire region is economically expanding and creating employment, which leads to population growth.


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The Guardian article

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Huffington Post Article

Without fail, private investment follows these trends in Mexico. Combined local and international investment put pressure on the long rental market as well as the appreciating real estate market.

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What’s involved in running a rental business in Sayulita?

The first objective investors should look at is the legal side of buying property in the restricted zone in Mexico. The link explains the necessity for The Fideicomiso, some of the principle costs involved, and other legal obligations. Mexico’s Foreign Investment Law allows foreigners to acquire title to land in the restricted zone by one of two methods; through a Mexican corporation or through a bank trust.

If you are considering investing in property to enter the rental market then setting up a Mexican corporation might be the better option as it allows you more possibilities for expansion. It is common to buy property through a corporation when the intention is to use the property for commercial reasons. Buyers interested in multiple properties often choose this option.

For more information about buying property in Mexico listen to this Podcast named

What foreigners need to know about buying property in Mexico

A Punta Sayulita Case Study – Villa Punta Paraiso

What better way to describe the ins and outs of the rental business in Sayulita than to interview an existing businessman who runs a successful rental property named Villa Punta Paraiso. We spoke with the owner, Jorge Carrillo and asked him 20 pertinent questions about the past, present, and future.

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1. Why did you choose the buy a property in Punta Sayulita?

I´ve been coming to Sayulita since I was a kid. I was always looking for the perfect spot to surf along the beaches that are nearby, so I have seen the growth of this beautiful town in all aspects. My kids and family enjoy the place, a small little town where you and your kids can feel free!!!

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Villa Punta Paraiso

2. Was it always your plan to invest in this property and rent it as a business?

Yes .., Definitely it was always on our mind to invest on a home/ Villa somewhere and why not the town we love and that always makes us feel like home.

3. Is it difficult to establish a business in Mexico for the rental market? Did you set up a legal company for this?

I am a real estate broker so no, it is my bread and butter, and yes I established a corporation and pay taxes. Like all businesses, it has a process to get it started. Yes, we have a legal company, which meets the requirements for the authorities.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

4. Is there a lot of continuous legal responsibilities to take care of?

No, just initially.

5. Do you have any type of legal agreement with the renter?. Do you take a deposit for security? Have there been any negative experiences?

Yes, we do have a legal agreement with all renters, it’s a must. There has to be a substantial security deposit. But so far, we have not had any negative experiences.

6. How long have you owned this property? How long did it take to find your first rental?

I have owned it since 2014 and is has been 1.5 years on the market and it took us no more than 2 months of hard work to make it happen.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

7. The most popular rental periods are Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Easter Week and the main 8 weeks of summer. Is there any demand for your property during the rest of the year?

Those are the peak weeks out of the year, yes, we have had to make promotions for low demand weeks and have learned how and where to promote, in other words, we have to be creative in order to keep the guests coming.

8. What are rental prices in low season and high season in US$?. 

Low season average $1200-1500, high season $1800 -2000 per 24 hours.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

9. Is there a lot of maintenance with the property?

Yes there is, especially with Palapa Roof, the pool, the routine cleaning, in-house chef, the garden, golf cart, concierge, and insurance etc

10. Have you seen much competition in the area?

There is a lot of different competition. The north and south part of Sayulita are very popular. You can find different styles and bigger Villas that have been on the market for years and they have set the pricing.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

11. How have you seen Sayulita develop in the time you have been here?

Yes, every day it is growing. It seems like people are starting to understand the potential of this surf/fishing little town. There are more high-end establishments as well as restaurants with very high standards.

12. Are you considering buying a second property for the rental market?

Yes,  but I have not seen the development process according to plans and projections. It could happen in the near future and it might be something similar to what we have already.

13. What advice would you give to new buyers entering the property market?

It’s a different world from where there coming from, so be patient.

Make sure you have a lock tight construction or purchase agreement with penalties and delivery dates for delivery and title.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

14. What’s the hardest part of running a rental property?

Maintenance and keeping the high standards that renters like to see for the prices they are paying. Salt, dust and tropical weather, it’s an everyday challenge.

15. Where do most of your rentals come from? Online sites or referrals?

They come from various sites, others come from referrals. In other words, it will be a 60/40 split.

16. Do you outsource any of the work for looking after the Villa to local people in Sayulita?

Unfortunately very little, there are very few people in Sayulita that are dependable or committed. I prefer to hire from neighboring communities.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

17. When people come to stay at Villa Punta Paradise what do you suggest they go for activities/ restaurants and to have fun?

We just tell visitors to go and experience all of Sayulita and especially the local stands and stalls. This is what probably they enjoy the most. Also, activities, there’s a lot to do. Just walking close to the property there are lots of single trails that will take you to different beaches around us. There’s a lot of wildlife to experience, also, horseback, hiking, surfing, paddleboarding , kayak fishing, zip lining etc.

18. Can you describe the demographic of the people who stay at Villa Punta Paradise?

Couples in the 50 age bracket, or with their families. People come from everywhere: England, Australia, US – Boston, Chicago, Colorado, California.

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Villa Punta Paraiso

19. What is your favourite thing about Sayulita?

Being able to walk free, barefoot and see my kids exploring by themselves and enjoying other people’s culture, the pure relaxation.

20. How good is the Sayulita lifestyle?

Just perfect!!! Great!! It doesn’t get any better than this.

At the end of the conversation with Jorge Carrillo mentioned something curious. It was a reference to “a return to the property boom of the early 2000’s in Mexico”, just before the global economic crisis. Jorge explained that he is currently earning 10% return on his investment in the rental market. In his first year of business, he exceeded his goal within the first 6 months. The high season months can bring in $20 – $25,000 a month alone. So a well-established business with good referrals and some good marketing can maintain a high level of occupancy all year round.

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What are the revenues and costs involved in the rental market in Sayulita?

If you decide to start a rental business in Mexico there are a few options to consider. Firstly, many prefer to live a large amount of their time in Sayulita. This allows them to be hands on with their business and give guests to the villa a personal touch and high level of customer service. Also, there’s the flexibility to use the villa as and when you need it for your own activities and events.

The other option is to register your villa with a rental agency. These companies handle the bookings and some of the marketing in exchange for about 20% of revenue. Usually, there is also a monthly property management fee to manage the day to day running of the business and upkeep. While this will diminish your profits, this business option is still very lucrative with the huge advantage of not requiring a lot of time.

Let’s take a look at the financials of a rental business in Punta Sayulita in detail. In this example, we looked at a property which initially cost $1,400,000 but has since increased in value. The data covers 36 rental months since the first month of business and details the standard costs and revenues.

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If you would like more information, deeper financial information or to visit Punta Sayulita to discuss your investment in person then please use this Contact link. We have a very experienced staff to answer all your questions.

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Prices for houses in Playa del Carmen have been rising, but property investment in Sayulita is ahead of the curve for all the right reasons

Prices for houses in Playa del Carmen have been rising, but property investment in Sayulita is ahead of the curve for all the right reasons

For many years now Mexico has become far more than a great tourist destination. Savvy investors and business people have identified investment opportunity in many locations in Mexico. Certain towns and cities in Mexico share the unique Golden Mix of location, potential and lifestyle. Also, significant improvements in national infrastructure have helped certain property sectors to see a steady rise in real estate prices over a few years, making it a perfect time for property investment in Sayulita. 

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Playa del Carmen is an excellent real estate example as a case study that shows how investors are increasingly re-selling at a higher price, renting out their properties as a business, or using them as a retirement home. To help our clients understand and equate all the important factors we use a growth curve to visualise the best time to get involved in a property deal. 

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There are many factors to consider when investing in property. As the above curve shows it is advantageous to invest when the market prices are lower. As with Sayulita, house prices are steadily rising but still significantly lower than a more developed area like Playa del Carmen.

Private Investment

Private investment in the luxury home market closely follows the first 2 factors on the list below. Analysis of all significant factors helps us to confidently assess growth potential for your investment.

There are also many other important considerations to ensure that market prices will continue to increase, so we have listed them below to help you understand what to look for. Here are the top 8 factors that contribute to appreciation in property prices.

1.Tourism developments in Sayulita

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Perhaps the first indication of growth potential is government support and investment. Recently, Sayulita was included in the Pueblos Magicos program which included a sizeable investment in local infrastructure. The program is designed to develop “Magical Towns” that offer something unique and cultural.

Major hotels have started to open in the region, including 3 new golf courses, and other service companies are beginning to establish a presence here.

2. Historical growth in the region and projected population growth

Since the 1960’s Sayulita has been developing under the shadow of the beautiful city Puerto Vallarta. The region started developing rapidly and Sayulita quickly gained the reputation as “A Hidden Sanctuary” in paradise. Realtors and estate agents started to recognise the growth potential in Sayulita about 5 years ago and since then Sayulita and the Riveria Nayarit has expanded consistently as an excellent location for luxury property development.

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Added pressure on the property market from new industries entering the region, a consistent increase in tourism, with new jobs being created, has increased the projected population growth in Sayulita. All of this are fantastic indicators when analysing the economic growth of a region.

3. Interest Rates

The lower the interest rate the lower the mortgage repayments and depending on how you would like to structure the investment this can be fixed or variable. Recently, mortgage interest rates are low again since the recession. All this means a well-structured mortgage on low-interest rates can reap high-end rewards in the future.

4. Global Economic Markets

The International Monetary Fund published a projection for growth in 2016 as a modest 3.2 percent but that recovery is projected to strengthen in 2017 and beyond. This is driven primarily by emerging markets and developing economies, many of which are in the southern Americas like Mexico. Read more here

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We all know that political and environmental issues can change economics quickly but as it stands there is a much higher chance of global economic recovery and growth than another recession.

5. More Renters in the Market

There is a growing number of younger renters in the market. One of the fastest growing metrics right now is how people are spending money on experiences rather than material things. The younger generation is choosing holidays and adventures over expensive clothes and cars. This has contributed to an increase in property investment as a rental business along the Riveria Nayarit coastline as business people identify new opportunities. For example, Sayulita`s rental market has grown consistently over the past 10 years as holiday makers, adventures, and especially surfers come to discover  this unique destination.

6. Houses are more Popular than Apartments

This is sometimes a reluctance to finding an apartment to rent. Home-owners confess that renting an apartment can feel like a step backwards to move to an apartment. As a real estate investor, this is a great opportunity. From our experience, we know that homeowners often make better tenants because they treat their rental home as their own for the time they are staying there.

7. Real Estate is a great long-term investment

Real estate is still an excellent long-term investment. If you consider the growth over the last 15 years, regardless of the recent crisis, real estate within the restricted zone of Mexico is still valued much higher than it was. Also, if you decide to rent your property you won’t have a problem finding renters to pay your mortgage.

8. The Lifestyle that the region provides

While it is possible to buy luxury property in many locations across the world, one should consider the lifestyle surrounding the location. Shrewd investors select locations that offer as many lifestyle choices as possible. Culture, cuisine, leisure, health, outdoor activities, and safety are all essential elements that contribute to the growth of a region.

Yoga and Fitness

Yoga and Fitness


Timing is Everything

In the 1990’s Playa del Carmen was definitely not a hot property market. This changed when it was recognised as a beach holiday destination and attracted many European visitors. Hotels and investors entered the market and the room inventories doubled in a matter of just 10 years. With the dramatic increase in growth, the year-round population boomed and the real estate market began to expand.

During the first few years of the 2000´s, many investors would purchase pre-construction condo units to sell them 12 months later with 30% or more appreciation. One realtor we interviewed about the boom remembered his clients commenting that “I should have invested in that property when I first saw it a few years ago”.

While Playa del Carmen is experiencing a downturn in appreciation values, Sayulita is perfectly situated to repeat the dramatic increases that Playa del Carmen had. For those of you who remember the appreciation wave of the early 2000´s then now is your opportunity to buy into the market before the next wave.

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Want to know more?

Here’s our guide to Buying Property in the Restricted Zone in Mexico.


Why Punta Sayulita is the perfect investment in location, potential and lifestyle

Why Punta Sayulita is the perfect investment in location, potential and lifestyle

Punta Sayulita is first and foremost an investment in luxury property, and when you see the statistics it stands up as very competitive in the global property market and boasts impressive growth as the leading undervalued market in the Americas.  But obviously, not everyone invests in property just for the highest return on investment. Our experience shows that contemporary property buyers require much more. They are seeking out those unique places to live where life feels exciting and fulfilled. Whether you are retiring abroad, scouting holiday homes, or developing a property portfolio, then you should consider the golden mix of location, potential and lifestyle.

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Punta Sayulita belongs to a small group of global locations where this golden mix of values is available. It’s about choosing a solid property investment, yes, absolutely!  But it’s also about investing in great experiences, exploring a rich and incredible lifestyle but ultimately it’s about an investment in you.


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When talking about buying and selling property everyone knows the famous phrase “location, location, location”. Well, geographically Punta Sayulita is a perfect location on the Pacific side of Mexico just 21 miles from Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta put Sayulita and Nayarit on the map as a paradise location when Hollywood A-listers Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton filmed and vacationed here in the 1960’s. Since then, Puerto Vallarta has become a bustling city and as a consequence, smaller, less touristic towns have developed to cater to those looking for a tranquil location but still close enough to urban life and infrastructure. 

Flight durations from nothern America

Flight durations from northern America

Getting to Punta Sayulita is quick and easy. It is less than an hour’s drive from the airport in Puerto Vallarta. Flying to Puerto Vallarta is just 2.5 hours from Los Angeles, 3 hours flying from Denver and 6 hours flying from New York City. It’s close proximity to North America is only the primary reason Punta Sayulita’s location is considered perfect. It lies on the Pacific ocean just below the Tropic of Cancer at latitude 20.868889 and longitude 105.440833 and is surrounded by lush forest and jungle. This creates a unique location with an abundance of outdoor activities, with the every popular surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, whale watching and the numerous hiking, trekking, and horse riding excursions available. Read more about the eclectic and awesome wildlife in Sayulita here:

Wildlife in Sayulita

Read more about the best activities to do in Punta Sayulita and why it is considered the core of Rivera Nayarit.

Moving around Punta Sayulita requires the use of a car but many locals and vacationers use golf carts to commute from their villas and homes to the center of town or the beach. Although some of the roads are steep and windy, the panoramic views, tranquility, and privacy that Punta Sayulita offers you are second to none. It’s also important to note that although Punta Sayulita is just a town of 4,000 residents it has all the modern amenities that a large city would have, including a post office, hospital, police station, and multiple ATM machines. 

A quick google search reveals some nice opinions about Sayulita and although it’s still largely “under-the-radar” because Puerto Vallarta is so well known and established, Sayulita enjoys all the values and benefits of Puerto Vallarta without the higher prices and city distractions. In this linked article by The Huffington Post named The World’s 12 Best Places to Live or Retire in 2016, Puerto Vallarta is numbered at 10. The article backs up everything we can say about Punta Sayulita’s exceptional location 


“This stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coastline has already been developed to a high level. Life here can be not only comfortable but easy and fully appointed, with world-class golf courses, marinas, restaurants, and shopping. This is a lifestyle that is available only on a limited basis worldwide, a lifestyle that is truly (not metaphorically) comparable to the best you could enjoy in southern California if you could afford it. Here you can afford it even on an average budget”


The main reference for assessing property costs is the price per square meter. It is the best way to achieve an apples-to-apples comparison among different markets. So to help position the region of Sayulita in the global market we first looked at Mexico’s property potential within the world, and then the price per meters squared comparison between locations in southern America. 

So let’s put Punta Sayulita in a global perspective shall we?

In the linked article by The Telegraph entitled Place in the sun? Where to invest in undervalued property in 2016there are 2 graphs detailing the most overvalued locations in the world and the most undervalued. From an investment point of view, the undervalued markets are of a lot more interest because there is a lot more potential for growth. 

In the graph on the right, you can see that property prices in the USA and many countries in Europe are classified as overvalued as demand grows higher coupled with a shortage in supply.

“As Britain and Sweden have demonstrated, a shortage of supply can mean prices rise even where they are already “overpriced”.

Overvalued Global Property Markets

In sharp contrast, Mexico is positioned in the undervalued graph with 8% annual growth. This means that as annual growth continues, there is a window of time to invest until the property prices catch up with the most expensive locations and trends change. 

Undervalued Global Property Markets


Now, if you look at the average price per square meters for property investment in different countries in the same continent, then Puerto Vallarta is identified as very competitive. As we discussed above Puerto Vallarta was the first location to be discovered and developed and is the airport destination to get to Sayulita.

However, because Punta Sayulita is less than 1 hours drive from the airport and is situated on the ocean, surrounded by forest and enjoys a higher level of tranquility, we believe it is better suited to those who like a little more seclusion and quiet while enjoying the easy access to all the amenities of the bigger cities.


Furthermore, the price per square meter for Sayulita is even more competitive yet offers more benefits for lifestyle.

A good investment is about getting the most for money while minimizing risk.

In the linked article below, by The Huffington Post, Puerto Vallarta is listed at no.7,  at $1,273 per square meter which offers fantastic growth and potential. This places Sayulita among the top locations when considering location, convenience and growth potential. 

Live and Invest Overseas Survey Ranks the Cost of Property Purchase In 20 Top Latin American Markets

Let’s consider a comparison with an overvalued property in Hawaii. Hawaii is the new hot property location within the United States in 2016. The cost of square meters in the center of Honolulu, Hawaii, is $4,815 which is quite a price jump from $1,273 for the region of Sayulita. If you consider that both locations can offer the same approximate level of lifestyle and luxury amenities, then the logical investor would certainly look to a location like Sayulita. Why? Because you can buy a lot more for each dollar invested.

Hawaii Beach Property

Hawaii Beach Property

It is an interesting exercise to consider what added value you can purchase with the extra money. Perhaps your new property can have a lot more space, more bedrooms. The difference in costs between Hawaii and Mexico could mean the purchase of a car or boat for your new property.

Your options within the housing market expand as the cost per square meters lowers. But this is an even stronger point when you can match the perfect lifestyle with a lower cost of living like we have in Punta Sayulita. Basically, you get a lot more value for your hard earned dollar/pound/ euro or peso.

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Beach Property Punta Sayulita


The all-year-round warm climate influences much of the lifestyle in Sayulita with water sports and surfing extremely popular. There is never a bored moment in Sayulita with a huge selection of activities attracting fun-loving healthy people.

While there are many places for Mexican food, Sayulita has developed to cater for the international market and the cuisine, restaurants and nightlife now have a wide variety of styles and tastes. 

Like all Mexican towns, Punta Sayulita has its own unique culture and traditions and once a year celebrates Festival Sayulita which year so far is getting bigger and bigger. In 2015 Punta was also added to the exclusive list of “Pueblos Magicos” or “Magical Towns”. This honor has been given to just 111 towns across Mexico and is a project to develop special symbolic features, legends, and history. 


Here’ s a quick look at 6 secrets of Sayulita which details different activities available in Punta Sayulita


The “Golden Mix” of conditions is definitely a solid basis to start your search for the perfect property that suits you, but nothing beats the actual experience of visiting Punta Sayulita to feel just how unique it is. We are offering a Punta Sayulita Discovery Experience which provides you with a FREE stay of 4 days and 3 nights at our guest villa. It is an experience you will never forget ! Follow the link above to book now.

For further details about the hidden santuary of Punta Sayulita down our brochure here


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Secrets of Sayulita – 6 Incredible experiences

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.

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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. 

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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.

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secrets of sayulita

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.

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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!


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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

secrets of 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.

8 Reasons to Retire in Mexico

A growing number of retirees are considering retirement abroad.  Many others have already taken the plunge. Spending your retirement years abroad has evolved from a fantasy available only to the privileged few to an increasingly attractive option for many retirees.

Most ex-pat havens in former “Third World” countries now have good, basic infrastructure and fast, reliable telecommunications links, making the world more interconnected than ever before.

Mexico has been a top retirement destination for over 60 years. Today, more U.S. and Canadian ex-pats live in Mexico than in any other country in the world. In case you’re wondering why, we’ve compiled a list of 8 reasons why you should choose a Mexico retirement.

photo by luigi alesi

photo by luigi alesi

1. To escape the harsh rigors of winter

Living in a climate without extremely cold temperatures for at least part of the year promotes better health. Mexico offers a choice of climates ranging from the “Eternal Spring” of towns like San Miguel de Allende and Ajijic – to dry desert heat and hot and sunny tropical beach destinations.

photo by belgianchocolate

photo by belgianchocolate

2. The chance to relax and settle into a slower pace of life

The laid-back pace of life in Mexico is just the ticket after a number of stressful years in the rat race.  Here, you can take the time to relax and enjoy your retirement and still be active. In Mexico, no one will begrudge you that refreshing afternoon siesta!

photo by Marian Zambrano

photo by Marian Zambrano

3. Delicious food and cuisine

Basic foods and drink cost much less in Mexico than in Europe and North America. And the food in Mexico is wonderful! Fresh fruit, especially the sweet and juicy tropical varieties, is readily available at local markets or right off the farmer’s truck! Vegetables, meats and fish can easily be found at very reasonable prices.

Eating out at your friendly neighborhood taco stand is a great value as well. Who can resist the wonderful aroma of fresh hot tortillas, grilled chicken, hearty soups and stews and the ubiquitous tacos as you wander the streets after sunset?

Photo-by-J Stephen Conn

Photo-by-J Stephen Conn

4. First-class health care facilities

Retirees will be happy to learn that top-quality health care is widely available in Mexico.  Every mid-size to large city has at least one world-class medical facility. Private clinics staffed by well-trained doctors, medical specialists and dentists can be found throughout the country. And the best part? Health care costs, on average, are about half of what you’d expect to pay in the U.S.



5. A vibrant culture

From beautiful colonial cities, such as Guanajuato and Morelia, to the ruins of ancient civilizations – Mexico’s rich cultural heritage has so much to offer.

The people of Mexico are warm and friendly. Instead of rehashing the past and worrying about the future, they live in the present moment.

Prepare to be awed by local handicrafts and the amazing artwork of the indigenous people. No matter where they decide to settle, retirees will enjoy close contact with a rich cultural heritage.

6. Thriving ex-pat communities

There are active ex-pat communities all over Mexico which offer many activities for both ex-pats and locals alike. Joining these groups makes it easy to get involved in local projects and make new friends. English is widely spoken in these communities, but a good working knowledge of Spanish doesn’t hurt.

7. Easy access to family and friends “Back Home”

Mexico is the United States’ closest neighbor to the south, so regular flights to and from major North American cities are readily available. More adventurous types can simply pack up the car and drive back in a matter of days.

8. Affordable real estate

You knew we couldn’t get by without mentioning this! Yes, Mexican real estate is affordable, even on a retirement income. Property taxes are low and barriers to foreign property ownership have been simplified or removed entirely.  We’ll have more on this in an upcoming article.

In conclusion…

Wherever you go in this vast and colorful country, the people will welcome you and make you feel at home.  The spectacular scenery and picturesque villages will marvel and enchant you. And the easy lifestyle will keep you coming back again and again. Consider a retirement in Mexico, you’ll be glad you did.