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


Wildlife in Sayulita

A visitors guide to Wildlife in Sayulita

Wildlife in Sayulita is simply amazing. We hope that just glancing over the pictures in this article is enough to entice you to explore the wild side of Sayulita.! Jump in!

There is certainly a lot of wildlife in Sayulita and many organised activities throughout the year to help you encounter the wide variety of mammals, 400 bird species, reptiles, white-tailed deer, jaguar, pumas, wild boars, ocelots, jaguarundi, coati mundi, skunks, badgers, coyotes, margays, rabbits, armadillos and iguanas.

In the wider areas of Jalisco and Nayarit, the Sierra Madre Occidental is an important habitat that provides shelter to a wide variety of tropical and temperate flora and fauna. Plentiful sunshine and summer rains nurture the vegetation of the Sayulita region. 

The flora is varied and over 300 species of orchids can be found there. There are also a large variety of trees like Cedar, Walnut and Primavera whose wood is used for the manufacture of furniture and the Punta Sayulita Treehouses.


Wildlife in Sayulita – Tropical Birds

Sayulita and the surrounding areas are a paradise for bird lovers, with more than 400 species of migratory birds and seabirds, such as Tropical Kingbird, Amazon Parrots and the Blue-footed Booby Bird. We must also mention an impressive number of colourful butterflies.

More than 300 species have been found along the coast and in the mountains around Sayulita.  Migration accounts for the great variety during the winter months compared to summer. 

Just by looking up anywhere near the beach in Sayulita you´ll see gulls and sea-shore birds, while fresh water birds are often spotted at the mouth of the town river and nearby streams. Humming birds, wood-peckers, flycatchers, doves, hawks and sparrows are also common. Walking with jungle and forest tours will take you to different habitats and offer better opportunities for bird spotting. 

The Yellow-winged Cacique

A native to Mexico, this beautiful yellow-winged Cacique are plentiful and gather near the edge of the jungle in small colonies all around the state of Nayarit. 

The Black-Throated Magpie Jay

This beautiful bird has a long tail and noisy chirp. It boasts a large blue body and black throat, a white chest and a long blue tail with white tips. The Magpie Jay tends to make its nest in a thorny tree at heights of 100 feet, protecting from from other predators during the long nesting season from November to July.

The Blue-footed Booby

The Blue Footed Booby is a tropical seabird that lives on the west coast of Mexico. The fantastic looking bird has bright blue feet and is about the size of a goose. Blue Footed Boobies are very tame birds, lacking the fear instinct of other birds. They have a somewhat clumsy movement on land which explains the name Booby adapted from the Spanish word “bobo” which means “stupid”

For Bird Watching Tours we recommend Sayulita Bird Watching Tours (also for Eco tours and walking tours)

Wildlife in Sayulita – Animals

Encounters with animals are unusual, you will need to make an effort to encounter them but foxes, raccoons, armadillos, opossums, and wild cats can sometimes be seen.

The Armadillo

The Nine-banded Armadillo is about the size of a cat, has strong armour, and loves to eat insects. Looking similar to an anteater, the armadillo´s shell protects it from predator attacks. Armadillos dig many burrows and dig for their food. They are considered important to local ecosystems as many other wildlife species benefit from their unused burrows.

The Badger
Badgers are nocturnal, solitary animals with wide bodies. Their front legs are have long claws which are excellent at digging. The badger burrows deep in hillsides and they spend most of the daytime asleep underground. Badgers feed on fruits, roots, beech nuts, eggs, young birds, small quadrupeds, frogs, snails, worms, and insects.



The Coati Mundi

The Coati Mundi is a relative of the raccoon family. They are generally reddish brown in colour, with a long brown or black ringed tail and an extreamely long and thin nose. Coatis spend their nights in trees and ascend at dusk, usually traveling through the jungles in search of food. Coati Mundi eat fruits, young birds, eggs, lizards and insects.

The White-Tailed Deer

The White-Tailed Deer is a long-legged, fast-moving mammal that is found over most of North and Central America and northern parts of South America. Deer live on mostly plants such as leaves, grass and acorns. 

Wildlife in Sayulita

Wildlife in Sayulita – Wild Cats


The jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and powerful jaws and yet is one of the most elegant and mysterious wild cat. With only an estimated 15,000 jaguars remaining in the wild, some continue to survive in Mexico. Their habitat are thick forests and swamps and are the largest cat in the Americas


The Margay, also known as the Long Tailed Spotted Cat, can grow up two 25-27 inches with long legs and long tail. The cats markings are similar to the ocelot and is a smaller relative to the tiger cat



Wildlife in Sayulita – Small Vertebrates

Land-crabs, spiders, geckos, iguanas and other assorted lizards can be found in most places. Geckos are often welcome indoors as they eat flying insects like mosquitos and flies. The jungle and forests have snakes and scorpions . Land-crabs are harmless and abundant and often quite photogenic.!

Wildlife in Sayulita

Wildlife in Sayulita – Reptiles




Green Iguanas

Iguanas tend to prefer branches close to or overhanging water so if they are threatened they can jump to the ground or dive into the water to escape danger. They like to eat fruit and vegetables and even some flowers. When fully grown they can reach lengths of 6 feet, from head to tail, and weigh as much as 30 pounds.

Spiny-Tailed Iguana

Spiny-tailed iguanas are found in in the wild in Mexico and Central America. The can usually be found near the lower branches of large trees and along borders of forests where they hunt for insects, spiders, rodents, fruits and leaves.

Mexican Beaded Lizard
Originating in Mexico and Guatemala the Mexican Beaded Lizard is large and has venom glands in their lower jaws. 


Wildlife in Sayulita – Whales and Turtles

During winter the Humpback whales use the protective waters of Bahia de Banderas to raise their calves. We recommend hiring a boat from Sayulita as encounter this amazing creature is an experience not to be missed.

Wildlife in Sayulita

In Sayulita the Olive Ridley turtle comes ashore to lay its eggs from June through to October. The hatchlings start to appear in September right through to December. Each year residents volunteer to take care of Sayulita’s north beach and later release the baby turtles throughout the hatching season. Since only 1 in every 1,000 hatchlings survive, these endeavours increase the chances of baby turtles reaching adulthood and later returning to the same beach.

In Sayulita turtles can be seen in the sea while snorkeling, kayaking and surfing.

Wildlife in Sayulita

Finally, please take a look at the Wildlife in Sayulita Photo Album Video. We look forward to sharing these incredible experiences with you.