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A Perfect Day in Sayulita, Mexico

Located in the Riveria Nayarit, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta along the Pacific Ocean, the picturesque town of Sayulita is a true Mexican gem. Known for it's surfing, thriving ex-pat community, beautiful beaches, colorful town and friendly locals - Sayulita is one of our favorite places to visit in Mexico!

Rocky cliffs along the waves at Sayulita Beach.
Looking down beautiful Sayulita Beach from the north end of the beach.




Getting to Sayulita is super easy and can be accomplished in a couple different ways depending on your needs. If you have a rental car, it takes just under an hour to reach Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta. If driving - stop at one of the local fruit stands along the way as you near Sayulita and grab come local candies or fresh fruit - the jugo de yaka was delicious! If staying out in Sayulita for multiple days, it's nice to have a car so you can explore other areas along the Riveria Nayarit such as Punta de Mita or San Pancho. For those not wanting to deal with a rental car, you can grab a taxi from the airport for about 1000 pesos or you can also grab a local city bus from Puerto Vallarta - just look for a windshield saying 'Sayulita' - the price will only set you back only about $2.



Arriving to Sayulita, you are greeted to a chill, relaxed, surfer vibe that will absolutely put you into pure vacation mode. Spend some time just wandering and exploring the colorful streets of Sayulita. One of the most famous streets in Sayulita is officially named Calle Delfines but is known locally as "Slap Street" and will provide you with the most photographed area in Sayulita. Standing under the colorful flags for that perfect picture is a must do when visiting! Get there early in the morning if you are looking to get a picture without all the crowds that will fill the street later in the day. If you are looking to shop for some great souvenirs, Sayulita is full of great shops thru-out the town or head near the river's edge in the center of downtown for the 'Hippie Market' - here you can find a colorful market full of local art, handicrafts, jewelry and garments. Another great place to explore is the main plaza - La Plaza Principal is the hub of downtown Sayulita and offers restaurants, food stalls, galleries and is another place full of colorful picture taking opportunities. Take a photo with the colorful Sayulita sign or gazebo - everywhere you look in Sayulita seems to offer another memorable picture taking opportunity!



After spending some time exploring the streets of Sayulita, it's time to head to the beach! Sayulita offers an absolutely breath-taking beach that is perfect for just relaxing or spending some time surfing! Sayulita is well known it's fabulous surfing and should be included on your list of things to do while visiting Sayulita. Numerous surfs shops can be found along the beach in Sayulita offering surf boards, boogie boards and even lessons. For those just learning to surf head to the the south side of the the beach where the waves are super calm and quite shallow, we spent a good amount of time in this area surfing and boogie boarding with our three year old son. For those that are little more advanced, head towards the middle of Sayulita Beach where the break is better for intermediate surfers. If you're not wanting to surf - no problem! Numerous beachside restaurants offer lounge chairs for use as long as you order a drink or food. Order a margarita and spend some time relaxing and just soaking in the beautiful views of Sayulita.



After working up an appetite exploring Sayulita and catching some waves at the beach - head to one of Sayulita's awesome restaurants. Sayulita offers some absolutely delicious choices when it comes to food and you won't be disappointed, here is a list of our favorite spots in Sayulita. If you only have one day in Sayulita, start with breakfast at Mary's, then lunch at Naty's Cocina and then finish the day at El Itacate.

Mary's - Cooked to perfection, Mary's offers traditional Mexican cuisine that is absolutely mouth watering! The shrimp tacos here were especially good! Great food, great atmosphere, great prices - you will not be disappointed! The breakfast here is also amazing!

Naty's Cocina - If you are looking for a true taco experience - Naty's is hands down the winner! Quick and authentic, this is one stop that can't be missed! Only open for limited hours, Naty's hours will fluctuate as they will close when they run out of food for the day. Our favorite taco was the Chicken Mole - one of the best Mole's we've ever had - makes me hungry as I write this!

El Itacate - Probably our favorite place to eat in Sayulita. Everything on the menu that we've had has been delicious but if you are a cheese fan, this is a must visit! One of their signature dishes - that the restaurant is actually named for is the Itacate where instead of using a tortilla on their burritos they used fried cheese - WOW, delicious!



If you have a chance to enjoy Sayulita at night-time, you won't regret it! Wandering around thru this colorful, vibrant town after the sun goes down is absolutely wonderful! After finishing up at dinner at one of the delicious restaurants offered in Sayulita, just spend some time taking a stroll! Grab an ice-cream or a after dinner cocktail and just let the chill, relaxed vibe of Sayulita take over.


Interested in planning your own trip to Sayulita, Mexico? Below is our summarized itinerary for you to follow or adjust to your own preferences. ENJOY!

One Day in Sayulita: Start off with breakfast at Marys, explore and wander the colorful downtown area. Head to the beach - swim, surf, boogie board & relax! Time for lunch - head to Naty's Cocina. Head back to the beach for the afternoon. Dinner at El Itacate and then stroll the town at night enjoying the atmosphere of wonderful Sayulita!

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