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21 Best Things to Do in Sayulita + Travel Guide [2022]


Wondering what to do in Sayulita Mexico?

You’re in the right place to discover the best things to do in Sayulita! From surfing in Sayulita and hiking mountains, to the best beaches in Sayulita — and even the famous Mexico Hidden Beach on Islas Marietas — you’ll find everything you need here to plan an epic Sayulita trip.

Beyond all the cool things to do in Sayulita, you’re going to get Sayulita travel tips to best plan your vacation to this colorful Mexico beach town. At the end of the article, don’t miss the Sayulita Travel Tips and FAQ, for answers to the most common questions about Sayulita.

Ready to discover the best Sayulita Mexico things to do? Let’s get to it!

Best things to do in Sayulita Mexico

1. Visit the Marietas Islands (Mexico Hidden Beach)

Did you know there was a secret beach in Mexico!? That’s right, the Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach) is located at Marietas Islands National Park — and you have to swim under a cave to get to it. It’s not only one of the top things to do in Sayulita, but a Mexico bucket list experience.

The vast majority of Marietas Islands tours leave from Puerto Vallarta, but the islands are much closer to Sayulita at just 20-30 minutes away, versus two hours from Puerto Vallarta. Want to take a Marietas Islands tour from Sayulita? Here’s how ⤵

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Best Marietas Islands Tour from Sayulita Mexico

The islands are located far off-shore, and accessible only by boat. Only about 125 people per day may visit the Marietas Islands Hidden Beach, to preserve one of the most unique places in Mexico — so book early because tours always sell out, especially in the Sayulita busy season.

💧 Not all Sayulita Marietas Islands tours are equal

Many “Marietas Islands tours” only take you near the hidden beach on a boat, but you aren’t able to walk on it. On this boat tour to Marietas Islands, you actually get to walk on the secret beach in Mexico!

The Marietas Islands are protected by the Federal Government, and visits are highly regulated. In 2019, they implemented protection and preservation measures, closing the Hidden Beach to tourists on Mondays and Tuesdays; so you can only visit from Wednesday to Sunday.


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2. Take Sayulita Surf Lessons

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🏄 Sayulita Travel Tip: If you already know how to surf, head to La Lancha Beach or San Pancho for bigger waves.

Surfing is one of the most sought after things to do in Sayulita because it’s the exact right place for learning! The waves in Sayulita are beginner-friendly, and many travelers who want to learn how to surf in Mexico use Sayulita as their training base.

While there are many Sayulita surf schools, Chilo is known as one of the best teachers in town. He was born and raised in Sayulita, and has been surfing for 25+ years! He knows the local beaches well, so he’ll take you to the best places so you’re guaranteed to catch some waves.

Chilo was the best choice! Nicest guy, incredible teacher. I got up the first try, and proceeded to catch a bunch of waves! He’s clearly an expert…

—Staci (see more reviews)

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3. Take a Yoga Class in Sayulita

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Besides surfing, Sayulita is also popular with spiritual seekers, artists and yogis. It attracts yoga teachers from all over the world, so there’s no shortage of amazing yoga classes in Sayulita — like this one with Diane 🧘‍♀️

Diane was an amazing guide and yoga instructor. She took us through a magical walk in the Sayulita jungle and brought us to a quiet beach for an amazing yoga session…

—Karan (see more reviews)

One of the best yoga studios in Sayulita is lovingly called the Nature Studio — as it’s a beachfront Sayulita yoga class. That’s right, after a short hike through the lush jungle of the Sierra Madre Occidental, you’ll arrive at the “studio.”

Located on a private Sayulita beach, beneath palm trees to shade you, and with the Pacific Ocean in front of you, your instructor Diane will lead you through a mindful yoga sequence. All levels are welcome, and she will provide mats.

📿 Looking for other spiritual activities in Sayulita?

Check out Sunset Sound Healing & Meditation on the Beach with Rosie, get an Intuitive Tarot Reading with Shakea, and take a private yoga class in Sayulita with Anahí.


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4. Sayulita Hike to Monkey Mountain

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Some people are more adventurous than others. Thankfully, Sayulita has everything for every type of traveler! I really recommend you do the Monkey Mountain hike in Sayulita if you can because it offers the best views of Sayulita, and it’s also seasonal.

Cerro del Mono, or Monkey Mountain Sayulita, is closed from June to October. It’s impossible to hike because summers in Sayulita are extremely hot and humid. Apart from that, these months are also the rainy season in Sayulita so the hiking path is not accessible.

If you’re thinking about this tour, do it! Breathtaking views, a fun and exciting hike… and an amazing tour guide! Javier is super knowledgeable and has a profound love for the area

—Chelsea (see more reviews)

Join Javiar, a Guadalajara, Mexico local who now calls Sayulita home. Javiar is super active and knows Monkey Mountain well — which is important because there have been groups who’ve got lost on the mountain going with a guide who’s unfamiliar with the terrain.

Apart from this superb experience, Javiar is also a great local contact who can recommend more things to do in Sayulita. As a solo female traveler, it’s super important for me to connect and network with locals to ensure my Sayulita Mexico safety.


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5. Visit the Best Beaches in Sayulita

If you even find yourself wondering, What is there to do in Sayulita Mexico? — You can always just hit up the beaches. Sayulita is decidedly a beach town, but it’s different beaches all have very different vibes. Check out this list of the 5 best beaches Sayulita has to offer:

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Playa Sayulita — Though it can get much more crowded than this!

1. Playa Sayulita (Main Beach)

I love the main beach, because it’s a Sayulita icon. If you’ve seen images of Instagrammable Sayulita online, it was likely of this beach and the papal picado (colorful flags in Sayulita) strung from streets just behind this beach.

However, I also discovered there are many hidden beaches in Sayulita! If the Playa Sayulita main beach feels really crowded and touristy to you, head to one of these other beaches where you can be alone (or semi-alone) on some of the best beaches in Riviera Nayarit.

2. Playa los Muertos Beach, Sayulita

The name, Playa los Muertos, translates to beach of the dead. While this can be an intimidating name, it’s actually just a gorgeous beach — which does happen to have a cemetery right behind it. The cemetery is festive and colorful, like many in Mexico, so it’s cool to see.

Join the Hidden Beaches on Mountain Bike Tour with Samuel to enjoy a Sayulita bike tour to all of the best secret beaches in Sayulita.

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Playa Malpaso Beach in Sayulita is the best place to enjoy a quiet, relaxing day.

3. Playa Mal Paso Beach, Sayulita

Walk all the way north of the Sayulita Main beach and you will get to Playa Mal Paso — one of the top Sayulita hidden gems. This is a 40-minute walk along the shore, so you don’t have to worry about directions; just stick to the shoreline and you’ll get there!

This is one of the best places to watch the sunset in Sayulita, but make sure to get out of here before it gets dark as there are no lights on the trail. Alternatively, if you don’t want to walk, you can rent a golf cart in Sayulita to get to the more secluded beaches.

4. Playa Carricitos Beach, Sayulita

Playa Carricitos is a 40-minute walk from the city center. Don’t worry, it’s an easy walk and it won’t be hot because you are going through the jungle. Carricitos Beach is a great sunset spot, but bring snacks and drinks as there aren’t any stores or vendors here.

5. Playa Patzcuarito Beach, Sayulita

If you want a more secluded beach, visit Playa Patzcuarito; not to be confused with the Playa Patzcuaro Beaches. When you arrive, you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted half-mile (1 km) of coastline, blue waters (though swimming isn’t always advisable), and very few other people.


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6. Go Horseback Riding in Sayulita

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A truly magical experience led by Beto, a fifth generation vaquero (cowboy) from Sayulita. For those who dreamed of riding a horse on the beach, just like in the movies, this really is one of the most romantic things to do in Sayulita — even if you’re a solo traveler!

Exceptional, well cared for horses and expert horse guide. The location is truly magical! Support this Sayulita horseback business…

Deborah Leah (see more reviews)

If you’re concerned about ethical animal tourism in Mexico — just read the reviews on the Horseback Riding Through the Jungle & Beach Tour. What you’ll find is a perfect 5 Star rating and plenty of reviews mentioning how well the horses are cared for 🐎


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7. Take Photos on Slap Street

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One of the most iconic things to do Sayulita is known for! While visiting, you must snap a photo on Sayulita Slap Street, AKA the Sayulita Colorful Flag Street. (Photo: Jim Angelus via Flickr)

While there are many Instagram worthy Sayulita photo spots, there’s no more famous than the colorful flag street in Sayulita, Mexico. Officially named Called Delfines (Dolphins Street), you may hear this street referred to as Slap Street Sayulita (unofficially: Sayulita Flag Street).

Want to get those converted Sayulita travel photos without people in them? Head to slap street early in the morning before everyone’s up!

If you’d rather a professional photographer capture all your Sayulita memories, join photographer David, for his Natural & Fun Portraits Experience. You’ll go to all the best picture spots in Sayulita, and then have 20 professional photos by the end of the shoot.


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8. Whale Watching in Sayulita (Seasonal)

In the winters, several species of whales migrate past Sayulita just off-shore, including the humpback whale. It is a truly magical experience to see these amazing creatures in the wild — and support a local whale research group in the process.

🐳 Offered in conjunction with a a local nonprofit organization called La Orca de Sayulita (Whale Watch Sayulita), the Biologist-Led 3 Hour Whale Watching Tour is a bucket list experience. It is one a must do if you visit during the winter Sayulita whale season, from December to April.

We had a magical tour! We saw countless breeches, so many cool displays of truly amazing behavior… Highly recommended!

Amanda Kays (see more reviews)

Join a biologist from La Orca Sayulita to see the whales in their natural habitat. As the premier whale research nonprofit organization in Sayulita, you’ll get to use their hydrophone to hear the whale’s song underwater. As a research center, this tour with La Orca is 100% ethical.


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9. Mezcal Tasting in Sayulita with a Sommelier

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Join sommelier Isais in an informative class and mezcal tasting in Sayulita. Begin the tasting by learning about the fascinating history of mezcal in Mexico, before sampling three types of mezcal from small-production, artisanal producers that you couldn’t find on your own.

During the tasting, you’ll learn how to distinguish the different varieties of agave plants through flavor notes in the mezcals. An interactive experience, you can ask questions throughout so you get the most out of it.

This was an amazing experience! Learning about the different types of mezcal, how they are made, and the history was so interesting. 

Jeny (see more reviews)

🥃 What’s the difference between Tequila and Mezcal?

Much like how champagne is only champagne when produced in the city of Champagne, France, tequila is only tequila when it’s produced in Tequila, Mexico. Most of the other agave liquors, like mezcal, come from eight states in Mexico — including Nayarit state (where Sayulita is).


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10. Sayulita Adventure Activities: Zip Line, ATV & Mountain Biking

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Sayulita is one part beach and one part mountains, so you get the best of both worlds. For the more adventurous travelers, check out these fun activities — but do get Mexico travel insurance with World Nomads, as their Explorer Plan covers adventure travel.


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11. Go on a Sayulita Jungle Hike

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Sayulita is known for its beautiful beaches, but that’s only part of the story because there’s also mountains and jungles to explore! Join host, Alejo, on the Hike in Mountains, Beach and Virgin Jungle Tour for a look at the natural side of Sayulita.

Alejo was awesome! We were a group of 7, ranging from ages 5 to 74, and he made our experience great for all of us. I would definitely recommend! Thank you so much Alejo…

Heather (see more reviews)

All your senses will awaken on this relatively easy hike through virgin jungle. You’ll see native flora and wild fauna (birds, turtles, fish, crabs, etc.) as you pass through caves, rivers and solitary beaches to take in the peace and serenity this landscape has to offer. 

At the end of the tour, you’ll watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean, full of gratitude and feeling connected and at one with the goodness of nature. This is more than a tour, and will awaken your awareness and respect for the environment. 


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12. Take a Sayulita Cooking Class

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What’s a trip to Sayulita without an authentic Mexican cooking class?! While there are numerous Mexican recipes and cooking classes on YouTube, you should definitely learn in-person with a personal chef in Sayulita.

Chef Andrea is originally from Tepic, Nayarit, not far from Sayulita — so she knows the local cuisine well! She has also traveled Mexico extensively, learning different cuisines from each region. While many only know tacos, every Mexico state, region and city has its own Mexico food specialties.

A MUST DO if in Sayulita!!! After carefully reading through the cooking class options available in Sayulita, I chose to take Andrea’s class and it was perfect. 

Kendall (see more reviews)

Andrea hosts the class in her home, but she can also come to your place to cook (if you have a kitchen), which is nice if you’re booking a private cooking class in Sayulita for your group. 🌱 Have dietary restrictions? Andrea can accommodate if you let her know in advance.


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13. Take a Sayulita to San Pancho Day Trip

When deciding what to do around Sayulita, consider a day trip to San Pancho Nayarit Mexico.

Wondering about things to do around Sayulita Mexico? Looking for the best Sayulita day trips? One of the best things to do near Sayulita is visit the town of San Pancho.

If you ask a Sayulita local, they will likely tell you San Francisco, Nayarit — better known as San Pancho — is what Sayulita was like decades ago. While Sayulita is still a bit under the tourist radar, it’s also gaining in popularity year after year thanks to social media and YouTube.

Nowadays, if you want to visit a true old school Mexican fishing village, surfer town, and yogi escape, you’ll have to check out San Pancho, Nayarit. Located just 15 minutes by rental car or taxi from Sayulita, you can also join this San Pancho Jungle Hike with Javiar to get there.

There are a few things to do in San Pancho — which you can discover on the laid-back San Pancho Bike Tour with Samuel. In general, this is the kind of Mexican pueblo where everyone knows everyone, and you’ll likely have the beaches, and San Pancho surf waves, all to yourself.


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14. Sayulita Fishing Charter & Whale Watching

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Join host, Chilo, on your private charter boat as you head into the Pacific Ocean to (hopefully) see some whales 🐳 Along the way, don’t be surprised if you also see dolphins and sea turtles. Beyond whale watching, Chilo offers fishing and snorkeling for guests.

Great time. Felt super safe even on a day that was not the calmest. Saw a few whales and caught dinner. Not a bad day! Would definitely book with Chilo again.

Kara (see more reviews)

On the Sayulita Fishing Charter, Snorkeling, Whale Watching Tour, you have a full day of activities waiting for you. If you catch a fish you want to eat, Chilo can make you ceviche, or he can take the fish to a local restaurant in Sayulita so you can enjoy your fresh catch for dinner that night.


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15. Visit the Best Bars in Sayulita at Night

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The famous swing chairs at Atico Sayulita, a popular bar in Sayulita for drinks, dancing and hookah. (Photo: Julie via Flickr)

If you haven’t heard, Sayulita is a party town — but don’t worry, it’s not as intense as Tulum! The Main Plaza is always bustling with activities and the best thing to do here is to buy a six-pack of Mexican beer from a tienda (convenience store), sit back, and people-watch.

In front of the Main Plaza you’ll find numerous bars and restaurants that are active until the wee hours of the morning. Yambak is the most popular Sayulita nightlife spot in the plaza, as they have 2 for 1’s every Tuesday. They also have DJ sets from Thursday to Sunday.

If you want to go dancing, head to Bar Don Pato, located next to Yambak. They have salsa nights every Monday where a live salsa band plays popular Latin tunes — which is one of the best things to do in Sayulita at night.

🍻 For a chill night out, check out these best Sayulita bars:

  • Cava: Visit to sample some of their more than 100 Mexican mezcals.
  • Le Zouave: A nice option if you want to have a wine night.
  • Bar Escondido Sayulita: Head here for the best cocktails in Sayulita.
  • Barrilito: A great place to sit at, cold beer in hand, with a great view of the Main Plaza.

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16. Baby Turtle Release in Sayulita

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There are several species of turtles that lay eggs along the 5,800-miles of Mexican coastline. In year’s past, the sea turtle population suffered a drastic decline, as some consider the eggs a delicacy. However, recent conservation efforts are helping to bring the turtle population back.

The Sayulita nonprofit, Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita, is one such group doing their part to help. From January to June, you can join their Sayulita baby turtle release program and participate in helping a tiny baby sea turtle find its way into the Pacific Ocean 🐢


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17. Go Diving in Sayulita at Marietas Islands

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Plunge into the iridescent blue waters surrounding Marietas Islands National Park on one of the best half-day Sayulita diving tours. In a small-group, limited to just four divers, you’ll get personalized attention from your guide who will direct you on where to see the most marine life.

The waters surrounding the Marietas Islands are known for an abundance of manta rays, sea turtles and dolphins. You’ll also enjoy delving deep into the underwater caves found in this part of Mexico! Enjoy a complimentary lunch and all required equipment free of charge on this dive tour.    

🤿 Discover Scuba Diving Program

Don’t have your scuba certification? The Discover Scuba Diving Program is the perfect course to learn how to use scuba equipment, the basic scuba concepts and safety — and finally, you’ll go out into the Pacific Ocean for your first dive, under the close supervision of your instructor.


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18. Go Shopping in Sayulita

There are many adorable boutique boho stops in Sayulita, as well as colorful street mercados (markets). Sayulita was made famous as one of the most colorful towns in Mexico, filled with local art and handicrafts, and if that’s what you’re after, Sayulita shopping won’t disappoint!

Best Stores in Sayulita

Wondering about things to do in Sayulita when it rains? As with any beach town, your options are limited in the rain — but in Sayulita, you can always hit up the shops.

Three of the best stores for art and souvenirs include Evoke the Spirit, Project Artefakto and Revolución del Sueño. If you want to buy some new clothes in Sayulita, head to Manantial, Rosemary and R2 Fashion.  

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The open-air Hippie Market is a fun place to pick up all your Sayulita souvenirs.

Best Markets in Sayulita

Open daily, the Sayulita Hippie Market is the best place to shop in Sayulita for arts and crafts, purses, souvenirs and more. On Sundays, visit the Sayulita Tianguis, located on Calle Gaviotas, which is similar to the Hippie Market.

There’s also the Mercado del Pueblo (AKA Sayulita Farmers Market). As the name states, this mercado mostly sells food from local farmers and producers. It is only open on Fridays during the November to April growing season, but worth checking out if you can.


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19. Visit the Sayulita Art Galleries

Chakira is one type of traditional Huichol art, made by the people native to Sayulita and Nayarit State.

Sayulita has attracted surfers, spiritual seekers and artists for decades. Beyond the artists who have moved to Mexico, the local Huichol people also have a stamp on the Sayulita art scene. Pickup some chakira bead art and ojos de dios yarn kites for authentic Sayulita souvenirs.

To see some local works, head to the amazing art galleries in Sayulita, like Buddha Gallery and Spa, and Laughing Jaguar, an art gallery/shop, with a lot of items for sale. There’s also the colorful Cori Jacobs Gallery, run by Cori Jacobs, who’s been living as an expat in Mexico since 2002.


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20. Eat at the Best Restaurants in Sayulita Mexico

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Pastor tacos are a must in Mexico, and you’ll find the best tacos al pastor in Sayulita at Tacos El Pastor Tal Ivan!

As there’s a theme in this article of “support local businesses in Sayulita,” it seems the best person to highlight where to eat in Sayulita would be a local! Join host, Canek, on this Best Tacos of Sayulita Tasting Walk, and get recommendations from the source.

As someone who’s visited Sayulita, and ate a lot, here are some additional recommendations:

  • Don Pedro’s Sayulita: Casual beachfront restaurant/bar with amazing views.
  • Tacos al Pastor Tal Ivan (AKA Tacos Ivan): Amazing tacos al pastor (some of the best Sayulita street food tacos, actually) and 2-4-1 margaritas everyday.
  • Maria’s Fish Tacos & Tostadas: Run by a local Sayulita woman, enjoy fish tacos, sopes, tostadas and more, for incredibly cheap prices.
  • Organi-K Cafe and Yah-Yah Cafe: Two of the best Sayulita vegan restaurants.
  • Yeikame: Serving Mexican favorites and vegetarian dishes in a colorful and lively atmosphere. 
  • La Rústica Sayulita: Eclectic gastro-pub style restaurant with one of the best rooftop bars in Sayulita, the Hulasayula Bar, located upstairs.

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21. Day Trip to Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Puerto Vallarta has a completely different vibe than Sayulita, and they are both worth checking out.

If you have time, consider scheduling a day trip to Puerto Vallarta. With some of the best beaches in Mexico, it’s worth checking out this beachfront city as well. One of the top Mexico travel destinations, Puerto Vallarta has been welcoming visitors for decades now.

First made famous in the 1964 film, The Night of the Iguana, with Richard Burton, Puerto Vallarta still maintains that Old Hollywood charm. Burton, and his then-wife, Elizabeth Taylor, eventually bought a house in Puerto Vallarta, which is now the Casa Kimberly Hotel & Spa.

Personally, I always advise visitors to sacrifice one day in Sayulita to check out Puerto Vallarta. Since you have to leave from that airport anyway, it makes sense to just head there a day or two early so you’re not rushing to get to Puerto Vallarta Airport from Sayulita.

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Where is Sayulita Mexico?

Sayulita is located in the state of Nayarit, an off the beaten path Mexico travel destination — but one that’s completely safe. For a whole article dedicated to this topic, check out Is Sayulita Safe? Best Sayulita Mexico Travel Tips.

Sayulita sits right on the Pacific Ocean, on what’s called the Riviera Nayarit. It has been a haven for surfers and spiritual seekers for decades. However, this colorful town is fast becoming a top Mexico travel destination for those wanting an alternative to Tulum or Cancun.

Sayulita Map

Check out the map of Sayulita Mexico below ⤵ to get a visual on where Sayulita is located. Zoom out and you’ll see it’s near Puerto Vallarta and the posh vacation destination of Punta Mita, where you’ll find hotels like the St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four Seasons Punta Mita.

🚙💨 Want to go from Sayulita to Punta Mita (or, Punta Mita to Sayulita)? Use this route.

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How Do I Get to Sayulita Mexico?

You’re likely wondering, Are there flights to Sayulita Mexico? Is there an airport in Sayulita? No — the closest airport to Sayulita is Puerto Vallarta International Airport (code: PVR), located about 25 miles (40 km) away. The drive from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita takes about one hour.

As PRV is the closest Sayulita airport, you’ll need to know how to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta! You have a few options — including hiring a private driver and renting a car. Unless you plan to do a few Sayulita day trips, skip the rental and book this Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita shuttle.

Book a private Airport Transfer

🚗💨 PVR to Sayulita taxis can be expensive, and (sadly) sometimes inflate prices because not all visitors know the going rate for a Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita taxi. For this reason, I always recommend using a prepaid, private transfer service, so you know what you’re paying up front.

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You can also rent a car in Puerto Vallarta and drive to Sayulita yourself. For Mexico car rentals, I recommend and personally use, Discover Cars. They search both large international companies and local Mexican companies so you get the best rates on your rental car.

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If you want to rent a car in Sayulita, you will just want to rent one at Puerto Vallarta Airport, and then drive to Sayulita.
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Where to Stay in Sayulita Mexico

Wondering about the best hotels in Sayulita Mexico? Or maybe you’re doing backpacking and budget travel in Mexico, so you’re really after the best hostels in Sayulita?! Check out the options below, and you’re sure to find the perfect place to stay in Sayulita.

  • Best Sayulita boutique hotel: Hotel Boutique Siete Lunas Sayulita, the absolute best luxury hotel in Sayulita.
  • Best Sayulita home rental: Casa Escondida Sayulita, a gorgeous four-bedroom house located steps from the beach, and one of the best places to stay in Sayulita for groups.
  • Best Sayulita hotel: Hotelito Los Sueños, a great hotel with breakfast included.
  • Best Sayulita hostel: Selina Sayulita, popular with both budget travelers and digital nomads. 👩‍💻 Looking for the best WiFi in Sayulita? Many say it’s at Selina Sayulita Hostel.

You’re basically a Sayulita expert now! You know all the basics to plan your dream trip, the best Sayulita sites and Top 21 things to do in Sayulita! Keep reading to discover even more about this bohemian beach town in Mexico in the Sayulita FAQ below ⤵

Beautiful Siete Lunas Boutique Hotel is the hands-down best boutique and luxury Sayulita hotel, and better than any Airbnb Sayulita has! (Photo: Expedia, Sayulita Nayarit Mexico)
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Sayulita Mexico Travel: Frequently Asked Questions

Is Sayulita safe for travelers?

In short, YES, Sayulita is known as one of the safest places in Mexico. Now, that’s not to say you should let your guard down completely; you’ll still want to remain aware of yourself and your surroundings when in Sayulita. However, crime in Sayulita Mexico is extremely rare.

Is Sayulita Safe for Solo Travelers? 

On a personal note, I love Sayulita and never worry about traveling solo here because there is a strong sense of belonging in this small town in Nayarit State. The locals living in Sayulita Mexico are very friendly, and I gained so many friends when traveling to Sayulita.

I really recommend Sayulita as one of the best places to travel solo in Mexico because of it’s very welcoming culture among the locals. If you’re planning to do solo travel in Sayulita, make sure to check over these 10 Tips for Mexico solo travel.

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Sayulita life is as laid back in real life as it appears in photos.

Is there Uber in Sayulita?

This is a tricky question to answer, because yes, there is Uber in Sayulita — but it’s rare you’ll get one. What does this mean exactly?! It means Uber is legal in Sayulita, but there are very few drivers. You can always try, but chances are you won’t be able to book an Uber in Sayulita, though there are taxis.

Is Sayulita worth visiting?

Sayulita is the perfect place for those who want to visit a safe Mexico hidden gem, located a bit off the beaten path. Anyone looking for a chill destination to do early morning yoga, surf in the afternoon, and hear live music at night — Sayulita is your place!

In the last decade or so, Sayulita has gained in popularity so you will definitely encounter other tourists and many American expats in Sayulita. It’s very easy to meet people, and easy to get around because it’s a small town and totally walkable.

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The colorful flags in Sayulita that the town is famous for. (Photo: Canva, Downtown real estate in Sayulita Mexico)

Tulum vs Sayulita

Tulum and Sayulita are very similar in many ways, as two of the top Mexico beach towns which are also both pueblos magicos. They both have bohemian vibes, and a similar rustic-chic feel. It’s impossible to say which is the best, but here are some things to consider:

  • Price: While Tulum on a budget is absolutely possible, it does tend to cost 25-50% more than Sayulita for food, lodging and tours.
  • Crowds: While Sayulita is still a bit up-and-coming, Tulum is completely on the tourist radar, and will be much more crowded than Sayulita.
  • Better beaches: Tulum takes this one, as it’s located on the Caribbean Sea.
  • Better surf: Sayulita wins in this category, as it has those great Pacific Ocean waves. 
  • Easier to get to: Neither has an airport, but both have airports nearby. Puerto Vallarta Airport is one hour from Sayulita, and it’s two hours from Cancun Airport to Tulum.
Tulum and Sayulita are both great options for your Mexico vacation — you can’t lose either way!

What’s the best time to visit Sayulita?

As with anywhere on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, the best time to visit is in the cooler months of November to March. During this time, you’ll have the best weather, no rain, little to no humidity, and the mosquitoes in Sayulita will be at bay. 🦟 Don’t forget your mosquito spray!

As a small town, those who want a more tranquil trip may want to avoid visiting during Semana Santa, a weeklong holiday around Easter. Late-December around Christmas is also a busy time, but you will have the best weather to enjoy Sayulita to the fullest.

What’s the Sayulita weather like?

Sayulita has a tropical climate, so you can expect hot, humid summers, and mild winters. It is hot year-round, but the winter months are sunny and pleasant. Keep in mind Atlantic Hurricane Season runs June 1-November 1, and being on the Pacific Ocean, Sayulita is susceptible. 

Weather in Sayulita Mexico 

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What should I pack for Sayulita?

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While there are a variety of Sayulita activities — you now know that the majority involve being in, near, or on the Pacific Ocean! In short, bring bathing suits. You’ll also want light, breathable clothing, and if you’re doing yoga, hikes and adventures activities, some workout clothes.

Fashion-wise, anything goes in Sayulita, but if you need Sayulita outfits inspo — check out Cute Outfits for Mexico Vacation: What to Wear in Mexico.

A few other things you’ll want are: a Water-To-Go bottle, which filters your drinking water and helps keep you hydrated, reef-safe sunscreen, non-aerosol eco-friendly mosquito repellent, and of course, a cute sun hat.

Best things to do in Sayulita Mexico

Final Thoughts: Things to Do in Sayulita Nayarit

Sayulita is one of the 135 (or so) Mexico pueblos magicos, which means magic towns. The prestigious designation of magic town, awarded by the Mexican Secretary of Tourism, is only given to unique towns with great tourism infrastructure and plenty to see and do.

As you can see from this list, you have so many options to choose from as far as Sayulita sites and Sayulita things to do! The real question comes next — which ones will you pick when traveling to Sayulita?!

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