Sayulita is a lively little town characterized by lush jungle and an ample surf break. The town has an exceptional array of artisan shops and vendors as well as fresh food options. Beyond the famous surf break travelers will find local efforts and probably encounter some captivating expat success stories.
The region of Sayulita is part of the Riviera Nayarit, the state of Nayarit that starts 10 minutes north of the PVR airport which is located in the state of Jalisco. It is easily accessible via the local bus or a one our taxi ride from the PVR airport. It is perfect for a day trip from Puerto Vallarta; the only issue you might run into is not wanting to leave…
Morning: Breakfast at La Esperanza. Early mornings in Sayulita liberate the simple life with artisans and shop owners setting up for the day. I advise you to take a walk through the cobblestone streets over to La Esperanza for a smoothie or freshly squeezed juice drink. The café serves up a variety of organic super foods in a casual and colorful environment. You might just find yourself wanting to come back for dinner.
Late Morning: Take a walk from the main beach over to Playa De Los Muertos. You will pass a secluded cemetery on your way. Mexicans celebrate the lives of loved ones with colorful grave sites and believe that death is a dance with a woman. The beach is just past the cemetery and you will quickly adapt to the tranquil sounds of a soft wave break. Bring a book or a friend and hangout under the sun for a few hours before heading back to town for lunch.
Lunch: When in Mexico, I try to eat all the tacos I can find. El Itacate does a fantastic job of keeping their tacos simple but providing a beautiful tray of fresh salsa and garnishes to flavor your meal. This spot opens at 11:00 and fills up almost immediately. Best to head over 10 minutes before and get in line to secure one of the first tables. Otherwise it might be a bit of a wait but the staff will be happy to serve you beers in line.
Late Afternoon: Rent surf boards and head out to catch a few waves. This break is arguably what put Sayulita on the map as a destination so give it a go. There are plenty of spots to rent from right on the main beach. If a private lesson sounds more like your style, send me an email! I would be happy to recommend an instructor.
Early Evening: Yoga at Moon Shala: There is something to be said about engaging in a yoga class before a night out on the town. Evening yoga classes pull in energy from the day and refresh the mind to prepare for a relaxed experience. There is a little yoga studio located inside of Aurinko Bungalows. It is beautifully designed with light colored warm wood soaking in incense. Major tree house vibes. Classes are $10.00 USD and the schedule is posted on a chalkboard at the entrance. The teachers are a blend of natives and expats, all with a deep rooted passion for the area and yoga.
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Happy hour on the beach: Another locally owned well designed concept is El Patio. All of the cocktails are made to order with fresh fruits and local spirits. The Pina Colada is layered with flavor and just defines the ultimate beach happy hour indulgence.
Dinner: Hang out in Palmar Trapiche’s Tropical Beer Garden. This is one of those hidden gem restaurants that blurs the lines between a neighbor’s backyard and a secret hideaway. It’s accessible by beach or a short walk outside of the town center. The concept is fresh food sourced from the area paired with the local beer company Colima. The energy is chill and welcoming with a palpable positive vibe. Try the veggie burger paired with their Tropical Lager.
Later On: There are plenty of bars in town. On Friday nights, El Camaron throws a beach party. It’s a cool opportunity to mingle with locals as everyone in town seems to have this weekly party on their social calendar.
For more suggestions including where to stay and how to get to Sayulita send me a note at Hello@OneFineDayTravels.com. I would love to help you plan your trip!