A Nomad's Guide to Sayulita, Mexico

On the banks of the Riviera Nayarit, this small beachside town is becoming a favorite among surfers and travelers who are in Mexico for eco-tourism.


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Food & Nightlife

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, the nightlife scene here is lively, with lots of bars and restaurants around town to choose from. Puerto Vallarta is just 30 minutes away if you're looking for something more upscale – but that's not why you came to Sayulita. Here, travelers mix with locals without the bustle experienced elsewhere in Mexico.

Around town you'll find cafes offering delicious breakfasts, local menus reading tropical Mexican food, nachos, chicken wings and seafood platters, some of the best burritos in the world, and many beachfront vendors where you can watch the sunset over dinner.

Beaches in Sayulita

Take a quiet walk, play in the surf, or relax on the beaches in Sayulita. Playa de los Muertos is safe for swimming and ideal for families, Carricitos Beach is ideal for surfers with large waves, climb on the rocks at Patzcuaro Beach, explore the jungle surrounding the private beach at Playa Las Cuevas, or go for an adventure at Malpasos Beach.

Festivals & Events in Sayulita

Sayulita has multiple festivals and events happening year-round.

  • January 16 to 24 January festivity of Our Lady of Peace
  • February 2 Feast of Our Lady of Tintoque
  • February 16 International Fishing Tournament Riviera Nayarit
  • March 09 Annual Tournament and Table Surfboard Long Remo Sayulita Marzo
  • March 07 to 28 Art Festival
  • April 03 and 04 Electric Beach Festival
  • April 23 to 26 and Mambo Salsa Festival
  • May 3 Feast of the Holy Cross
  • June 17 to 21 International Sport Fishing Tournament San Blas
  • June 29 Battle of Santos in Mexcaltitlán
  • July 9 to 12 Punta Mita Beach Festival
  • July 23 to 25 Fishing Tournament Bahia de Banderas
  • August 6 to 15 Corn Fair
  • September 10 al 13 México Golf Tour
  • September 15 and 16 Fiestas Patrias
  • September 26 festivity of San Francisco
  • October 31 Day of Christ the King
  • November 2 Day of the Dead
  • December 1 to 12 December festivity of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • December 11th Anniversary of Bahia de Banderas

Trip Notes

Getting there: A taxi from Puerto Vallarta airport to Sayulta takes about an hour, and costs between US $60–$80. Alternatively, buses running along the Nayarit line leave every 20 minutes, and also take an hour – Sayulita is the last stop.

Accommodation: Aside from the luxury resorts around town, there are plenty of cool, boutique hostels around. Search online and read reviews to make sure the atmosphere and facilities suit your needs.

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