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Things to Do in Sayulita

A former hippie haven on the coast of Nayarit, Sayulita is now one of the region’s most popular day-trip beach destinations. Easily accessible from nearby Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is known for vegan dining, beachside cocktails, and excellent surfing conditions. Sandy shores lined with palms and thatched palapas add to the appeal of this laid-back village.

The Basics
The welcoming vibe, a wealth of food options and price points, and family-friendly activities and attractions make stopping by Sayulita a must for most visitors. The beachside village holds its own as a full-day destination. However, travelers with limited time may prefer to experience Sayulita’s charm as part of an organized tour of multiple destinations.

Surf shacks along the Sayulita beaches rent out surf- and boogie boards. Beginning water babies of all ages who need some hands-on guidance might opt for a surf package. Meanwhile, adventure seekers and snorkeling fans can head out to explore the surroundings, stopping by the neighboring Marieta Islands.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • With its beginner-friendly waves, Sayulita is a must-visit for aspiring bodyboarders and surfers.
  • Sandy streets and unpaved or cobblestone roads may present accessibility issues for some travelers.
  • Vegans have plenty of dining options in the pastel-painted restaurants.
  • Spontaneous nighttime beach parties aren’t uncommon in Sayulita—families may want to visit during the day.

How to Get There

Public buses run regularly between Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta. Pay for your ticket when boarding. If you’re driving (from either north or south), take Highway 200 and follow the signs for Sayulita. If you’d rather not drive or navigate public transit, consider choosing a tour that includes round-trip, prearranged transportation.

When to Get There
Winter is peak time for Mexico tourism, and Sayulita is especially busy during the Christmas and Easter holidays. For fewer crowds, visit in summer. Alternatively, stop by midweek to beat the weekend rush. The beaches are open to the public 365 days a year, although amenities aren’t always available. Check in advance.

Surfing in and Around Sayulita
Surfers—alongside yoga fans—dominate the Sayulita scene. In general, the surf suits longboarders and beginners year-round, and red flags warn you when to stay out of the water. San Pancho is best for experienced surfers, while Punta Mita tends to have consistent waves for all ability levels.
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