Sayulita has become a popular place to visit over the years. What was once a small hippie surfer town, a busy tourist destination has now replaced it. It is only about an hour drive from Puerto Vallarta and many travel agencies offer a trip to Sayulita as an excursion. But despite all the attention, Sayulita is still a “pueblo magico” a term given to towns that offer a “magical” experience – because of their beauty, culture, tradition, folklore, historical relevance, cuisine, art crafts and great hospitality. When visiting, right away you will see why people love this cute little town.
Right upon entering the town you will notice right away the colorful buildings and colorful flags hung above the streets. It’s even more colorful when you are visiting during a holiday.
We decided to visit around the time of Dia de Los Muertos. With the town already colorful, decorations for the celebration made it even more vibrant.
Sayulita is still a small town despite all the popularity. You won’t find any big brand hotels or resorts here. Accommodations are usually Airbnb’s, independently owned boutique hotels or vacation rentals. We stayed at a lovely place called Casa Nawalli. The grounds were beautiful and the rooms were cute and cozy.
We enjoyed our time exploring just around the town. We did a little hiking around the coast to find our own secluded beach at Playa Carricitos. Unfortunately the water was little too rough so we moved to another beach close by at Playa de Los Muertos. There’s people there but it wasn’t too crowded and the water is calmer.
Sayilita was originally a cool surfer town that not too many people knew about. So if you wanna learn, this is a good place to pick up the sport.
Just further down the main beach at Playa Sayulita, away from the crowd, you will reach Campamento Tortuguera. Everyday at sunset they release hundreds of cute baby turtles out into the sea, a fun activity for kids and adults, and it’s free!
Last but not least, we loved the food! Nothing beats Mexican street tacos, and we got plenty from a few of the vendors along the street. But if you’re looking for a good place to sit down and enjoy good tacos and drinks, head to Itacate. Itacate is close to the town square where of most of the major eateries are.
Around the town square at night you will also find other vendors for churros, ice cream and other snacks.
If you are looking for something romantic, try O Restaurant at the Amor Boutique Hotel for a quiet seaside table .
Looking for a good place with healthy options? Try La Esperanza.
We always love visiting Mexico in the fall after hurricane season has passed. Hope you guys get a chance to visit this cute town one day and hope our recommendations help a little!