Subregion: Sayulita

Sayulita Photo

A surfing mecca of international renown, the shoreline of this picturesque fishing village is dotted with coves and beaches where surfers do their thing alongside day trippers from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Riding the gentle breakers to shore, most of the action happens of the main town beach, with lessons and board rentals readily available. Those looking for privacy will likely find it in one of the area's small coves, each conveying the sense it is yours alone. There are palapa restaurants on the beach and inexpensive comida corrida-type spots, as well as gourmet food available, if that's what you're in the mood for after a day of swimming and sunning. A funky fishing village that feels a lot like Puerto Vallarta did a few decades ago, Sayulita, Nayarit, is still small town Mexico, its appealing town square the heart and soul of the place. But it is definitely becoming more popular with gringos, which has done nothing to tarnish its dramatic wild beauty, but new shops and other business are lending a more trendy feel to the place year by year.

Given its earthy feel and it's appeal among younger crowds, it might be easy to dismiss Sayulita as a party town. But with the vast majority of its residents committed to healthy living (through surfing, yoga, organic products and such) it's not unusual for its nightlife to dwindle shortly after midnight.