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.
Sayulita is definitely becoming more popular with tourists, national and foreign, 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.
Getting to Sayulita
Sayulita, Nayarit, is located less than 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, along Carr. 200 Norte. The exit on the highway is clearly marked. People traveling from Punta de Mita and surrounding communities can also take the direct route to Sayulita through Litibú. And if you are visiting Sayulita just for the day, driving the "North Shore Loop" is highly recommended, as it will allow you to take in several communities at once.
Neighborhoods & Neighboring Regions
Most of the action in Sayulita takes place in and around the town's main plaza, which is located two small blocks away from the beach. Surrounding the plaza, a radius of several blocks features a variety of shops selling everything, from traditional Mexican artifacts to surfing gear. Sayulita, Nayarit, is home to a large number of jewelers who craft wristbands, earring and other accessories by hand, frequently incorporating natural elements into their design.
A small stream divides the town in two, the north end being more residential. Beautiful homes and condos located on the hillside and beachfront offer spectacular views of Sayulita bay. Unless you are staying high up on the hills, it's easy to walk to the main plaza, even crossing the river on foot, except during the rain season, when the pedestrian or vehicular bridges are a better option.
Five minutes north of Sayulita along Carr. 200 Norte lies San Pancho, an equally delightful small oceanfront town in Riveira Nayarit. Heading south from Sayulita, it takes about 10 minutes to reach Punta de Mita through Litibú, and about 12 minutes to reach Bucerías along the main highway.
Sayulita's main beach has all the amenities you might need to spend a day worshipping the sun or the waves. 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. The surf is moderate most of the times, making it ideal for swimming. And those looking to get their feet wet, pun intended, will find the surf ideal for learning how to surf.
A short walk heading south along the beach and over a small hill (past the town cemetery) takes you to Los Muertos, a smaller, more tranquil beach ideal for families with small children, or those looking for a more secluded hideaway.
Sayulita Real Estate Options
Most of the available Sayulita real estate is for single family homes for sale; there is not much in the way of condominiums. To find out what real estate is for sale, you practically have to visit all the real estate agencies there, as most homeowners and agencies do not use the regional MLS to a great extent, they just let the agencies know they want to sell There are properties in the MLS, but there are certainly more for sale than are currently showing. Homes are mostly in the low-to-mid level price range, except for the new Punta Sayulita development, which offers luxurious homes on the point overlooking Sayulita.