Sayulita Travel Guide

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Sayulita Highlights

  • Pro
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    Jetgirly says…

     Good food, good surfing, quiet evenings to relax. 

  • Con
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    Velzy says…

     growing fast, no ATM 

  • In a nutshell
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     Surfers paradise without the amenities 

Sayulita Things to Do

  • Walk on the Beach or Swim in the Sea

    Sayulita runs along a beautiful stretch of beach just north of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas. For most of the year the water is clear and lends itself to swimming, surfing and even snorkeling, although in the rainy season water runs to the beach from nearby rivers and it's a bit cloudy. The main stretch of beach is the most popular,...

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  • Relax on the Beach

    There are many places to rent beach chairs for the day in Sayulita. I usually rented from Luna Azul, where $10 US/CAD gets you two reclining beach chairs, a table and an umbrella for the day (save your receipt!). Beside Luna Azul, in front of Breakfast.Net, you can rent a palapa (grass umbrella) with a table and four non-reclining beach chairs for...

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  • Learn to Surf

    I went to Sayulita with the goal of standing up on a surfboard. I heard that El Tigre was a good surf school, but nobody there seemed that interested in approaching me (was I supposed to wave my money around in the air or something?). I ended up taking a group lesson from Luna Azul for about $35 US/CAD, which included ninety minutes of instruction,...

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Sayulita Restaurants

  • A Mexican Favorite - The Chile Relleno

    Sayulita Cafe's reputation preceded my arrival in the town. The minute I arrived I began my search for the almost-famous restaurant known for dishing up some of the best chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers) in Mexico. At the time I visited they were only open for dinner, so I checked my hunger and waited patiently for them to open around 6:00 pm. If...

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  • Fine Dining, Sayulita Style

    Don Pedro's claims to have brought fine dining to the Nayarit coast, and while I wouldn't necessarily call the food at Don Pedro's fine dining, I will say that it's darn good food and worth at least two visits- one for breakfast and one for dinner.I went to Don Pedro's twice for breakfast. My favorite dish was easily the banana-cornmeal pancakes,...

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  • A Health Inspector's Nightmare

    I saw the chef sneeze into his hands three times without washing them, then directly return to handling food. He used the same cloth to wipe his hands after handling raw chicken then wipe his sweaty forehead, then wipe his hands again. He went back to work (again) without washing his hands. This place is digusting.

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  • Skip the Breakfasts, Try the Drinks if...

    El Espresso recently opened on Sayulita's main square, in direct competition with Chocobanana. Fortunately for Chocobanana, El Espresso's breakfasts leave a lot to be desired, and the service will leave you pulling out your hair and wishing you were eating a delicious, chocolate-covered banana while you waited, and waited, for your food.I went to...

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  • Bad Beach Breakfast

    When I went to Sayulita in the off-season, there were times when I couldn't find a new place to eat. Always wanting to try new restaurants I finally decided to visit Breakfast Net (or Breakfast.net, depending on who you ask), a beach-front cafe right on the beach beside Luna Azul surf shop.I opted for one of their breakfast burritos because they...

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  • The Heart of Sayulita

    It's hard to read about Sayulita without coming across the restaurant Chocobanana, or its owner Tracie. Located right on the main plaza in the heart of town, Chocobanana has been dishing up fantastic breakfasts, healthy lunches and chocolate-dipped bananas for almost fifteen years.On my most recent visit to Sayulita Chocobanana was closed for...

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  • A Sayulita Classic

    Calypso has been a favorite in Sayulita for years, and it came highly recommend to me by a friend. Honestly, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Calypso dishes up pretty standard, mid-range cuisine at prices that are a bit high for what you get. I started with a salad of lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and jicama in a dressing that I seem to recall...

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  • A Great Salad

    Tierra Viva is a popular spot for dining in Sayulita, with high-end dining at only moderate prices. I recently visited the restaurant for a light dinner, and was pleased to find not only a wide variety of salads but also a vegetable kebab option. It was tough to decide what to eat, but I ultimately decided to try the "Volcano Salad", because I...

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  • Fresh, Healthy Breakfasts and Lunches

    El Iguana Azul is a restaurant that I walked past several times and only stopped in as a last resort. Boy, had I been missing a good thing! It is located less than a block from the beach on the street that leads to the main plaza, and it serves up fresh, healthy, delicious food at breakfast and lunch.I visited one afternoon for lunch around 1:00...

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  • Baja-Style Fish Tacos & More

    The speciality at Sayulita Fish Taco is (unsurprisingly) the fish. They are famous for their fish tacos, which are made from hand-battered local fish and served in homemade corn tortillas (which are sooo yummy!). They also come with a touch of the delicious pineapple-garlic salsa that keeps people coming back for more! Because I am a vegetarian...

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  • Delicious French Cuisine

    I kind of had some reservations about dining at A Bicyclette. It seemed a bit off the beaten track (two or three blocks can make all the difference in a tiny seaside town) and the menu seemed kind of random (although I did appreciate that they clearly labelled which items were vegetarian). As well, when I showed up to eat dinner, I was the only...

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  • Watch out for the Bill

    The food and drink at Don Pedro's is about average, and they are one of the only restaurants in town that takes credit cards. However, their prices are much higher than most other places in town and not a good value overall.

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  • Great place on the Beach

    Pablo's is located right on the beach about a block North of Nachos restaurant. The food and service is good, and you can hang out in beach chairs and watch the surf.Pablo (Paul - who's from Oregon) also has 2 boats and runs snorkelling and fishing trips, rents surfboards and can answer pretty much any question you have. Get the fresh Guacamole.

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  • Must Have Fish Tacos

    This place has the best Fish Tacos I've ever had. I use it as a comparison every time I try fish tacos somewhere else. It's still at the top of my list. I usually have lunch here every day that I'm in town.Note: They're closed on Monday. The Fish Tacos - I know they have a lunch menu, but I've never bothered to look at it. Get the Tacos.

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  • Is a must... try.. Pescado Sarandeado

    Nice setting, great and friendly service. Is the only place in Sayulita you will find "PESCADO Sarandeado" a typicall dish from Nayarit ,the only problem is a BIG dish... so go with 2 or 3 friends, or just ask for a medium fish.

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  • The great Palapa

    Excatly on the Beach, great view, good food.The monday there is a Cuban Group and you can Dance Salsa.

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  • Anytime meal & great margaritas

    Good place to eat. Lots of food with each order! We finally learned to order one plate and split it at these restaurants! Nice outdoor type setting, with very casual atmosphere. The margaritas were excellent! Oh and the food was good too!

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  • Dinner

    VERY nice! Candles everywhere, and the owner visits with each table to ensure that everything is perfect! There are nice little tables outside, which is where we sat. Wonderful, romantic place for dinner. I am not a chili relleno fan. With that said, the owner raved about the chili relleno dish....so I ordered it. OMG! Fantastic! My friend ordered...

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Sayulita Transportation

  • Transportation to Sayulita from Puerto...

    Transportation to Sayulita includes bus, taxi or a ‘collectivo’ – usually a van that fits 6 or 7 people. I have travelled to Sayulita several times by myself and I always take the Compostela bus from the airport. But taxi’s are a good option too, especially if you have a large group and you can split the cost. When you head out of the PV airport...

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  • Sayulita - Guadalajara

    Getting between Sayulita and Guadalajara can be time-consuming, but it's not challenging! The absolute easiest way to get between the two cities is with one of the direct busses that run once daily from Thursday to Monday (no service on Tuesdays or Wednesdays). The busses leave from Vallarta Plus's own bus depot in Tonala (not the main bus depot!)...

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Sayulita Shopping

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    by AlisonCoghlan Written May 15, 2007

    The shop is to the right as you come on to the beach and they rent out boards and rash vests by the hour, for 3 hours, or for the day. The guy who runs it is really nice, and his son has surfed all over the world from Ireland to Australia. His son also gives surf lessons.

    What to buy: surfing goods

    What to pay: $50 pesos for the board for an hour $20 pesos for the rash vest for the hour

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Sayulita Warnings and Dangers

  • Get a Safe!

    We had someone get in our house the first night that we were there. Very scary because we caught the guy as he was about to enter our infant son's bedroom. 2 minutes later would have been a different story. The robber escaped but he had already looted another house before us and it started our trip on a sour note. The police need to do more to get...

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  • Use the Safe

    Although it's never happened to anyone on any of the groups I've traveled with, I have heard stories of folks having their bungalow/house broken into while they were at the beach. In my experience, most places have small in-room safes for securing your valuables. Use them!

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Sayulita Off The Beaten Path

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    by jcbreck Written Apr 25, 2007

    If you need a change of venue for a day you can head to the next town up the coast officially called San Francisco - however it's still called San Pancho by most of the locals. It's a sleepy little town with a huge quiet beach, a few cool little art studios and the pre-requisite beach side restaurant/bars. Be careful if you decide to go in the water in San Pancho - there's a pretty strong rip tide which accounts for the usually quiet beach.

    Theoretically you can take a long walk up the beach to get to San Pancho from Sayulita, however property disputes have made this an unlikely and potentially dangerous trip. Better to have one of the local taxis drive you up there.

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Sayulita Favorites

  • Capitan Cooks Giant and delicious...

    Sayulita it is a relaxed, small sleepy village.Surf is good for beginner and intermediate. Besst activitie is lay at the beach each good food, drink ice cold beer and recharge your batteries for the life after vacation ;-) Romantic sunsets straigth on the beach, laid back, relaxed. They serve superb food at a Restaurant called Capitan Cook, Fish...

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  • Advise in moving to Mexico

    For those moving to Sayulita, advise on moving to Mexico- Moving to MexicoI wanted to move to Mexico, but was afraid of how slow, difficult and expensive this could be after i spoke with many international movers. Most could not answer my moving to Mexico questions. Found out that i had to take my furniture all the way across the U.S. to Laredo...

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