Catholic church yard with white Mexican flags in Sayulita, Mexico

Things to do in  Sayulita

All you need is a swimsuit

Sayulita’s dark sand soaks up the sun and waves crash on surfers and swimmers playing in the water. This buzzy beach town overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers plenty of things to do both in and out of the water. Rent a surfboard and take a lesson, go for a horseback ride along the beach, or lounge under a beachside palapa (palm hut) and sip a frosty margarita. The spot is close to Puerto Vallarta, and it’s the perfect destination for those looking for laid-back fun in the sun.

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All about Sayulita

When to visit

December through April brings steady, smaller swells, which are ideal for beginner surfers. The ocean also tends to be less crowded during this time, as there are fewer serious surfers in town. If you’re craving more of a challenge, stronger, steeper waves are present from the end of April until September. The water is also warmer during the summer months, so you’ll be able to stay in the ocean for longer.

Getting around

Sayulita is small and walkable, with most accommodations clustered near the beach. It’s also easy to get around the region, with frequent buses running to Sayulita from Bucerias and Puerto Vallarta. Buses don’t run on a published schedule, but your accommodation should be able to direct you to the bus stop. Have your fare ready as the buses are cash only and won’t provide change.

Traveler tips

For a sweet treat when you’re lounging on the beach, look for a wheelbarrow. These vendors travel up and down the beach with a wheelbarrow loaded with sweets—pick and choose to build your perfect candy bag. You’ll likely find plenty of familiar choices, as well as options flavored with mango, chili, and tamarind. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, most vendors also offer spiced nuts and seeds.

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People Also Ask

Why is Sayulita famous?

Sayulita is known internationally for its excellent surf—experienced surfers tend to arrive for the summer months and various surf competitions take place throughout the year. The town is also known for its cool beach bars and excellent restaurants serving cocktails and fresh seafood.

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How many days should I spend in Sayulita?

If you’re coming to learn to surf, a 5-day trip gives you a good amount of time to learn the basics at one of the many surf schools in town. If you’re planning to explore the rest of the region, 2-3 days gives you more than enough time to see the sights of Sayulita.

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Is Sayulita a party town?

It can be. Sayulita nightlife is characterized by chilled live music in beachfront bars rather than trendy nightclubs, but you’re likely to find a few good parties on any given night. The nightlife reflects the town’s roots as a bohemian surf town, so things stay casual and fun.

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Is it better to stay in Sayulita or Puerto Vallarta?

Whether Sayulita or Puerto Vallarta is better depends on what you’re looking for—Sayulita is laid-back and fun and the focus is definitely on the beach. Puerto Vallarta is a large city with museums, markets, and plenty of tourist hotspots. Both are great options for visitors to Mexico.

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Is Sayulita safe?

Yes—police patrol the town regularly and it’s known to be safe for visitors. Like anywhere you go, you should be aware of your surroundings, and take reasonable precautions, like keeping your wallet secure and noting those around you if you’re at an ATM.

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Are the mosquitos bad in Sayulita?

The mosquitos can be annoying in Sayulita during the rainy months from June to October. Bug-repellent, long-sleeved shirts, and pants are a good idea at dusk when the bugs start to come out. You should check with your doctor if you’re concerned about any mosquito-borne illnesses.

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