Written by Diane Manson
Sayulita is a groovy-little-beach-town found on the Pacific coastline, about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. This easygoing town is a mix of local Mexican families, expats and eclectic gringos. If you’re looking for a change from a Resort-style vacation, this safe, friendly surf town is perfect. If you’re a foodie, count your blessings. The abundant eateries in Sayulita will not disappoint!
The town centre is a few minutes walk to the beach, in fact from almost anywhere in town you’re never far from the water’s edge. The beach - Playa Centro provides a myriad of beach fun and comfort paraphernalia. Fishing boats, surf and paddle board rentals, lounge chairs, umbrellas, bali-bed massage tables, and beach vendors selling anything you can think of.
A typical day in Sayulita begins with locally grown and roasted coffee and leisurely breakfast, observing the town as it comes to life. Shop-keepers sweep their entryways, fish markets display the day’s fresh catch, and the vegetable truck makes its way through cobblestone streets. The indigenous Huichol artisans set up their vendor stalls to work on and sell their colourful beadwork masterpieces while children make their way to school.
Before settling in for some beach time, take a walk through the cemetery to Playa los Muertos, or further north along Playa Centro. Surfers and paddle-boarders provide plenty of entertainment. Not far down the beach a fisherman tosses his net from the waters’ edge, while the birdlife scuttle along the shore. Tourists are as eclectic as the residents. Sayulita’s visitors consist of 20-something singles’, families, young at heart baby boomers and great grandparents. If surfing isn’t your cup of tea, don’t miss out on boogie-boarding. It’s fun, fun, fun.
A late in the day frosty Margarita brings with it a magnificent Pacific sunset. If today you missed exploring nearby San Pancho, scoping Humpback Whales, fishing for Dorado and Snapper, a local baseball game, or simply stretching in a yoga class … there’s always tomorrow.
Dress casually, starting back to where your day began at the town’s central plaza. There are endless dining choices. Be sure to try Sayulita’s famous fish tacos. The coconut shrimp are to die for. An entire chapter could be devoted to Sayulita’s exceptional restaurants, cantinas and street food. After dinner be sure to take in music and perhaps a little dancing.
The sun shines consistently in Sayulita. It’s casual and friendly atmosphere is sure to charm you. Be sure to keep Sayulita on your vacation radar!
How to get there: Fly to Puerto Vallarta from Calgary, Spokane or the Pacific Northwest. Take a private transfer, taxi or take the bus to Sayulita. The Super Agents at Mountain City Travel will arrange your travel and accommodation. We’ve been there (several times). No worries Amigo.
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