Visit Sayulita

Written by’s Local Expert


Set on Mexico's Pacific Coast is this charming, small fishing town called Sayulita. This lesser-known gem is considered a "surfer's paradise," attracting surfers from near or far.  Just about 30 miles from Puerto Vallarta, this is a day trip you won't regret making!

Why Visit Sayulita

If we could only describe Sayulita in three words, they would be: Charming, Lush, and Colorful. This city will steal your heart with its laid-back vibe and friendly locals. Though there is plenty to do if that's what you're looking for, many people come here to experience relaxation like never before. Additionally, it's also considered to be one of the safest places you can visit in the state of Nayarit.

Sayulita has only recently become a more well-known destination. Since it's still somewhat of a "hidden gem," this area is a lot more affordable than nearby Puerto Vallarta. It's also less crowded. If you're looking for a tropical vacation filled with adventure, but more relaxing than other places such as Cancun or Vallarta, Sayulita is worth considering. It's also the perfect day trip for a quick escape from the hustle & bustle of Puerto Vallarta.

Due to its proximity to Puerto Vallarta, it's also very easy to get to. The drive is around 45 minutes to an hour. Whether it's a day trip, a 2-3 day stay, or your final destination on your vacation, Sayulita is just a short drive away from the Puerto Vallarta Airport.

Things to Do in Sayulita

Adventures are endless in this town! Explore the jungle, learn how to surf, or go for a run along the beach. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Some popular activities are water sports such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, diving, and of course surfing.

Looking for a unique date idea? Look into riding horses along the beach at sunset. Nothing says romance like sharing this unique experience with your partner! Or, set up a spa day with massages and a romantic candle-lit dinner!

Restaurants in Sayulita

Of course, being a fishing village right off the coast of the Pacific, you can expect to find really fresh seafood at every turn! In addition, there is plentiful  Mexican classics including street tacos. It may be surprising since it's a small town, but Sayulita does have a diverse food scene with different types of cuisine including Italian, American, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, and Asian-fusion.

Flores y Colores

Flores y Colores is a colorful and tranquil small business found very close to Playa Sayulita. They offer coffee, vegan options, and breakfast food. This is a great stop on the way in or out of the beach.

Sayulita Public House

Craving some American food? Visit Sayulita Public House for your burger, mozzarella stick, french fry, or chicken wing fix! This gourmet restaurant takes pride in their presentation and food quality. Also found a few minutes from the beach, they have an awesome bar and affordable prices.

Local Tips

  • Sayulita is about 45 mins-1 hr away from Puerto Vallarta by car.
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  • Considered one of the safest places in Nayarit.


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