Editor’s Note: This Sayulita travel budget guide is based on our personal experiences traveling and living in Sayulita. Most of us arrived in Sayulita without the intention of staying so we operated as tourists in the beginning. We will also show you the difference in prices for low and high seasons in this post. Enjoy!
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Sayulita travel budget: quick facts
- Currency: New Mexican peso (MXN). $1 USD = $20 MXN
- Seasons: High season (October 29 – May 30) Low season (June 1 – October 15)
- Hostel bed per night: $20 USD per night
- Hotels/Airbnbs: $30 – 45 USD for 2 pax
- Luxury accommodations: $700 – $2,000 USD
- Per meal cost: $7 – $10 USD
- Transportation costs: daily golf cart rental from $50 USD
How much does it cost to travel to Sayulita?
If you’ve been to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca City, etc, you will find Sayulita very expensive by Mexican standards. We are all foreigners at Sayulita Insider and it surely is way cheaper than our home countries (France, England, USA, Canada, etc). However, we want to live here following Mexican prices and more often than not, ouch… they are quite higher than other Mexican cities.
The reason why Sayulita is more expensive than its neighbors (Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias, Mezcales) is because of its infrastructure. Sayulita sources everything (as in everything) from Puerto Vallarta so the travel time/delivery also costs money.
Many foreigners come to Sayulita for a grand vacation (aka luxury cliff hotels or beachfront properties) but if you are a budget traveler or a backpacker, this Sayulita travel budget guide will still work for you. Otherwise, check out our article about the backpacking budget in Sayulita.
Accommodation prices in Sayulita
Sayulita is popular for its luxury accommodations. Since this town is a very safe environment for families with kids, many Americans and Canadians opt to bring their children for a vacation here. With this, Sayulita became a top destination in Nayarit, Mexico.
For budget travelers, you can get a bed in a dorm with breakfast for as low as $20 USD. There are only a few hostels in Sayulita and we’ve been to all of them. We promise you they are not sketchy as most people think.
Airbnbs are usually the favorite as you can get rare finds from $30 – $50 USD. This is what we call mid-range accommodations and they are usually for two people. With the rise of Airbnb, hotels in Sayulita can be a little bit cheaper with prices from $20 – $35 USD for two people.
Rental homes with pools are a big thing and are often booked by big groups (5-10 pax). They normally start at $300 USD per night and rest assured that these locations are very safe and are close to Sayulita’s main plaza. Not just in Sayulita but in many countries in the world: the closer it is to the center, the more expensive it is. In Sayulita’s case, we would also like to mention that beachfront properties can be a little bit pricey.
There are crazy crazy crazy beautiful luxury homes that range from $700 – $2,500 USD. But this type of accommodation is fully-equipped with pools, multiple bedrooms, and great views.
At the moment, we are not recommending any Sayulita hotels, hostels, luxury accommodations, or Airbnbs as per our editorial guidelines for 2021. We’d like to remain neutral when recommending something to our readers so this article is only about giving you an idea of how much your Sayulita travel budget should be.
Food costs in Sayulita
All hostels and Airbnbs have kitchens but we’ve observed how people like to eat out in Sayulita – there is a big eating out culture here even among locals. Because of the town’s great vibe, eating out in Sayulita is a social activity. Restaurants are always full, even on non-peak hours!
For starters, there are many Sayulita street food carts that range from $1 – $7 USD. We received lots of comments from foreign visitors asking if street food in Sayulita is safe – ABSOLUTELY! If you watch our Street Food Icons series on Youtube, you will see that we’ve worked closely with these people and we’ve seen how they operate – do not be afraid to try it!
Not only that you are going on a gastronomic adventure in Mexico but you are also supporting local businesses by doing so. These are all super local and family-run so we hope you can support them!
Restaurant prices start from $7 USD and up. Honestly, we’ve never eaten anywhere in Sayulita that is more than $20 USD per meal – we believe this is the max. It all depends on the ambiance and location of the restaurants, though. We were just at an Asian restaurant in Sayulita last night and we paid $30 USD for 3 pax including alcoholic drinks!
If drinking is part of your travel budget, see the prices on how to spend a rock ‘n roll Sayulita nightlife below:
- National beers: all bars sell them from $1.50 USD
- Cocktails: from $7 USD
- Craft beers: from $3 USD
Transportation costs in Sayulita
The good thing about Sayulita is that it is a walking town – you don’t need to take a taxi all the time! Everything in Sayulita is within a 5-10 minutes walk. Apart from saving money on transportation, you get to exercise without even trying!
We do know some people who are not fans of walking. Taxi costs within Sayulita are from $5 USD (wherever you want to go within the area). If you are going to Puerto Vallarta, it can range up to $40 USD.
Sayulita is a golf cart town. Since the streets are very narrow, golf carts (including ATVs, motorbikes, bicycles) are the main modes of transportation here. Golf cart rental starts at $50 USD per day. You can also rent a car for $30 USD per day but we must warn you: you will be very stressed with parking!
Tour prices in Sayulita
Another good thing is that there are lots of things to do in Sayulita that are free. Going to all 4 beaches within Sayulita does not cost anything and is often a tourist’s favorite.
If you are a surfer and you want to rent a board, they range from $20 – $30 USD per day. You can get a discount if you rent them for days! Other tours like Monkey Mountain hike or visiting the Marietas Islands start at $100 USD.
From reading this post, do you think that Sayulita is expensive? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let’s chat! We’d love to hear from you!