Sayulita Travel Guide

Welcome to Sayulita – a laid-back town in the state of Nayarit that is a tourist favorite. The goal of this Sayulita travel guide is to help you navigate our pueblo magico easily. Sayulita Insider is composed of local staff who have been living in the Riviera Nayarit area for the last 7 years. Our content thrives on reader questions so if you have any doubts about planning your Sayulita travel, please get in touch with us via Instagram, @sayulitainsider. We will definitely answer all your questions!


Sayulita Quick Information

Currency: The currency in Mexico is called Mexican peso (MXN). However, USD is also accepted in Sayulita. You just need to know that the conversion here is very low. For example, if the current Mexican peso exchange is $1 USD = $20 MXN (as of January 1, 2021), businesses in Sayulita will exchange your dollar for $17 MXN.

Electricity socket: Mexico uses Type A plug (two flat parallel pins) and Type B plugs (two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin). Type A is more common in Sayulita. If you are a digital nomad and want to protect your computers, cameras, etc, use a surge protector. Power outage is very common in Sayulita especially in the summer season (June 1 – October 31st) it will drive you nuts!

Visa: Mexico grants most foreign visitors a 180-day stay (6 months). In order for you to renew your tourist visa, you need to go out of the country (for example to Miami by plane or through land border crossing in Guatemala). No matter how many days you go out, or even just hours, Mexico will grant you another 180 days upon entry. If you want to apply for a temporary resident visa, see our guide.

Safety: The most common question we receive is, “is Sayulita safe?” ABSOLUTELY! While many travelers still regard Mexico as a dangerous country, we assure you that Sayulita is very safe. It is family, kids, women, and LGBTQ-friendly. Everyone is welcome to Sayulita!

Language: The official language in Mexico is Spanish. Please take note that it is very different Spanish from that of Spain and other Latin American countries. If you speak basic Spanish, it does not matter if you don’t know the Mexican slang. However, most of Sayulita can speak English! We still encourage people to learn how to speak Spanish as we always encourage mingling with locals. We can recommend a few Sayulita English teachers for you. Get in touch with us via Instagram.

Festivals and Celebrations: Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) from October 29 – November 2 is the busiest because it is also the opening of the high season in Sayulita. Then followed by Christmas and New Year where booking cheap accommodations in Sayulita is next to impossible. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is also big and the Mexican Independence Day on September 15th is also a huge event in town. Due to COVID, most of these holidays were canceled except for Christmas and New Year.

Transportation: Sayulita is a walking town. There is no need for transportation if you’re only staying in. The most popular mode of transport in Sayulita is the golf cart and ATVs. Some even use motorbikes but it’s not very common. If you want to go in and out of Sayulita with a taxi, book our trusted local driver. You may ask us for a coupon code via Instagram.

Arrival in Sayulita

The nearest airport to Sayulita is Puerto Vallarta International Airport. This airport is very popular with direct flights to and from San Diego and Vancouver. To get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta airport, it will take 40 minutes by private car. You can also arrive by public transport which costs $2 USD. Lots of backpackers also hitchhike to Sayulita because it’s a very safe area! Once you are already in Sayulita, everything is walkable!

Getting around Sayulita

Everything in Sayulita is within a 5-minute walking distance, except if you’re going to the outskirts of the jungle. Well, this town to jungle walk isn’t that bad if you are a very outdoor person. Swear, it is fun! You do not need to take a taxi in the town. If you feel like taking it though, especially after a crazy night out, it will cost less than $5 USD within a 3-minute driving distance. Golf cart rentals are also very big here. A one-day rental will cost around $55 USD. Sayulita streets are small and we do not advise you to rent a car. It is very painful to find parking! Some also rent ATVs which is also a common mode of transport. Most locals own motorbikes.

Best things to do in Sayulita

Take surfing lessons

Mexico’s most popular surf town, Sayulita, offers great waves and a chilled atmosphere for beginner surf lessons as well as great surf breaks for intermediate surfers – and it is a great place for longboarding. There are many board rental shops in Sayulita including which offer great prices. Any surf shop in town will also hook you up with a private instructor and the beach itself is lined with local surfers, eager to rent you a surfboard and show you some tricks.

Take a yoga class

Sayulita is full of Yoga studios and top-notch yoga instructors. Most yoga teachers here are ex-pats who’ve been living in Sayulita for years. Though there are many Latin American yoga teachers, too. You can opt to take classes in English or Spanish. We find this a very efficient way for you to practice your Spanish! You’ll find a sense of peace and tranquility whether you are trying yoga for the first time or looking to deepen your yoga practice. Sayulita is the best place for yoga practice!

Tequila and Mezcal Tasting

The Tequila Experience is a 100% family-friendly Tequila tasting for all your senses! They will teach you, in a very fun but educational way, the history and legend of Tequila, the process of creation and distilling for our 100% Agave Azul, artisan Tequila. It is a truly educational and original Mexican Party, become a Tequila expert at the same time you have the time of your life!

If you want to book the tours below, get in touch with us via Instagram and we can give you a coupon code!

Recommended Tasting Experiences in Sayulita
  • Mezcal Tasting Experience (Viva Mexico): This experience is for 2-15 people and gives you the opportunity to taste any mezcal you want from their extensive supply, accompanied by treats and bites from the regions of the mezcals you choose.
  • Private Mezcal and Tequila Tasting: A private mezcal and raisilla tasting can be done with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 20. Four to five different types of mezcal will be served in a traditional jicara, a natural cup made from the bark of the guira fruit. This earthware gives you the ancestrral experience of tasting the aromas and flavors of mezcal.
  • Mezcal Tasting Experience (Tastes of Mexico): This tasting will take you through a tour of Mexico by tasting mezcals from the different regions of this country. This tasting will include: papalometi (Puebla), espadilla lemon tea (Puebla), salmiana (San Luis Potosi), Cenizo (Durango), Cupreata (Michoacan), and sotol (Chihuahua).