Editor’s Note: This post was written by Anna Faustino who runs Adventure In You, one of the top travel blogs in the world. Anna and her partner Tom Rogers joined Sayulita Insider’s International Travel Blogger trip in October 2020.
We are going for a weekend in Sayulita and saw your blog. Really helpful! We currently live in Puerto Vallarta and would like to explore Sayulita. What is the best thing to do on a weekend? Thank you for all your blogs and videos!
EMMA HIGGINS, USA
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Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Sayulita is a small little surf village known for its fun waves, incredible nature, and beautiful beaches.
After setting up base in Playa del Carmen for a couple of months, we decided to mix it up a bit and fly to Sayulita for a long weekend. With not much expectation, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised by the amount of good restaurants, adventure activities, and epic sunsets.
If you’re looking for a guide on how to spend a weekend in Sayulita, keep on reading.
How to Get to Sayulita
The best way to get to Sayulita is by flying to Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). From here, you can easily hop on a taxi or a private transfer and within 45 minutes to an hour, you can find yourself in the pueblo magico known as Sayulita.
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- Bus from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita: $2 USD
- Taxi from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita: airport taxi from $59 USD, which is really expensive. If you want information about Sayulita taxi drivers (for cheap), send us a message!
During our trip there, we opted to stay in Airbnbs as we love the option of having our own kitchen when we travel. Our group stayed at the lovely Villa Dorado and Villa Robalo which are managed by Pacifico Property. These villas were perfectly located in a gated community, with direct beach access, allowing you to enjoy the beach and the vibrant town of Sayulita whilst still being able to get a peaceful night’s sleep.
If you want more suggestions on where to stay during your trip, check out my article on the best Airbnbs in Sayulita featuring my top picks for villas and Airbnbs for every type of budget.
Weekend in Sayulita Day 1
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of restaurants in Sayulita. For brunch, I recommend heading down to Organik for some good coffee, healthy shakes, and a delicious acai bowl.
If you’re looking for something savory, they also have delicious poke bowls. The town of Sayulita is small and very much walkable so after brunch, wander around town and explore their many boutique shops and street stalls.
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After brunch, get your sunscreen on and head to the beach for some surfing. Although there are a lot of surf schools, I recommend heading straight to Sayulita Surf School. This family run company is who we rented boards from and took surf lessons from.
They offer lessons in both English and Spanish so language won’t be too much of an issue. Located right on the main surfing beach, they offer board rental, surf lessons, and private coaching as well if you need some tips on how to improve your surf skills.
After surfing, head to Sana Spices Sayulita for a healthy shot of turmeric and ginger- perfect way to end your morning surf session. The rest of the day can be spend relaxing by the beach, exploring around town, or eating in the many restaurants in Sayulita.
Weekend in Sayulita Day 2
Wake up bright and early and head to The Rose Room for a morning yoga stretch. This yoga shala is absolutely beautiful and is the best way to start your day. After, you can head on over to Choco Banana for some breakfast.
I love to spend time outdoors so if you’re up for it, explore the many hidden beaches around Sayulita. Make sure you pack lots of water and sunscreen with you! A few beaches I recommend you visit are:
- Playa de los Muertos
- Playa Carricitos
- Playa Patzcuaro
- Playa Patzcuarito
- Playa Malpaso
Some of these beaches are walkable while you might need some form of transportation to get to the others. Golf carts can easily be hired in town and is the most common way people get around.
A few spots we recommend for lunch and dinner are Si Señor, Chilaqueen (amazing chilaquiles), Sayulita Public House, Achara (Thai food), and El Itacate. We ate in all those places and loved our meals. If you’re looking for a fun night, make sure you check out Yambak Brewery for some delicious craft beer.
Weekend in Sayulita Day 3
If you want to spend some time scuba diving, look up the guys at Oceano Adventures. We did a trip to Marietas Islands during our time there and had an absolute blast. Frankie is an awesome instructor who made our entire group feel at ease.
If you’re not into scuba diving, you can also look into hiking up Cerro del Mono (Monkey Mountain). This beautiful hike boasts of incredible views of the entire coast and is especially spectacular during sunset. Make sure you go with a local guide as it is easy to get lost in this trail.
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Overall, there are a lot of things to do in Sayulita. Although we only spent a couple of days there, we jam-packed it with lots of surfing, adventures, and eating! We will definitely head back to Sayulita at some point as the incredible nature (and amazing locals) have definitely captured our hearts.