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27 Awesome Things to Do in Sayulita, Mexico + Tips!

Sayulita, Mexico, popped up on my radar when I was looking for a place to lay low and surf.

The next thing you know, I was booked to visit and stay for months! It was a great base, and I got to explore many things to do in Sayulita and the surrounding areas.

The beaches are gorgeous, the surf was fun, and the food was damn good! Here’s everything you need to know about what to do in Sayulita, where to eat, and more!

Things To Do In Sayulita, Mexico

After living here for nine months, I think these are the best things to do in Sayulita. Here’s a map to help you better see where everything is as well.

Clickable Google map of highlights in Sayulita.
Click the image to view the clickable map of things to do in Saluyita.

1. Go Surfing at Sayulita Beach

Surfing is pretty much the thing to do in Sayulita. That and beach bumming.

The surfing in Sayulita is a lot of fun and perfect for beginners to head in and get their confidence up. I know it helped me. It was rarely scary, and the gentle beach break made me feel a bit safer.

Aerial view over Sayulita beach, ocean with surfers, and buildings in background.
Surfers at Sayulita Beach.

The best time to surf is in the early morning or early afternoon as the waves get a bit crowded as the day goes on, and when the swimmers are out too, it can get a bit difficult to catch a wave.

Me attempting to surf on some nice little waves in Sayulita.
Me attempting to surf!

You can head to Sayulita Surf School; they are right on the beach, and you can either take lessons or just rent a board.

2. Take a Private Tequila Tasting

Love tequila but can’t walk home after having it? How about having it served to you at home?

Here’s a fun alternative to a night out. You can get tequila delivered and presented to you and your group at your hotel. Get everyone together, learn a bit about mezcal from a local, and do a tasting paired with delicious authentic Mexican bites to eat.

The duo behind Taste of Sayulita are super sweet and knows their stuff! 

3. Get a Beach Massage

We can’t lie; this might not be the most relaxing massage of your life, but when it’s so easy, cheap, and convenient, having a quick massage on the beach, especially after a margarita, can’t be a bad choice. Right?!

Massage bed on the beach with a palm tree.
Not a bad spot for a massage right!

There are tons of little huts scattered along the shoreline of Sayulita beach; just hop into one and get a nice rub down to unwind… possibly to the sounds of the waves and a mariachi band…

4. Help Release Turtles

Join a sea turtle release! These little guys are taken care of around Sayulita, and when a mother sets her eggs, they create a small barrier to warn people so as not to disturb them.

Helping a baby turtle reach the ocean in Sayulita.
Help this little guy get to the ocean!

Help get the little ones into the ocean safelyby keeping tabs on this page, where they announce when the turtle release happens.

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5. Wander the Hippie Market

If you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, really cool jewelry, or some knickknacks to decorate your home with, there’s a cute hippy market located at the bridge in town.

Signs stating Hippie Market in the sand with colorful Mexican flags hanging in trees.
Visit the Hippie Market in Sayulita.

Wander the dirt path here and see what you come out with on the other end!

6. Head Up to The Sayulinda Roof Top Pool

If you’re not staying here, you can still grab a day pass and head up to their awesome rooftop pool!

With Gringo Hill in the back, the town around you, and a bit of the beach right in front, the infinity pool at Sayulinda Hotel is beautiful and a fun spot to chill for the day.

Hammock chair over pool with ocean in background at Sayulinda.
Relax in a hammock chair at Sayulinda.

They have a full bar up here, so you can lounge and drink for as long as you’d like. Behind the pool is a really cool and well-designed hammock lounge area. If you’ve been to the beach a lot, hang out at this pool to switch it up.

7. Visit The Friday Market

I loved wandering this market on Fridays. I’d often get freshly baked bread from here, some falafel fix, and I even got some cute locally made swimsuits here too (tell Jazz I said hi!).

There is a lot of organic produce, fresh cheeses, and vegan fare to enjoy. There are some super cute vendors that set up at this market each week, and it’s definitely worth checking out.

They run this market from November through May, but you can double-check here for updates.

8. Do a Temazcal Ceremony

A Temazcal is a traditional sweat lodge for the ingenious people of Mexico. I was hesitant and a bit scared at first, but I left feeling lighter, refreshed, challenged, and honestly, damn good!

Person lighting fire outside with small rounded sweat lodge in background for Temazcal ceremony.
Take part in a Temazcal Ceremony in Sayulita.

The ceremony is led by a shaman and takes a few hours. You’re sweating out impurities and cleansing your soul. You can contact Rancho Poco a Poco and tell them I said hello!

9. Grab a Drink or Three!

If you’re in the mood for some booze, Sayulita definitely has you covered!

Enjoying a cocktail at Escondido Bar in the central plaza area of Sayulita.
Enjoying a bartender surprise at Escondido Bar.
  • YamBak – The place to go to for craft beer and to chill late at night
  • Bar Le Zouave – This is a chill AF Moroccan Mexican bar with a very cool atmosphere
  • Tierra Viva Love this spot for mimosas and brunch
  • Las Sireanas – Cool beach bar for a marg or a beer on the more chill area of the beach
  • Sayulita Public House – Grab a beer at the bar and sit on the second floor for some optimum people-watching
  • Goat Beach Club – A cool bar with swing chairs right in the sand!
  • Lucid – Happy Hour specials and two steps from the beach. They also serve as a late-night spot. I wouldn’t want to stay at a hotel near here!
  • Escondido Bar – The best place in town to grab some seriously good cocktails (it’s not cheap tho).
  • Barrilito Sayulita – This is another prime people-watching spot that I love to grab a beer at. It’s looking over the main square.
  • Luna’s – It might just be a regular restaurant, but their happy hour is pretty good since they serve up quality made 2-4-1 margs or mojitos for only 100 pesos!
  • Cava – This tiny bar has gone crazy over mezcals! They have like, 50 types!

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10. Enjoy Sunset on Carricitos Beach

Sayulita has a north-facing beach, so there are no sunsets there. I hope that didn’t burst any bubbles, but the main beach still gets great pops of colors.

For some sunset views, you’ll have to head to a pretty lonely but gorgeous beach on the west, on the other side of the point—Carricitos Beach.

Aerial view of Carricitos Beach and ocean, one of the best Sayulita Beaches.
Carricitos Beach in Sayulita.

This is my favorite because nobody is here, there are no vendors, no food or facilities, and you can see Monkey Mountain in the distance.

Me looking down a prestine Carricitos beach with Monkey mountain in the background.
Cerritos Beach is my favorite beach around Sayulita. Great if you’re looking to get away from it all.

It’s a beautiful beach for sunsets, but take care of walking back at night as it’s about a 20-minute walk from town and not well lit. Go with a group or just go there during the day if you’re solo.

11. Sayulita Beaches

Obviously, I couldn’t leave you hanging without mentioning the best thing to do in Sayulita: The beach! Sayulita has four main beaches that are within walking distance from town.

I’ve only briefly mentioned them here because I wrote up a whole guide on Sayulita’s Beaches.

Aerial view of Los Muertos Beach with   beach lounges lined across it's tan sand and beautiful turquoise water.
Secluded Los Muertos Beach in Sayulita.
  • Sayulita – This is the town’s main beach. There are plenty of sun loungers to rent and it’s a surf beach! You can easily rent from Sayulita Surf School, which is where I rented from.
  • Malpaso – A gorgeous beach far from the crowds. You’ll need to walk about two miles just to get here, but it’s well worth it. Try to find the secret cove! There are no facilities here, and you’ll likely have the beach to yourself.
  • Los Muertos – This is the second most popular beach around Sayulita, but it’s still pretty chill. After walking past the town’s cemetery, you’ll reach the appropriately named, Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead). You’ll find a single line of umbrellas and some calm water tucked in a cove. It’s only about a 10-minute walk from Sayulita Beach.
  • Carracitos –  This one is my favorite, as you’ve read above; after walking about 20 minutes from the center of town, you’ll reach Carracitos. A stunning beach with sunsets, and almost nobody there at all.

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12. Grab Something to Eat

Eating is actually one of the best things to do in Sayulita because you’re pretty spoilt for choice! In fact, I ate out at so many places I figured I’d just write a whole post on some of my favorite restaurants in Sayulita!

Close up of Bichos beef brisket tacos.

I’ve compiled a quick list here for you to browse too.

  • Alquimista – Aguafresca and chilaquiles, hands down the best in town if you ask me.
  • Naty’s Kitchen – Cheap, quick, and yummy tacos. Period. They have a good selection of vegan and meat options.
  • Bichos Tacos – Super cool restaurant with a large selection of tacos and toppings.
  • Gaby’s Tacos – Easy, cheap, and DELICIOUS fish tacos from literally just a table on the road on the main strip.
  • Tierra Viva – Shrimp benedict and mimosas for brekkie.
  • Pizza Venezia – Best pizza in town and only $5 with anything you want on it.
  • Mary’s Tacos – A good spot to have Mexican food on the strip but with proper tables and service.
  • Casa de Chile Relleno – Chile Rellenos (duh!) and some damn good nachos that are massive. I like their upstairs seating too because the street level can get hectic.
  • Anchor, Miscelanea, and Yah Yahs Cafe – All are excellent places for brekkie, bagels, coffees, and such.

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13. Shop, Shop, Shop

I can’t lie; shopping isn’t really my thing, and I try to keep shopping down to a minimum.

Tell me why Sayulita got me, though!? I somehow ended up with about five new swimsuits, a skirt, a boho shirt, and maybe some other stuff I’m forgetting.

There are A LOT of cute shops around here. I even brought home some stuff for my mom since she loved the style here so much.

A table with lots of colorful trinkets from Mexico.
The central plaza on the weekend is a great place to find beautiful items to pack home.

You might want to bring a few extra bucks and leave some space in your bag because there’s seriously cute stuff here. I will say, though, you’re not going to get many bargains here. Things can be a bit spendy even for Mexico.

14. Get Serenaded By a Mariachi Band on The Beach

So you can pay for a mariachi band to serenade you with their sweet Mexican sounds… Like right in your face. It’s a bit funny because they are so loud and will play within 2 feet of your face!

Now, if you don’t want to pay for this experience, you might get to enjoy it anyway if someone right next to you chooses to do it. Fair warning.

15. Walk Down THE Street (Flag Street)

The famous Instagrammy street of Sayulita, also known as Flag Street or Paseo de Los Colors (Walk of Colors). Whatever you call it, it’s a colorfully decorated street of restaurants and shops with flags lining the street.

Me walking down a main street Sayulita with colorful mexican papel picado above.
Walking down main street under some festive decorations called papel picado.

It’s great for a cute stroll and a picture moment, but in my opinion, I wouldn’t eat here. It’s always a bit hectic, and the food prices are pretty outrageous, even for Sayulita! But that’s just me.

16. Wander the Plaza

You’ll find the town church, and there’s often a market and vendors on the weekends. My favorite tamale man is here, too, he is usually just across from YamBak.

Sayulita sign in the middle of central plaza with a palm tree in the background.
Sayulita sign in the central plaza.

This is a cute plaza to chill on a bench, take a pic with the Syaulita sign, and wander around when there are vendors.

17. Walk Around with a Margarita

It’s OK. It’s totally legal and not weird at all. You’ll find a bunch of little… Wagons? Carts? I’m not sure what to call them, but you’ll know when you see it. They all sell cocktails for you to purchase and enjoy right there or on the go.

Street bar vendor selling cocktails in souvenir mugs.
You’re never far from a bar in Sayulita 🙂

You can even buy a drink in a cup that you can bring home as a souvenir.

18. Take a Yoga Lesson and a Hike

If you want a day filled with wellness and adventure, there’s a really cool tour you can take that takes you on a stunning and secluded hike where you can lay out your mat and then do some yoga!

This is a highly recommended tour and a great way to meet some friends and get a little workout in while seeing some stunning sights around Sayulita.

19. Cool Down With a Treat

I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot out (and it’s definitely hot in Sayulita), I crave something icey cold 24/7. While I can’t live on ice cream, unfortunately, I sure do make sure I save some room.

I'm holding a pineapple basil popsicle with a blurry background of a street with festive Mexican flags in the background.
This pineapple basil popsicle was unreal.

While I can’t say many ice cream shops are awesome here, they were just ok. I love the fresh fruit pops they sell around town.

They really do cool you down on a hot day. You can grab them right here and walk around (or find a shady spot to hide in).

20. Have a Coconut on The Beach

Not much to say here! I can’t recommend it enough! It’s sweet and cools you down like no other drink. Not to mention, they are so easy, fresh, and cheap here.

I'm drinking a coconut while lounging at Los Muertos beach.
It’s called self-care, ok?

21. Zipline Sayulita

Get up high and zip over Sayulita on a zipline adventure! This is a highly recommended tour to do during your visit, with 13 ziplines and four suspension bridges to tackle. It’s a cool way to keep yourself entertained for the day.

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22. Hike to Monkey Mountain

The Monkey Mountain hike is pretty much the only hike in the area, and it’s definitely worth it.

If you visit Carracitos Beach, you’ll be able to see Monkey Mountain in the distance. It’s the only place to get unmatched views from above the Bay of Banderas, Sayulita, the nearby beaches, and even Punta Mita!

This is a 4-mile out-and-back hike that’s rated moderate. You’ll either take a taxi to the start or get a tour to Higuera Blanca, where the trail starts.

Me sitting on rock on top of Monkey Mountain and looking out over ocean and coastline.
Hike Monkey Mountain in Sayulita.

From there, you’ll have a slow and steady climb up through the jungle, thankfully mostly shaded! Eventually, you’ll reach the top, which requires some rock bouldering to make it to the summit.

The views stretch for miles, and while most see just the single viewpoint towards Punta Mita, if you climb just a bit behind you, you’ll see the other side towards Sayulita too!

23. Visit San Pancho

Grab a bus at the Sayulita bus station, and in 15 minutes, you’ll end up in San Pancho, the beach just north of Sayulita.

It’s a cute, charming town with shops and restaurants—a mini Sayulita if you will. The beach is massive and is quite a bit less crowded than the main beach in Sayulita.

San Pancho beach with ocean and headland.
San Pancho Beach.

For intermediate and advanced surfers, these waves may be for you.

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24. Surf at La Lancha

You can take this tour to La Lancha if you don’t have your own board and car. It’s just about 20-30 minutes from Sayulita, and this beach is well worth visiting!

Me surfing a wave with La Lancha beach in the background.
Go surfing at La Lancha near Sayulita (thanks for the drone shot of me surfing, Jonny!)

It’s a huge stretch of sand backed by orange-dusted cliffsides. While there’s a 10-minute walk from the parking area through the jungle to get here, it’s no secret!

But since it’s so big, there’s still plenty of space for everyone to bask in the sun (there’s isn’t much opportunity for shade!) and to take on the waves.

25. Bike Around Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is definitely worth checking out but walking around may take you a while.

To solve this, how about hopping on a bike and breezing through the boardwalks while stopping at taco stands, beaches, landmarks, and markets along the way.

People biking on path past palm trees in Puerto Vallarta.
Go bike riding in Puerto Vallarta – a great day trip from Sayulita.

There are bike tours that take you around town and depending on the day you book, you’ll have different activities as there’s something always happening around Puerta Vallarta.

Guac and tacos fuel you along the way, and PV has a beautiful pedestrian and bike lane that runs along the main strip, making it a safe and fun ride (coming from someone who regularly doesn’t like bike riding!)

26. Check Out Punta de Mita

Punta de Mita is the local area of the Punta Mita peninsula. Most of the peninsula and the incredible beaches around it have been taken over by fancy resorts. If you visit the area, you’ll notice the contrast!

Four Seasons beach in Punta Mita at sunset.
The Four Seasons Punta Mita near Sayulita.

Punta de Mita town has a bunch of restaurants on a beach that’s good for paddleboarding. The area would be worth a day trip so you can see both sides of the area. Some of the resorts offer a day pass if you aren’t staying there to enjoy their facilities.

If you’re staying the night in the area, Onda Hotel is actually a charming place. They made all of their rooms out of shipping containers, there’s a pool right in the middle, and they are just a couple of minutes walking from the beach.

27. Boat to Isla Marietas For a Hidden Beach

No doubt you’ve seen pictures of this place in an advertisement for the area, these islands are the sweetheart of Nayarit for sure! The islands are now pretty regulated after years of over-tourism.

Me walking on beach in a cave with open skylight at Marieta Islands.
Visit a hidden cave beach on the Marieta Islands near Sayulita (Photo Cred:Jonny).

The ticket and tour to get here ain’t cheap (around $100), but the Hidden Beach is pretty damn beautiful, as is Playa la Nopalera on the next island.

There’s a crushed sea cave you have to swim through to get inside, marine life, whales breaching, and blue-footed boobies awaiting you at these islands. It’s definitely worth a day trip from Sayulita. I recommend doing the tour as early as you can schedule it instead of waiting until the afternoon.

Woman walking on beach with seagull flying above on Marieta Islands near Sayulita
Exploring the numerous beaches of Marieta Islands (Photo Cred:Jonny).

You have to take a boat tour to get here and pay the national park fee; there’s no other way of visiting. You can book it here.

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Where To Stay In Sayulita

I must say, Sayulita is NOT cheap for accommodation, you’re not going to find that great of a deal on accommodation, it just happens to be a pricey place for Mexico. But here are some great places to choose from.

Our apartments spacious bedroom in Sayulita on our last visit.
Our favorite area is up in the hills so we get great views with peaceful jungle sounds.

I LOVED my house because it was out of town, which meant zero noise from the roads or bars. I also had a massive patio, the loveliest landlords, and a huge room.

Considering I work from home and spend a lot of time at home, I wanted a lot of space, including outside space. The internet wasn’t the greatest, but that’s most places in town.

  • Elegant Casa With Outdoor Porch: Located on a hill and only a short walk from town, this elegant casa has a courtyard patio, a large outdoor veranda, and a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Casa Risa: A two-bedroom house in the southern part of town near the best beaches, Casa Risa has an open floor plan, a covered patio surrounded by gardens, and a full kitchen.
  • Casa Kanelo: Bright one and two-bedroom units in a colorful building with access to a shared pool and garden. Each unit has a full kitchen, balcony, and air conditioning.
  • Mar y Sueños Apartments: Located right by Sayulita Beach and close to town, these studio apartments have free WiFi, kitchens, air conditioning, and balconies. There is a shared rooftop terrace, hot tub, and a garden with a swimming pool.
  • Villa Iguana Verde: Located in a quiet neighborhood close to the town and beaches, Villa Iguana Verde offers units with full kitchens, air-con, private patios, and free WiFi.

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How To Get to and Around Sayulita

From Puerto Vallarta Airport you can easily take an Uber, it’s the easiest choice.

Simply walk out of PV airport, make a left, then at the end of the building, make another left and walk over the pedestrian bridge. Once you reach the other side, order your Uber from there—they can’t pick you up from the airport.

Two golf carts in front a beautiful mural of the indiginous people of Mexico.
Hire a golf cart to explore Sayulita

Getting around Sayulita is super easy. Just use your legs. I walked the entire nine months I lived there, everything is pretty damn close! You’ll see lots of golf carts roaming around and it’s a great way to get around but they aren’t that cheap.

Two taxis at the taxi area in central Sayulita.

Uber isn’t really available to get out of Sayulita. Instead, you can Whats App Gerard Garcia +52 722 501 1383. He is our go-to taxi guy.

Tips for Visiting Sayulita

  • 10%-20% tips are the norm in the area so add a few pesos to your bill.
  • ATMs are everywhere but I recommend using the machines inside stores.
  • Make sure to go to the ATMs early if you’re here for a holiday or a busy weekend; sometimes, the ATMs run out of cash over the weekend.
  • Sayulita is hilly and covered in cobblestones and semi-broken walkways. So maybe wearing some comfortable walking sandals would be smart.
  • The exchange rate you find around town won’t favor you much. I’d only pay in pesos.
  • This place can fill up for the holidays and it gets expensive too!

I hope my list of things to do in Sayulita helps you better plan your trip here!

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