About 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta lies the beautiful fishing village of Sayulita. Known for its consistent river mouth surf break, Sayulita was “discovered” by roving surfers in the late 1960s. Today, Sayulita remains a hidden gem with approximately 6,000 residents boasting picturesque beaches, charming restaurants and great food. Unlike some other Mexican towns, tourists mingle with locals in a relaxed atmosphere, without the hustle and bustle of major touristy resorts. Still a mecca for beginner surfers of all ages, the quaint seaside town attracts upscale tourists with its numerous art galleries and restaurants as well.
The action in Sayulita happens at the beach. At the main Sayulita Beach, rent a chair and umbrella and enjoy cocktails and people watching. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at surfing or paddle boarding. For a more intimate experience, walk South to Los Muertos Beach where you’ll find a more family friendly vibe. Here, where the spirits of those nearby dead perhaps have gathered, the sea is calm, the swimming is wonderful, and off the rocks to the left, the snorkeling is fantastic.
If you’re looking for a great meal, Sayulita does not disappoint. Stop by the famous Chocobana restaurant for their sumptuous pastries or enjoy a plate of huevos rancheros. For lunch, try the fish tacos at one of the many taco stands around town, and cap off the night with dinner and drinks at Don Pedro’s.
Sayulita is just one of the many day trips you can take from beautiful Puerto Vallarta. Visit the official Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit websites to find more about Sayulita and other towns in the area.