The complete guide to getting around Sayulita: bus, Uber, taxis, and more!

Getting around Sayulita is way easier on foot. You don’t need anything else but we’ve put together this Sayulita transportation guide for you to know your options when in town.

Welcome to Sayulita, traveler! First of all, you don’t have to worry about getting around Sayulita since it is a walking town. If your accommodation is in the center and you love walking, then you will not need anything more than this.

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However, some accommodations are on steep hills (i.e. those villas overlooking the ocean). As someone who is not familiar with the Sayulita layout, our best advice is for you to ask your landlord or Airbnb host about the terrain of the property.

Airbnb hosts will disclose the road type where the property is located and will tell you if it’s off-road, jungle road, or cobblestones.

If this is the case, continue reading this Sayulita transportation guide – we’ve listed down everything you need to know about getting around Sayulita in this post.

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✈️ Sayulita transportation from Puerto Vallarta Airport

The easiest way to get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport is by a private taxi driver. Our local taxi driver costs $55 USD for a one-way ride and this is the cheapest option.

If you want a certified airport taxi driver who will pick you up at the immigration gate (holding a sign with your name), you can opt for the VIP taxi service that starts at $125 USD.

Taking an Uber to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport is also another cheap way but Ubers are not allowed to enter the airport premises. You will have to wait at the foot bridge outside the airport in order to meet your driver (5-min walk).

Getting on a public bus is also cheap but you have to cross the footbridge to hail the bus on the other side of the airport highway. The bus only costs $4 USD and the travel time can take up to 1.5 hours.

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🚶‍♂️ Getting around Sayulita on foot

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Sayulita is a walking town. You can completely stroll the whole center of Sayulita within 20 minutes (on foot). The streets are narrow (and are mostly one-way) so expect car traffic to be heavy.

The streets are also very safe and you will often see children all over town (whether crossing the street to go to school or playing in the plaza). Cars usually stop for pedestrians so you don’t have to worry about safety while walking.

In order for you to know if your hotel in Sayulita is walkable to all the landmarks that you need to visit/be in, you can use Sayulita plaza as a reference for distance.

💳 Renting a golf cart in Sayulita

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A golf cart is widely used in Sayulita and is the main mode of transportation for residents and expats. You will see a pool of golf carts around the streets of Sayulita and most of them are customized to fit Sayulita’s cobblestone streets.

The daily rental rate for golf carts in Sayulita starts at $55 USD for a 4-seater and can go up to $100 USD for a 6-seater cart. Depending on the number of days of your rental, you can easily haggle for the daily prices.

At the moment, we are not recommending any golf cart company in Sayulita but you will see most of them lined up in the northside part of town, by Calle Miramar.

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🚖 Getting around Sayulita by taxi

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If your accommodation is not near the center, you can always take a taxi to your accommodation. The certified white taxis are parked by the plaza and cost $5 – $15 USD depending on where your accommodation is.

It’s always easy to get a taxi by the plaza since they are always there but if, for example, your accommodation is remote (i.e. the jungle villas), it’s not that easy to call a driver but get in touch with us and we will share some contact numbers of drivers who can pick you up at your accommodation to go to town.

The white taxis parked by the plaza can also take you to nearby towns such as San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, and Punta Mita. Expect to pay up to $50 USD per ride for these routes.

🚌 Getting around Sayulita by bus

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There is a bus station in Sayulita where you can go and take a bus to Puerto Vallarta and other neighboring towns in Nayarit. The buses leave every 30 minutes and you don’t even need to book in advance.

If you’re going south, take the bus with a Puerto Vallarta sign. This bus will stop in Bucerias, La Cruz, Nuevo Vallarta, and finally Puerto Vallarta. It can take up to 1.5 hours to get to PV since this bus stops a lot.

If you’re going north, to San Pancho, for example, take the bus with a sign that says “Lo de Marcos or San Pancho.”

🚗 Getting around Sayulita by car rental

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This is the best way to get around Sayulita and neighboring towns in Riviera Nayarit. The car rental company in Sayulita already closed so your best bet is to rent a car at Puerto Vallarta Airport upon arrival.

The daily car rental starts at $25 USD per day and the full tank for a Sedan is less than $50 USD. Renting a car to go around Sayulita is usually the option for surfers who want to explore the coast of Nayarit.

To rent a car at PV Airport, you will need to present a valid driver’s license (anything from your home country is accepted) and a credit card to pay the deposit. The deposit depends on the number of days you are renting a car (i.e. $300 USD per week).

Having a car during your vacation in Sayulita is very convenient. However, with the narrow streets and small town layout, expect parking to be difficult.

There are many parking lots within the town (from US$5) but they are not open 24 hours. Most parking lots close at 8:00 PM so if you spend the whole evening partying in the center, bringing a car might not be a good option.

🚘 Is there Uber in Sayulita?

Yes, there is Uber around Sayulita but it’s a hit-and-miss. Most drivers only accept rides if it’s going to Puerto Vallarta or another neighboring town but within Sayulita, the white taxis that are parked in the plaza are the better taxi transportation option.

Also, note that the white taxis in Sayulita Plaza are from a taxi union so they are not happy when there are Uber drivers around. With this, there were many conflicts between Uber drivers and white taxi drivers in Sayulita.

🛣️ How far is Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport?

On a private vehicle, the trip to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport is about 45 minutes. However, this airport has seen a lot of arrivals this year so it could take up to 1.5 hours.

If you are departing from Sayulita, you need to allot at least 4 hours before your flight to guarantee that you won’t miss your flight.

If you take the bus, it will take 2 hours as the bus stops at many small towns before Sayulita.

🇲🇽 Sayulita Travel Guide

  • Sayulita is a renowned destination for surfing lessons. Its warm, turquoise waters boast consistent, beginner-friendly waves, making it a top surfing spot in Nayarit.
  • Tequila tasting is a unique, sensory journey makes and a must-do while visiting Sayulita. Learn to appreciate quality tequila beyond the popularized shots, and engage with local traditions and artisans!
  • ATV tours and expeditions allow for exploring secluded beaches and hidden jungles. This is a great activity for groups and families with kids and an exhilarating way to experience the lesser-known side of Sayulita.
  • Embark on an exciting journey from Sayulita to the UNESCO-protected Marietas Islands. Discover hidden beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful marine life, and witness majestic dolphins and humpback whales.
  • Experience the captivating beauty of Sayulita’s hinterland with our Monkey Mountain tours. Trek through lush jungles, witness vibrant flora and fauna, and ascend to stunning panoramic vistas at the peak.
  • From the lively, surf-friendly main beach to tranquil, secluded coves, discover the diverse beaches of Sayulita.
  • Encounter colorful local artisans, explore eclectic shops, and savor authentic Mexican cuisine at Sayulita Plaza.
  • Villa Amor has panoramic ocean views, elegant accommodations, and personalized services nestled amidst tropical jungles.
  • Residencia Tropical Don Bonito has spacious, beautifully-appointed accommodations, modern amenities, and close proximity to the town’s attractions.
  • Hotel Boutique Siete Luna is an intimate, serene retreat with panoramic ocean views, luxurious accommodations, and top-tier services.
  • Mexico has a shortage of housing for locals. The community will appreciate it if you book with local-owned hotels and accommodations.
  • Go to Cava Mezcaleria for a mezcal cocktail and/or authentic mezcal sourced from local communities all over Mexico. The watermelon mezcal is our favorite!
  • Lucid Bar is where the local kids hang out, any time of the day. If you make it here, try to cross next door and have drinks at Aloha Bar, too!
  • You won’t miss Yambak as everyone flocks here by the end of the night. 2 for 1 on ll drinks (except the artisanal beers) every Tuesday! Cross the street to El Barrilito if you just want to people-watch.
  • Savor the authentic flavors of Thailand at Achara. This restaurant serves meticulously crafted Thai dishes, bursting with exotic flavors, in a warm, inviting atmosphere.
  • Sayulita Public House offers an array of local craft beers, expertly mixed cocktails, and delicious American bites.
  • Enjoy exceptional service, a charming atmosphere, and a Mexican food adventure that mirrors the vibrant spirit of Sayulita at Aaleyah’s.
  • Experience authentic flavors, friendly service, and the real taste of Mexican tacos at Tacos Ivan. It’s open til late!
  • Pizza Venezia has handcrafted, wood-fired pizzas, made with fresh, local ingredients, served in a cozy, family-friendly setting. Vegan dough, available upon request! The best part? BYOB!
  • Discover the vibrant colors, tastes, and sounds of Sayulita’s Friday Market. Browse through a bounty of local produce, unique crafts, and delectable street food.
  • Experience the unique charm of Sayulita’s Hippie Market. Discover a treasure trove of handcrafted jewelry, vibrant textiles, artisanal goods, and bohemian fashion.
  • Sayulita is a walkable town with narrow cobblestone streets. You don’t need any mode of transportation while there. You must take an airport taxi service from Puerto Vallarta (under $100 USD) to get there.
  • If you plan to drive around Nayarit area or to nearby towns, a rental car is highly recommended when visiting Sayulita.
  • You need travel insurance to Mexico! Ekta Traveling is the recommended insurance (for travelers ages 2 months to 100 years old).

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  1. Is there another travel insurance company that will cover me for 16 days as I was born in 1948?

    Are bicycle rentals available?

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