Is Sayulita expensive? Here’s how much you need to prepare for your trip

Is Sayulita expensive? Here’s everything you need to know on how much you’ll spend on a trip to Sayulita.

In this blog, there are many separate articles about the cost of living in Mexico (by area) but in this case, I am only discussing the travel budget. As we all know, living and traveling have different costs so I want to make this clear.

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This also fits all kinds of travelers as I have included accommodation types for all budgets. Sayulita is a very-friendly travel destination for everyone be it solo travelers, backpackers, families traveling with kids, couples honeymoons, etc.

My team and I can customize a budget plan and itinerary for you if you get in touch with us! Overall, you can certainly travel Sayulita on a budget. It’s not a destination where you have to spend a lot of money.

Anyway, let’s get started…. Is Sayulita expensive?

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✨ How much does it cost to travel to Sayulita?

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It really depends on your travel style but all budgets are welcome in Sayulita! To have an idea on how much you’ll spend, I’ve listed down some basic daily expenses below:

  • Currency: New Mexican peso (MXN): $1 = 17 Mexican pesos
  • Seasons: High season (October 29 – May 30) Low season (June 1 – October 15)
  • Hostel bed per night: $20 per night
  • Hotels/Airbnbs: $30 – $45 for 2 pax
  • Luxury accommodations: $700 – $2,000
  • Per meal cost: $7 – $10
  • Transportation costs: daily golf cart rental from $65

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🛏️ Accommodation costs in Sayulita

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Sayulita is popular for its luxury accommodations. Since this town is a very safe environment for families with kids, many Americans and Canadians opt to bring their children for a vacation here. With this, Sayulita became a top destination in Nayarit, Mexico.

For budget travelers, you can get a bed in a dorm with breakfast for as low as $20. There are only a few hostels in Sayulita and we’ve been to all of them. We promise you they are not sketchy as most people think.

Airbnbs are usually the favorite as you can get rare finds from $30 – $50. This is what we call mid-range accommodations and they are usually for two people.

With the rise of Airbnb, hotels in Sayulita can be a little bit cheaper with prices from $20 – $35 for two people.

Rental homes with pools are a big thing and are often booked by big groups (5-10 pax). They normally start at $300 per night and rest assured that these locations are very safe and are close to Sayulita’s main plaza.

Not just in Sayulita but in many countries in the world: the closer it is to the center, the more expensive it is. In Sayulita’s case, we would also like to mention that beachfront properties can be a little bit pricey.

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There are crazy crazy crazy beautiful luxury homes that range from $700 – $2,500. But this type of accommodation is fully-equipped with pools, multiple bedrooms, and great views.

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🌮 Food costs in Sayulita

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All hostels and Airbnbs have kitchens but we’ve observed how people like to eat out in Sayulita – there is a big eating-out culture here even among locals.

Because of the town’s great vibe, eating out in Sayulita is a social activity. Restaurants are always full, even during non-peak hours!

For starters, many Sayulita street food carts range from $1 – $7. We received lots of comments from foreign visitors asking if street food in Sayulita is safe – ABSOLUTELY!

If you watch our Street Food Icons series on Youtube, you will see that we’ve worked closely with these people and we’ve seen how they operate – do not be afraid to try it!

Not only that you are going on a gastronomic adventure in Mexico but you are also supporting local businesses by doing so. These are all super local and family-run so we hope you can support them

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Restaurant prices start from $9 and up. We’ve never eaten anywhere in Sayulita that is more than $25 per meal – we believe this is the max.

It all depends on the ambiance and location of the restaurants, though. We were just at an Asian restaurant in Sayulita last night and we paid $30 for 3 pax including alcoholic drinks!

If drinking is part of your travel budget, see the prices on how to spend a rock ‘n roll Sayulita nightlife below:

  • National beers: from $3
  • Cocktails: from $7
  • Craft beers: from $3

🚌 Transportation costs in Sayulita

The good thing about Sayulita is that it is a walking town – you don’t need to take a taxi all the time! Everything in Sayulita is within a 5-10 minutes walk. Apart from saving money on transportation, you get to exercise without even trying!

We do know some people who are not fans of walking. Taxi costs within Sayulita are from $5 (wherever you want to go within the area). If you are going to Puerto Vallarta, it can range up to $40.

Sayulita is a golf cart town. Since the streets are very narrow, golf carts (including ATVs, motorbikes, bicycles) are the main modes of transportation here.

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Golf cart rental starts at $50 per day. You can also rent a car for $30 per day but we must warn you: you will be very stressed with parking!

If you need cheap transportation from Puerto Vallarta Airport to Sayulita and back, you can support our local driver who only charges $69 per ride.

🧭 Tour prices in Sayulita

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Another good thing is that there are lots of free things to do in Sayulita. Going to all beaches within Sayulita does not cost anything and is often a tourist’s favorite.

If you are a surfer and you want to rent a board, they range from $20$30 per day. If you want a surfing guide with transportation, it can go up to $99 per person.

You can get a discount if you rent them for days! Other tours like the Monkey Mountain hike or visiting the Marietas Islands start at $100.

We started Mexico Insider’s Support Local project in Sayulita where we vetted a few individuals who are selling their tours. Note that these are not companies.

They are people who are building their business on their own and we supported them by creating free marketing materials for their business.

If you want to support this endeavor, you may check all local tours in Sayulita here. We promise these are one of a kind and we are the only site with these local tours!

✈️ Flight costs to Sayulita

The airport you fly into Sayulita is Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Depending on where you are flying from, it can go up to $600, especially if it’s a direct flight.

The following US airports have direct flights to Puerto Vallarta:

  • Austin
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Minneapolis
  • Phoenix
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose

💱 Currency in Mexico

The currency in Mexico is called the Mexican peso. To date, $1 is equivalent to 17 Mexican pesos. More or less. Some establishments will exchange your dollar to 16 pesos.

Please note that Mexico also uses the dollar sign for the Mexican peso sign but $ you see in Sayulita (menus, signs, etc) is in Mexican pesos.

Unlike Los Cabos where $ means USD.

💰 Can you use US dollars in Sayulita?

No, not really. Even if you can use US dollars in Sayulita, they will exchange it for a very poor rate so it’s better to bring Mexican pesos. You’ll lose a lot if you use USD.

💵 Money exchange in Sayulita

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I always advice everyone to use the currency exchange at the airport as it may give you a better rate.

When I was living in Sayulita, the guys at Jhoul Foods (a mini supermarket at Pelicanos Street) allowed me to exchange USD for pesos for a better rate.

There is also a money exchange center in Sayulita. Just ask for ‘casa de cambio’ and they will tell you where it is.

Lastly, Sayulita has one bank called Intercam. You can exchange dollars there but I am not sure if Mexican banks are any better than airport money exchange.

🏧 ATM withdrawals in Sayulita

From Friday to Monday, it will be hard to withdraw in Sayulita. ATMs are always out of cash, making many of us residents go to Puerto Vallarta regularly if we want to withdraw cash or better yet, withdraw/exchange everything at the airport.

Many ATMs in the airport will dispense Mexican pesos even if you use your American, Canadian, or European bank cards. Of course, the conversion will all depend on your bank.

If you run out of cash while in Sayulita, the best ATMs are inside Don Pedro’s restaurant (turn left from the entrance, towards their restrooms). They have both USD and pesos ATMs and I always go here because only locals I know withdraw here.

Intercam is also a great place to withdraw but everybody goes there when the small ATM machines in town are out of cash. I suggest taking out at least $500 (8,000 pesos) when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta.

In Mexico, the daily withdrawal limit is 9,000 pesos ($522).

💳 Using Credit/debit cards in Sayulita

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Most establishments in Sayulita accept credit cards but not everyone accepts Amex. I don’t really know if I have ever used my Amex card in Sayulita as Visa and Mastercard are more popular.

I would say that Sayulita is still a cash society (like most of Mexico) but you can use your credit card in big shops and restaurants.

💁‍♀️ Tipping in Sayulita

Tipping is mandatory in Mexico because of the low salary. Most locals heavily rely on tips so make sure to give at least 10%. Treat it as if you are back home in the States.

For our Australian and European friends, I know you are not from tipping countries but in Mexico, this is a local custom so please tip fairly.

I always give 20% if I like the service plus I also have many friends who are waiters in Sayulita so it’s very important for me to tip them.

  • 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. Hi, thank you for all the insider tips to Sayulita! May I ask if tipping is required for buying street food or takeaway food and drinks? Are there taxes on top of the goods & services you get? Appreciate your help!

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