Sayulita is one of the most famous destinations in our 2020’s best of the best awards list. Mexico Insider actually started in Sayulita where we lived for 2 years and got to know the pueblo very well. This Sayulita travel guide is in-depth, complete, transparent, and honest. You won’t need any other guides once you read this!
🇲🇽 State: Nayarit
💲 Currency: Mexican pesos (MXN) with $ sign used. Don’t confuse it with US$ or USD.
🔌 Power plug: Mexico uses a type A socket (US, Canada). For more information about power plugs in Mexico, see this link (with photos)
🛃 Visa: Mexico is no longer giving 180 days visa to tourists so make sure that you have proof of accommodation and outbound flight so you’ll get the right visa.
🤟 Language: Most people in the service industry in Sayulita can speak English but only in big restaurants. You will still need to speak Spanish with street food/market vendors.
🌵 Culture: Sayulita is home to many expats from the US, Canada, Latin America, and many parts of Mexico. The culture is very laid-back and have a very slow lifestyle. The community is also very close-knit so everyone knows everyone! This is also a very family-oriented town so you will see a lot of children, especially in the plaza.
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🏄♀️ Things to do in Sayulita
We only included the highlights here but you can see our article on 40+ things to do in Sayulita if you need more activities. Those activities are categorized depending on what kind of traveler you are such as families with kids, solo travelers, couples, etc. We promise you’ll love that list!
Meanwhile, here are some of the things you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town:
Take surfing lessons
Beginners love the main beach because of its very friendly waves. For pros, there are many other beaches in the area but you may need to rent a car.
Hike Monkey Mountain
Monkey Mountain is only open during the winter/spring months (November – May) and it’s the best activity in Riviera Nayarit for outdoor enthusiasts.
Hire our local taxi drivers
Our local drivers in Sayulita will take you to anywhere in Riviera Nayarit like San Pancho, Punta Mita, Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta, and Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Get a massage
Getting a massage is always recommended to end your trip. We don’t get regular ones because it’s expensive in the US but here, they’re affordable!
Learn how to cook
If you love Mexican food and want to learn how to make it in your home, take cooking classes with locals! This is a super fun activity and you’ll learn a lot.
Take photos around town
Sayulita is photogenic everywhere you look! Walk around town and get lost in narrow, colorful streets. For best results, you can also hire our local photographers for a session!
With our close proximity to the tequila capital of the world, we have access to premium and high-grade tequila – this is a MUST when you are in town!
Breakfast at a local home
We are the only one offering this tour and this is one of our best-sellers! Step in a local home and experience our culture while hanging out with a local.
Day trips from Sayulita
🛏️ Sayulita hotels: where to stay
Super quick tutorial: when looking for hotels in Sayulita, make sure to use ‘Sayulita Plaza’ on Google maps as a to and from point. Simply put it on Google maps and it will appear. The Sayulita plaza is where all the restaurants, bars, and things to do in Sayulita so the plaza is going to be a popular landmark during your visit. Once you have this on the maps, type the address of the hotel you want to book. From there, you will see the walking distance and/or if you need to drive.
There are over 4,000 vacation rental homes in Sayulita. The luxurious ones are located on the cliff or in the jungles. These are accommodations ideal for groups of more than 10. The nightly rate range from US$650 – US$3,500. There are many villas for couples at US$200 per night.
The hotels are all in the center of town and are walkable. Hotels in Sayulita are not that big but it gives the comfort of being close to everything you need – you probably will be out all the time anyway! The nightly rate starts for as low as US$45 and is ideal for couples or people traveling in pairs.
Solo travelers on a budget can stay in hostels. There are less than 10 hotels in Sayulita – the hostel culture here is still very new as luxurious vacation rental homes are the trend. But it doesn’t mean that you won’t find affordable accommodations. A night at a hostel (shared dorm) starts at US$12 per bed.
🌮 Where to eat in Sayulita
Sayulita may be a small town but there are many restaurants here. We have many lists on this blog where we categorized the restaurants by cuisine. In Sayulita, the most common cuisines are Mexican, Italian, and American.
Many restaurants also have a kids’ menu for those who are traveling with kids. Aside from that, Sayulita has Thai, Middle Eastern, and other concept restaurants. There are many coffee shops and breakfast places, too! Just feel free to use the search button on the footer of this blog and search for the restaurants you like! Meanwhile, here are our favorite restaurants:
🍸 Sayulita bars and nightlife
Popular to be Riviera Nayarit’s party central, this Sayulita nightlife guide will give you an insider scoop about where the cool kids hang out. These bars in Sayulita are divided into categories including prices, events, and many more!
💵 Sayulita ATMs, USD exchange, etc
💵 US dollars: you can use USD to pay everywhere but every establishment has its own conversion rate. If the current rate in Mexico is $20 pesos per US$1, you will only get $18 pesos.
🏧 ATMs: Take as much cash as you can at the airport because ATMs in Sayulita always run out of cash! The hardest days to take cash is from Friday to Monday where ATMs are not able to dispense money. The best ATM is at Intercam but even though they are a bank, they seem to run out of cash, too! In any case that you urgently need cash, our office can send you money in Sayulita and we exchange a dollar for $18 pesos.
💳 Credit/debit cards: Restaurants accept credit cards but Mexico is still a cash society. AMEX is not widely accepted. Visa or Mastercard is preferred.
💸 Tipping: Tipping is highly encouraged as the daily wage in Mexico is low (US$7 per working day). If you like the service, you can give 15% but 10% is usually the minimum.
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