An hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, Sayulita is commonly referred to as pueblo mágico, or, “magic city.” It’s a full of life, hip seashore city stuffed with surfers and pleasant locals cruising round in golf carts.
Typically acknowledged for the colourful artwork strung above the streets, Sayulita is turning into an ever extra fashionable place to go to due to its laid-back environment, stunning pure setting, and abundance of cool issues to do. Listed below are some superior actions to strive there:
Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise, and is nice for newbies. Taking a surf lesson is straightforward and enjoyable, particularly with one of many respected corporations on the town. Lunazul Surfing, for instance, is without doubt one of the greatest in Sayulita for board leases, surf classes, and browsing excursions to different spots on the coast. The family-owned firm has been praised by publications like Journey + Leisure and Lonely Planet for friendliness, location, gear, lodging, and data. For a 1.5-hour lesson, costs vary from $45 to $65.
At one time, turtle eggs had been a sought-after meals merchandise. After a few years of being over-harvested, the ocean turtle inhabitants has suffered a drastic decline. Campamento Tortuguero Sayulita is working onerous to protect these magnificent animals by releasing the recently-hatched turtles safely.
You’ll be able to attend the discharge of the turtles at sundown between January and June or volunteer with the group to be taught extra about their preservation efforts.
Yoga Retreat or Class
The coolness, laid-back environment of Sayulita makes the realm a fantastic place for a yoga retreat. Whereas there are numerous retreats ranging in size throughout Sayulita, I adored Haramara, the place you possibly can select the size of your retreat, keep in attractive cabañas, and luxuriate in clear, entire meals ready for you each day. The Haramara property grounds are merely gorgeous and would make the right setting for some much-needed rejuvenation. Relying on whenever you go and the lodging you favor, costs vary from $215 to $390 per night time.
I attended a weeklong women’s retreat there and whereas I assumed it was magical, it’s vital to know that the villas don’t have partitions. You’re completely immersed in nature and can see many birds, butterflies, and even iguanas. There’s no electrical energy, both, and nights are lived by lamplight. I by no means felt unsafe and liked the expertise – get out of your consolation zone a bit!
Or, if you happen to’re merely in search of a couple of yoga lessons, take a look at Paraiso Yoga, which affords between one and 4 lessons per day in all totally different yoga types. The studio even has a cool on-line deal the place you should buy seven days of limitless yoga lessons for simply $55, which might be excellent if you happen to’re taking a weeklong journey to Sayulita!
Pamper Your self
Getting a therapeutic massage or spa remedy is considerably inexpensive in Sayulita than it’s nearly wherever within the USA and even different touristy locations in Mexico. A therapeutic massage will run about $25-40 per hour right here and you can even discover good offers on facials and different therapies.
On the seashore you would possibly discover ladies providing massages, however you can even take a look at one of many many spas round city. 7 Spa comes extremely beneficial and affords quite a lot of massages and spa therapies to select from.
Islas Marietas Tour
The Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) are small, uninhabited islands off the coast of Nayarit, the state of which Sayulita is part. Take a tour to the islands the place you possibly can discover clear waters, nice seashores, and coves. Some excursions embody snorkeling and others embody whale-watching, however most are solely half-day excursions departing from and returning to Sayulita. One nice tour firm is WildMex, which affords a couple of totally different tour choices to the islands.
Go Whale Watching
Between mid-December and the start of April, you possibly can count on to see whales off the coast of Sayulita. Throughout this time of 12 months, humpback, blue, and grey whales migrate to the realm to benefit from the heat waters of the Nayarit coast. Probably the most respected firm with the perfect rankings is La Orca de Sayulita, which has a robust deal with conservation.
You’ll be able to e-book a tour on La Orca de Sayulita’s website.
WildMex affords one other cool exercise: a jungle hike. Hike via the jungle from Sayulita to the neighboring city of San Pancho. This trek will let you get out into the attractive pure environment of the realm and see some cool flora, fauna, and wildlife. Plus, all of the income from these excursions are used to create new trails and preserve current ones! Ebook a spot on a bunch tour (the place you’ll meet another cool vacationers) for $65.
Hop on a trusty steed and journey via the jungle in addition to alongside the seashore to discover much more of Sayulita. The horseback journey itself could be a ton of enjoyable, plus it’s a good way to get out and about! Rancho Mi Chaparrita affords each lengthy and brief rides at totally different occasions of the day, so you possibly can go for a shady afternoon journey below the timber or even a sundown journey alongside the shoreline. A brief tour lasting an hour and twenty minutes prices $50, whereas a protracted tour of two hours and twenty minutes prices $90.
In case you’re actually feeling adventurous, additionally take certainly one of Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s thrilling ATV tours, the place you’ll be splashing, crashing, and cruising via the ocean, jungle, and Sayulita city on a four-wheeler. A single ATV prices $85 for a few two-hour journey, full with fruit and drinks. Beware, you would possibly get muddy, nevertheless it’ll be one superior journey!
Amongst Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s different adventures is a jungle canopy zipline tour. With 13 strains and 4 suspension bridges all through the jungle, you’ll spend about two hours zipping via the treetops excessive above the bottom. Imagine it or not, Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s journey even comes with a free tequila tasting! This enjoyable tour prices $85 per individual.
Mountain Bike By means of the Jungle
As you possibly can see by now, there are many alternatives to get your adrenaline repair in Sayulita. One other certainly one of them is taking a mountain bike guided tour via the jungle. WildMex has guided tours that vary from novice to knowledgeable, mellow filth roads to Technical Singletrack.
These excursions are an epic strategy to get your journey repair whereas visiting Sayulita.
Store ‘Til You Drop
Again on the town, Sayulita has a ton of nice procuring choices. There are many shops throughout city with cute, distinctive clothes choices, although they are often expensive. For extra of an area really feel, looking markets could be a enjoyable exercise to get a way of the city, beginning with Sayulita’s riverside “hippie market” full of colourful, handmade items and crafts. Stroll via rows of tables topped with enjoyable, distinctive gadgets, and pick a pair of earrings or seashore blanket to recollect your journey by.
On Fridays, take a look at the Sayulita Farmers’ Market, the place native distributors promote scrumptious baked items and different meals. Then, on Sundays, head over to the tianguis, one other open-air market with clothes, textiles, and native art work.
Be taught About Huichol Tradition
Lengthy earlier than Mexico was colonized by the Spanish, the realm the place present-day Sayulita lies was inhabited by the Huichol individuals who had been descendents of the Aztecs. Many generations later, the Huichol folks proceed to put on their conventional crimson and white textiles and are unimaginable artisans. They’re recognized for his or her intricate beadwork and artwork, which is offered round city.
Among the best locations in Sayulita to be taught extra in regards to the Huichol artwork and tradition traditions is the Tierra Huichol Art Gallery. There you’ll discover colourful beaded artwork items impressed by indigenous cosmology.
Watch Avenue Performers
Sayulita Plaza is understood for nearly all the time having avenue performers exhibiting off varied methods. On any given night on this predominant sq. of the city, you would possibly catch fireplace dancers, jugglers, clowns, singers, and different performers. That is fairly widespread in lots of locations all through Mexico, however Sayulita tends to draw some extra out-of-the-box performers that you simply’ll positively wish to cease and look ahead to some time.
Among the best issues about Sayulita is the artwork throughout city. From the streamers hanging over little roadways branching out from the city sq. to the murals by proficient artists, Sayulita is quirky and colourful.
I liked strolling via city and discovering new murals and streamers each time I went out.
Go to the Cemetery and Playa de los Muertos
You may be questioning why a cemetery is on this record, however hear me out. Cemeteries are massively vital in Mexican tradition and are considered in another way than they’re in lots of different components of the world. Right here, cemeteries are gathering locations and are colorfully adorned to have a good time family members who’ve handed on.
The cemetery in Sayulita is exclusive due to how shut it’s to the sandy seashore. Actually, the closest seashore to the cemetery is named “Playa de los Muertos” or seashore of the useless. Don’t be alarmed because it’s not the sort of spooky place you’ll count on.
Benefit from the Seashore
Sayulita’s predominant seashore, the place the surf waves are and loads of hawkers and bars, was not my favourite half. However you don’t should go far to seek out quiet locations to put your towel down and go for a swim. I like to recommend turning proper and strolling up the seashore till you discover your excellent spot.
The water is a contact above lukewarm, and often the waves aren’t too huge, both.
Catch a Sundown at Monkey Mountain
Sayulita’s seashores are surrounded by mountains on three sides, making it a fantastic place to get out for a hike. The hike up Monkey Mountain takes about 2 hours and could be booked via WildMex Surf & Adventure.
The very best a part of this journey is reaching the highest of the mountain to look at the sundown over the ocean, so be certain to e-book the afternoon hike!
Escape to San Pancho
I admit, the very first thing I wished to do upon reaching Sayulita was go away.
From what I’ve heard, it has modified so much up to now few years and morphed from a quiet, artsy hippie city to extra of a vacationer spot. It’s excellent for individuals who wish to drive round golf carts and occasion in bars, however that’s not me. In time I did discover the quieter, extra stunning components of city and got here to benefit from the surrounding areas, however I nonetheless preferred Playa San Pancho in San Francisco, only a 20 minute drive north, significantly better.
If you would like peace and tranquility and are OK with skipping the bars, head to San Pancho. I adored it.
Discover Close by Seashores
There are a number of pretty seashores close by you can take a protracted, scorching stroll, get fortunate with an Uber (there are a couple of round!), or cruise over with a golf cart to:
- Playa Escondida/Carricitos – Beautiful for sundown.
- Los Muertos Seashore close to Punta Sayulita.
- Playa Malpaso close to San Pancho (will want a taxi).
Among the best issues about touring in Mexico is the meals, amiright? It’s onerous to beat Mexican meals, even when evaluating it to the remainder of the world, no less than in my Southern Californian coronary heart. I adored the meals in Sayulita, significantly the next:
- Yah-Yah Sayulita Cafe: In case you’re in search of natural and scrumptious breakfast meals and lunch bowls, plus wonderful espresso. Vegan choices out there.
- Organi-Ok: Acai and poke bowl heaven.
- Maria’s Fish Tacos: All the time packed however all the time scrumptious. In case you’re not feeling fish or there’s no area, there’s a taco place proper subsequent door to the suitable (when dealing with the restaurant) that’s only a counter to order from with some tables outdoors and DELICIOUS.
Getting There and Round
Attending to Sayulita could be easy and simple, and doesn’t should be costly. For most individuals, Puerto Vallarta airport is the place to begin.
- Personal automotive: The most costly possibility could be to take a non-public automotive or taxi from the airport to Sayulita, which takes about an hour, however why try this? For instance, the shuttle that Haramara affords prices $90 one-way. There are higher methods.
- Bus: There’s a public bus you can take, offered that you simply don’t have a lot baggage and might communicate Spanish, for nearer to at least one greenback. If that’s out of your consolation zone, then I extremely suggest Uber.
- Uber: It solely price me about $24 to get into city utilizing Uber. With the intention to do that, you’re going to should stroll throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect of the freeway. It’s very simple to seek out, very apparent, and it’s orange. You’ll be able to’t miss it if you happen to go searching for it after strolling outdoors from the arrivals corridor. Understand that, when you cross the bridge, you gained’t be capable to use airport Wi-Fi anymore, so it will solely work in case you are utilizing an information plan, as a result of it may be a bit chaotic and also you would possibly want to speak along with your driver about an actual pickup spot. Nonetheless, it might be cheaper to activate your each day $10 information than to take the airport taxi or a non-public shuttle.
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