What $25 and $800 Sayulita Airbnbs look like, and other booking tips from a local host
Thank you so much for reaching out! I would love to meet you when you are here in Sayulita. Just send me a message via Instagram DM. Because of the pandemic, most Sayulita Airbnbs now offer long-term rent but I don’t recommend booking it via Airbnb since it’s more expensive. I will tell you where to find cheap long-term rent in Sayulita in this post. You’ll definitely save 50% of your Sayulita travel budget.
The Sayulita layout is also not easy to understand especially if you haven’t been. We are in the jungle so knowing what area to book your accommodations is not very easy.
I will discuss everything you need in this post. If there’s anything I did not answer, let me know in the comment box below and I’ll update this.
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Booking Sayulita Airbnbs: an overview
I’ve been an Airbnb host in Sayulita for the last 2 years and I honestly was confused at the pricing in the beginning. At first, I just asked my fellow hosts about how I should price my listing and they all said that I should just copy what the rest are doing.
Sayulita is an Airbnb paradise. Since it is already a solid brand, all hosts here people will come no matter what, meaning, we don’t need to market Sayulita anymore. Investing in vacation rentals always guarantee ROI. I even know some people here who are just 100% earning as a host (without other jobs) as the Airbnb culture here is really big.
I am currently on a pause on being a host in Sayulita because life happened and it just took so much of my time. I have other jobs so hosting on Airbnb is just secondary for me. However, I have lots of recommendations for Airbnbs in Sayulita and I’ve seen most of them in person.
How expensive are Airbnbs in Sayulita?
We kind of have a reputation of being expensive when it comes to vacation homes but very few people know they can get accommodations here for under $25 USD (which I will discuss later on). To understand the prices in Sayulita, you need to know about our high and low season:
High Season (October 29 – May 30)
During this time, hosts put their listings on Airbnb at higher prices. The first wave of the high season is Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a very big celebration in Mexico. People flock Sayulita because of our close-knit celebrations as some cities celebrate it on a bigger scale (like Mexico City and Oaxaca). Christmas and New Year prices are also crazy. Believe me, when I was changing my listing prices, I also found it ridiculous but the thing is I need to follow what the others are doing. Since Sayulita is a solid brand and everyone’s dying to have a vacation here, we, the locals know that foreigners will find this cheap but by Mexican standards, it’s really a lot of money.
I was even asked by one Mexican from Guadalajara to write why Sayulita is so expensive and is not affordable for nationals. But the truth is, there are lots of factors about prices in Sayulita and I have yet to investigate that. I plan to make a full article/investigation though I already know why our town is priced this way. I just need to make it more solid.
Low season (June 1 – October 29)
Most ex-pats who live in Sayulita leave at this time because of the intense humidity. Really, if you’re not used to very hot weather, don’t come during the low season. The only good thing about this time is all Airbnbs are cheaper and the town is empty. You will get to enjoy beaches to yourself. It’s also my favorite since it’s just us in town and we get to enjoy it for what it is. Because of the weather, some bars and restaurants also close during the low season but other businesses that are more financially stable remain open.
What is the best area to stay in Sayulita?
The biggest Airbnb area in Sayulita is the northside area. All the properties are situated there. Although it’s my favorite area, it’s quite a walk to town and there are very few affordable options. I do like the quiet vibe though. I feel like it’s always best for families and honeymooners to stay in this area.
I used to live in the Southside (Punta de Mita highway) which is about 7 minutes walk to the plaza. It’s a very Mexican area and all the locals live there. Two of my ex-Airbnbs were also here since rent is cheaper.
All properties near the plaza are, of course, priced higher. Bear in mind that Sayulita nightlife happens by the plaza so if you are not a fan of bars, clubs, and loud music til 5:00 am, then don’t choose accommodations here. In order for you to know this area before booking your Airbnb, just check the street name Avenida Revolucion, the main avenue of the town’s center.
Overall, there are over 600 properties in our small town and since we are a walking town (yep, everything here is within walking distance), I think the only thing you have to consider when booking your vacation home is if you like the party scene or if you want to be away from the noise. Mexican culture is normally loud (roosters, construction, etc) so expect these in our town.
Long-term rent in Sayulita: should I use Airbnb?
Most friends who visit me here book their long-term accommodations on Airbnb until I tell them not to. I just think it’s really a lot of money even if it isn’t for them. The best way to find long-term rental apartments (especially if you are staying as a digital nomad) is to join the group Sayulita People on Facebook. It would be very hard to join the group if you are just passing by – the admins only approve Sayulita residents but there are lots of posts there that are public. When in doubt, you can always consult the guys at Sayulita Insider as they have lots of tips on finding cheap apartments.
When the pandemic started, some hosts opened the long-term rent option on Airbnb but I still find it very expensive. For example, on Airbnb, monthly rent is priced at $1,500 for a 2-BR house but the house I lived in where I rented from Mexicans, for the same number of bedrooms and location quality, I only pay $500 USD. The best thing to do is still to chat with locals but you need to polish your Spanish. Not everyone speaks English here.
If you’re only going on vacation, below are the best Airbnbs I recommend, together with my opinion about them.
Best $25 USD Airbnb
This boutique hotel is probably the cheapest and most ideal for couples on a budget. When we see $25 USD listings, we always think that it’s going to be sketchy, dirty, or low-class but this one-bedroom unit is certified to be following COVID cleaning protocols. I know I said that most places in Sayulita are only within 5-minutes walking distance but this one since it’s cheaper than the rest, is about 10-minutes. It really isn’t that bad. I feel like I get more walking distance comments from my Latin readers who are not really fans of walking. When it’s more than 5 minutes, they refuse to book the accommodations. But then again, if you want a closer vacation rental, get ready to increase your travel budget.
I think this is a good digital nomad accommodation (budget-wise) since I haven’t really tested the WiFi myself. However, its location (Manuel Navarrete) Street is home to lots of cafes and restaurants in Sayulita with strong WiFi. I love this property because there’s light coming in, which, in my experience, is a luxury in Sayulita. Mexican homes are normally built with thick concrete walls and I don’t understand why lots of houses here don’t have windows. But this one is well-lit!
Cheap Sayulita hostel
I’ve stayed in this hostel during my 7-week Peru backpacking trip and again when I did my 10-day Colombia road trip. They have branches in all major cities in Mexico and almost all of South America so it was just smart to stay with them as they offered discounts if you’re staying in different branches.
This hostel opened in March 2020 (at the beginning of the pandemic) but they weren’t fully operational since July. It is popular for its cheap prices and super modern design. They also brand themselves as a digital nomad hostel as they have strong wifi, which you have to pay extra. It does not come with the nightly stay.
In my experience, most branches of this hostel in South America are quiet and chill but the one in Sayulita hosts after-parties almost every night. They always have a DJ every weekend and whenever we have a COVID curfew, they always manage to organize parties after hours. If you are a party person, definitely stay here. I really love the rooms, their design, and the layout!
Best beachfront Sayulita Airbnb
Situated in Pescadores Street (where you take the boats to Punta De Mita or fishing tours with local fishermen), this beachfront studio starts at $175 USD per night. Now, you see the price difference location-wise. This property is ideal for 3 people (1 King bed + couch that transforms into a bed) and is guaranteed to provide privacy. You will also have access to a gorgeous pool with ocean views. Please take note there are more than one unit in this casita so the pool is shared with other guests. I can say this is a great quarantine slash staycation accommodation in Sayulita.
It’s a mix of modern and Mexican design: the palapa, which is very popular in most accommodations in Mexico’s beach towns is great for airflow and protection from the strong sun. It’s also just 5-minutes from the bars and restaurants in town. It is also very close to the plaza.
Sayulita Airbnb with the best location
This penthouse gets the best in location award because it is literally in the middle of town. When you stay here, you will get a glimpse of the local life in Sayulita while having coffee on their spacious patio. I stayed here because a friend of mine rented it for a month so I really had fun seeing all the action in the pueblo! Since this is very centric, bear in mind that the bottom floor of this building is where all the bars and restaurants are located. Expect to hear live music, motorbikes passing by, people, etc.
This is in the main avenue but it’s 3 floors up so it wouldn’t be that loud after hours. The good thing about this location is that it’s really quiet after 12 as everyone goes to the plaza area for the parties. This property is on Airbnb Plus and it starts at $200 USD per night. There are two bedrooms in this property so you can definitely split the $200 USD among 4 people. It really isn’t that expensive! The pool is newly constructed so they don’t have the pictures yet. I’ve seen it in person and I can say that they really did well!
Best Airbnb in Sayulita that accepts pets
Not many people know this but Sayulita is a pet owner’s dream destination. With the help of Sayulita Animals who has been working on spaying and neutering street dogs for free in the last 11 years, Sayulita is now street dogs free though with the number of dogs roaming the streets freely, it looks like they are all stray but don’t worry – they all have owners!
Even my own dogs (I have 2) roam the plaza and go back to my house by themselves. This is the best thing I love about Sayulita. All the dogs are friends and I never have to worry about them going around unsupervised. I know a lot of people whose dogs got stolen so just be mindful about your dogs. You don’t necessarily have to leash them but let them play free without worrying!
This beautiful casita starts at $65 USD per night for 2 pax and has ample space for your pets. The best thing about this accommodation is that they also offer the temazcal experience along with your stay. Temazcal is a tradional Mexican sweat lodge that helps purify the body. I did this in San Jose del Pacifico, Oaxaca but it is also very common in Sayulita.
Best Sayulita Airbnb with private parking
This cozy flat is exactly what it is as you see them in the photos. I feel like I’m always in Bali whenever I stay here. The mix of rustic furniture and green plants make each area of this listing provide comfort. It’s definitely an Instagrammer’s favorite! But this one is on this list because of its private parking. If you are not familiar with our streets in Sayulita, well, they are very narrow and often one-way. It will take you ages to find parking and even the parking lots that charge $8 USD for the whole day are always full!
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Located on the northside, this property is close to the non-crowded beaches. I seriously drive to this area because the Sayulita main beach is always full. All the yoga houses and wellness centers are also in this area. The northside streets are nicely done (flat, not crazy mud driving) so if you are traveling to Sayulita by car, this is the best area to stay in.
Best Sayulita Airbnb with private pool
When it comes to Sayulita Airbnbs with a private pool, a lot of guests are very confused if they are sharing the pool with other guests or will have it on their own. The vacation home format here is normally one property with different villas inside. Pools are part of the common areas. However, there are lots of properties where you’ll have the pool to yourself. My tip is for you to filter your Airbnb searches: put “house” and “pool” at the same time and see what appears on your search results. That’s the most accurate when it comes to Sayulita accommodations with private pool.
This jungle view Airbnb has 2 bedrooms and can house 4 people. There is also a separate studio apartment which you can rent separately or together with the main house. Although this is a great accommodation for doing private parties, Lesley, the host does not allow pets, smoking, or parties. Prices start at $153 USD per night and there is a minimum of 4-nights when booking this property.
Best in value for solo travelers
I gave this one the best in value for solo travelers award because of many factors. When I first saw this boho studio suite, I couldn’t believe that it was only less than $40 USD! This was one of the pricing samples that I followed for my own listings but this one is so beautiful I’d definitely pay $60 for it! The space is small but enough for 2 people. There are also multiple units in this building but the best thing about this is that it’s an open-air layout.
Located in the iconic Niños Heroes neighborhood, this accommodation is ideal if you want to be away from the noise and close to Sayulita’s jungle beaches like Carriticitos and Patzcuarito. There is also a cafe on this street that has fiber-optic wifi (1 out of 2 in Sayulita) so if you are a solo traveler and a digital nomad looking for the best value for your money, book this place!
Best Airbnb for honeymooners
Honeymooners like privacy and this spacious and private casita lush gardens and the semi-secluded location is my best recommendation for honeymooners. This property only has one bedroom but it looks big because of the large outdoor area. Accommodations like this are my favorite as I am really big on the outdoors rather than the size of the house.
Prices start at $150 USD per night. I observed that a lot of honeymooners in Sayulita allot a daily budget of more than $200 USD for the accommodations because they think that’s the ideal budget but you can definitely have a budget honeymoon in Sayulita by booking this one. Their quite in demand so make sure to book ahead of time!
I also offer honeymoon planning for all budgets in Sayulita so if you are a honeymooner and don’t want to stress, get in touch with me and I’ll definitely help you!
Best Sayulita Airbnb for an all-girls trip
This property has a main house with two-bedrooms and a little casita by the entrance that has a fully-equipped amenities. I awarded this entire house as the best Airbnb for girls traveling together because it’s spacious and it has a private pool! The compound is very big that big groups can enjoy lounging by the pool and doing barbeque. If you are planning a girls trip in Sayulita, I can recommend a masseuse, mani/pedi service, etc to come to your Airbnb – just give me a ring!
I recently had a private party here with a DJ (nothing big, just a group of super close friends) and this Airbnb has lots of space. Just enough for what I needed for the party. The owners have told me they now require a 5-nights minimum booking for the high season so you definitely can’t book it the way I did (I booked it only for the party. We did not sleep there). The property manager is also a good friend of mine so if you book this one, let him know you found it through my blog.
Best Sayulita Airbnb for families traveling with kids
Villas Palmar is a compound of different Airbnbs and Sayulita accommodations that has its private gate access to the beach. There are many properties in this compound but for the best Airbnbs for families, I recommend this family home inside Villas Palmar. Don’t worry, the compound has lots of space so rest assured that you will have proper distancing from the other units/guests. Even if the pool is shared by the whole compound, there is lots of space for everyone in the common areas. Their pool is really big!
I personally know the owner, Lucas, who is a father himself so he definitely knows what families traveling to Sayulita are looking for when it comes to accommodations. I have recommended this to a lot of friends because of its security. This is a gated community with security guards 24/7 so you don’t have to worry about safety. This Airbnb has an indoor and outdoor layout and is right in front of the beach.
Best Sayulita Airbnb for groups of friends
Also located inside Villas Palmar (like Casa Lucas above, I stayed in Robalo and Dorado with 9 other friends. This building has 10 rooms and is perfect for groups traveling together. Both Robalo and Dorado units have a connecting bridge in the penthouse so you can easily mingle and have dinner parties with your group.
Each floor has 2 separate bedrooms (except for the penthouses). All floors have their own kitchen and living room area. I feel like this is a really good recommendation for a quarantine hotel! The thing about traveling in groups is that sometimes, you tend to look for privacy but Robalo and Dorado is a 3-floor accommodation which guarantees each individual’s privacy whenever needed.
You can rent the whole villa as a group but there is also an option to just rent each floor. The host, Eric, is very attentive and will answer all your questions. Not sure if they have individual listings for each floor but I’m sure he can help!
Best Sayulita Airbnb for surfers
The reason why I awarded surf studio the best Airbnb for surfers is not because it is a surf shop but the host can give you insider tips about Sayulita surf. I honestly am not familiar with our surf culture here because I am not too involved in it but lots of Airbnb hosts here can help you with the best surf spots, board rentals, and everything you need for your surf vacation.
This Airbnb is right across the north beach where you can easily walk with your surfboard. Again, as I told you, north beach is my favorite because there are always fewer people there. Most tourists hang out in the southern part of Sayulita’s main beach. Starting at $39 USD per night, this accommodation is good for 2 people though there is only one bedroom. If you are traveling by yourself and just want to surf, surf, and surf, then this is the best accommodation for you.
Best Unique Stay
This treehouse is quite a walk from town but that’s the price you are paying when you want unique stays like this. Starting at $1,500 a night, this accommodation has 3 bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, a private pool, and an outdoor area with a beach view. It can house 8 people. I’ve been asked a lot about quarantine accommodations in Sayulita and I’d categorize this treehouse as a ‘staycation slash lockdown’ vacation.
Many of you know that we have weird COVID rules here in Sayulita (or in easy saying, as if COVID does not exist) so for those who are not comfortable with this set up but still wants to go on a fantastic vacation, book this treehouse and bring all your family and friends!