43 local things to do in Sayulita Mexico

What I love the most about this small town is the strong sense of being part of the community. I lived in Sayulita for two years and in this list, you will find the best things to do in Sayulita that support the local community.

A trip to Sayulita is always a good idea! It is one of the safest, most fun, and young solo travel destinations in Mexico. I actually just want to do a 2-week vacation here and yet I ended up living here for 2 years!

Many destinations are not solo traveler-friendly (i.e. you have to book tours with a minimum of 2 pax) but there are so many things to do in Sayulita on your own. Some of them, you don’t even have to pay for!

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🤔 Is Sayulita worth visiting?

ABSOLUTELY! I’ve been living in Mexico for the last three years and I have a bias in Sayulita. It’s really incomparable compared to other places to visit in Mexico!

Originally, I only came here to visit for 2 weeks, and yet I ended up staying for 2 years plus rescuing two dogs. It’s been a crazy ride and I really loved my time here!

There are many things to do in Sayulita compared to other small towns I’ve been to. Sayulita is rich with outdoor activities and this town never sleeps – there’s always something happening 24/7!

🏄‍♀️ What is there to do in Sayulita for a week?

Look, Sayulita has 5 beaches accessible by foot. And mind you, all of these beaches are super pretty! You don’t even need a car to get to them! Together with these beach visits, you will also get to experience a short hike in the canopy jungle.

There are also many water activities like surfing, sailing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, fishing, etc. There are over 40 things to do in Sayulita in this list so if you are only visiting for a week, I doubt that you can do these all!

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⛔ Is Sayulita safe?

Super safe. Sayulita is actually the safest place I’ve lived in in Mexico. The community is super small everyone knows everyone, which, in my personal opinion guarantees safety.

As usual, while traveling to Mexico, don’t buy drugs because it’s the only way that you can ensure your safety in Sayulita. You can enjoy this town without drugs anyway, I promise!

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🏆 Unique things to do in Sayulita Mexico

#1: Go to a Batalla show (a must!)

Batalla is a super cool group of percussionists that plays around the area every weekend. It’s a super big band of expats, locals, and community members that brings joy and colors to town whenever they perform.

A Batalla show is a must. They usually play in different places around town like the beach, the plaza, and more often in San Pancho where most of the group members are from.

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For Batalla show updates, follow my homegirl @amanda.kuso on Instagram.

#2: Breakfast in a local’s home

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During the pandemic, many businesses in Sayulita lost their jobs which pushed them to re-invent the food scene in Sayulita. Sayulita has big eating-out culture and when all the restaurants closed, many people longed for those days when they can sit in a restaurant and enjoy a meal.

My friend Macarena, who is a chef from Argentina is one of those people who opened her home to tourists by providing private breakfast.

Photo: @jonny.melon

This experience is not only about food but Macarena also shares some insider tips about the beauty of living in Sayulita.

You will get a full-service breakfast at a local’s home – it’s the best way to get to know the Sayulita lifestyle.

You can also gain friends along the way with this experience! Best of all, if you want to practice your Spanish, this is one of the best activities!

#3: Get a private massage at your Airbnb

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I should tell you this now but massages are expensive in Sayulita. They’re all at $600 MXN (US$30) per hour but they are all pretty good.

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I met Nahomy in 2019 and now we’re super good friends! She comes to my house for weekly massages. / Photo: @kathymcpaul

Beach massages might be uncomfortable for some but massage parlors in Sayulita have set up their tents by the beach – I can assure you it’s comfortable and relaxing.

My friend Nahomy is a local that I am supporting. This blog also supports her massage schooling in Bucerias so it would really help us if you book with her! 

#4: Celebrate day of the dead in Sayulita!

Dia de muertos or Day of the Dead is probably our most favorite time of the year! It happens from October 29 – November 2: it really is a week-long celebration!

While our day of the dead celebrations is relatively smaller than that of Oaxaca state, it is also filled with colors, music, and people with make-up.

There will be a band playing until 6:00 in the morning in the plaza, mariachi bands in the cemetery, processions, parties, and more! Sayulita is a good place to get to know the day othe dead cultures of Mexico.

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Day of the dead is always big in Sayulita! Small towns are the best places to celebrate dia de muertos.

#5: Experience the bloom of primavera trees every April

If you come here in April, you’re in luck! You will get to see how the primavera trees bloom that making the town go yellow! Primavera is a large rainforest canopy tree most common in South America.

As Sayulita is located in the rainforests of Nayarit, we have a lot of these trees and they really are very beautiful in April.

We feel that it is important to tell you that this only lasts for a month (like Japan’s cherry blossoms season) so if you don’t come in April, you won’t be able to see them.

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#6: Pottery lessons in Bucerias

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Bucerias is a 40-minute drive from Sayulita. To better understand where it is, you’ll pass by it on your way to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport.

This town is more popular to Canadians and I actually thought I wouldn’t find local things to do here but last year, I discovered this local community where they bring tourists to pottery lessons, lunch at a local’s home, and Oaxacan textile making!

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If you want to get out of Sayulita for a day, this is a highly recommended things to do in Sayulita. This activity requires at least 5 people in order to be booked.

#7: Private tequila tasting at your Airbnb

💲 from US$80

With the close proximity to the land of Tequila (literally called Tequila in the state of Jalisco), we get the best tequilas in Sayulita and there are only a few good tastings in town.

Best seller: Private tequila tasting

These local guys (David) will go to your accommodation in Sayulita to set-up the a tasting menu. You can choose tequila or mezcal but I highly recommend the tequila tasting – do the mezcal in Oaxaca!

#8: Cooking classes with a chef

💲 from US$80

When I moved to Sayulita, I fell into a lap of a local (and well-known) family of fishermen in Sayulita. They have taken me as their own and they are my emergency contact as a foreigner living in Mexico!

This family holds cooking lessons for foreigners. They will go to your house and teach you how to correctly make a guacamole and how to cook Mexican dishes.

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Daniel, the head chef, lived in the United States so his English is super perfect and you will get really clear instructions from him.

#9: Aztec ceremony with temazcal

The Aztec Experience is a pre-Hispanic ceremony for the connection and healing of emotions, body, mind, and spirit.

This is highly recommended to those who are interested in learning about Aztec history in Mexico. Most of the clients who book this tour are in the wellness industry.

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Temazcal is a sweat lodge that is common in Mexico. You will see many temazcal ceremony tours in the country but not all these are authentic and are headed by a shaman.

This Sayulita temazcal and aztec ceremony experience needs at least a mininum of 10 people to be booked and a 2-week notice. The shaman comes from Teotihuacan so we need a few days to prepare!

🚸 Things to do in Sayulita with kids

#10: Go to Sayuparke

📍 Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez

Traveling with kids? Our community in Sayulita recently built Sayuparke, a place where children can play, gather, do art workshops, and many more! It was built as a park for skaters (kids can skate in the cobblestones in Sayulita).

They made fun boxes so the local children can skate. The children living in Sayulita are a mix of Mexicans, Americans, and Canadians so if your kids want to mingle and meet friends, bring them here!

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#11: Volunteer at Sayulita Animals

📍 Calle Manuel M. Plascencia 3

Sayulita is a truly pet-friendly town. If you’ve been here, you will see how dogs wander around freely and 100% of them have owners!

Sayulita Animals, the organization that’s been taking care of spay and neuter in Sayulita has saved hundreds of animals (not limited to dogs and cats) free of charge!

I would like to encourage you to visit them and if you have some extra bucks, donate to Sayulita Animals to lighten their load on expenses. The work that they do is truly important not just for Sayulita but for the whole of Riviera Nayarit.

You can also volunteer here on Wednesdays but I am not sure if they are accepting foreign volunteers right now. Just swing by, look for Sara, and ask! She’s very accommodating. 

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#12: Participate in a turtle release

Sayulita is a community that is greatly involved in saving Planet Earth – literally! The sea turtle release is part of those efforts. There are many sea turtle release and protection programs in the whole of Riviera Nayarit but Sayulita is one we can consider the most active.

We also have the night’s watch in Sayulita where locals volunteer to protect the baby sea turtles from poachers. This is a great activity, especially for families visiting the town.

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#13: Volunteer at La Casa Clu in San Ignacio

📍 La Casa Clu San Ignacio

Jessica is from Mexico City. When she moved to Sayulita, she saw that there were no organizations in town that focus on early childhood development.

As a psychology graduate, Jessica started La Casa Clu, a recreation and learning center for children. Their technique is positive reinforcement and emotional support.

Jessica is assisted and helped by a group of psychologists, teachers, artists, and even athletes who are locals in Sayulita. Consider visiting and donating to La Casa Clu today!

They are also accepting volunteers so if you are planning to stay longer in Sayulita, you can live here while working with the kids!

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#14: Get to know the Sayulita bird sanctuary

Through the efforts of Tracie Willis, a Sayulita ex-pat who has been very active in environmental issues in Sayulita, or town has a certified bird sanctuary located in her home!

Tracie and her team save endangered animals as it is very common to have caged birds in Mexico. They go house to house to educate the people that it is illegal (and actually a law) to have a caged bird even in your private homes.

Unfortunately, that is not being strictly enforced in the country but the Sayulita community has been trying their best to rescue all the caged birds in the Riviera Nayarit area.

To schedule a visit, get in touch with Tracie Willis: +52 322 120 6996

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#15: Horse riding in the jungle beaches

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Horse riding is one of the biggest activities in Sayulita as it is appropriate for family (and group) travelers. Horse riding tours will take you to the jungle, to the beach, or even around town.

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Horses are a big part of the Mexican tradition so expect to see lots of them around town! Among ex-pats who live here, many are also taking horse riding lessons in Nuevo Vallarta and some of them are even horse riding professionals!

#16: Participate in clean-up drives

📍 Av. Revolución 19-A

Every weekend, the community of Sayulita gathers and does clean-up drives in the whole town. Like I said, we are a very close-knit community so if one calls for Sayulita activities like this, everyone will come!

Ser Su Voz is the lead organization organizing these clean-up drives. We do it all over town, in the river, and even on the beach. This is a great activity for families traveling with kids.

If you are moving to Sayulita soon, this is the best way to get to know the community as you will gain many friends and contacts here. To check volunteering opportunities, you can contact Vida Farias at +52 312 114 9483.

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#17: Sayulita ATV for kids

The Sayulita ATV tour takes place on a ranch about 10 minutes away from the center. You don’t need to have ATV driving experience as the guides will train you 30 minutes before the actual tour.

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There are single and double ATVs available. Children below 15 years old are recommended to ride with a professional guide or an experienced driver.

#18: Canopy and zipline adventure

The Sayulita Canopy tour is available at 9AM, 12PM, and 3PM and lasts for 2 hours. The driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Sayulita and will drive you to the nearby ranch (about 10 minutes car ride).

Wander in the jungles, and gallop through 13 treetops with heights up to 125 meters above sea level. All ages are accepted in this activity unless you have a medical condition.

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🏖️ Things to do in Sayulita for beach lovers

#19: Take surfing lessons

💲 from US$75

Surfing is one of the best things to do in Sayulita. In fact, some people come to town only for surfing! When I came here in May, it was the best time to learn as the waves are really low and are perfect for beginners. Most of my friends who tried it the first time we’re able to ride right away.

These waves are really friendly! There are many surf schools in Sayulita but they are pretty expensive. It can cost up to US$35 per hour.

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In my case, I took surf lessons with a young Mexican guy who works at the beach. He’s not a teacher but he is very good at it so I casually asked him if he can teach me some longboard techniques.

Just for fun, he agreed without even asking me for a fee! Of course, I still paid him at a minimum amount but if you don’t want to pay for expensive surf lessons in Sayulita and still want to learn with a teacher, make friends with the locals at the beach.

#20: Watch the sunset at Carricitos Beach

Carricitos is my favorite beach in Sayulita and I come here every day with my dog, Lola. It’s quite a hike to get there – if you are walking from the center of Sayulita town, it can take you 20-30 minutes depending on your speed.

The walk is a canopy forest where you can see hundreds of fireflies during its season (August-September).

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I took this picture in May 2018, printed it, and sent it as a postcard to family and friends.

Swimming in Carricitos is possible but waves can get really aggressive, most days, out of nowhere. This beach is not necessarily for good swimmers.

There are days when the tide is low and everyone can enjoy a dip. However, be mindful of certain conditions. I had a bad experience here when one person I know almost drowned but don’t let this discourage you.

Sitting by the beach and bringing beers is your thing if you don’t want to swim.

#21: Trek to Mal Paso beach

📍 Mal Paso beach Sayulita

It’s peaceful and beautiful – you’ll definitely enjoy it especially during the bioluminescence season! If you plan to do this (for real), make sure you bring food because there’s literally nothing there – no tent rentals, no porters, no food stalls – just nature and the sea that you can enjoy by yourself.

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Always a joy to show Mal Paso to friends! This is my good friend @solhaugen who visited from Norway!

There have been a few reports of theft on the trail but nothing really heavy. Just make sure that you don’t go there very late or if you want to spend the night there, bring some locals or be with a group of friends.

Mal Paso is also a famous camping spot so when you make friends in Sayulita, you can invite them here. I am sure you are going to sound super local to your fellow solo travelers when you suggest this activity.

#22: Spend an afternoon at Los Muertos Beach

📍 Los Muertos Beach

Next to the Sayulita main beach, Los Muertos Beach is a favorite. People always come here to spend a whole afternoon drinking micheladas and lounging by the beach.

Sayulita is a very family-friendly town so you will see a lot of kids on this beach, especially at the weekend. There are food and drinks vendors here so don’t worry about getting hungry.

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At the beginning of the pandemic, a hotel wanted to privatize this beach. The community of Sayulita rallied for 2 weeks for this project to shut down and luckily, we still have Muertos to enjoy today!

If you want to know more about what happened to this case, you can watch this video. It’s in Spanish but English subtitles are available.

💃🏽 Local tip: Before going to Los Muertos Beach, swing by Mini Super Camacho – the cheapest store for national beers!

#23: Sunset and beers at Camaron

📍 Av. del Palmar 100

Camaron is located at the Sayulita main beach where everyone goes for sunset. Order a beer (around US$1.50) and enjoy their beach bar setting while watching the sunset.

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#24: Go to La Lancha Beach

📍 La Lancha Beach, Punta de Mita

La Lancha is about 20 minutes away from Sayulita (by car) and is a surfing spot. When the surf beaches of Sayulita are full, this is where everyone go.

The surfing here is a little more advanced than Sayulita main beach so if you are a pro, this can be your spot. Non-surfers can also enjoy this beach. Lay your beach towel, bring beers, food, and enjoy a good sunset.

The good thing about going to La Lancha on your own is that it’s super easy to hitchhike! All the cars going to Puerto Vallarta from Sayulita pass this way since the main highway (300) is always busy!

Hitchhiking in Riviera Nayarit is super safe so you don’t have to worry about it. I’ve done it myself and I feel comfortable here.

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Follow this journey on Instagram, @psimonmyway.

#25: Jungle trek to Patzcuarito Beach

📍 Patzcuarito Beach Sayulita

Playa Patzcuarito is not very popular with tourists as there’s literally nothing there but a spectacular sunset. I always go here during the full moon as I can always enjoy the beach by myself (and my dogs).

Like Los Muertos and La Lancha, you can come to spend the whole afternoon here and watch the sunset. Make sure to bring beers and snacks!

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#26: Spend the whole day at Sayulita’s main beach

The Sayulita main beach is the busiest beach in town. Here, you will find food vendors, bars, restaurants, and everything you need to have a relaxing vacation by the beach. The main beach is a long stretch so there’s definitely room for everyone.

You can easily spend a whole day here playing frisbee, drinking with friends, watching the sunset, reading, running your dogs, etc. Sayulita main beach depicts our true lifestyle. You will learn a lot about local life here!

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My Wolf dog loves the main beach for sunsets!

#27: Go paddleboarding

Sayulita is big with water sports and paddleboarding is one of them. There are many surf shops and schools at the main beach where you can rent your paddleboard, however, we can recommend the locals that we trust who can take you on a SUP trip!

Some of us at Sayulita Insider are not surfers but we do enjoy paddleboarding as a form of exercise. Don’t worry, Sayulita waves are not that high!

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🍻 Things to do in Sayulita for party goers

#28: Try craft beers in Yambak 

📍 Calle Marlin 29
💲 craft beers from US$3.50 

I am not a beer fan but Yambak is brewing their own beer so when I am not sipping wine at home, I am drowning myself with IPA beers at Yambak!

There are many beers to choose from and every quarter, they never fail to reinvent their menu. Just last month, they launched a double IPA and gave it for free to everyone for one hour!

Aside from being the best beer brewery in town, Yambak is also famous for its live music. They bring DJs from all over Mexico every weekend – it’s definitely a party place!

The best thing I love about Yambak is you can come here any time – whether you’re in the mood for day drinking or partying at night, this is the place. You can’t miss it – it’s next to the plaza and is always full of people!

As a solo traveler, you will very much enjoy the nightlife in Sayulita and will make so many friends be it locals or fellow solo travelers.

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#29: Bar Don Pato nightly themed parties

📍 Calle Marlín 12
💲 national beers from US$0.50

I remember being at Don Pato every day during my first month in Sayulita. This is where everyone ends up at night because something is happening nightly! If you are out of options and looking for something to do after midnight, Don Pato is your place!

  • Mondays (Salsa night)
  • Tuesdays (Open mic night)
  • Wednesdays and Fridays (Rock night)
  • Thursdays (Funk night)
  • Saturdays (cumbia)
  • Sundays (reggae)

My very good friend David is a bartender at Pato’s. If you’re coming alone, sit at the bar and look for him. He will definitely give you a good time!

You can’t miss David because he has a big personality. He also has a tequila tasting independent business which I will share with you later in this post.

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#30: Try over 50 mezcal types in Cava

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💲 mezcal cocktails from $5 USD

A small mezcaleria in Sayulita, Cava has over 50+ types of Mezcal to choose from, hailing from different parts of Mexico like Puebla and Oaxaca.

My personal favorite here is the Marta e Ines, a mezcal based drink made by Miguel, the best bartender in town who also happens to be a friend.

The watermelon mezcal (Watermelon Mezcalita) is interesting, too. Cava is kind of a pre-game chill night kind of place so make sure to come before they close at 12:00 midnight.

Attention solo travelers: this is also my Tinder dating spot in Sayulita if you ever need a safe and private place for your potential matches. If things go south, Miguel can save you! 😉

👍🏽 Mandatory things to do in Sayulita

#31: Rent a golf cart and go around town

Golf carts are a thing in Sayulita and are probably the main mode of transport. There is no public transport here (aside from taxi) so most people walk from point A to B.

However, if you only have a few days in town, rent a golf cart for a day and get to know the town! Please note that these golf carts can’t travel outside Sayulita (i.e. La Lancha or Punta de Mita).

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Sayulita is a walking town. The streets are super narrow so it will be a hassle for you to have a car. Rent a golf cart for an extra local experience! / @sayulitasocial

It is solely for going around town and short-distance drives. There are many golf cart rental companies in Sayulita and I don’t want to recommend anything yet as I have not found “the best.”

But I’ll let you know what’s the best gold cart rental place in Sayulita soon! I just need to investigate more.

#32: Take yoga classes

Sayulita is a yoga paradise. Many yoga practitioners come here not just because it’s a great place to teach yoga but it’s also a big industry here!

We have many yoga teachers from all parts of the globe who fell in love with Sayulita and decided to stay here.

While most teachers are foreigners, there are also lots of Latinos who do their yoga classes in Spanish. This is another way to practice your Spanish while you are in Mexico.

The words used in yoga are very simple and I always tell my American friends to take their lessons in Spanish! A good teacher I can recommend is my friend Melissa Webb. You can send her a WhatsApp message at +52 322 172 5180.

You’d want to be friends with Melissa because she is Mexican (married to a Canadian) and is very knowledgeable about town! She’s a good ally. 🙂 

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#33: Take a picture at the famous slap street

📍 Sayulita Selfie Street

Right next to the plaza is the famous selfie street which is on top of the list of the best things to do in Sayulita. People who visit town always take a picture here as it is iconic to Sayulita (and all the pueblos magicos of Mexico).

Don’t miss the spot as the photos always look so good here! This is right in front of Barracuda Restaurant and is perpendicular to the plaza so it won’t be hard to find!

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Sayulita is the most visited in the Riviera Nayarit, next to Puerto Vallarta.

#34: Tacos, tacos, tacos

Finally, some meat tacos in these things to do in Sayulita list! Personally, I think taco stands in Mexico is a default. They don’t need to be in listicles like this because they are everywhere!

In Sayulita, there are over 6 popular taco joints and they are all the best. In fact, I am living next to two of those 6 taco joints – it’s literally right next to my house!

Taco prices in Sayulita are a bit more expensive than in major cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City so don’t be surprised – they’re worth it!

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#35: Explore Sayulita’s street food scene

Street food is not for everyone we have a lot of this in Sayulita! We actually know most of them as we recently opened a TV series called Sayulita Street Food Icons.

Most of these are family-run and we felt very privileged that they wanted to share their stories with us.

Believe it or not, some beach towns in Mexico do not have street food as much as Sayulita does. Our street food is not limited to tacos so try them all and support local!

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⛰️ Adventurous things to do in Sayulita

#36: Day trip to Islas Marietas

💲 from $140 USD

Islas Marietas is not exactly in Sayulita but there are a lot of tour companies that offer day trips to the famous Mexican islands. Tours normally cost US$100 but I did this tour myself.

I went hitchhiking to Punta Mita from Sayulita which I found very easy because a lot of cars always travel this route. From there, I was able to get a tour for US$25 but this doesn’t include entering the secret beach.

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In 2004, the Marietas Islands were designated as a world heritage site. My former landlord is a fisherman and I help him promote tours to the Islas Marietas.

If you want to support a local tour, get in touch with me and I will connect you to him! He’s really amazing and speaks good English. I am totally vouching for his Marietas tours!

#37: Go diving

Sayulita is definitely a great place for diving. There are many dive shops here that can also do PADI certifications, surf trips, snorkeling tours, and whale watching.

The dive spots are not within the town but in the neighboring town, Punta de Mita, which is also home to the Marietas Islands. You can contact the guys at Oceano Surf Sayulita. They are young, cool, and they will take care of you!

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#38: Hike Monkey Mountain

💲 from $90 USD

Monkey Mountain is probably the best long hike in Sayulita. Lots of tourists don’t go there yet (mostly locals) but this is something you shouldn’t miss during your Sayulita vacation!

The best part of this is the end of the hike where you’ll see a view of all the small towns in the area: Sayulita, San Pancho, and Punta de Mita.

You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the Bay of Banderas as well. The tour duration is 5-6 hours.

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💨 Day trips from Sayulita

#39: San Pancho

📍 San Francisco, Nayarit

Just a 10-minute drive from Sayulita, San Pancho is another small town that has a more mature vibe than Sayulita. Basically, it’s a quieter Sayulita with expat over 40.

Most travelers prefer to stay here because it’s quieter than Sayulita but it’s also not very hard to do a day trip to San Pancho. Hang out at the beach, watch surfers, do a walking tour in town, and eat at beachfront restaurants!

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#40: Punta Mita

📍 Punta Mita

Punta Mita is a 20-minute drive from Sayulita and is a resort city. However, the resorts in Punta Mita don’t really offer day passes. You will have to stay there to access the resorts (including golf courses).

Still, you can visit Punta Mita for a day and check out the local side of Mita. There will be beachfront restaurants, local surfing classes, and a friend of mine who lives there can also take you for a walking tour of Mita!

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#41: Los Ayala and Rincon de Guayabitos

📍 Rincon de Guayabitos

Los Ayala and Rincon de Guayabitos are small fishing towns in Nayarit. It’s about a 20-minute drive (towards Mazatlan). This is a best day trip from Sayulita option if you want a more local life and see less foreigners.

Hike, go see whales during the season, and trail through the beautiful rock formations in this area. This is a unique day trip and I always recommend it to the readers of this blog!

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#42: Lo de Marcos

📍 Lo de Marcos

A quieter town further north, Lo de Marcos is now the new real estate hotspot in Nayarit (as all properties in Sayulita and San Pancho are already sold!)

Buying a property or not, this is a great day trip from Sayulita as it is very local and you will find few foreigners there. There are very little things to do but exploring it half a day is worth it, especially if you are looking for a great place to live in Mexico.

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#43: Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is where you will land when you go to Sayulita. The international airport is here so you can either explore this before heading to Sayulita.

Puerto Vallarta is big and has so many things to do. Most people actually stay here and make Sayulita as their day trip. FYI, Puerto Vallarta is way cheaper than Sayulita or San Pancho.

If you are only doing a day trip to Puerto Vallarta, focus on the area of the Malecon. It will be more than enough for you to get to know the layout of Puerto Vallarta.

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🌿 Sayulita sustainability and ethics

At P.S. I’m On My Way, we make sure to support local, especially when it comes to Sayulita. I lived here for a long time and have learned that even though this is a close-knit community, people come and go which means new tour companies can pop out of nowhere.

I cannot vouch for all the tour operators you will find online but I’d be happy to tell you what I know in private. Feel free to contact me on Instagram or via the contact page of my blog.

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💳 Book activities and things to do in Sayulita

Early last year, I created my Mexico dedicated blog where I go around the country and look for unique and local things to do in Sayulita.

This project has taken me to different host families and local communities. My goal was to promote tours that are not in the guide books!

If you want to support our local community in Sayulita, please consider booking our local tours. You will find many interesting things to do and you will certainly meet people!

✈️ Ready for your trip to Sayulita? This blog thrives on reader questions so feel free to leave a comment below if you need help in finding more fun things to do in Sayulita! 

🇲🇽 Sayulita Travel Planning

🚑 Do I need insurance to travel to Sayulita Mexico?
Yes, you do! This is the number one requirement when traveling to Mexico. I use SafetyWing and I only pay $40 USD per month for my digital nomad travel insurance!

✈️ Where can I find cheap flights to Sayulita?
You can find cheap flights to Sayulita Mexico by using WayAway. This is my current flight search favorite and I have proven that flights on this website are way cheaper!

🛏️ Where can I find cheap hotels in Sayulita?
Budget travelers, use Hostelworld when looking for accommodations in Japan. A bed in a hostel dorm starts at $25 USD per night. Booking.com is best for boutique hotels while you will find many luxury hotels on Expedia.

🚕 How do I get to Sayulita from Puerto Vallarta Airport?
You can book with a local driver here for as low as $69 USD! Use my code PSIMONMYWAY10 to get a 10% discount upon checkout.

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  1. I’ve been to Mexico twice, but never to Sayulita. Obviously, I’ve missed out on a great place. I would not take a selfie on that street – but, please, count me in at Don Pato’s on Saturday 😉

  2. Okay, I am headed there JUST for the food and drink – mama mia! Looks fantastic. What a cute little town to be based in!

  3. Amazing how much this place has changed! The last time we visited Sayulita was back in the early 90s and I can’t even begin to describe how horrible it looked back then. I should probably give it another chance.

  4. Surfing in Sayulita is super fun. Was such a cool town to visit, when I visited years ago. I’d love to come back for a longer stay, though. Great location choice Trisha and thanks for the rental room offer, will definitely keep that in mind.

  5. Wow! This looks my kind of place! Beaches, surf, tacos, the list is long and I love all of it. The place looks beautiful and it looks like you can have a lot of fun here. Thanks for all the tips!

  6. What? I can get a massage on the beach! Um yes! Plus, who wouldn’t want to visit Sayulita with the authentic Mexican food and surfing. It seems like there’s something for everyone.

  7. This is a great list! Taking a picture on the famous selfie street is a must! I would also love to go to the Islas Marietas – a gorgeous place to explore! xo – Kam

  8. Authentic Mexican dish would top my list, I love trying out local cuisines. The Monkey mountain is another great idea. The selfie street is so colorful, I like how tourist destinations adapt to influencers’ requirements.

  9. What a fab detailed guide to Sayulita. I think you had me at coffee shops but its good to know that there is plenty to do like surfing. I’ll be eating tacos.

  10. There’s just something about selfie streets. Every city should have one! Looks like a great place to slow down, eat tacos and watch the sunsets. I would likely spend all my time at Jack’s Place and Camaron’s. But, a day trip to Islas Marietas looks like a must do

  11. I haven’t been Sayulita but it looks very interesting. So many things to do! I’ve been to Mexico twice and I love the culture and cuisine of this country. So I hope to back one day. I would love to take a trip to Monkey Mountains. And would love to go to the Don Pato parties. La Lancha beach looks beautiful for relax. It is very informative post!

  12. Really nice blog of Sayulita. I have never been there before, but after reading your blog it’s really awesome to find that they have a nice beach and awesome food they have. I am a beach and food lover. But do they provide snorkeling ? The day trip to Monkey Mountain seems interesting. I love the food options you listed, few of them are vegan. That really caught my attention.

  13. A post like this can only be compiled by someone who has actually been there and done that, else it is just not possible. After a while I just let go of reading and drooled over the pics, I realised that all the cafes and eateries are so so instagrammable and colourful 🙂

  14. wow what an amazing guide! so detailed. Selfie street looks amazing, i really want to visit here! and lunch at the camaron looks awesome. What a quaint place. I cant wait to visit here! ill be saving this information for later

  15. Of my dream destinations, Mexico is one of them. Sayulita itself looks a reason enough to visit. The monkey mountain spot is a treat to the eyes and would love to spend a day there. The beach looks gorgeous an the food amazing. Mexican food at Mary’s would be one of my top priorities and the coffee shop. Beautiful place showcased so well.

  16. I will try everything on your list when I visit Sayulita but my favourite things to do will be :
    1. Camping on the beach – how lovely will it be to listen to the sound of the waves from the ocean all night.
    2. Get a massage on the beach – how divine!
    3. Learn Salsa.
    I will have a lot of fun here.

  17. Wow, thats a wholesome list. I would definitely like to do a couple too. The beaches look great and I would like to spend some time there. I love Mexican food so why not authentic one. The Monkey mountain would be a great idea. I would like to learn salsa and try the massage at the beach. The pizza got me drooling over the picture.

  18. I love your blog posts on some unique and offbeat places and that with your lovely dog. I too loved the Carricitos beach in Sayulita and its sunset really looks amazing. It would be great to do the walk in a canopy forest also finding out hundreds of fireflies in its season. Being vegetarian I would really love out to hang at Orangy for lovely and healthy food.

  19. I love Sayulita. I took my family there maybe three years ago and we stayed at the Amor Boutique Hotel and surfed in front of the beach. We had small kids, so we didn’t do all the nightlife you recommend but we did enjoy frozen chocolate-covered bananas I think at the same place you got your cocoa dish. The best fish tacos I ever had was on that street you call Selfie Street. Funny. We volunteered at a place in San Pancho but now I wish we had gone to the beach too….next time! Thanks for all the additional places to explore.

  20. We are very interested with the temazcal ceremony but it’s only my husband and I. Is it still possible to book?

  21. Hey Trisha! Thanks for all your Sayulita articles. I am heading there for the first time ever for 6 weeks in December 2021 and January 2022. Would totally take your driver rec for starters and excited to explore other things on this list!

  22. We are interested in booking a Temazcal cleansing (Sayulita). We are a group of 8 and was hoping the shaman would be available on 1/17/22?

  23. Amazing blog and probably my favorite!!! Can you please let me know if I can volunteer at Casa Clu? I saw somewhere that you interviewed Jessica but I can’t find that link anymore. Thank you for being you! Solo traveler here and I am really looking up to you.

  24. Me and a group of friends are going to Sayulita in April. We are looking for a tour to Isla Marietas. You said your former landlord does tours. How much does he charge? Does he go to Secret Island?

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