An hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, Sayulita is usually referred to as pueblo mágico, or, “magic city.” It’s a energetic, 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 in style place to go to because of its laid-back environment, stunning pure setting, and abundance of cool issues to do. Listed here are some superior actions to attempt there:
Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise, and is nice for freshmen. Taking a surf lesson is simple and enjoyable, particularly with one of many respected firms on the town. Lunazul Surfing, for instance, is among 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, tools, lodging, and information. For a 1.5-hour lesson, costs vary from $45 to $65.
At one time, turtle eggs have 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 exhausting to protect these magnificent animals by releasing the recently-hatched turtles safely.
You possibly can attend the discharge of the turtles at sundown between January and June or volunteer with the group to study extra about their preservation efforts.
Yoga Retreat or Class
The coolness, laid-back environment of Sayulita makes the world a fantastic place for a yoga retreat. Whereas there are numerous retreats ranging in size throughout Sayulita, I adored Haramara, the place you’ll be able to select the size of your retreat, keep in beautiful 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 once you go and the lodging you favor, costs vary from $215 to $390 per evening.
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 beloved the expertise – get out of your consolation zone a bit!
Or, in case you’re merely in search of a number of yoga lessons, take a look at Paraiso Yoga, which gives 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 good in case you’re taking a weeklong journey to Sayulita!
Pamper Your self
Getting a therapeutic massage or spa therapy is considerably cheaper in Sayulita than it’s nearly anyplace within the USA and even different touristy locations in Mexico. A therapeutic massage will run about $25-40 per hour right here and you too can discover good offers on facials and different remedies.
On the seashore you would possibly discover girls providing massages, however you too can take a look at one of many many spas round city. 7 Spa comes extremely beneficial and gives a wide range of massages and spa remedies to select from.
Islas Marietas Tour
The Marietas Islands (Islas Marietas) are small, uninhabited islands off the coast of Nayarit, the province of which Sayulita is part. Take a tour to the islands the place you’ll be able to discover clear waters, nice seashores, and coves. Some excursions embrace snorkeling and others embrace whale-watching, however most are solely half-day excursions departing from and returning to Sayulita. One nice tour firm is WildMex, which gives a number of totally different tour choices to the islands.
Go Whale Watching
Between mid-December and the start of April, you’ll be able to count on to see whales off the coast of Sayulita. Throughout this time of yr, humpback, blue, and grey whales migrate to the world to benefit from the heat waters of the Nayarit coast. Probably the most respected firm with the very best rankings is La Orca de Sayulita, which has a robust give attention to conservation.
You possibly can e-book a tour on La Orca de Sayulita’s website.
WildMex gives one other cool exercise: a jungle hike. Hike by the jungle from Sayulita to the neighboring city of San Pancho. This trek will help you get out into the attractive pure environment of the world and see some cool flora, fauna, and wildlife. Plus, all of the earnings from these excursions are used to create new trails and preserve current ones! E-book a spot on a gaggle tour (the place you’ll meet another cool vacationers) for $65.
Hop on a trusty steed and trip by the jungle in addition to alongside the seashore to discover much more of Sayulita. The horseback trip itself can be a ton of enjoyable, plus it’s a good way to get out and about! Rancho Mi Chaparrita gives each lengthy and quick rides at totally different instances of the day, so you would go for a shady afternoon trip underneath the timber or even a sundown trip 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.
Should you’re actually feeling adventurous, additionally take one among Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s thrilling ATV tours, the place you’ll be splashing, crashing, and cruising by 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, but it surely’ll be one superior trip!
Amongst Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s different adventures is a jungle canopy zipline tour. With 13 traces and 4 suspension bridges all through the jungle, you’ll spend about two hours zipping by 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’ll be able to see by now, there are many alternatives to get your adrenaline repair in Sayulita. One other one among them is taking a mountain bike guided tour by the jungle. WildMex has guided tours that vary from novice to skilled, mellow dust roads to Technical Singletrack.
These excursions are an epic method to get your journey repair whereas visiting Sayulita.
Store ‘Til You Drop
Again on the town, Sayulita has a ton of nice purchasing choices. There are many shops throughout city with cute, distinctive clothes choices, although they are often dear. For extra of an area really feel, searching markets is usually 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 by 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 world the place present-day Sayulita lies was inhabited by the Huichol individuals who have been descendents of the Aztecs. Many generations later, the Huichol folks proceed to put on their conventional crimson and white textiles and are unbelievable artisans. They’re identified for his or her intricate beadwork and artwork, which is bought round city.
Among the best locations in Sayulita to study extra concerning 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 tips. On any given night on this fundamental sq. of the city, you would possibly catch hearth dancers, jugglers, clowns, singers, and different performers. That is fairly frequent in lots of locations all through Mexico, however Sayulita tends to draw some extra out-of-the-box performers that you simply’ll undoubtedly 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 beloved strolling by city and discovering new murals and streamers each time I went out.
Go to the Cemetery and Playa de los Muertos
You could be questioning why a cemetery is on this record, however hear me out. Cemeteries are massively vital in Mexican tradition and are considered in a different way than they’re in lots of different elements of the world. Right here, cemeteries are gathering locations and are colorfully embellished 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. The truth is, the closest seashore to the cemetery is known as “Playa de los Muertos” or seashore of the useless. Don’t be alarmed because it’s not the type of spooky place you’d count on.
Benefit from the Seaside
Sayulita’s fundamental seashore, the place the surf waves are and loads of hawkers and bars, was not my favourite half. However you don’t need to go far to search 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 good spot.
The water is a contact above lukewarm, and often the waves aren’t too massive, 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 might be booked by WildMex Surf & Adventure.
One of the best a part of this journey is reaching the highest of the mountain to observe the sundown over the ocean, so make sure that to e-book the afternoon hike!
Escape to San Pancho
I admit, the very first thing I needed to do upon reaching Sayulita was depart.
From what I’ve heard, it has modified loads previously few years and morphed from a quiet, artsy hippie city to extra of a vacationer spot. It’s good 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 elements 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, a lot better.
In order for you 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 which you can take a protracted, sizzling stroll, get fortunate with an Uber (there are a number of round!), or cruise over with a golf cart to:
- Playa Escondida/Carricitos – Beautiful for sundown.
- Los Muertos Seaside 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 exhausting to beat Mexican meals, even when evaluating it to the remainder of the world, at the very least in my Southern Californian coronary heart. I adored the meals in Sayulita, significantly the next:
- Yah-Yah Sayulita Cafe: Should you’re in search of natural and scrumptious breakfast meals and lunch bowls, plus superb espresso. Vegan choices obtainable.
- Organi-Ok: Acai and poke bowl heaven.
- Maria’s Fish Tacos: All the time packed however all the time scrumptious. Should you’re not feeling fish or there’s no area, there’s a taco place proper subsequent door to the precise (when going through the restaurant) that’s only a counter to order from with some tables exterior and DELICIOUS.
Getting There and Round
Attending to Sayulita might be easy and easy, and doesn’t need to be costly. For most individuals, Puerto Vallarta airport is the start line.
- Non-public automobile: The costliest choice can be to take a personal automobile or taxi from the airport to Sayulita, which takes about an hour, however why try this? For instance, the shuttle that Haramara gives prices $90 one-way. There are higher methods.
- Bus: There’s a public bus which you can take, supplied that you simply don’t have a lot baggage and may communicate Spanish, for nearer to 1 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 a view to do that, you’re going to need to stroll throughout the bridge to the opposite aspect of the freeway. It’s very simple to search out, very apparent, and it’s orange. You possibly can’t miss it in case you go searching for it after strolling exterior from the arrivals corridor. Needless to say, when you cross the bridge, you received’t be capable of use airport Wi-Fi anymore, so this may 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 together 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 personal shuttle.
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