An hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, Sayulita is commonly known as pueblo mágico, or, “magic city.” It’s a vigorous, hip seaside city stuffed with surfers and pleasant locals cruising round in golf carts.
Usually acknowledged for the colourful artwork strung above the streets, Sayulita is turning into an ever extra standard place to go to because of 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 simple and enjoyable, particularly with one of many respected firms on the town. Lunazul Browsing, for instance, is likely one of the finest 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 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 arduous 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 nippiness, laid-back environment of Sayulita makes the realm an incredible 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 revel in clear, entire meals ready for you each day. The Haramara property grounds are merely gorgeous and would make the proper setting for some much-needed rejuvenation. Relying on once you go and the lodging you like, costs vary from $215 to $390 per night time.
I attended a weeklong ladies’s retreat there and whereas I believed it was magical, it’s necessary 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, should you’re merely in search of a number of yoga courses, take a look at Paraiso Yoga, which provides between one and 4 courses per day in all completely different yoga kinds. The studio even has a cool on-line deal the place you should purchase seven days of limitless yoga courses for simply $55, which might be good should 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 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 may as well discover good offers on facials and different remedies.
On the seaside you may discover ladies providing massages, however you may as well take a look at one of many many spas round city. 7 Spa comes extremely really useful and provides quite a lot 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 possibly can 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 provides a number of completely 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 scores is La Orca de Sayulita, which has a powerful deal with conservation.
You’ll be able to ebook a tour on La Orca de Sayulita’s web site.
WildMex provides one other cool exercise: a jungle hike. Hike by 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 keep present 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 experience by the jungle in addition to alongside the seaside to discover much more of Sayulita. The horseback experience itself can be a ton of enjoyable, plus it’s a good way to get out and about! Rancho Mi Chaparrita provides each lengthy and quick rides at completely different occasions of the day, so you can go for a shady afternoon experience beneath the timber or even a sundown experience alongside the shoreline. A brief tour lasting an hour and twenty minutes prices $50, whereas an extended tour of two hours and twenty minutes prices $90.
If you happen to’re actually feeling adventurous, additionally take one in all Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s thrilling ATV excursions, 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 may get muddy, but it surely’ll be one superior experience!
Amongst Rancho Mi Chaparrita’s different adventures is a jungle cover 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. Consider 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 the Jungle
As you possibly can see by now, there are many alternatives to get your adrenaline repair in Sayulita. One other one in all them is taking a mountain bike guided tour by the jungle. WildMex has guided excursions that vary from novice to skilled, mellow grime 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 procuring choices. There are many shops throughout city with cute, distinctive clothes choices, although they are often dear. For extra of a neighborhood 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 objects, and pick a pair of earrings or seaside 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 paintings.
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 individuals proceed to put on their conventional purple and white textiles and are unimaginable artisans. They’re identified for his or her intricate beadwork and artwork, which is bought round city.
Top-of-the-line locations in Sayulita to be taught extra in regards to the Huichol artwork and tradition traditions is the Tierra Huichol Artwork Gallery. There you’ll discover colourful beaded artwork items impressed by indigenous cosmology.
Watch Avenue Performers
Sayulita Plaza is thought for nearly all the time having road performers exhibiting off varied methods. On any given night on this predominant sq. of the city, you may 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 just’ll undoubtedly need to cease and look ahead to some time.
Top-of-the-line 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 gifted artists, Sayulita is quirky and colourful.
I liked strolling by 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 necessary in Mexican tradition and are seen in a different way than they’re in lots of different elements of the world. Right here, cemeteries are gathering locations and are colorfully adorned to rejoice family members who’ve handed on.
The cemetery in Sayulita is exclusive due to how shut it’s to the sandy seaside. In truth, the closest seaside to the cemetery is named “Playa de los Muertos” or seaside of the useless. Don’t be alarmed because it’s not the form of spooky place you’d count on.
Benefit from the Seashore
Sayulita’s predominant seaside, 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 search out quiet locations to put your towel down and go for a swim. I like to recommend turning proper and strolling up the seaside till you discover your good 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 an incredible place to get out for a hike. The hike up Monkey Mountain takes about 2 hours and might be booked by WildMex Surf & Journey.
The very best a part of this journey is reaching the highest of the mountain to observe the sundown over the ocean, so be certain to ebook 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 rather a lot up to now few years and morphed from a quiet, artsy hippie city to extra of a vacationer spot. It’s good for many who need 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 appreciated Playa San Pancho in San Francisco, only a 20 minute drive north, a lot better.
If you need 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 beautiful seashores close by you can take an extended, 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 Seashore close to Punta Sayulita.
- Playa Malpaso close to San Pancho (will want a taxi).
Top-of-the-line issues about touring in Mexico is the meals, amiright? It’s arduous 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: If you happen to’re in search of natural and scrumptious breakfast meals and lunch bowls, plus superb espresso. Vegan choices out there.
- Organi-Okay: Acai and poke bowl heaven.
- Maria’s Fish Tacos: At all times packed however all the time scrumptious. If you happen to’re not feeling fish or there’s no area, there’s a taco place proper subsequent door to the proper (when going through the restaurant) that’s only a counter to order from with some tables outdoors and DELICIOUS.
Getting There and Round
Attending to Sayulita might be easy and simple, and doesn’t should be costly. For most individuals, Puerto Vallarta airport is the start line.
- Non-public automotive: The most costly choice can be to take a non-public automotive or taxi from the airport to Sayulita, which takes about an hour, however why do this? For instance, the shuttle that Haramara provides prices $90 one-way. There are higher methods.
- Bus: There’s a public bus you can take, offered that you just don’t have a lot baggage and might converse 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 purpose to do that, you’re going to should 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’ll be able to’t miss it should you go searching for it after strolling outdoors from the arrivals corridor. Remember that, when you cross the bridge, you gained’t be capable to use airport Wi-Fi anymore, so this can solely work if you’re utilizing a knowledge plan, as a result of it may be a bit chaotic and also you may want to speak together with your driver about an actual pickup spot. Nonetheless, it might be cheaper to activate your each day $10 knowledge than to take the airport taxi or a non-public shuttle.
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