Sayulita Mexico Information for beaches streets and general village
Sayulita Mexico General Information
Location: Sayulita is located on the Mexico Pacific coast, 30 miles (48kms) north of Puerto Vallarta, just below the Tropic of Cancer at latitude 20.868889 and longitude –105.440833 with a population of approximately 2,500 fulltime residents. Sayulita's location is ideal, only three hrs flying time from southern California (LAX) or 45 minutes from Guadalajara (GDL). First-class road connection via hwy 200 allows for an easy 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta (PVR), 1.5 hours to Tepic (the State capital) and three hours to Guadalajara (the cultural capital). Telephone and Internet connections are excellent with numerous Sayulita businesses, hotels and rental homes area offering Wi-Fi Internet service.
Sayulita has been growing over the last ten years and has become a very popular tourist destination. Before Sayulita was discovered by surfers and the ex-pat community, it was a fishing village and coconut mill. For more information on Sayulita's history, read Sayulita's Past & Present.
Areas and locations of vacation rental homes in Sayulita
(see interactive map of Sayulita Vacation Homes)
North or North end: This is the area of Sayulita located at the north end of the Sayulita bay. Until about 10 years ago, it was free of any construction except a few homes on the beach. Now it has become quite popular with new foreign-investment high-end vacation homes. The walk to the center of Sayulita from the North End is between 10-15 minutes. Advantages to renting on the Sayulita north end are tranquil environment, close to the beach, not a lot of traffic, no general town noise.
Central: This is the general “downtown” area of Sayulita, south of the school, where most of Sayulita’s commercial locations exist. Plenty to do and see here and you are right in the middle of everything and can easily walk to almost any place. Advantages to renting in Sayulita’ s central neighborhood are proximity to stores/restaurants/shops, closeness to the original Sayulita-Mexican environment, and walking right to the surf break.
South End: The south end of Sayulita has become another recently developed area once only inhabited by local Sayulita fisherman and their families. Most of the houses here are just about 5 minutes walking from town and some offer great views. Advantages to renting here include proximity, easy access to Los Muertos Beach, local Mexican Sayulita neighbors, and a relaxed environment.
Gringo Hill: Appropriately named for the original foreigners who came here in the 1980’s and constructed a few vacation homes. Located on the hill overlooking Sayulita, most of the homes here are very well cared for and offer a variety of rental possibilities. Advantages included views, walk to town (a bit of a hill though), closeness to other foreigners on vacation, and luscious gardens.
Nanzal: The Nanzal area of Sayulita offers some of the best views for miles around. Almost all of the homes up here have been built in recent years and offer a variety of modern conveniences. A car is almost mandatory due to the steep windy road up to the homes. However, the views, tranquility, and privacy up here can be well worth the 5-10 minute drive.
For detailed directions please see Beaches of Sayulita section.
Everyday Sayulita Info
Health/Hospital/First Aid: YOU SHOULD NOT DRINK TAP WATER. Purchase a “garrafon” (20 liter bottle) of purified water for your home. Small, medium, and large size bottles of purified water are for sale at various stores and restaurants. (To assist Sayulimpia’s recycling project, please try to reuse you personal water bottle by refilling it from your home garaffon. Thank you). The town’s restaurants have an excellent record for cleanliness and you may be confident that vegetables & fruits have been thoroughly sanitized and that ice is safely made from bottled water.
To cut down the number of mosquitoes in Sayulita or any other tropical area, make sure there is no standing water around the house. Dawn and especially dusk are the worst times for getting bitten. Otherwise wear long pants, long-sleeved tops, use an anti bug cream or spray (best to squirt some on your hands and rub over exposed skin and “Off”), light candles and mosquito coils, and sleep under a mosquito net. For bites, Lanacane is excellent (only available north of the border) or locally (and north of the border)”After Bite”. Home remedies include pressing a finger nail into the bite to form an X or try rubbing an ice cube over the bite.
Post Office: There is no post office for mail in Sayulita. The closest is in Bucerias or La Peñita and also in Puerto Vallarta at the airport. Stamps may be purchased in Sayulita at the Telmex office on Av. Revolucion (at the one-way split) and safely posted at the red post box (Buzon) on the wall outside.
Money Exchange/ATMs: Check the daily exchange rates for the Mexican peso against US dollars, Canadian dollars, and the Euro. You can use US & Canadian dollars (not traveler checks) at most of the stores and restaurants in Sayulita and the surrounding area, but you will get better exchange rates at the “Casa de Cambios” (Money Exchanges) and from ATMs. In Sayulita there are “Casa de Cambios” on Av. Revolucion just off the plaza opposite “El Expresso” coffee shop, and Calle Delfin just off the plaza next to Ruben's Deli, and at the one-way split on Av. Revolucion at Sayulita Money Exchange and Telcel office. Opening hours vary.
Sayulita has several ATM cash machines. All ATM machines charge a $7–$10 peso surcharge (plus your bank’s international fee.)
Due to a recent increase in ATM fraud, it is cautioned to avoid ATMs in Sayulita and use the ATM machines at banks in Puerto Vallarta and Bucerias. Read the following article on the recent ATM frauds in Bahia de Banderas:
Currently there is no bank in Sayulita but there are two in Bucerias - halfway to Puerto Vallarta. There is an HSBC bank with a cash machine (caja permanente) up the hill beyond the town center on the left hand side (when traveling from Sayulita), and a Bancomer bank and ATM next to the OXXO (right hand side), plus a Banamex cash machine is located next to the Chinese architectural building on the ocean side of hwy. Another bank is in La Penita, 19 miles/30 kms. north of Sayulita on Mex. Hwy 200 direction of Tepic, Bancomer & cash machine at #22 E.Calle Zapata. Banks are open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Groceries: If you want to cook at home in Sayulita, plenty of basic staples are available in the village. There are a number of small grocery stores in town, some offering better choice of products and fresher produce than others. Mi Tiendita on the plaza, and MiniSuper Rodolfo at the one-way split on Av. Revolucion (the main street) are the best stocked but it is worth a stroll through town to see what is available and fresh that day. Also, pick-up trucks circulate through Sayulita offering fresh produce, fish and shrimp.
For fresh fish, visit Pescaderia Piolin (tel. 322-291-3079) near the road bridge; and for meat there are now modern butchers shops (Carniceria) in town. Try Carniceria Tranco’s opposite MiniSuper Rodolfo or El Tapatio opposite Rollie’s. Sayulita truly offers a great selection of fresh fish and meats.
Liquor, Wine & Beer: Liquor stores and beer depositos as well as the tiendas around town should be able to satisfy your requirements - some stores are better stocked than others. The best way to buy beer in Sayulita is by the case. You will pay around $168-$180 pesos/case and a $50-$70 pesos deposit – keep deposit receipt safe for a refund upon leaving. Make sure to exchange your empty bottles each time in order to avoid the repeatedly repaying the deposit.
Laundromats: There are three scattered around Sayulita. One is north of the bridge, another opposite Del Palmar campground in the center, and the other is near the one way split on the street leading out of town. Laundry is charged by the kilo and you leave it with the proprietors who wash, dry and fold everything for you. If you drop off your items before 9 a.m. they are usually ready later the same day.
Night Life: Most of the local action in Sayulita is at Don Patos, south end of plaza,opposite of the church (small club with live music and a great scene), Don Pedro's (on the beach with salsa dancing on Mondays), Buddha Bar and the bars around the central plaza. Also, you can enjoy a pleasant evening just hanging out around the plaza enjoying someone’s guitar music and doing a little jewelry shopping.
Live music is popular in Sayulita with Don Pato's offering the most frequent bands and changing scene. Salsa bands play on Mondays at Don Pedro’s and Wednesdays at Dragon Rojo; plus la Bicyclette and Dragon Rojo have bands almost nightly. Check out La Fiesta restaurant/bar on Ave. Revolucion for a fun Mexican night of singing, dancing and of course drinking! During holiday periods, impromptu beach-parties are frequent, especially in front of Cameron’s Sayulita camground. Saturday nights sometimes offers a disco on the basketball court and on Sundays maybe a bull-riding/live concert at the rodeo ring. After-hours parties and raves happen occasionally so ask around. To round off a perfect night …. Just look up at the bountiful stars in the Sayulita skies!
Holidays: Major holidays affecting Sayulita and Mexico are Christmas thru New Years; January 6th Dia de los Reyes (Day of the Kings) traditional gift exchange; the week around February 24 (Sayulita Days); Holy Weeks / Semana Santos (the weeks before and after Easter), Cinco de Mayo (not generally celebrated much); Independence Day Sept. 16th becomes a long festive week-end; Revolucion Day November 20th; December 1-12 Celebration of the Virgin of Guadeloupe is a week long celebration of parades, concerts, and fireworks. During Christmas and Holy Week, most Mexicans head to the beach and Sayulita fills up. Beaches and evenings are not as quiet during these times, but it's still a great place to be. The Day of the Dead is at the beginning of November but is not a huge celebration in Sayulita as it is in Michoacan. Read Mexican Holidays Celebrated in Sayulita for a complete list of major holidays and festivities enjoyed by all in Sayulita.
Religion: Catholic services are held at the church on the plaza and there is also a Jehovah Witness church located in Tamarindo. Sayulita now has a non denominational Christian church, Calvary Sayulita, on Miramar #18, 1/2 block from Revolucion. Bilingual Sunday service at 10:00 am.
(Sayulita AA) Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon in English: Call 291-3933 or 322-141-5994 for more info: