Playa Sayulita (Sayulita Beach) In Mexico – Visitor’s Guide

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Playa Sayulita (Sayulita Beach) is the main public beach in the town, boasting an almost endless strip of golden sands and bluish-green waters making it one of the most idyllic beaches in Nayarit, Mexico.

When visiting this hippie-chic town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, it’s pretty hard to miss Sayulita Playa as it’s one of the main features that attracts locals, foreign tourists, and surfers from around the world.

I have put together this complete visitor’s guide to Sayulita Beach including how to get here and a list of the best things to do when you arrive!

 

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WHERE IS PLAYA SAYULITA?

Playa Sayulita is located 40kms northwest of Puerto Vallarta, one of the main cities in the state of Nayarit.

From Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive and easily accessible by car.

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HOW TO GET HERE

Sayulita is a short 45-minute drive from the main city of Puerto Vallarta, Nayarit.

You can take a taxi from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita which costs anywhere between $50 – $75 for a one-way trip.

Alternatively, you can rent a car upon arriving at the airport for the time you plan to spend in the region.

Once you arrive in town, Playa Sayulita can be reached easily on foot. It’s no more than a 5-minute walk from downtown, or a 10-minute walk if you’re staying in outer Sayulita.

There are many roads leading directly from downtown to the shoreline at Sayulita Beach – you can’t get lost.

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playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritOn the way to the beach

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritThe entrance to the beach

 

ARRIVING AT SAYULITA PLAYA

When you arrive, there are many seaside bars, restaurants, and beach umbrellas where you can simply pick a spot to perch up for a few hours or the entire day. You can expect to pay around 100 pesos for a beach umbrella that comes complete with a table and chairs.

Toilets, change rooms, and shower facilities can be found in a few locations along the beach with a small fee of around 5 or 10 pesos for beachgoers to use.

Also, some of the beach entrances have small convenience stores where you can stock up on drinks and snacks to take down to the beach if you don’t wish to sit down at one of the seaside restaurants. 

Any trash that you accumulate during your visit can be placed in the rubbish bins provided at the entrances to the beach. Please help keep this beautiful coastline clean by not littering and ultimately avoiding trash ending up in the ocean.

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritPicture-perfect day

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritBeach umbrellas on Sayulita Beach

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSmall convenience store

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritTourists enjoying the beach

 

THINGS TO DO AT PLAYA SAYULITA

To make the most of your time during your visit to this spectacular beach in Sayulita, I have put together a list of awesome things to do that you absolutely can’t miss!

 

GO SURFING

Sayulita was originally put on the map by surfers, so you’re in for a treat whether you’re a beginner surfer or someone with plenty of experience.

There are three surf breaks at Playa Sayulita;

  • the very south side of the bay is a calm beach break for beginners 
  • the middle break is for intermediate surfers featuring a left-hand and right-hand wave
  • and further north there is another intermediate surf break featuring a left-hand wave

For those of you who already know how to surf, you can simply rent a board from Sayulita Surf School for around 100 pesos per session.

And for beginners, I highly recommend getting surf lessons with an experienced guide from Sayulita Surf School.

  • Private lesson – 900 pesos
  • Group lesson – 800 pesos

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playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSayulita Surf School

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritThe middle break at Sayulita Playa

 

GET A MASSAGE

What better way to unwind and relax than getting a massage on the beach with the sound of crashing waves in the background. 

There are a number of massage tents dotted along Sayulita Beach and the cost is around 400-500 pesos depending on which type of massage you get.

Some options include relaxation, deep tissue, sports massage, aromatherapy, back massage, and leg massage.

I personally got a deep tissue massage and it sure did hit the spot!

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSayulita beach massage

 

ORDER A MARGARITA

Arguably one of the best margaritas I’ve had was ordered right from the comfort of my beach chair at Playa Sayulita for just 100 pesos! 

There are many local beach vendors that will make will take care of you, so you don’t even have to worry about getting off your butt to get something to eat or drink.

When it comes to paying your bill, it’s a courtesy to tip your beach waiters or waitresses around 15-20%.

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSipping on a classic margarita

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritCouldn’t resist another one

 

CHILL OUT AT COCO’S BEACH CLUB

Coco’s Beach Club is the go-to spot for food, drinks, and nighttime beach parties on Sayulita Playa!

Boasting a great selection of cocktails, cold beers, and delicious food. You can choose to sit inside under the large palapa, or perch up at one of the beachside tables and feel the sand between your toes.

There’s also an epic rooftop dining area overlooking the ocean that I highly recommend checking out!

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritCoco’s Beach Club Sayulita

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritThe view from the rooftop

 

TAKE A REFRESHING DIP 

Basically everywhere along the beach is an ideal spot to go swimming apart from right in front of the river mouth where there are some rocky outcrops.

So what are you waiting for?! Round up your friends and family for a big beach day and be sure to take a refreshing dip in the ocean to cool off.

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritRefreshing waters at the beach

 

HIKE TO MALPASO BEACH

If you’re up for an adventure, head north along the shoreline of the main beach to where you’ll find a jungle trail that leads over the headland to Malpaso Beach (Playa Malpaso).

Malpaso features a long sandy shoreline and is very much secluded away from the crowds.

You won’t find any beach vendors or umbrellas here, so be prepared with everything you need in the way of food and drinks if you venture up this way.

When you arrive you’ll be spoiled to the whole beach to yourself and there are even some small caves to explore!

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayarit, playa malpasoPlaya Malpaso

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayarit, playa malpasoThe jungle trail

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayarit, playa malpasoWhole beach to ourselves

 

WATCH THE SUNSET AT PLAYA SAYULITA

You can’t leave Sayulita without witnessing a burning sunset over the Pacific Ocean!

Each sunset is different from the last and you’ll find many bars playing music along the beach to enjoy a sundowner, or simply throw down a towel on the sand and BYO drinks and beats. 

It’s a bloody good vibe and a fantastic way to end a fun-filled day at the beach.

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSunset beach bar

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritLive band setting the vibe

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritSunset on the shoreline

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritGolden rays

 

VISIT PLAYA LOS MUERTOS

A short 10-minute walk to the south of Sayulita Main Beach, Playa Los Muertos is a hidden little cove surrounded by coconut palm trees and away from the crowds.

Here you can find beach umbrellas to rent, a small bar, and beach vendors. There is a cemetery just back from the beach which is how this beach gets its name.

There are also some rocky outcrops at both ends of the beach which can be explored.

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritPlaya Los Muertos Sayulita

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritExploring the rocky outcrops

playa sayulita, sayulita playa, sayulita beach, playa sayulita nayaritBeach umbrellas on Playa Los Muertos

 

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Had enough of sandy toes and salty kisses?!

A short stone’s throwback from the beach you can find countless retail stores from surf shops, artisan wear, homewares, jewelry, artworks, and much more!

It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a souvenir for yourself or treat someone back home with a little gift.

Sayulita 35Market stalls in Sayulita

Sayulita 33Did someone say shopping spree?

Sayulita 36Cool art gallery

 

WHERE TO STAY IN SAYULITA

Sayulita has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.

See the list of Sayulita accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

LUXURY: AVELA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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MID RANGE: HOTEL VISTA OCEANA SAYULITA

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BUDGET: SELINA

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BEST AIRBNB IN SAYULITA

I personally stayed at Casa Ambar for one week and can’t recommend this place enough!

Our host Frank kindly welcomed us into this entire condominium which boasts a fully equipped kitchen, lounge and dining area, front yard with grass, direct swimming pool access, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 2.5 bathrooms, a laundry, and it can sleep up to 6 guests.

The minimalist chic-style interior is absolutely stunning and it’s a great place to stay with your friends and family during your visit to Sayulita!

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Sayulita Playa Nayarit, please leave me a comment below this post and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Travels!

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