Hola from sunny Sayulita, Mexico!
When we initially told people we were traveling to Sayulita we received three types of comments: (1) where the heck is Sayulita? (2) Mexico in May, are you crazy?, and (3) you’re going to love it there!
We first learned of this dusty beach town a few years ago, when a couple of our travel blogging friends wrote about it on their blogs. Since then, a number of travel bloggers have spent extended periods of time here, which continued to peak our curiosity. It also fit nicely with our current travel requirements.
To answer the first comment, if you find yourself in the category of ‘where the heck is this place?”, scroll down to the bottom of this post and look at the map. It’s located about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
Sayulita is a funky little surf town that caters to the laid back traveler. There’s plenty of expats, transplants and modern day hippies roaming the town’s dirty streets, but I wouldn’t say that it’s a resort town. It reminds us Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
We’ve rented a spacious 2 bedroom apartment that is perfect for our family needs. It’s a fairly new complex, with 5 buildings that are each 3-4 stories tall. It’s tucked away on the northern part of town, located about a 15 minute walk from the main village and 5 minutes to the beach.
We like that it’s quiet and away from the action, but the hike to town can be challenging with our stroller (the roads aren’t in the best condition).
The above photo was taken from the balcony of our apartment. That’s Nicole and Braydon in the top left, in the shallow part of the pool. The pool has been a huge hit for our boys. That area to the left is only about one foot deep, which is perfect for toddlers.
We’ve spent most of our time hanging out at the pool instead of the beach. Mostly because the pool is fantastic, but also because the ocean makes us nervous. Sayulita’s main beach is a popular surf spot, so there’s a lot of big waves and strong undertow, which is not ideal for curious toddlers.
So, to answer the 2nd comment, we’ve been fighting the heat by soaking in the pool and taking naps in our air conditioned rooms during the hot afternoons. It has been very hot during our time here but the heat has forced us to slow down, which is the one of the reasons we chose to visit Sayulita in the first place.
Even though we have a kitchen in the apartment (which has been a lifesaver), we still make it a habit to eat either breakfast or dinner at a local restaurant (often times both). We’ve been skipping lunch altogether because it’s been too hot and we’ve fallen victim to the seductive siesta culture.
Of course, we’ve been eating plenty of tacos… and they are the real deal!
Sayulita faces west, so it serves as the backdrop for some pretty spectacular sunsets.
We are thoroughly enjoying our time here so far and hope to start exploring the surrounding areas (I guess that addresses the 3rd comment), but given our ideal surroundings, we may just continue to have lazy days at the pool and quiet evenings on the beach eating tacos and drinking cold cervezas. Don’t hate us…
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Have you visited Sayulita? Do you have any tips or advice on what we should see and do? How about restaurant recommendations?
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See map below to find out where Sayulita is located.