Top 5 Things To Do In Sayulita, Mexico

The vibrant little village of Sayulita in Nayarit is a hotspot for Mexico travelers. Located just north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is a hip surfer town full of boutique hotels, great restaurants, and sandy beaches. Explore the best of what this beach town has to offer with these top five things to do in Sayulita.



Go Surfing!

Sayulita is a surfer’s paradise. There are a number of quality breaks in town and several more just a short drive up or down the coast. Just starting out? No worries! The waves in Sayulita are perfectly tailored for beginners— and surf schools abound.

Sayulita Surfing

Hit the sand at Playa Sayulita for a 1.5-hour group lesson, or kickstart your surfing journey with a private lesson. This surf school’s fun and informative instructors will have you up and riding in no time.


Explore On an Electric Bike

It’s easy to get around Sayulita on foot or by golf cart. But if you want to explore beyond Sayulita’s colorful streets and hit the bumpy country roads, you’ll need a car— or better yet, an electric bike.

Sayulita Markets

This eco-conscious method of transportation is capable of handling the unkempt roads and jungle paths just outside of town, and they’re much easier to park than Sayulita’s ubiquitous golf carts. With an electric bike, the secluded beaches and surf breaks outside of town are at your fingertips.


Go Shopping!

As you wander along Sayulita’s papel picado strung streets, you’ll find shops of all kinds— from swimwear stores to curated boutiques and colorful textile shops. While the center of Sayulita definitely demands attention from prospective shoppers, the ‘Hippie Market’ is a must-visit.

Sayulita Shopping

Located along the river, the Hippie Market features a collection of vendors showcasing their colorful products. Here, you’ll find an unmatched selection of handmade gifts and goods, like pompoms, clothing, and Huichol art.


Whale Watch in Punta Mita

From December to March, you can spot majestic humpback whales in the waters off the Riviera Nayarit. Want to get a closer look? Head a few minutes south of Sayulita to Punta Mita for a whale watch.

Sayulita Whale Watching

Climb aboard a panga boat for an exciting two-hour whale-watching tour led by passionate local guides. You’ll want to bring along a swimsuit and a towel— getting wet is common on this excursion. And don’t forget reef-safe sunscreen and a waterproof camera to document your up-close whale sightings.


Take a Taco Hopping Tour in Puerto Vallarta

What would a trip to Mexico be without trying the local cuisine? Take a break from Sayulita’s delicious street food and head to Puerto Vallarta for a comprehensive taco tour.

Sayulita Taco Hopping

This small group tasting tour hits Puerto Vallarta’s off-the-beaten-path taco stands and neighborhood eateries. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the history of the food and what life is like in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll gain a new appreciation for Mexico’s storied cuisine and Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant people.

For more Mexico fun, check out our visit to Cabo San Lucas.


Gracias por leer— thanks for reading! What are your favorite things to do in Sayulita? Let us know in the comments.


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