It starts with a sigh. For those having difficulty pronouncing the name of this growing village to the north of Puerto Vallarta, we are told it starts with a sigh. The rest is easy.
Our first visit to Sayulita, many years ago, was for a grand festival celebrated annually, Día de Banderas, Flag Day. The celebration continues with the weekend surrounding February 24th complete with a carnival, rodeo and large flea market. This grand party closes the main street and makes parking a real precious commodity.
We are convinced the town grows on a daily basis and in winter will be bursting at the seams. A great one-day getaway by car or bus, Sayulita is about twenty miles from Puerto Vallarta. At the beach or in el centro, one can effortlessly find horse riding trips, snorkeling, fishing and it is easy to book the same day. There are also great hiking and eco-tours, plus the jungle canopy excursions, and pangas (open skiffs) that will be happy to take you whale watching or for a quick trip to the Marieta Islands.
Amazingly, Sayulita had no permanent settlers until the mid twentieth century. Until then, only nomadic groups and campers visited and there were no enduring structures. Not so surprising, it was surfers who first discovered this heavenly cove. The mildly breaking surf and shallow water continue to attract beginners and well as seasoned surfers.
Part of the charm of Sayulita is the diversity of tourists, occupants and local residents. Everyone seems to get along very well with a blend of Rasta hippies, wealthy visitors who stay in luxurious, staffed homes and people who live in the town and raise families. Huichol and Cora Indians also make homes in Sayulita, selling their gorgeous crafts in the plaza and select shops. Boutiques, tiendas, the ever-present OXXO stores, realtor offices and family homes share the main street and back roads. Restaurants range from open air beach cafés to fine dining establishments, great taco stands and the ever famous Choco Banana that started out as a girl on the beach with a cooler. She sold chocolate covered frozen bananas and now owns one of the most popular eateries on the west coast of Mexico.
The bus to Sayulita stops in front of Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart, leaving Puerto Vallarta several times a day. If you miss the bus, another will be along in less than half an hour. Some are air conditioned with comfy seats and regardless of how fancy, the cost is nominal at 40 pesos (less than $3 US), one way. Enjoy your stay and when you want to return to Puerto Vallarta, catch the bus at the station on the edge of town where you were dropped off. Everything in Sayulita is easy to reach on foot and a stroll around the entire town would take less than an hour if there weren’t so many fun and engaging attractions.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!
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