This spring, I decided to spend two months in a small Mexican town called Sayulita. Known for its yoga and its surf school, Sayulita is the kind of place that people visit, fall in love with, and move to (as is evidenced by the massive expat communities from the US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and more).
There are drum circles on the beach during the full moon. The sun sets over the ocean every night. Short hikes lead to secluded coves where you can sun or swim alone. A happy-go-lucky c’est la vie attitude pervades the whole town. And it’s all really darn cheap. Here’s a quick guide to Sayulita Mexico
In other words: it’s really no mystery why this former fishing village attracts oodles of sun-worshiping, yoga-loving, paddle-boarding, wedding-going tourists every year.
And just in case you’d like to join them, here are some insider tips on where to find the best food, the most reliable WIFI, the lowest ATM fees, and the least expensive housing in Sayulita, Mexico:
The ATM with the lowest fee is located on Revolution Ave in the center of town, just in front of the vet’s office. The fee here is something like 30 pesos (as opposed to the 69 peso fee at the Oxxo convenience store and the whopping $7+ fee at the two ATMs that dispense American dollars).
The best savory breakfast in town is at Rollie’s (I highly recommend the Chilaquiles).
The best sweet breakfast (tiny French toast anyone?) is at Playa Escondida, a resort just outside town with breathtaking views out over the ocean.
If you want to stay in Sayulita for free and are willing to brave the humid, rainy summertime, about half the population is made up of part-time residents who look for housesitters in the summer. To nab one of these housesitting gigs, try posting on Sayulita Life in the classifieds. Summer season starts anywhere between early May and late June and ends around October. American passport holders are allowed to stay in Mexico for up to six months.
The best WIFI connection in town is at Yah Yah, which also happens to have the best coffee and most interesting collection of post cards for sale (so, triple-win).
Monday nights during the tourist season are salsa nights. The live Cuban-Mexican band from Puerto Vallarta is spectacularly good and the whole town is full of salsa dancers. Head over to Don Pedro’s around 9 to watch, dance, drink, eat, or just enjoy the music. Cover for those not eating/drinking is 50 pesos.
Sayulita is all about fish tacos. But if you tire of this traditional local fare, Tacos on the Street has the best mini quesadillas in town (and they’re only 25 pesos each, which is less than $2.50 at the time of this writing).
Finally, a few safety tips: before you climb out of bed, look down. Sayulita is home to some small brown scorpions. They’re not highly poisonous (so don’t worry too much), but getting stung sucks anyway, so it’s always best to look down.
In that same vein, keep sneakers off the floor and/or shake them out before putting them on.
And, it’s been said before and will be said again, but don’t drink the water. Buy filtered/bottled water and use it for drinking, for ice, for brushing your teeth, etc. And always wash the dishes with super hot soapy water.
Do you have a tip of your own to add to our Guide to Sayulita Mexico?