A quaint surf village only 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita was placed on the map in the mid twentieth century by surfers due to the infamous break located on the main beach. It’s hard to delineate between the beach and the village itself, as the stores and restaurants are essentially a stone’s throw from the sand.
The vibrance of this village which houses 5,000 full time residents is quintessentially marked by the rainbow colored flag banners which act as a quasi-canopy to the town. Despite its lack of commercialization, the cuisine of Sayulita is rather impressive. From wood fired pizzas, fresh sushi and curated cocktail menus, the village is not to be overlooked. For those looking for the traditional vitals, there is no shortage of street tacos and cervezas readily available at every corner.
Sayulita is a shoppers paradise given the renowned artists presence. Beautifully woven blankets, ceramics, and kitschy home decor were an allure of mine. Do not be fooled, the items are not priced for pesos and may set you back similarly to a visit to designer shop in Santa Monica. What caught my eye was the plethora of street vendor memorabilia. From palm-sized hearts made of vibrant colored felt, to sleek and modern wooden bowls, the various peddlers have something for everyone. One of my favorites, the rainbow colored pom-poms strings, are a constant reminder in my guest room of my wonderful trip.
Ino Laboratorio Gastronomico // Wonderfully quaint, Italian eatery with fresh menu items. We met the owner who was so sweet and accommodating to our group.
La Rustica // Hip and lively pizza joint which provides for al fresco dining. It was here that we were able to see live street performances while eating a drool-worthy prosciutto pizza.
Orangy Juice Bar // My go-to every morning after yoga. Fresh juices, acai bowls and snacks.
Yah-Yah Cafe // Great breakfast staples including bagels, eggs, bacon and waffles! Located right next to the beautiful church and town square and less crowded than Chocobanana next door.
Coffee to Go // Easy place to grab a cup of coffee and pastry while exploring the village in the morning. Not sure of the name but it is located across the way from Atico Hookah Bar
Palmar Trapiche // We stumbled upon this hidden beer garden at the north end of town while exploring one day. Hammocks and relaxing seating outdoors in a tropical oasis. This is a watering hole you won’t want to miss
Paraiso Yoga – Beautiful open air yoga studio tucked away at the end of town. You instantly feel as though you’ve been transported to Bali.