Sayulita Beach
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  • Briskey
    Richland, Washington33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing bar
    The Wild Iris in Sayulita is a standout. The moment you step in, you're swept up by the vibrant atmosphere. The bartender, with a personality that sparkles as much as the drinks, is a true star. Their skill and enthusiasm in crafting the drinks elevate the experience. Each drink is fresh and absolutely amazing, bursting with flavors that are as vibrant as the town of Sayulita itself. Whether you're a local or a visitor, The Wild Iris is a must-visit for an unforgettable night out!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Marianne G
    17 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overview of Sayulita
    We walked over a bridge at the Puerto Vallarta airport and took a taxi from the stand there and cut our taxi fee in half. Do not take a taxi from inside the airport. It is a long ride about an hour. Sayulita is a charming town, much less developed that Puerto Vallarta. We rented a golf cart which helped us get around as our hotel room was way high up on the side of a mountain/hill. The beach is quite noisy at night with people partying so you want to stay up off the beach if you can. The average age in town seemed to be about 23. While we were there, the waves were not great for surfing. The day we left, it started to look good. C'est la vie. Our hotel arranged the taxi back for us and we had done some research. It was more than we paid getting there but less than we were quoted by other places.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Devon2014
    Regina, Canada49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty beach but check water quality
    Sayulita Beach is beautiful but can get crowded. It is unclear how clean the water is so check out official reports before you go. Supposedly the new water treatment plant has eliminated problems but some official reports online still have high counts of things you don't want to swim in. On the other hand, there are lots of people swimming and surfing so maybe it's okay. In Sayulita itself, you'll need cash - most places (stores, cafes, taxis) don't accept credit cards.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 February 2024
  • Justmythoughts
    Plymouth, Wisconsin34 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    See previous comment
    There are a few things to know if you plan on traveling to Sayulita. 1. Everything here is fairly reasonably priced 2. Most of the food you get at restaurants is Mexican and not tons of variety. 3. Dogs roam free here. Watch where you step; sidewalk, streets, and beach. 4. The Flies here are for real. 5. Everyone here is really nice 6. You can get a cab or golf cart but you can absolutely walk everywhere in Sayulita. We put on atleast 5 miles per day. 7. It is very busy here and loud. There isn't a quiet part of sayulita
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Eva_in_CA
    Palo Alto, California33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great time in Sayulita
    I had heard about the issues with the sanitation line back in January and February, and apparently some people reported getting sick. I was worried about our spring break trip from the stories, but had the best time and no one got sick. It looks like repairs were made and the water quality was tested. We swam in the ocean and surfed and had no issues. We ate out a lot, but only at reputable place (no oysters on the beach for us). The weather was fantastic, food was great, and locals were friendly. A great Mexican community. We'll be back.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2024
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OrlandoRachel
Orlando, FL62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
While there were some interesting stores that had authentic artisan items, we found it to be dirty as well. There were street vendors that approached you but not as bad as some other places I have been in Mexico. They took "no" for an answer and did not follow you around. We found an authentic restaurant that offered a breakfast special for $4.00. We did find out that not all restaurants use filtered water as stated on one of the Sayulita's tourist sites. My coffee, I was told, was not filtered water. Make sure you get pesos at a bank for the best rates (closed Sat Sun) as the small exchange businesses in windows are pricey. We were able to get about 21.50 pesos for dollar and on a Saturday, the window exchangers only offered 17.50. Our taxi in from our hotel was 54.00US because the cheaper taxi apps would not come out. If we agreed to have our driver wait for 3 hrs, our round trip was 108.00 US. If the hotel had to call him back more than 3 hrs, the fee rose to 74.00 return. We decided to pass on scheduling the return. Look for the taxi signs off of the main square. We were able to hire a taxi for approx 30 US to return. The beach was swarming and the conditions of the area just was not enough to make us want to stay and explore. I concur with another reviewer that there was not much of a surfer vibe anymore. While I know the locals need the tourists, the cost of the taxi there and back was not justified for us.
Written 13 June 2022
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Noir333
Seattle19 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
For balance, my wife and daughter enjoyed our week-long stay and took the irritations (and there were several) in stride.

The beach is connected to the Sayulita River, which is most difficult to cross at night. This, plus high tide, making walking on the beach after 9 pm challenging and a bit sketchy at times. The river carries "materials" onto the beach. It was explained to us that this is why areas of the beach near the river outlet are less sandy, more "pebbly."

The beach is swarming with howkers. My wife joked that the item she wanted to purchase most was a sign that said: "No Gracias." The only peace you will get is by reclining and closing your eyes.

The prices at most restaurants and shops are surprisingly expensive. Mary's near the square was a stand-out exception.

Most of the street vendors will not haggle much if at all, which was frustrating to my wife, who is a world traveler. Very significant "tourist tax" here.

The beach is not very clean although some, like us, picked up what they say. The businesses on the beach were good about this. Much of the plastic comes from the ocean itself, so it is not like people are tossing trash everywhere.

For surfing, this is a beginning-level beach. Probably my favorite experience was taking a surfing lesson for the 1st time. Highly recommended.

For an optimal experience, which was not what I was lead to believe, you need pesos here and lots of them. The locals say that the ATM at Don Pedros is safe (when it works), as well as OXXO market near the square and at the bank near St. Lukes outside of town.
Written 28 June 2021
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Ridhwana K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great place to visit if you want to visit a lively little town with great food and charming locals. You can get amazing food wherever you go and it's very cheap! I felt safe and welcomed wherever I went. While they receive many tourists, Sayulita is a very old school authentic Mexican village, so it may not be for you if you want to be in a sheltered and filtered resort. However, there are beautiful, clean, and well-maintained villas and hotels you can stay in and still feel connected to the town. To all the people complaining about being sick, why the hell did you drink their tap water?? I would also recommend avoiding ice in your drink just to be cautious. I would definitely go back!
Written 3 February 2020
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tripz2018
Chicago, IL18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great surf for beginners, the quiet end has more rocks but no vendors which was nice. The busy end is filled with lots of chairs (for a fee), vendors, food and boating options. The sand is smooth with black and gold flecks (mica) and water isn't too deep so it is great for kids to play in. A perfect spot to cool off on a warm day.
Written 26 February 2020
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oldjake
Hollister, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was our first visit to Sayulita in 4 trips to Puerto Vallarta. The town is only about 4 blocks square and is filled with shopping and restaurants. The beach is gorgeous and looks out onto beautiful villas on the hillside. It is crowded, but there are lounges, tables and umbrellas for rent for the day at $15. Drink service is available at all the tables. It's a little bit of a trek by car from PV, primarily due to narrow roads and traffic, but well worth it. One caution - water is not purified, so exercise caution at restaurants.
Written 20 March 2020
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RNtra
Pasadena, CA44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a cute Mexican beach town very small and all shops restaurants are located within walking distance. Many young and older artists selling cute things on the beach and in boutiques. It’s a total bohemian vibe. Food is good people are super chill. Hard to get around without a car and yet it’s not somewhere I would want to drive.

The only negative I would say about this part of Mexico, it doesn’t understand what it wants to be. There are 300 dollar dresses in boutiques. I mean I don’t even look at that stuff and I’m a higher earner. Although some of garments are very unique and beautiful It’s hard to decide to spend 300 dollars an an item that costs around 60 dollars at the most. The mark up is basically what they think they can get from Tourists. I was looking at a blouse I was wearing the identical design which I paid 20 U.S dollars for. She was asking 80 dollars. They want dollars not pesos. I’f that’s what your asking for then you need to understand what the U.S dollar can buy or what’s it’s worth to us. Me I rather move my merchandise than have it sit.
Written 5 July 2022
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patandcolin1
Barrie, Canada173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stayed a couple of blocks from the beach but enjoyed it frequently. It is an interesting beach, rocky in one area but a surfers' haven. It was fun watching the surfers trying to catch a wave. Lots of great bars and food to choose from if you just want to sit and watch the world go by and enjoy the sun and surf.
Written 13 February 2020
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Echo
Vancouver, Canada120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You could not want for more if you hung out here; umbrellas and chairs for the beach usually with fully stocked bars not too far behind. Vendors approaching you to sell you homemade food, mixed drinks, souvenirs and anything you might want.

Depending on the bar, the prices of the chairs and an umbrella is about 300 pesos for the day (until sunset) and, depending on who’s making your drink (I prefer the random peeps at their own makeshift bar stations; larger and more generous with the free pours), a bars standard margarita is about 80 pesos but the makeshift bars are 1 litre in volume and cost about 100.

It gets busy near sunset as it’s the best place to check it out. There’s also a turtle sanctuary at one end of the beach but it’s seasonal.

Oh and if you’re too classy to pee in the ocean, unless you’re with a bar, the restrooms cost 5 pesos to use (there’s toilet paper).
Written 29 January 2020
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Gigi L
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Sayulita is a cute little beach town. We went to the end of July which should’ve been low season and it was very very crowded. Cannot imagine what it would be like during high season. Stayed in a lovely Airbnb with a pool which was a must because it was super super hot. I really enjoyed all the street food and the people that we met. The locals were very friendly. Took the bus from PV airport only cost a few pesos excellent savings. Also took a bus to San Pancho and lo de Marcos, Both had beautiful beaches and wonderful food!
Written 2 August 2022
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Apucciarelli
Allentown, PA310 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
When we first got to Sayulita beach, it was filled of surfers, and local artisans. We really LOVED the vibes and the beach water was more calmer than the one on the other coast. We were able to swim a little bit and explore the town with no issues. There are plenty of restrooms in the area and be sure to support local businesses.
Written 2 January 2022
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