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“Can't Wait to Go Back”
Review of Sayulita

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San Mateo
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21 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Can't Wait to Go Back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2008

Great beach for strolling, boogie boarding, hanging out. Lots of restaurants right on the beach and around town, shops, everything in walking distance. No chain restaurants or high rise hotels. Our big, beautiful house, rented through Avalos Realty, with tons of space for our two families of 4 adults and four children (ages 9 – 12), our own pool, and every little thing we needed (even beach umbrella) cost less than a typical hotel, even on a holiday week. Waking to the sounds of jungle birds each morning, and the shrimp truck were a delight. We had plenty to keep us all busy, and happy, including plenty of time for relaxation, without having to get in a car the entire week.
Favorite dinners: Don Pedro, especially smoked marlin salad and ahi tuna appetizer. Excellent service – they wrote the name of the birthday girl in chocolate on her dessert plate. Café Relleno/Sayulita Café with a stop next door at Robert’s for dessert. You need to check in nightly because there’s always something new and wonderful. Dinner at Rollie’s was good and reasonably priced. Mangia Fuoco for really authentic Italian food – two guys from Italy her really care about what they’re doing. Great brick over pizza, very fresh pasta, delicious meat dishes and salads. A bit pricey, but otherwise worth the visit. They graciously opened and served the wine we brought. On the other end of the spectrum, but equally enjoyable, were tacos purchased outside the grocery store downtown.
Favorite Lunch : Medusa’s, mostly because it was around the corner from our house and had free wireless for the computer junkies in our group. Yummy smoked marlin tacos, and best cerviche ever – bring your own beer, icy cold from the liquor store down the street from our casa. Another favorite lunch was grilled pollo from a roadside stand eaten on the beach.
We all enjoyed El Espresso for breakfast, though our favorite breakfasts were eaten in our casa with leftovers wrapped in corn tortillas bought still hot from any little grocery store – there’s a tortilla “factory” in town that delivers them fresh. We also enjoyed coffee and pastries from Panino, a little European style bakery a couple doors from the beach. Incredible bread, too.
Hot, fresh tamales, pastries, wheel barrow of nuts and candies, ice cream on the beach; Really good pizza slices at the storefront across from Don Pedro’s. One of the recurring highlights of the trip was the fruit stuffed pineapple drinks from Coco Frias on the beach. With or without rum – an amazing treat either way.
Not our favorites: Dinner at Afortunados - Lovely setting and guitar music, mixed reviews on food. Caiman – can’t recommend it. Even though the setting was nice and some people actually enjoyed their dinner, the 70 peso ravioli that came with three ravioli on a plate was not a hit and the kids had to order second meals – some which didn’t come until after everyone else was done eating.
Some fun adventures: the zip line tour – some of us did that while others wandered through the local shops.
An easy, fun excursion: we followed the road that hugs the coastline heading toward Punta de Mita up and over the cemetery to Playa de los Muertes, a pretty little beach with a little concession stand. The mango on a stick with chili and lime was only 10 pesos – so delicious. Seemed to be a local hang-out – not crowded.
Our best adventure, a hike to the north to the end of the beach, over some rocks at the end of the beach, up a steep trail, then were treated to a view of the next beach north of Sayulita. We found out there was an easier way to get there when followed some other people on our way back. There’s a great sea tunnel there you can walk through if you hit the tide right, or run fast. A very long, quiet beach with almost nobody there.
Still restaurants we haven’t tried, more places to explore. Can’t wait to go back. Soon.

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Roswell, Georgia
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6 reviews
6 helpful votes
“Great little getaway close to Puerto Vallarta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2008

If you go to Puerto Vallerta, make sure to take a day and go to Sayulita! This was probably a sleepy little surf town a couple of years ago, but it's gaining speed! There are plenty of great little restaurants and if you decide to stay the night, make reservations at Hotel Hafa (www.epilog.com/hafa). Cute shops, surfing lessons, and salsa at night! Only one hour from Puerto Vallarta!

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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16 reviews
13 helpful votes
“A great coastal town in Mexico!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2008

We spent a wonderful 7 days in Sayulita at the end of March. We were there for our wedding and brought along 30 guests. Everyone told us how much they liked Sayulita. It is touristy enough that you can get by without speaking Spanish very well and you can find the amenities that Americans are used to, however, it has a lot of character and charm (due in part to the fact that there are no large hotels or resorts).

We rented a house, Los Arcos, on the southern point of the bay. It is a large house with 3 separate units. We can't say enough how much we enjoyed staying there. The views are incredible, it is far enough away from the center of town to be a little quieter, but an easy 5 minute walk to town, and the surfers in our group paddled from the house to the line up. We also had guests staying at Villa Amor (they liked it, but don't get a room on the street level) and Papa's Palapas. Papa's Palapa's has a very nice Penthouse, but the bungalows are extremely rustic. They were clean for our guests, but have no windows and are pretty low-budget. We also had a guest in the one bedroom suite which wasn't very nice.

We had fantastic meals at Don Pedro's, Sayulita Cafe and Calypso. As well as tasty lunches at Sayulita Fish Taco and Iguana Azul. We had breakfast at Chocobanana and Paninos. The local taco stands on the streets have excellant authentic tacos which we loved! We highly recommend you try one for an authentic taste of Mexico. We also enjoyed the cut fruit (mangos, watermelon, etc.) served with chili powder and lime juice and sold by street vendors.

We love Sayulita and will be back soon!

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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4 reviews
16 helpful votes
“A Road A Little Less Travelled”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2008

My boyfriend and I spent 7 days in Sayulita, Mexico. I would defintily go back again!

If you are arriving during the day or early evening, I would recommend taking the bus from the PVR airport to Sayulita. It costs 20pesos ($2.00) and it's about a 45 minute-1hour trip by bus. We took a taxi because we got in late and it cost us 600 pesos ($60). The bus runs from around 6:00am until 8:00pm.

The town is "touristy" but not jam-packed like PVR. There's not as much shopping and it has a very relaxed atmosphere. It's more authentic and has a small-town feel, even with the tourists being there.

All restaurants are vegetarian-friendly. I ate very well for the whole week. I recommend Sayulita Cafe's fajitas, Calypso (a roop-top Italian restaurant), Calakmul (not many tourists go here but they have AMAZING thin crust pizza), and Choco Banana or Break Fast (beside Lunazul surfshop) for breakfast. Choco Banana is pretty busy in the morning, but has great breakfast, huge portions and good coffee. It's trendy! Don Pedro's is good as well, but over priced. Sayulita Cafe is very popular, and we always had to wait about 20 minutes to get in. But it's worth it!!

We took surf lessons from Berto at Lunazul surfshop - very good there! There are about 4 or 5 different places you can lessons right on the beach.

If you are looking to do something other than surfing, we HIGHLY recommend going on an exursion through Punta Minta Expeditions. You can find them located beside the Lunazul surfshop. We went snorkeling for three hours, on a small boat (only 4 of us) and got to watch whales. They take you to the Los Marietas Islands from the Marina in Punta de Mita. We got lucky and saw humpback whales too! They are very friendly and personable.

The beach isn't great for swimming, and the sand isn't very soft but we still saw a lot of families with their kids!

Beach chairs cost about $5.00 a day to rent from the various restaurants located along the beach.

Overall, we loved Sayulita, and will be back again one day!

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Southern California
1 review
2 helpful votes
“Adorable fishing/beach town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2008

We loved visiting Sayulita over the holidays! The weather was very mild - hot enough for bathing suits, but also cool enough to be comfortable in light pants. We stayed at a house for rent called Casa Buque, which is managed by Papa's Travel. The property manager Eddie was a real sweetheart, too! He gave us a ride back to town the first night after we dropped off our bags and arranged for a taxi to pick us up the last day to take us to Puerto Vallarta airport. The house was beautiful, had all the amenities we needed, along with a private beach cove. The house is about a 10-15 min. walk to the main part of town and you walk right by a graveyard - but it's not scary! The first night was a little weird, but we got used to it and it's actually a pretty little cemetary where people leave paper flowers, etc. I would highly recommend a visit to Sayulita And don't forget to eat some fish tacos at Sayulita Fish Taco - they really are the best!

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