Travel Diaries (Part 2) Sayulita, Mexico
A charming seaside surf village, Sayulita is a hidden gem with picturesque and isolated beaches, charming restaurants and a true and authentic Mexican vibe. The first thing we saw was bursts of colour on the doors of every abode, endless rows of rainbow flags adorning the streets with a vibe of absolute simplicity. We missed the swell by a week but still managed to frolic in the sea and enjoyed exploring the tiny town.
Mary’s: By far our favourite meal from the trip. Truly authentic Mexican with large servings at a reasonable price and an insane chipotle sauce. You feel like you are in Mary’s living room while she cooks and creates in her little kitchen space.
Chocobanana: We went to this place every morning for breakfast. It actually started in 1991 selling chocolate dipped bananas from a stand and now boasts an extensive menu with great coffee, avocado and eggs on toast and delectable but dangerous milkshakes!
The Real Fish Tacos: So many options for Tacos and toppings – the hype is real with this seaside stand and definitely a must try after a salty day at the beach.
Buonissimo: If Italian style gelato is your weakness then walk very fast past this parlour. Located on the corner of the main street in Sayulita, this ice cream is the perfect dessert choice. When in Mexico, right?!
La Reinita: If ice-cream doesn’t agree with you, then opt for a traditional Paleta popsicle. Completely natural with a blend of fruits, nuts, herbs and spices there is nearly every flavour under the sun. You will need more than one to cool you down in Sayulita’s sweltering heat.
There is something for every budget in Sayulita, from cute bed and breakfasts with local families, campgrounds to pitch a tent in, or cosy bungalows to rest your head. We stayed in the lush jungle grounds of Playa Escondida Resort and it truly made us feel like we were off the grid. Perched on the cliff, overlooking a private beach, with an unreal restaurant and infinity pool all made for a very enjoyable stay in the sleepy beach town. To get into town is a short taxi ride at $100 pesos, OR you can rent your very own golf carts. Not ideal when you have a crew of x5 and an abundance of heavy camera gear.
With over 45 local shops and artisans creating beautiful wares on every corner, it’s best to take some spending money for some souvenirs. It is a Bohemian’s dream with endless options of authentic and rustic rugs, ceramic colourful Mexican skulls, driftwood dreamcatchers, beautiful artworks, jewellery and other knick knacks. Don’t expect to haggle here as most prices are fixed, but it’s definitely worth picking up something to remind you of the dusty beach town. The dreamy store ‘Evoke the Spirit’ showcases the stunning pieces of the Huichol people; an indigenous tribe to Mexico who create bright yarn paintings and intricate bead work. Definitely worth a visit!
Main Beach is the obvious choice for travellers but if you would prefer to not be hassled by vendors, or run over by beginners in the surf then we suggest you hire a driver and venture along the coast. We opted for the latter and went half an hour South and checked out a secluded beach called La Lancha (prepare to walk for half an hour to get to this break) and Punta Burros. Both relatively flat but with our only day to surf we still got salty and caught a few fun ones. Punta Mita is another option and offers an array of point breaks making it one of the most uncrowded and consistent spots in the Nayarit region. La Playa de Los Muertos is a beautiful beach just a short walk North of the main beach offering a lot more room for your towel and perfect snorkelling and standup paddling conditions (if you find yourself lucking out on the swell).
Overall its a sleepy surf town that holds a special place in our hearts and we already want to go back and make some more Mexican memories! The secret is out on Sayulita.