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Adventures in Sayulita Mexico?


I am heading to Sayulita, Mexico in 2 weeks.  Any favorite outdoor activities or unique adventures I should know about?

I am very active and healthy!

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top answer by
JR from Manhattan Beach

Hey Jacki. Sounds like a great trip! I love it down there (we actually got married down in Punta Mita and had our rehearsal dinner at  Don Pedro's). As far as restaurants go, i also really enjoy  Sayulita Cafe (which locals refer to as Chile Rellanos).

For outdoor activities, there is great surf right in front and plenty of board to rent right off the beach. Even if you don't know how to surf, take a lesson and get out there!

Also, if you want to head south a bit and check out Punta Mita, you can rent some boards and go out with Mictlan Surf. A few years ago, they took us out in pangas twice for surfing at La Lancha which is one of the better breaks down there. We loaded up the whole family mom/dads/grandpa and they chilled on the beach while we surfed. A really fun couple days. But I will say that their "instructors" who helped out a few people in our group, didn't really get the job done. I think they wanted to surf more than they wanted to teach. Here's my video of it. Excuse the foggy gopro footage... it was really humid.

Have fun!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Don Pedro's (restaurant)
  2. Sayulita Cafe (restaurant)
  3. Mictlan Surf (attraction)
  4. La Lancha (attraction)
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answered by
N H from Seattle

I love Sayulita - it is one of the most relaxing places on the Pacific coast of MX. Looks like you have some good suggestions from JR so I will add something new: When you are there, pop up to San Poncho (San Francisco) and grab a little of the quieter beach and wander around the great little town. Also, for a little adventure try Tailwind Jungle Lodge for some cool tours. And hang out for some cool live music and drinks on the rooftop at the Darjeeling in San Pancho.

When you are on the beach in the morning in Sayulita, a nice American man who makes lovely little pies/empanadas may come around with his basket. Buy them. So good. In fact, the coconut cake lady, the pie guy and the fruit guys are awesome. All good food.

Want a good surf instructor who will help you? Risa at Awe.some. That is serious talent. But still, patient and pleasant. About $40/pp for a group lesson I think? It was worth every dime. They also teach Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP). Anyway, great way to kick off your week of surfing!

Enjoy putting your feet in that golden sand and sitting on the sand bar in the warm water... I will be there in March and cannot wait to get back! Feels like home.

(Updated: now adding El Itacate in Sayulita as a place. Hands down the best taco in town.)

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  1. Sayulita (city)
  2. Tailwind Jungle Lodge (hotel)
  3. El Itacate (attraction)
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answered by
David from San Francisco

Surf every day, eat fish tacos, drink tequila.  Wildmex Surf Camp is solid for surf lessons...they also do mountain biking, paddle boarding, etc.  You can also take a boat trip to the Marietas Islands which is worthwhile.  We stayed at an amazing joint about a mile outside of town called Playa Escondida.  Little pricey but super awesome.  

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  1. Wildmex Surf Camp (attraction)
  2. Marietas Islands (attraction)
  3. Playa Escondida (attraction)
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answered by
Georgia from San Francisco

Last time I was in Sayulita we took a boat trip to the Marietas Islands through Sayulita Sailing. Pictures of Marietas Islands are at this Link. It was pricey but fun if you enjoy the following activities: Catamarans, Whale Watching, Snorkeling, Open Bar and Lively Sea Crews. 

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