The Northern point of Banderas Bay is Punta de Mita. This is a luxury resort with several posh hotels and golf courses.
Sayulita lies just 17 kilometers north of Punta de Mita and is on the open Pacific Ocean, not inside Banderas Bay. For this reason, it is a popular surfer hangout, with a small but lively downtown … or perhaps more accurately “down-village”.
Sayulita has a large expat and “snowbird” population and also manages to continue to be a fishing village. It has not a single large hotel. Jana and I decided that this looks like our kind of place.
I am not sure if the word “snowbird” is used outside the Americas. It refers to US and Canadian residents who head South for the winter months.
We have rented a “casita” on the outskirts of Sayulita for a few days. It looks extremely pretty. I plan to describe it in a separate post, with photos.
“Our” casita is less than a kilometer from the center of Sayulita and it looks as though it will be easy and pleasant to walk into town and back. In fact, one review of the casita specifically recommends having an early dinner in town and then strolling home along the beach at sunset. All of which sounds just about perfect to us.
Despite being a fairly small place, Sayulita publishes a fun and helpful on-line newsletter, with a mixture of local advertisements and news, called Sayulita Life.
Here is a photo of the “town center”. The caption below this photo was provided by the photographer. I do not think it is meant to be ironic … 😊
We will be heading to Sayulita after our first few days in Puerto Vallarta. It is only 40 kilometers. Given that we expect to walk everywhere in Sayulita, we plan to travel to Sayulita by taxi or limo instead of renting a car. This lets me postpone driving in Mexico until later in our vacation.
Sayulita holds a farmers market each Friday. Sadly, we will be arriving in Sayulita on Saturday. But we will be returning to this neighborhood a couple of weeks later … 😊
- The photo at the start of this post is from The World Standup Paddleboard Championship.
- I borrowed the map from the Sayulita Surf Hotel website.
- The close-up shot of the beach appears to be from a Facebook post, but I am unable to create a link.
- I got the sunset from this post by Jessica Reid in Findery. Jessica recommends the Petit Hotel Hafa in Sayulita, which looks to be quite fun … (but Jana & I have already booked our casita).
- The photo of Avenida Revolución is from Visit-Vallarta.
- The Farmers Market is from Roberto’s Bungalows, where we will be staying (a few miles north of Sayulita) later in our vacation.