Sayulita is located on the Mexico Pacific coast, 30 miles (48kms) north of Puerto Vallarta, just below the Tropic of Cancer at latitude 20.868889 and longitude –105.440833 with a population of approximately 2,500 fulltime residents. Sayulita's location is ideal, only three hrs flying time from southern California (LAX) or 45 minutes from Guadalajara (GDL).
First-class road connection via hwy 200 allows for an easy 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta (PVR), 1.5 hours to Tepic (the State capital) and three hours to Guadalajara (the cultural capital). Telephone and Internet connections are excellent with numerous Sayulita businesses, hotels and rental homes area offering Wi-Fi Internet service
The main beach of Sayulita is rarely crowded, the exceptions being at Christmas and Easter. The constant activity of fishing boats, surfers and bird life make it a pleasant place to enjoy, especially with restaurants offering beach-chairs and shade umbrellas and personal food & beverage service. Across the river and in front of the campground and trailer park the beach is steeper here but still offers safe swimming, beyond the beach stretches for another 1km.
There are numerous other nearby beaches less visited by tourists and worth discovering as well. The nearest is La Playa de Los Muertos, a 10-minute walk around the south end of the bay. Further south there are wonderful beaches called Pasquero and Pasquarito. Take water and food as there is nothing available out there. In the opposite direction north (to the right when facing the sea), beyond the main Sayulita beach is a long wild beach bordered by palms that is usually unpopulated. Please be aware that this beach has a strong undertow
Most of the local action in Sayulita is at Don Patos, south end of plaza,opposite of the church (small club with live music and a great scene), Don Pedro's (on the beach with salsa dancing on Mondays), Buddha Bar and the bars around the central plaza. Also, you can enjoy a pleasant evening just hanging out around the plaza enjoying someone’s guitar music and doing a little jewelry shopping. Live music is popular in Sayulita with Don Pato's offering the most frequent bands and changing scene.
Salsa bands play on Mondays at Don Pedro’s and Wednesdays at Dragon Rojo; plus la Bicyclette and Dragon Rojo have bands almost nightly. Check out La Fiesta restaurant/bar on Ave. Revolucion for a fun Mexican night of singing, dancing and of course drinking! During holiday periods, impromptu beach-parties are frequent, especially in front of Cameron’s Sayulita camground. Saturday nights sometimes offers a disco on the basketball court and on Sundays maybe a bull-riding/live concert at the rodeo ring. After-hours parties and raves happen occasionally so ask around. To round off a perfect night. Just look up at the bountiful stars in the Sayulita skies!.