This is the general “downtown” area of Sayulita, south of the school, where most of Sayulita’s commercial locations exist. Plenty to do and see here and you are right in the middle of everything and can easily walk to almost any place. Advantages to renting in Sayulita’ s central neighborhood are proximity to stores/restaurants/shops, closeness to the original Sayulita-Mexican environment, and walking right to the surf break.
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), Zen Garden 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.
During holiday periods, impromptu beach-parties are frequent, especially in front of Cameron’s Sayulita campground. 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!
Check the daily exchange rates for the Mexican peso against US dollars, Canadian dollars, and the Euro. You can use US & Canadian dollars (no checks) at most of the stores and restaurants in Sayulita and the surrounding area, but you will get better exchange rates at the “Casa de Cambios” (Money Exchanges) and from ATMs. In Sayulita there are “Casa de Cambios” on Av. Revolucion just off the plaza opposite “El Espresso” coffee shop, and Calle Delfin just off the plaza next to Ruben's Deli. Opening hours vary.
Sayulita has several ATM cash machines. All ATM machines charge a $29–$90 peso surcharge (plus your bank’s international fee.)
Due to a recent increase in ATM fraud, it is cautioned to avoid free - standing ATMs in Sayulita, and to use the ATM machines inside banks in Puerto Vallarta and Bucerias. If you do use a free - standing ATM, be sure to check the machine carefully and do not use it if it appears to have been tampered with. Visit the Sayulita Mexico Forum for further discussions on Sayulita ATM machines and money exchange options.
Currently there is no bank in Sayulita but there are two in Bucerias - halfway to Puerto Vallarta. There is an HSBC bank with a cash machine (caja permanente) up the hill beyond the town center on the left hand side (when traveling from Sayulita), and a Bancomer bank and ATM next to the OXXO (right hand side), plus a Banamex cash machine is located next to the Chinese architectural building on the ocean side of hwy. There are also a few bank branches at the Mega shopping complex. Another bank is in La Peñita, 19 miles/30 kms. north of Sayulita on Mex. Hwy 200 direction of Tepic, Bancomer & cash machine at #22 E. Calle Zapata. Banks are open Mon. – Fri. 9 AM – 4 PM.
There are a number of small grocery stores in town, some offering better choice of products and fresher produce than others. Mi Tiendita on the plaza, and MiniSuper Rodolfo at the one-way split on Av. Revolucion (the main street) are the best stocked but it is worth a stroll through town to see what is available and fresh that day. Alas Blancas, on the corner of Calle Delfin and Av. Palmar, has many international foods and specialty items. One of the most fun ways to shop is the pick-up trucks that circulate through Sayulita offering fresh produce, fish and shrimp.
For fresh fish, visit Pescaderia Piolin near the road bridge; and for meat there are now modern butchers shops (Carniceria) in town. Try Carniceria Tranco’s opposite MiniSuper Rodolfo or El Tapatio opposite Rollie’s. Sayulita truly offers a great selection of fresh fish and meats.
You should not drink tap water. Purchase a “garrafon” (20 liter bottle) of purified water for your home. Small, medium, and large size bottles of purified water are for sale at various stores and restaurants. (To assist Sayulimpia’s recycling project, please try to reuse your personal water bottle by refilling it from your home garrafon. Thank you). The town’s restaurants have an excellent record for cleanliness and you may be confident that vegetables & fruits have been thoroughly sanitized and that ice is safely made from bottled water.
There are doctors in Sayulita, some of which speak English – Dr. Gutierrez 329-291-3778 #20 Calle Marlin- and a health clinic when you first enter the village on the main road to your left. It is a gray and red colored building, which says SALUD on the front. The hours are flexible so it is best get there in the mornings. There are also several pharmacies located in Sayulita. San Francisco (a.k.a. San Pancho) four miles north of Sayulita has a basic yet functional hospital 311-258-4077. In Puerto Vallarta AmeriMed and San Javier Hospital are highly recommended for serious incidents. (See “EMERGENCY PHONE #’s”).There is a new medical facility out by the gas station as you turn off highway 200 for Sayulita. It is open 24 hours, and has an English speaking staff member on hand at all times. They have an ambulance, and accept some American Health insurance plans.
To cut down the number of mosquitoes in Sayulita or any other tropical area, make sure there is no standing water around the house. Dawn and especially dusk are the worst times for getting bitten. Otherwise wear long pants, long-sleeved tops, use an anti bug cream or spray, which you can find in any pharmacy in town. Light citronella candles and mosquito coils, and sleep under a mosquito net. For bites, Lanacane is excellent (only available north of the border) or locally (and north of the border)”After Bite” home remedies include pressing a finger nail into the bite to form an X or try rubbing an ice cube over the bite.