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Sayulita: Unlocking a Mexican surf town's sweetest secrets

Sayulita is one of Mexico’s little treasures

Sayulita, a village about 25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has managed to stay relatively under the radar — despite its relaxed atmosphere and stunning beaches.

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Sayulita, a village about 25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has managed to stay relatively under the radar — despite its relaxed atmosphere and stunning beaches.

Only a half-hour drive on a leafy, winding road from Puerto Vallarta airport lies the relaxed surf town Sayulita. It’s somehow managed to stay relatively under the radar — in fact, brush up on your Spanish in order to converse with many of the locals — even though everyone who visits falls in love with its laidback atmosphere, waves and sweet sunsets.

To get the most out of your vacay, here are six of Sayulita’s sweetest secrets.

Surf and SUP


With manageable waves for beginners and bigger ones for the more experienced, Sayulita has long been a favourite for those looking to improve their surf skills.

Sign up for inexpensive lessons (USD$60 for a 90-minute lesson, plus an additional hour with the board at Lunazul) to learn how to get up, identify good waves and how to safely fall.

When the tide is too high for surfing, rent a SUP from Stand Up Sayulita and venture toward Playa de Los Muertos (in the rainy season, let the sound of the cicadas in the jungle lead you).

Shop

Design-minded folks will swoon over the pretty jewelry, graphic ceramics, soft rugs and breathtakingly decorated skulls (both authentic and ceramic ones are available) from local and Oaxacan artists at Evoke the Spirit.

In the same plaza, you’ll find stylish embroidered tunics and boho jewelry at shops like Pashan and Tori by the Sea, but for charming crafts, hit up the street vendors making pieces by hand.

Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau

Savasana

Haven’t found your zen by catching that perfect wave? Drop in for a yoga class at Hotelito Los Suenos, where you can select from vinyasa, hatha, yin, or their signature session in the a.m., which focuses on breathwork and alignment.

Swim

When the waves prove too strong in the playa principal, walk 10 minutes south past Villa Amor and the colourful cemetery to Playa de los Muertos. Here, the water is calmer and the beach less crowded.

Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau

Savour

Indulge in a wide variety of inexpensive beach snacks including fresh banana bread, empanadas, shrimp skewers and fresh fruit.

In town, make like a local and get your tacos carnitas at Carnitas Prieto’s, fish tacos at The Real Fish Taco, and seafood at Mary’s. Cool off with a juicy paleta or creamy gelato from one of two locations of Wakika.

Sleep

Located on the north side, Hotel Diamante is tucked away from town, but convenient (the beach is just steps away) and cozy (AC and ceiling fans so you can sleep in cool comfort). Its pool in the courtyard is the perfect spot to hide in the shade with a book or for a nap on a chaise longue.

Karen Kwan was a guest of booking.com, who did not pay for or review this story.

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