There’s no denying that by mid-May, Sayulita’s high season is behind us and the quiet season of summer is coming our way. As much as we worry about the upcoming low season and its financial strain—no tourists equals no money here in Sayulita– and possible flooding—Sayulita had its worst flood in 80 years just three years ago–we do like how green and lush the jungle grows after the dry, …
For connoisseurs of tacos, you can’t beat Sayulita. Between the carts, the stands, the restaurants, the bars, and the rest of the taco purveyors you’ll find all over town, you can eat a great version of just about any kind of taco you want, from shrimp to calves’ brains to pure unadulterated vegan. So, what we are going to do here with our new, ongoing Tacos in Paradise blog …
Taking a bike ride in Sayulita is a great way to kick off a day—whether you’re using your wheels to get into town or out of town, you can steal a break from the beach routine, and see what else is around. If you’re here for a week or more, you might just need …
Flights are frequent
Getting to Sayulita from the US or Canada is as easy as hopping on a plane in a frozen northern city, knocking back a few cocktails or beers, a book, or a nap, and getting off the plane in Puerto Vallarta 2 or 3 or 5 hours later, in the tropics, in the sun, in the land of languor, in what feels like a different world.
Arriving in Puerto Vallarta
From the Puerto Vallarta international airport, you’ll drive or bus north on Hwy Mex 200. Sayulita is about 22 miles (36 km) north of the Puerto Vallarta airport. Upon exiting the airport follow the signs for Compostela and Tepic.
Driving through Mexico
The route from Guadalajara to Sayulita is easily marked with plenty of public road signs to Puerto Vallarta. Head west on the Cuota (toll hwy) towards Tequila. Continue for approximately 2 hours until the turnoff to Compostela. Continue for an hour on Hwy Mex 200 down the incredibly windy / curvy road to Las Varas and on ahead for another 45 minutes to km 123 marker and the Sayulita turnoff.
Walking the streets of Sayulita
Sayulita is a small town, but steep hills and a mixed variety of streets—paved, cobbled, or just plain dirt roads–make getting around mildly challenging at times. But not really. There is no place not within walking distance, although hilltops and distant jungle outposts can seem a long ways off, especially at night.
The Vacation Throw Down
We love Puerto Vallarta, but we prefer Sayulita. This is where we live and work and wait for our guests to arrive. Whatever you choose, if you come here from the US or Canada or even Europe or Asia, you’ll be happy to soak up some sunshine for a week or two. We hope to see you here in Sayulita.
Photographer: Donna Day
May 3, 2013