Charming, Colorful Sayulita, Mexico

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If there’s any quintessential beach town in Mexico, Sayulita is the one to beat. Set against a brilliant beach and filled with colorful buildings, cheap eateries and surfer hangouts, Sayulita seems like the kind of place where one could get stuck for quite a long time!

One thing I loved about my week with Nourish Retreats is that in between yoga and boot camp sessions, we had a lot of free time. So to the surprise of no one, I found myself making the 25-minute walk to Sayulita town quite frequently.

While WiFi was my main reason to visit Sayulita (Haramara Retreat, the lovely resort where we stayed, has no WiFi or even electricity), there was another major reason to visit:


Although the food at Haramara Retreat was beyond fantastic, the girls and I quickly turned our fish taco indulgence into an obsession. They are everywhere in Sayulita — and you can’t go wrong with any of them, as long as they’re grilled and not breaded!

My fellow Nourish Retreats girls loved Sayulita as well — not just for the fish tacos, but for the beach, the margaritas, the chocobananas (tip: Chocobanana cafe has super-fast WiFi and lots of power points!), the jewelry shops, and the lovely people.

I’m not going to lie — being in Sayulita made my heart ache for my favorite little beach town in the world — Sihanoukville, Cambodia.  And Mui Ne, Vietnam, as well.  But Sayulita has plenty of charm, and the colors are simply fantastic.

Every backpacker needs to spend time in a chill backpacker town, no matter what region. Sayulita is definitely that backpacker town in Mexico.  On the Mexico/Central America backpacking jaunt that I know I’ll take eventually, I won’t be skipping Sayulita!

My time in Sayulita was spent as a guest of Nourish Retreats.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

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10 thoughts on “Charming, Colorful Sayulita, Mexico”

  1. Mmmmmmm I love South America, I love the colors, I love the people, I love the language. Most importantly, everything is so simple and not too modern.
    When I go to there? Good question 🙂

    Thank you for the pictures and the experiences that you share with us.

  2. Sayulita is my “go to” fall time hang out spot when my hometown, Vancouver, starts raining. The food is amazing, there’s great little towns around the way to check out, secret surfing spots all over (talk to the local surfers) and it’s not ridden with god awful 500 room resorts. It’s a simple fishing beach town with just enough western amenities. Love it.

  3. hey – im going in a couple of weeks, and im going solo (27 year old guy from LA)
    is this a good idea? or is it a place you go to in a group? any hotels to recommend?

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