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Field Guide to Sayulita

If you’re like me, you have countless friends who won’t stop talking about the amazement that is Sayulita, Mexico. They all come back with legendary tales of perfect surf, succulent fish tacos and something called “Mexican moonshine”. This past summer was finally my turn. Short answer: Sayulita lives up to the  hype.

This guide will help you skip the touristy kook traps and get down to all things well and  wonderful.

Once you’ve convinced your crew to follow you south, the first thing to do is book a room. There’s a wide variety of vacation rentals and hotels for any budget. The best place to find your perfect match is on Sayulita Life. The town is small enough that you can stay pretty much anywhere and still be within walking distance to the beach and  downtown.

Next, arrange a ride from the airport ahead of time so you’ve got transportation right out customs. I recommend Sayulita VIP Transportation because they were not only super helpful and on time, but kind enough to stop on the way for some Mexican road  sodas.

There are endless restaurants, bars and shops to check out. Here’s a list of my  favorites.

La Empanaderia
Amazing empanadas and various treats perfect for breakfast or a quick snack.

Mariscos Seafood
Fish tacos and the best ceviche in town. What else do you really need? Oh yeah, beer to wet your parched whistle while you wait.

El Itacate
By far the best tacos in town. Make sure to grab the marlin and steak.

Burrito Revolución
Oh man, these dudes know how to make a mean burrito. Be sure to try the ghost salsa.

Honestly, anywhere is a great place to grab a drink. For some reason, margaritas get larger the closer you are to the beach. If you’re lucky enough to track down some raicilla, do yourself a favor and sip it.

This is a little obscure, but there’s a lady located at the west end of the central plaza. She sets up a table in the evenings and sells some of the best cakes you will ever taste. Make sure to try the tres leches.

Art & Homegoods
Revolución Del Sueño
This shop has the best lifestyle collection. From art to jewelry, sugar skulls to tank tops, this place has it all. And their vibe is a perfect mix of modern and traditional with a twist.

Surf Lifestlye
If you're looking to buy or rent surf gear, Lunazul is your shop. They also specialize in surf safaris and lessons.

Street Market
On the weekends, artists set up a street market that’s full of local handmade goods.

For those of you getting in the waves, here’s some pre-game info to avoid kookin out in the lineup. The main break is a right, with a quicker left more north up the beach. The bottom is rocky and can get pretty shallow, depending on the tide. The locals rip. Give them respect, especially after they surf circles around  you.

The only real beach dangers are sea urchins and eight-year-old rippers slashing waves like some wild “Friday the 13th” video. Watch out for both and you should be golden. Need to rent equipment or lessons? Swing by Luna Azul to get hooked  up.

Sayulita is the perfect mix of sleepy vibes and adventure high fives. Safe for families, home to super friendly locals and removed enough from bigger resorts make it feel like you’re in a tropical wonderland. Because it  is.

See you  there.

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