Sayulita is a fishing village about 40 minutes north of the popular resort Puerto Vallarta just off the Pacific Highway Mex 200. Although the roads have been paved some years ago and there are ATMs available the village has maintained its character as a small and typical Mexican village. It's a completely different world compared to Puerto Vallarta with the huge hotels, discos and attractions 'attacking' tourists. Instead Sayulita offers hiking through the jungle paths, surfing, swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, bicycling, fishing and probably more!
Scenes like this are not unusual at the beach or in town! Sometimes you will also see Indians from the mountains araound selling their artwork. Yes, the Easter and Christmas holidays are high season for tourists but outside of that time of the year you can expect the usual Mexican life with numerous small grocery stores, craftsmen and several restaurants on the street most of them serving excellent Mexican food. There is also a regular market selling souvenirs and other stuff.And if you feel that it is too remote: Just spend a day in Puerto Vallarta (or maybe a night....)
You could buy food in the local stores or in supermarkets in Bucerias or Vallarta but you should also try the restaurants in Sayulita. "El Costeno" actually is a legend! Here you can have fresh fish and huge Margheritas sitting at tables with your feet in the sand. But there is a lot more to select from! Or try "Cheo's Tacos", probably the best Tacos in the area!
The beach in front of Sayulita is beautiful. Who wants it more remote could walk to "Playa Malpasos" just north of town on the way to San Francisco, called 'San Panch' by the locals.You could be the only visitor. In addition, there are several small beaches partially hidden around, so some people climb rocks or take a boat. But it is always worth to discover them because you will find spectacular views!