Surf, Sea and Sand in Sayulita, Mexico [VIDEO]

by Stephanie Walsh · 11 comments

in Mexico, North America, Travels, Video

Surfing in Sayulita, Mexico

One of the most memorable months during our travels in 2012 was the month we spent in this lovely little surf-town, in Sayulita, Mexico. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, this small, sleepy surf town is just 40 minutes from the bustling tourist destination of Puerto Vallarta.

However, we didn’t really like Puerto Vallarta from the minute we arrived. It was basically another Cancun, so we were dying to get to Sayulita; a place we had heard was very quiet and laid-back. After the short journey there, we instantly fell in love, and decided to extend our planned week-long stay into one month! We also gave ourselves a goal; during the month we would teach ourselves to surf.

Sayulita, Mexico

The beautiful Sayulita, Mexico

Learning to surf had been a dream of both of ours for a long time, so it was amazing that we finally found ourselves in the perfect little Mexican beach town to do it in.

After walking around the town with our heavy backpacks for a few hours, under the intense sun, we finally found an adorable bungalow just one minute from the beach. It would be our home for the next month, and we would be extremely happy there. At only $5000 MXN pesos for the month, it was a steal. Thats roughly $385 USD or €295 EUR for a mini apartment, with private bathroom, two beds, self-contained kitchen and Wi-Fi.

During our search for accommodation, we had met a lovely Canadian expat, who offered to rent us her surf board  at only $50 USD for the month. This was also great value, as the surfboards for rent in the surf shops around town would have easily cost that much for just one or two days!

Sayulita Beach

The beach in Sayulita

Surfing in Sayulita, Mexico

Surfing in Sayulita, Mexico

Of course, we were too cheap to pay for the over-priced lessons, so we did what we do best; we jumped online, watched a few Youtube videos, and we were off! We’re big believers in the notion that you can really teach yourself anything online, even surfing!

And it worked…eventually! After almost two weeks, we were standing on the board and riding the waves to shore, (if not very wobbly). Spending our mornings learning to surf, our afternoons cooking, working on launching our first online e-commerce store and strolling around the lively town in the evenings, was the perfect way to spend a month in Sayulita, Mexico.

Fish Tacos - Sayulita, Mexico

Amazing fish tacos on the street! Hey, you can't cook at home all the time!

The relaxed, friendly vibe of the town, the beautiful warm water of the Pacific and the small-town atmosphere, has made Sayulita, Mexico one of my favourite places in the world. I edited together this video above to try to get across the essence of Sayulita. I didn’t really plan on making a video, so it’s a bit rough, but I think it works. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below!


Have you ever fell instantly in love with a place, that you immediately decided to extend your stay?

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1 Stef of Food & Photos around the world July 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Wow this looks like such a nice place, I want to move there instantly 🙂 Loved the video, especially the flips with the tyres look like so much fun and surfing of course (I wish I was talented :P). And the music hit the nail on the head! Nice job!
Regards, Stef
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2 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Aww why thank you Stef! 🙂 How lovely of you to say! Really appreciate your kind comments!


3 Franca July 3, 2013 at 2:54 am

Mexico looks stunning, it might be our next destination perhaps? Who knows.
Is it an expensive country to travel in?
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4 Stephanie Walsh July 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

It really is stunning and there’s sooo much to see and do!
It is definitely more expensive than the rest of Latin America but considering that it’s one of the most popular (if not the top) tourist destinations in the world, it’s still fairly cheap! It’s definitely possible to see Mexico on a budget.


5 Rachel Cooper July 23, 2013 at 12:08 pm

On my last trip to Sayulita, the highlight of my trip was receiving an amazing clay massage from David Chavez right on the beach in front of the Captain Cook restaurant. I have had MANY massages from trained professionals and David Chavez is one of the best – VERY talented. It was a special experience to receive such a great massage right on the beach in the open air and under the sun, listening to the waves crashing! I recently sent my friends looking for David and they could not find him in front of Captain Cook’s. Here is David’s phone number 3221910700. He is a healer.


6 Akash July 17, 2014 at 6:54 am

This is a great location spot where you can find a measure of peace. The beaches are very beautiful and at a decent price you can have a great vacation.


7 Kiki December 15, 2019 at 8:46 am

If you’re traveling to Mexico on a budget, it’s definitely possible as there are plenty of free things to do in Mexico


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