Sayulita Jungle Love
Dang, first off it has been a good couple of months since I have shared anything on my blog. Life has been one busy, messy, beautiful mess. In the past month I've had several people reach out interested in our experience in Sayulita so here I am trying to get back in the rythymn of writing blogs. Back in January Todd and I trekked down south to Sayulita, Mexico for a quick one week trip to get some sunshine and some waves. I've been wanting to head to Sayulita for a few years now and it was such an amazing place to get away and relax. The town is very small and laidback which was such a breath of fresh air. The more I travel the more I can appreciate getting down to the basics and as long as I have a beach to play on and a place to sleep I am happy, the big cities can be fun but they are always hectic and never truly allow you to relax, I guess you could call Todd and I the beach bum type and that's fine by me!
Getting to Sayulita makes for a pretty cheap and quick trip. We took Alaska Airlines from Portland (PDX) to Puerto Vallarta (PVR). We had a layover in San Diego for 1.5 hours and jumped back on our same plane after picking up more passengers and made the last leg of the trip. The total travel time was only 7 hours. When we landed in Puerto Vallarta we decided to take Uber instead of the taxis because they were nearly half the price. To take an Uber from the airport you actually have to walk out of the airport across their pedestrian bridge, so while you might have to walk 5 extra minutes you can end up saving $20-$30. The trip to Sayulita was only about 30 minutes drive from the PVR airport.
Once we had arrived in Sayulita we checked into our spot which we found on Airbnb. We stayed at Hotel Hafa. This location was so dang dreamy and authentic, nothing fancy but beautiful and raw and the location was in the center of it all in downtown Sayulita. The drawback of this location is that from 10pm-2am it was very loud because it is so close to the downtown bars and clubs. So I would recommend staying else where unless you plan on partying it up. We only went out a couple of nights and luckily the hotel gave us ear plugs for the other nights.
While we were in Sayulita we surfed, ate, hiked and explored the town and all it had to offer. We also were stoked when photographer Donny Mays reached out and asked if we would be interested in shooting while we were there. It turned out he was also from Portland on a visit down south to get out of the gloomy Portland weather. This was such a fun shoot and we are so glad that our trips overlapped.
Below, I've linked where we stayed along with other information about what we did on our trip. Let me know if you have any specific questions or are planning a trip down here soon! Cheers!
Hotel Hafa - Airbnb $64/night
Uber - $25 from PVR > Sayulita
To take an Uber from PVR make sure to walk across the pedestrian bridge from the airport, if you can't find it just ask one of the airport employees and they will show you.
THINGS TO DO
Surfing - Walk to the beach and use any of the board rental companies on the beach. Boards are about $5/hour. The surf spots are all along the beach.
Hiking to a private beach - There is an amazing, nearly deserted beach that you should check out. On the hike you will walk through an amazing palm jungle that you will see in my photos. Walk to the north end of the beach and walk over the rocks and you will find a pathway, the trial is about 8-12 minutes until you will find the beach. At low tide there is cave that will take you to the other beach.
Churros Down By The River - YOU HAVE TO HAVE ONE! Walk to the bridge that gets you into town and usually there will be a husband and wife making churros on the street in the back of their old truck. These churros are a game changer, best ones I've ever had and the best part is, they are made fresh so they are warm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Explore Sayulita - Sayuilta is such a small town that it is dang easy to just walk around and explore the cute town. See all the photos below to see the colorful fun vibe.
PLACES TO EAT
Escondido Bar - Funky little bar with amazing drinks and good vibes
Choco Banana - Chocolate dipped bananas and a pretty good breakfast
La Rustica - Good Pizza and a great late night spot
Leda - Outdoor Restaurant and bar that was hands down coolest vibe and their amazing staff told us secret spots to go to!
The Anchor - Best smoothies in town!