Local Entertainment and Area Activities
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Sayulita, Mexico, is a small town with big action. It’s a perfect combination of fishing village, surfer town, and tourist resort with the benefits of each one. Featuring a wide variety of entertainment activities in and near town, from surfing and diving to horseback riding and shopping, Sayulita offers more than enough variety to please the young and old alike. In fact, it has become a popular destination in the Riviera Nayarit for Americans and Canadians seeking retirement and vacation homes.
The place for surfing is at the town’s main beach (Playa Centro). With waves and breaks from 3-feet to 9-feet high and 500 to 1,650 feet long, depending on the season, this bay in the Pacific Ocean is ideal for longboard surfing. Recognized as one of the best locations for surfing in the world, Sayulita draws both beginner and expert surfers, and offers surf lessons, surf camps, and even surf competitions certain times of the year.
The best snorkeling beach – also great for swimming – is Playa de Los Muertos. Just a 10-minute walk around the south curve of Sayulita Bay through the cemetery and to the right, the ocean is calmer and better for viewing the colorful tropical fish and Olive Ridley sea turtles (tortugas). Informal snorkel tours to coral reefs are also offered by local boat captains, such as the Sayulita Wave. Since scuba shops are limited, bringing snorkel gear is recommended.
Sayulita is a part of Banderas Bay in the Riviera Nayarit, a prime breeding area for Humpback Whales, Bryde’s Whales, dolphins and Orcas (Killer Whales), the largest of the dolphins, for its location, weather, and warm waters. Each year hundreds of whales swim through the bay as they migrate between Alaska and Hawaii. Humpback Whale watching season is mid-December through mid-March when these social, vocal mammals can be spotted playing on formal whale-watching tours.
Ideal weather and ocean conditions in Banderas Bay make it the best deep sea fishing site in all of Mexico, and Sayulita is in the heart of it. Many fish species thrive year round in the bay, including wahoo, sailfish, dorado, swordfish, tuna, marlin, snapper, roosterfish, and others. Sport fishing in the bay is of such high calibre that the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle has been chosen for the yearly International Tuna and Marlin Fishing Tournament in June. Boats, cruisers, and charters can be rented for any length of time.
The Riviera Nayarit is known for its exquisite nature: tropical jungles, lush mountains, gold beaches, and a vibrant ocean. One of the most enjoyable ways to explore its splendor is by horseback on one of the magnificent, trained horses from Sayulita’s equestrian stables. Led by experienced guides, horseback riding tours offer day rides through the rainforest and mountain trails or sunset and moonlight rides across the beach. Horses can also be rented by the hour for custom tours.
Winding cobblestone roads and colorful store fronts combine to give Sayulita its charm, but what awaits travelers on the inside is even more delightful. With an eclectic flair, the town’s shops offer Bohemian-style clothing, beachwear, surf boards and surf gear, jewelry, Cora and Huichol Indian art, Mexican handicrafts, gifts, furnishings, groceries and health foods with a healthy dose of art galleries and art shops sprinkled in between. Each weekend, the town hosts an open-air market featuring a wide variety of local vendors.