Will you be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta in the near future? Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a very popular vacation destination. It is known for fun and exciting outdoor activities, beautiful beaches, and amazing food. In Puerto Vallarta, you will never run out of fun things to see and do. However, we recommend that you go on a day trip to Sayulita, which is a surfing town just north of Puerto Vallarta. In 2015, Sayulita was designated as a Pueblo Magico, because the town has amazing heritage and charm that visitors love. If you will be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta soon, then you should visit Sayulita, a hidden gem near PV.
Sayulita – Pueblo Mágico
On the beautiful Pacific Coast of Mexico, just forty minutes from Puerto Vallarta is a charming and quaint coastal town called Sayulita. Surfers along with vacationers love this vibrant town. During September of 2015, Sayulita was appointed a Pueblo Magico at the Segunda Feria Nacional de Pueblos Mágicos in Puebla. Talpa de Allende and Mascota, which are villages in the region, were also given the Pueblo Magico award along with twenty-eight other towns. Pueblo Magico in English means “Magic Towns”, and the Mexico Tourism Board started the designation in 2001 to reward magical towns in cities in Mexico. Towns must meet three requirements to become a Pueblo Magico. Firstly, the town must be aesthetically pleasing such as having roofs or balconies that are painted in the same color (the National Institute of Anthropology and History must approve color choice). Secondly, the towns must have a cultural identity that will focus on locally made crafts, etc. Lastly, the town must have a village square that is beautiful and attracts visitors. When a town is appointed the Pueblo Magico, then the town receives additional financial support to increase tourism, too.
The Best Beaches in Sayulita
A Sayulita day trip is perfect for visitors who want to stroll along the beach and take in all the sounds, sights, and scents. Surfers especially love surfing the breaks at the local beaches. Want to give it a shot? You can rent a surfboard right on the beach. You can also choose to paddleboard on the waters, too. Want to relax and destress? Massage tables are set up so you can treat your tired muscles right on the beach. Plus, there are plenty of dining options, so visitors can eat a great meal and enjoy a delicious cocktail, too. The main Sayulita Beach is very popular and crowded, and it is perfect for buying jewelry, crafts, and sunglasses from the vendors walking by. However, if you would like to relax at a quiet beach, then you can keep walking past the Villa Amor Hotel (yellow) until you get to Los Muertos Beach. After passing Villa Amor Hotel, then continue to walk up the hill past the graveyard. There, you will find the private Los Muertos Beach, which is perfect for swimming. There are no dining options at this beach, so plan ahead and bring a picnic with you.
Art Galleries, Restaurants & More
There are many wonderful art galleries, restaurants and so much more in Sayulita. When you arrive in Sayulita, you need to head towards the central plaza with its beautiful gazebo. Currently, the plaza is adorned with vibrant and colorful Huichol art that makes for a picture-perfect photo opportunity. In town, you will find numerous art galleries, which are perfect for buying Huichol handicrafts that have been made by the locals. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, too. If you love shopping, you can find unique clothes, swimsuits, jewelry and so much more in town. Plus, it doesn’t matter what type of food you are in the mood for, as you will find it in Sayulita. There is no need to rent a car as everything is walkable in Sayulita which adds to its appeal.