A Dusty Dot on the Pacific along the Nayarit Coast.
Laid back. Sayulita is starting to experience some classic globalization. You can find wine shops, an Asian fusion restaurant (that features Tokyo Nachos), and Indian fair trade clothing stores. If you want the real Mexican experience, step inside any of the local art galleries featuring contemporary and traditional Mexican artists. Depending on the day, you can find handmade ceramics and textiles from street vendors for very affordable prices.
If you can handle a crowded wave, you have to go surfing. However, there are plenty other water activities to conquer such as kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. If you want to spend some time on land, there are unbelievable trails for hiking and even horseback riding. Just be careful, you can find yourself literally dangling off the edge of a cliff.
Never have you seen a place where were locals, hippies, and affluent expats get along in such perfect harmony.
“Off the Beaten Path” Suggestion:
Playa Malpasos. With a word that means “bad passings”, one can only assume negative things. However, I think it’s name emerged as a trick on tourists to keep away from the most pristine, speckless white beach within hiking distance of Sayulita. Go north towards San Pancho (San Francisco), about an hour walk from Sayulita (or get there by kayak).
Stick with the local delicacy – tacos. Don’t pay over a dollar. And my suggestion is to find a “family style” restaurant where you will dine among friends and relatives. These are easy to spot as they don’t have any elaborate store front. The best one I found was called “Taqueria” and the tables are right on the street. Also, always use the green creamy stuff they provide on the table. It’s called crema fresa. Delicious!