Summer ‘24

Lost and Found: 48 Hours in Sayulita, Mexico

Feb 22, 2024 • Will Watters • Kelly Watters

In the words of Anthony Bourdain, “Most of us are lucky to see Paris once in a lifetime. Make the most of it by doing as little as possible. Walk a little, get lost a bit, eat, catch a breakfast buzz, have a nap, try and have sex if you can, just not with a mime. Eat again. Lounge around drinking coffee. Maybe read a book. Drink some wine, walk around a bit more, eat, repeat. See? It’s easy.”

Use our quick guide below for a few enjoyable days in the City of Light.

Day 1 - Morning

With the sun barely peeking over the horizon, we started our day exploring North Sayulita Beach. Coffee from Anchor Café was just the fuel we needed for a quick walk along the beach to scope waves and check out the jungle trail. The stretch of sand, blessedly free from the usual crowds, was perfect. Pelicans and frigates soared above, and we were lucky enough to spot a few schools of fish chasing bait. The air was crisp, the ocean inviting, and the day full of promise.

Day 1 - Afternoon

After making our way back from North Beach, Downtown Sayulita welcomed us with its kaleidoscope of colors and infectious energy. Calle Delfines, with its vibrant flags fluttering above, was cool but a bit of an Instagrammer’s paradise. We wandered through Evoke the Spirit, checking out artisanal crafts that whispered tales of the local culture. At Los Golden Sayulita, we hit up Cesar who was hammering out handmade copper jewelry. By the time we reached Mary’s Traditional Mexican Food for lunch, our stomachs were rumbling. The whole fried red snapper paired with beans, rice, and tortillas complemented perfectly with a fresh Mezcalita. After that, we jumped into Quiverito Surf Shop to snag some boards for the evening and following day.

Day 1 - Evening

Our evening adventure took us on a 4WD dirt road to Carricitos Beach. The drive was a bit of a challenge, winding through rugged terrain, but the secluded paradise that awaited was worth every bump. A perfect beach lined with tall palm trees and a beach cave at the end. The waves here were a surfer’s dream, and we wasted no time hitting the surf. We all ended up on the sand enjoying a beer while watching the sunset. Exhausted but exhilarated, we made our way back to town for dinner at La Rustica. The wood-fired pizzas were a hit, and the atmosphere was buzzing with energy. As night fell, we headed upstairs to Hula Sayula. The DJ’s beats were infectious, the Mezcalitas flowed, and we danced until we could dance no more.

Day 2 - Morning

Rising before dawn, we met our good friend Captain William at the beach. The plan was simple: find hidden waves and fish. The boat ride was exhilarating, cutting through the morning mist as we ventured into uncharted waters. Soon, we found ourselves amidst schools of big Jack Crevalle and empty offshore waves rolling in. Breakfast on the boat was simple yet perfect: coffee and freshly sliced pineapple as we reveled in the morning’s catch and the untouched waves at Burros and La Lancha.

Day 2 - Afternoon

We returned to shore around 1 PM, hungry for more than just adventure. By the time we reached Tacos Al Pastor Tal Ivan for lunch, our stomachs were rumbling. The tacos al pastor were legendary – a perfect blend of spice, sweetness, and everything nice that paired perfectly with a handful of Modelos.

Day 2 - Evening

The late afternoon was perfect for a few more waves at North Beach, a quick dip into the pool at Don Bonito and then as the sun dipped low, we headed to Las Sirenas Beach Club, savoring the final moments of the day with strong drinks, great company, and the rhythmic sounds of the waves. Exhausted but happy, we made our way downtown to Tukari for dinner. The gourmet dishes were a treat, a fitting finale to our Sayulita adventure.

Where to Stay

  • Don Bonito: A boutique hotel with a charming ambiance and personalized service.
  • Hotel Casa Loteria Sayulita: Located in the heart of town, offering a blend of comfort and convenience.
  • Selina Sayulita: Ideal for meeting other travelers, offering both private and shared accommodations.

Where to Eat

  • Tacos Al Ivan: The best street tacos in Sayulita. For a few pesos you can eat your fill.
  • La Rustica Sayulita: Wood fired pizzas, great drinks, and a good vibe. The people watching on the street is awesome.
  • Mary's Authentic Mexican Food: Get the whole fried red snapper. Caught locally daily, get it before it sells out.

What to Do

48 Hour Essentials

Everything we took for 48 Hours in Sayulita

The Nomad Swim Trunk

The Venture Hoodie

The Outbound Camp Collar

The Shift Hat

Limitless Merino Short Sleeve

Evolution Pant Slim

X Cotton Tee

Unlocking Sayulita: Your Essential Travel Companion

Sometimes, it takes wandering through sunlit streets, losing yourself in hidden corners, and embracing the unknown to truly find who you are meant to be.

Sun, Sand, and Surf

An intoxicating blend of sun-drenched sands, vibrant surf, and a bohemian spirit pulses through the colorful streets and local cantinas.

Places We Love

Escondido Bar

A hidden gem known for its cozy atmosphere and creative cocktails.

Tacos Al Pastor Diaz

Famous for its delicious and authentic Al Pastor tacos, a local favorite.

Kilometro5 Surf Bar

A laid-back jungle bar, offering great drinks and a relaxed vibe.

La Rustica Sayulita

A popular restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas and Italian-inspired dishes.

Wakika Ice Cream Shop

A beloved ice cream shop with a wide variety of flavors to choose from.

Hamsa Falafel

A fantastic spot for fresh and flavorful falafel and Mediterranean cuisine.

Atico Hookah Bar

A hip bar with local IPAs, DJs, swings for seats and a chill street vibe.


A trendy café known for its excellent coffee and inviting atmosphere.

Cafe Coyote

A charming café offering delicious coffee and light bites in a relaxed setting.

ORGANI-K Sayulita

A health-focused café with organic and nutritious food options.

Cafetería Northswell Sabor Natural

A café known for its natural and wholesome menu items.

Pákeke Sayulita

A local favorite for its amazing pancakes.


A stylish restaurant offering a mix of international and local cuisine.

Paku Paku

A vibrant eatery serving Asian-inspired dishes and sushi.


A restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine with a warm and inviting atmosphere.

El Tiburón Sayulita

A seafood restaurant known for its sushi and alley location.

Mary's Traditional Mexican Cuisine

A staple for authentic and traditional Mexican dishes. Get the whole fried red snapper.

Tacos Al Pastor Tal Ivan

Another excellent spot for delicious Al Pastor tacos.


Delicious open air mexican food.


A hip breakfast spot with healthy options and amazing coffee.

Manyana Sayulita

A local Sayulita brand making cool clothing all made in mexico.

Hula Sayula Gyozas Bar

Specializes in gyozas and other Japanese-inspired small plates. Go for the late night DJs.

The Embers

A restaurant known for its grilled dishes and vibrant atmosphere.

Evoke The Spirit

A shop featuring artisanal crafts and unique souvenirs.

Tukari Restaurant & Bar

A restaurant offering a mix of Mexican and international cuisine. Great patio and strong drinks.

Selina Sayulita

A popular hostel with a lively bar and social atmosphere.

Anchor Cafe

A cozy café with great coffee and a relaxed vibe.

Anchor Cafe North Side

The north side branch of the popular Anchor Cafe.

Henshin Sushi

An omakase sushi restaurant known for its local fresh fish.

Alchemize House

Cold plunge, sauna, breathwork, and coworking. Love this place.


A quieter, more secluded beach perfect for a relaxing day.

Playa Patzcuarito

A beautiful and less crowded beach ideal for a peaceful getaway.

Baby's Burgers

A spot known for its delicious and juicy burgers.

Carbón Sayulita

A restaurant specializing in grilled meats and hearty dishes.

Frente al Punto Beach Club

A beach club offering great food, drinks, and stunning ocean views.

Chaman Creative Kitchen

A restaurant with a focus on innovative and creative cuisine.

Le Camion

A popular food truck serving a variety of tasty dishes.

Las Sirenas Beach Club

A beachfront club with a great atmosphere, food, and drinks.

Don Bonito Hotel

A stylish and comfortable hotel offering excellent amenities.

Playa De Los Muertos

A picturesque beach known for its beauty and serene environment.

Playa La Lancha

A surf-friendly beach with great waves and a laid-back vibe.

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