Water, Eat, Repeat: A Family Week in Sayulita

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Surf, sun, SUP and fun in Sayulita

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Once upon a time, Sayulita was a tiny fishing village about 30 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta. The dusty dirt roads that led to this tiny paradise were traveled only by in-the-know locals and some intrepid surfers. The whisper travel campaign has blossomed into a full roar. Sayulita is now a popular beach destination for travelers from the US, Canada and the interior of Mexico. They trek here to enjoy the sweet little beach, the gentle wave that’s perfect for beginning surfers, and to experience the culture of a slightly grown-up beach town.

Where to Stay with Kids in Sayulita

Villa Amor offers villas with full kitchens, and many of the units have their own private pool.

Sayulita has many rental house options in the hills above town. Many visitors find this trek too arduous and have taken to driving golf carts through town. This is a great option if you are traveling with young children or with grandparents who need a little extra help.

Tip: The week before Easter is Semana Santa in Mexico and most Mexicans have the week off. The week following Easter is Mexican Spring Break and all schools are out of session. The population of Sayulita swells by several thousand as many folks from the interior of Mexico travel for hours to spend the week at the beach. The main Sayulita beach is packed with picnickers, their umbrellas and lots of thumping music. It’s a wonderful immersive cultural experience, but not everyone likes to be surrounded by so many people.

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Learn to Surf

The sweet gentle Sayulita wave is a reef break that offers beginning surfers the perfect opportunity to learn the sport. The great folks at Lunazul have excellent instructors and plenty of surfboards and Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) for rent. This is a great place to learn how to surf. The combination of the warm Sayulita waters and the smooth curve of this particular break provides an ease to dropping in that isn’t found at all popular surf spots. When the swell dies down, the bay turns flat and is a great place to give SUP a try.

Where to Eat Great Food with Kids

One of the benefits of growing from a little-known fishing village into a full-on tourist destination is that the restaurants have stepped up their game. All restaurants welcome kids, but few have special kid menus. Mary’s, Sayulita Cafe, La Rustica, Aaleyah’s Nachos and Wings and Wa Kika Heladeria are some favorites.

Other Sayulita Activities

Local cooking classes teach you about local cuisine, and most welcome kids. You can walk to smaller beaches like Playa de los Muertos on the south side of the bay. You can also join fishing charters, sunset cruises and local tours of the area. Comfort Tours Sayulita offers a range of tours to local landmarks outside of town and airport transportation in their fleet of Chevy Suburbans.

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