Have you ever wanted to live in a cute little hippie beach town, go surfing during sunrise and do yoga during sunset?
Just head over to Sayulita in Mexico!
Sayulita: Hippie, yoga addict & surfer paradise
Sayulita is located around an hour by car from Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific side of Mexico. A Mexican friend of mine (who’s wedding we attended in Puerto Vallarta) recommended that town and OMG, thank you, SOFIA! The moment we arrived in Sayulita I instantly fell in love with the place and was wondering why on earth would my friend (born in Puerto Vallarta) trade paradise for London?!
Hidden surf spots around Sayulita
We were so lucky with the Airbnb that we rented which was located just 15 mins walk from the beach and came with two cute dogs. The landlord was quite a hippe and went surfing every morning for sunrise :) And that doesn’t mean that he got up at sunrise. No, he got up BEFORE sunrise so that he would be sitting on his board waiting for the perfect line up while the sun was rising. I’ve never known someone so committed to surfing like this guy was. Still to this day, I still don’t understand how one person can have so many Surfing Wet Suits for Men, but considering he does surf literally every day, it comes as no surprise. On top of that, he went to a hidden surf spot in Punta Mita rather than to surf in Sayulita, so he would only see a handful of other surfers in the water :)
The perfect sunrise surf in Punta Mita..
When I joined him one morning and was lying down on my board soaking in the beautiful ambiance, I saw huge turtles coming by to say hi, birds flying in the super close distance not even taking notice of me… and then the sunrise. It was so so so beautiful. There was this huge red ball at the horizon, slowly rising up from the water. I don’t even have words to describe how gorgeous everything was.I was so happy I could have cried. The moment was just so perfect. I felt entirely calm and at peace surrounded by incredibly beautiful nature.
So, yes, make sure you get in a few sunrise surfing sessions :) If you’ve never tried surfing before, I highly recommend it. One of my friends (who lives in San Diego) attended some of Everyday California’s surfing lessons the other week and she’s now super confident in the water. No matter where you’re vacationing, having surfing lessons is a great activity to try. Literally, just ask around ‘in the water’ in Sayulita to get to know the best and hidden spots. Someone will eventually tell you if you are nice :) The locals were super friendly and quite fun. Sayulita is such a small town that at the weekend at night you will bump into a number of surfers that you have met while surfing during the day.
Hippie Life & Surfing in Sayulita – Holiday Schedule:
5 am/6 am
Early rise (mostly because of the rooster living next doors) and go surfing (either for sunrise at that hidden surf spot or around 8 am in Sayulita)
11.00 am /12.00 pm
Come home and have lunch, take a shower and have a little nap
1 pm / 2 pm
Head to town for cappuccino with my kindle // or go to the SPA or the beach for a massage // or take the dogs out and hang out with them on the beach.
4 pm / 5 pm
Go out for another surfing session or, if waves aren’t good, have a Margarita in one of the beach bars. Watch the sunset on the beach :)
Head home to get changed and walk back into town for dinner :) We mostly had fajitas and tacos in one of the restaurants near the plaza de armas.
This was the schedule for almost three weeks. I totally loved it :) So if you guys are searching for a good surfer town in Mexico, Sayulita may just be the one you are looking for! The surf is quite good in Punta Mita as well as on the beach in Sayulita – you have to go in when it’s not super packed. That’s quite easy though: Just relax on the beach and as soon as it’s a bit less crowded, walk over to one of the various surfboard rental places on the beach, get your board, and paddle out :) :)
And here are more photos of Sayulita so you know exactly what to expect :)
And last but not least, the cutest dogs ever: Mexican Xoloitzcuintli :)
The perfect honeymoon in Mexico
For the honeymoon people wanting to stay around the area, check out this amazing hotel where some friends of mine stayed. It’s literally paradise on earth – the below photo shows your own private beach… :)