Surfing in Mexico: Sayulita & Punta Mita

Sayulita Hippie Town Mexico

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 (whose 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 Puero Vallarta) trade paradise for London?!

Sayulita Hippie Town in Mexico

Sayulita Surfer Beach

Hidden surf spots around Sayulita

We were so lucky with the AirBnB that we rented which was located just 15 mins walk from the bech 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. 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 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 desribe 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 :) 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.

Sayulita Hippie Town in Mexico


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)

Surfing in Sayulita & Punta Mita

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.

Cafe / Coffee Shop Sayulita Mexico

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 :)

Margarita Sayulita Beach

Sunset Sayulita Beach Mexico

7 pm

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 its 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 :)

Things to Do Sayulita Mexico

Sayulita Town Mexico Surfing Spots

Things to Do Sayulita Downtown Mexico

Sayulita Espresso Coffee Place

Sayulita Town Centre Mexico

Sayulita Town Mexico Puerto Vallarta

And last but not least, the cutest dogs ever: Mexican Xoloitzcuintli :)

The Cutest Dogs Ever

Mexican Dogs - Cuteness!

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… :)

Punta Mita Luxury Honeymoon Resort Mexico



  1. robin rue
    June 1, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    What an amazing adventure. I would love to visit that area someday!!

  2. Jenn JG
    June 1, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    Your pictures are all Amazing! I love Mexico, went twice last year! The beaches are heaven

  3. Needa
    June 1, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Stunning pictures !! What a peaceful beach !! Perfect for a day off

  4. June 1, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    How amazing that the place you rented was only 15 minutes from the beach! I love the idea of surfing, especially as I have never tried it before! Beautiful photos x

  5. Deanna
    June 1, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    This sounds like a paradise. I would love to visit. I surfed in my younger days but I’m not sure I could now.

  6. June 1, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    The colours are amazing, I don’t think I would ever be sad in a place this beautiful. Hopefully one day I can get over there to visit!

  7. Kaylee
    June 1, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    This looks like an incredible place to visit, I love how vibrant and colorful everything is. The dogs are so cute!

  8. June 1, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    That is so beautiful. I have always wanted to try surfing. It would be amazing to learn there! Your photos are really nice as well. Loved seeing them.

  9. Claudia Krusch
    June 2, 2017 / 3:06 am

    These are fantastic photos. I would love to go to Sayulita and explore. I am hoping to be in Mexico again this winter.

  10. Ayushi Arora
    June 2, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    The place is so colorful and vibrant. I love the pictures and it looks so much fun. The dream catchers are so attractive

  11. Val
    June 2, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Great post! Sayulita is an awesome town, and if you want to enjoy without large crowds, consider visiting in the shoulder seasons, May and June are beautiful, the weather is nice and hot during the day but still cooler at night, and the humidity isn’t as high as in the rainy summer and fall months. Locals tip: You can find tons of information on the SayulitaLife site, everything from beach directions, to travel planning, to vacation rentals and restaurants, etc. The room rates are cheaper too because you rent directly from owners and don’t have to pay the fees from the large corporate sites :) The largest crowds are during the winter holidays (Christmas, New Year) and also during Easter, which is like Mexico’s spring break.

    • Karateandcaviar
      June 5, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Oh awesome, thanks for all the extra info :)

  12. June 3, 2017 / 1:12 am

    Oh this is really a nice place to visit during summer I guess. I would love to learn surfing and experience it as well!

  13. June 3, 2017 / 11:14 am

    I’m so envious, I’ve always wanted to be a tourist in Mexico. I love all of your photos, and seeing this place up close and personal. Now I want to go even more. I’m sure I wouldn’t be good at surfing though lol.

  14. Megan
    June 5, 2017 / 1:09 am

    I LOVED looking at these photos! It reminded me a lot of the Grand Cayman, which I loved!

  15. June 5, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Omg looks like you had one amazing trip!! Mexico is always a fun time. One of my favorite country’s to

  16. June 27, 2017 / 2:58 am

    Sayulita looks beautiful and very peaceful! I would love to go to the beach to watch the sunrise and walk through the town and take photographs. As a street photography, all of the colors in your photos really stand out to me so I know I would get lost in photographing everything!

  17. June 27, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing trip! Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful this cute hippie beach town is! I’d love to visit there!

  18. June 27, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    I love those dream catchers and the colorful banderitas. The place looks so laid back, this is where I would love to spend summer vacations or long weekends to unwind and relieve the stress of city life.

  19. March 15, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Polluted water is the norm here. The sewer plant has been broken for several years and 200 gallons a minute of raw sewage drain out into the surf 100 feet to the right on the main break. No locals surf here and the non locals whom don’t know any better get rashes after one session. It will be years before it is fixed and not until surfers totally avoid the place for a long while before they get the incentive to fix it.

    The local tourer guides will tell you it is scare tactics but it is not. It is horribly polluted.

    • Karateandcaviar
      March 16, 2018 / 7:10 pm

      I didn’t see any of this and there were more locals than non-locals in the water.. are we talking about the same beach?!

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