Sayulita is a small fishing village about 25 km north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The first inhabitants of the area were most likely small bands of semi-nomadic Cora Indians. Like most of the greater Banderas valley area, the sheer remoteness and thick jungle prevented major colonization until the late 1800’s. The ejido of Sayulita was not established until 1941.
Known for its rivermouth surfbreak, roving surfers “discovered” Sayulita in the late 60’s with the construction of Mexican Highway 200. Today, Sayulita is a popular off-the-beaten-path travel destination. Still a mecca for beginner surfers of all ages, the quaint town boasts numerous art galleries and restaurants. The most well-established restaurant, “Don Pedro’s” (since 1994), has attracted an international clientele for years, many of whom have vacation villas in Sayulita. Don Pedros has a popular salsa dancing night with live music and instructors, which makes for a fun evening.