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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Sayulita

Mexico, Jalisco

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 20° 52.472' N
Longitude: 105° 27.095' W

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 Access

Driving north from Puerto Vallarta take the main coast highway (200) toward Campostela take Sayulita turnoff to your right drive to beach. Sayulita is in the state of Nayarit not Jalisco as it is incorrectly listed in wannasurf.
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North of Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), south of Tepic/San Blas (Nayarit) from Hwy 200. 3km from main road. Very easy to locate and access from Puerto Vallarta. A well known surf town and beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Driving north from Puerto Vallarta take the main coast highway (200) toward Campostela take Sayulita turnoff to your right drive to beach. Sayulita is in the state of Nayarit not Jalisco as it is incorrectly listed in wannasurf.<br />+<br />North of Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), south of Tepic/San Blas (Nayarit) from Hwy 200. 3km from main road. Very easy to locate and access from Puerto Vallarta. A well known surf town and beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Driving north from Puerto Vallarta take the main coast highway (200) toward Campostela take Sayulita turnoff to your right drive to beach. Sayulita is in the state of Nayarit not Jalisco as it is incorrectly listed in wannasurf.&lt;br &#47;&gt;+&lt;br &#47;&gt;North of Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), south of Tepic&#47;San Blas (Nayarit) from Hwy 200. 3km from main road. Very easy to locate and access from Puerto Vallarta. A well known surf town and beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Driving north from Puerto Vallarta take the main coast highway (200) toward Campostela take Sayulita turnoff to your right drive to beach. Sayulita is in the state of Nayarit not Jalisco as it is incorrectly listed in wannasurf.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;+&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;North of Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco), south of Tepic&amp;#47;San Blas (Nayarit) from Hwy 200. 3km from main road. Very easy to locate and access from Puerto Vallarta. A well known surf town and beach.

DistanceIn the city

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave quality

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

The wave is definitly a fun wave and under the right conditions can be pretty good. It's much more suited to longboards than shortboards but the locals really have it wired and rip on shortboards (there are several Mexican national champions who live and are from Sayulita). If the swell is over about 6' it tends to close out and many other spots in the area are much better.It is very crowded with novice surfers from all over the world.
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Sayulita is a casual, mellow surf break with a fast shortboard ride before the main section, and a longboard ride and glide after the main section. It holds a lot of surfers and has a lot of waves for everyone. Las Olas surf school sometimes crowds the break. Give waves, get waves. Respect the locals... they are HOT! Watch out for people who don't wear leashes. Easy parking and lots of tacos.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is definitly a fun wave and under the right conditions can be pretty good. It's much more suited to longboards than shortboards but the locals really have it wired and rip on shortboards (there are several Mexican national champions who live and are from Sayulita). If the swell is over about 6' it tends to close out and many other spots in the area are much better.It is very crowded with novice surfers from all over the world.<br />+<br />Sayulita is a casual, mellow surf break with a fast shortboard ride before the main section, and a longboard ride and glide after the main section. It holds a lot of surfers and has a lot of waves for everyone. Las Olas surf school sometimes crowds the break. Give waves, get waves. Respect the locals... they are HOT! Watch out for people who don't wear leashes. Easy parking and lots of tacos.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is definitly a fun wave and under the right conditions can be pretty good. It's much more suited to longboards than shortboards but the locals really have it wired and rip on shortboards (there are several Mexican national champions who live and are from Sayulita). If the swell is over about 6' it tends to close out and many other spots in the area are much better.It is very crowded with novice surfers from all over the world.&lt;br &#47;&gt;+&lt;br &#47;&gt;Sayulita is a casual, mellow surf break with a fast shortboard ride before the main section, and a longboard ride and glide after the main section. It holds a lot of surfers and has a lot of waves for everyone. Las Olas surf school sometimes crowds the break. Give waves, get waves. Respect the locals... they are HOT! Watch out for people who don't wear leashes. Easy parking and lots of tacos.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is definitly a fun wave and under the right conditions can be pretty good. It's much more suited to longboards than shortboards but the locals really have it wired and rip on shortboards (there are several Mexican national champions who live and are from Sayulita). If the swell is over about 6' it tends to close out and many other spots in the area are much better.It is very crowded with novice surfers from all over the world.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;+&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Sayulita is a casual, mellow surf break with a fast shortboard ride before the main section, and a longboard ride and glide after the main section. It holds a lot of surfers and has a lot of waves for everyone. Las Olas surf school sometimes crowds the break. Give waves, get waves. Respect the locals... they are HOT! Watch out for people who don't wear leashes. Easy parking and lots of tacos.

Atmosphere

girls, surf well, beatiful beach....sun...bla bla bla....evrything. Sayulita is a great little town with nice people and very good local surfers. In recent years it has become a destination for snowbirds from the States and Canada as well a Europe who all seem to want to learn to surf. The level of clue-lessness is mind boggling. I have been personally run over three times in one session. A introductary lessons is advisable. Surfboard rentals can be found on the beach as well as lessons for beginners and advanced surfers. Patricio Gonzales, national longboard champion for Mexico, gives lessons with Patricia at Capitan Pablos, located directly in front of the main break.They will direct you to the beginners area, clue you in on the surfing dos and donts and rent you a board that is suited for your size and experience. The town has a nice ambiance and good inexpensive food. Definitly avoid Christmas and Easter (Semana Santa)as the town completes fills up with non Mexican tourist as well a hordes from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

English (Translate this text in English): girls, surf well, beatiful beach....sun...bla bla bla....evrything. Sayulita is a great little town with nice people and very good local surfers. In recent years it has become a destination for snowbirds from the States and Canada as well a Europe who all seem to want to learn to surf. The level of clue-lessness is mind boggling. I have been personally run over three times in one session. A introductary lessons is advisable. Surfboard rentals can be found on the beach as well as lessons for beginners and advanced surfers. Patricio Gonzales, national longboard champion for Mexico, gives lessons with Patricia at Capitan Pablos, located directly in front of the main break.They will direct you to the beginners area, clue you in on the surfing dos and donts and rent you a board that is suited for your size and experience. The town has a nice ambiance and good inexpensive food. Definitly avoid Christmas and Easter (Semana Santa)as the town completes fills up with non Mexican tourist as well a hordes from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

English (Translate this text in English): girls, surf well, beatiful beach....sun...bla bla bla....evrything. Sayulita is a great little town with nice people and very good local surfers. In recent years it has become a destination for snowbirds from the States and Canada as well a Europe who all seem to want to learn to surf. The level of clue-lessness is mind boggling. I have been personally run over three times in one session. A introductary lessons is advisable. Surfboard rentals can be found on the beach as well as lessons for beginners and advanced surfers. Patricio Gonzales, national longboard champion for Mexico, gives lessons with Patricia at Capitan Pablos, located directly in front of the main break.They will direct you to the beginners area, clue you in on the surfing dos and donts and rent you a board that is suited for your size and experience. The town has a nice ambiance and good inexpensive food. Definitly avoid Christmas and Easter (Semana Santa)as the town completes fills up with non Mexican tourist as well a hordes from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

English (Translate this text in English): girls, surf well, beatiful beach....sun...bla bla bla....evrything. Sayulita is a great little town with nice people and very good local surfers. In recent years it has become a destination for snowbirds from the States and Canada as well a Europe who all seem to want to learn to surf. The level of clue-lessness is mind boggling. I have been personally run over three times in one session. A introductary lessons is advisable. Surfboard rentals can be found on the beach as well as lessons for beginners and advanced surfers. Patricio Gonzales, national longboard champion for Mexico, gives lessons with Patricia at Capitan Pablos, located directly in front of the main break.They will direct you to the beginners area, clue you in on the surfing dos and donts and rent you a board that is suited for your size and experience. The town has a nice ambiance and good inexpensive food. Definitly avoid Christmas and Easter (Semana Santa)as the town completes fills up with non Mexican tourist as well a hordes from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

General

This break is in a quintessential Mexican puebla. It has many tourists during the Nov-May period and few from Jun-October. A very relaxed atmosphere. Take t-shirts and wax to make friends with the locals. Some Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Try www.tambo-de-oro.com for a place to stay. If you plan to tour the area, a car and guide are helpful to find the other local spots. SAYULITA IS A LOT OF FUN.

English (Translate this text in English): This break is in a quintessential Mexican puebla. It has many tourists during the Nov-May period and few from Jun-October. A very relaxed atmosphere. Take t-shirts and wax to make friends with the locals. Some Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Try www.tambo-de-oro.com for a place to stay. If you plan to tour the area, a car and guide are helpful to find the other local spots. SAYULITA IS A LOT OF FUN.

English (Translate this text in English): This break is in a quintessential Mexican puebla. It has many tourists during the Nov-May period and few from Jun-October. A very relaxed atmosphere. Take t-shirts and wax to make friends with the locals. Some Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Try www.tambo-de-oro.com for a place to stay. If you plan to tour the area, a car and guide are helpful to find the other local spots. SAYULITA IS A LOT OF FUN.

English (Translate this text in English): This break is in a quintessential Mexican puebla. It has many tourists during the Nov-May period and few from Jun-October. A very relaxed atmosphere. Take t-shirts and wax to make friends with the locals. Some Spanish is helpful but not necessary. Try www.tambo-de-oro.com for a place to stay. If you plan to tour the area, a car and guide are helpful to find the other local spots. SAYULITA IS A LOT OF FUN.

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Sayulita
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Jun 25, 2009
Crap - My wife and I booked a place to stay in Sayulita as we're exploring the area for living options.  Today was the first day the surf in the town was at all decent.  It was coming in decent, albeit little, sets.  The biggest waves w
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Sayulita
By lfsurf
Feb 17, 2008
- I arrived to Sayulita with a 4.5-5 ft 20 sec swell... waves were fun, not as good as I expected, but definetely a good place to surf and have fun. One tip, go early in the morning, there is much fewer people
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Sayulita
By jcannon001
Feb 27, 2004
- easy, fast, long, sandy bottom
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Trip: Mexico Sayulita
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From Feb 20, 2004 to Mar 1, 2004

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By Anonymous , 12-06-2011

objective opinion of sayulita - For those questioning the worth of visiting Sayulita, let me put your mind at rest. Sayulita can be good, but it depends what you are looking for. The great thing about the waves is how long they last however the waves are never that big. If you looking for serious rip go elsewhere because your not going to find it here. The locals are alright, but show respect. Do not be a pincho gringo, and shout USA USA because that's how things get uncomfortable, learn a bit of Spanish or at least Spanglish. The locals will nick your waves & will carve in & out of your general direction, so don't expect them to go by standard rules of surfing. Also everything is overpriced, but its a tourist resort so knowing this, don't waste your money. If your after night life after being a fish for the day head to PV, it's insane. Also beware of the reef, I had to go to PV hospital to have a chip removed from my foot = 4 days out of the water.

By Anonymous , 25-09-2010

Beach trash? - Anyone know how the beach in Sayulita is after the recent rains? I was in Saladita recently and the beach was totally trashed with wood and plastic that flooded out from the river, and sketchy water quality. Friends are going to Sayulita soon, want to know what's up.

By Anonymous , 18-09-2010

Kite Surfing Sayulita in December - Looking to go down to Sayulita for Christmas and take some kite boarding lessons. Have heard that the wind and surf can be pretty sketchy. Can you let me know of some instructors there?

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