Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita: Which Should You Visit?

The Bold Brunette
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July 15, 2017


As a travel blogger, I am often asked what my favorite country that I’ve been to is. Though I could never choose just one, Mexico is and will always be in the top five.

It is a beautiful country with incredibly varied landscapes, gorgeous scenery and kind & hospitable people. Not to mention some of the most delicious food you’ll find anywhere! Mexico is a place I will return to again and again.

If you’re looking to take a trip to a coastal location in Mexico, I highly recommend either the Riviera Maya on the East coast or a small area on the West coast where the states of Jalisco and Nayarit meet. There, you’ll find the city of Puerto Vallarta and the towns of Sayulita and Punta Mita.

Though close in proximity to each other, Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita and Punta Mita are all very different places with their own unique charm.

Whether you’re looking to surf, dive, club, be pampered or just plain relax on your vacation, this corner of Mexico has it all.

Let’s start with some basic facts about the area…

How to get here: You’ll need to fly into the Puerto Vallarta airport. Central Puerto Vallarta is located only 15-20 minutes from the airport, while Punta Mita is 45 minutes away and Sayulita can be reached in just under an hour.

When to go: This area of Mexico is ideal for visits all year-round! In the winter months, temperatures are around 75 degrees and in the summer, go up to around 85 degrees. To avoid the high prices and massive amount of tourists that come with the winter, though, I recommend booking a trip here between late-March and early October.

How long to stay: A week or more is ideal! I recommend visiting two (or three) of these places while in the area.

Sayulita

Perfect for: Surfing, relaxing on the beach, getting off the grid

Ahhh, even typing the word Sayulita brings me back to this town. It’s one of those places that makes you feel a certain kind of happy, you know?

Sayulita is a small surf town, full of charm and color. It has a very relaxed, boho feel with a big expat community, quaint shops and a slew of casual juice bars.

Days here are spent lounging on the beach, surfing and snorkeling, shopping for unique (and cheap!) clothing pieces and wandering adorable streets with a fruit smoothie in hand. Your only responsibility here is to soak up the hot Mexican sun and relax.

While in town, I recommend staying at Villa Amor, one of Sayulita’s most luxurious resorts with beautiful oceanside villas and plenty of Sayulita charm.//www.villaamor.com/

In terms of dining, eat delicious Mexican food at Casa de Chile Relleno, scarf down pizza at La Rústica, get a chocolate covered banana at Chococabana and enjoy smoothies at The Anchor & La Esperanza.

See all the photos and read the rest about Punta Mita and Puerto Vallarta at The Bold Brunette.

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