Visiting Sayulita and plan to do some surfing? In this Sayulita surf guide, I’ve rounded up everything you need to know about surfing in Sayulita, Mexico from where to take surf lessons to how to buy a surfboard.
Why is Sayulita Surfing So Popular?
So let’s start off by talking about why Sayulita surfing is so popular. I mean, if I’m totally honest, it’s not the best place to surf in Mexico, if you are just judging it on waves alone. The beach is almost always pretty packed. And unless you are an experienced surfer and can hang out to the right of the beach close to the rocks you will be over on the left fighting it out with the other beginners and trying not to crash into the hoards of swimmers.
So that’s the downsides to surfing in Sayulita, now for the reasons I love surfing there.
- Everything is so close – The beach is just steps away from the town, so if you stay right in town it will likely take you 5-10 minutes to wander down to the beach with your board.
- Sayulita is super cute – Sayulita is just a great place to hang out for a few days, weeks, months, or even years! It’s a small colorful Pueblo Magico (magic town) in the state of Nayarit on the west coast of Mexico.
- You can walk pretty much everywhere (or rent a golf cart).
- It’s a well know wellness destination – so when you are on dry land there are plenty of yoga classes, Temazcals, and vegan cafes to choose from.
- If you fancy a change there are several other beaches close by that you can venture out to.
- The waves are perfect for beginners.
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Sayulita Surf Spots
The main surf beach in Sayulita is Sayulita beach. Which is basically the main beach right in the middle of the town. There are lots of other beaches around Sayulita, but this is the only surf one in Sayulita itself.
Sayulita beach is split into two main sections. As you are looking out from the shore over to the right you will see groups of surfers who know what they are doing. This area gets the best waves, but there are quite a lot of rocks close to the shore. This can make it dangerous for beginners. Which is who if you look to your left you will see all of the surf instructors giving lessons and the beginner- intermediate surfers trying to catch some waves.
Most people just choose to come and surf in Sayulita because it’s so easy, and I don’t blame them. But if you did want to go and check out a few other local surf spots close to Sayulita here are my top recommendations for surf spots in the Riviera Nayarit.
La Lancha is my favorite surf beach close to Sayulita. The only problem with going to La Lancha is often getting there. But you do have a few options:
- Rent a car and drive yourself
- Take the bus – You can take a bus heading to Puerto Vallarta and ask them to stop at La Lancha. Buses leave every 20 minutes.
- Get a taxi
- Book with Sayulita Surf School
If you have your own surfboard then the best option is renting a car or trying to hitch a ride with someone that has a truck (actually easier than you might think).
If you don’t have your own board, then it’s actually much easier, just take the bus and rent a board when you arrive. Alternatively, you can book a trip to La Lancha with Sayulita Surf School they will organize transport for you and you can have your lesson at La Lancha rather than on Sayulita beach.
However, you get to La Lancha you will be dropped off or park at the gas station/ OXXO. From there you need to cross over the road and take a short walk through the jungle to get to the beach. It’s not a challenging walk, but it’s worth mentioning that it isn’t a very accessible beach if you are in a wheelchair or have mobility issues.
Punta de Mita
Personally, I think if you are a more experienced surfer and don’t want to party then Punta de Mita might be a better fit for you than Sayulita. In Punta de Mita there are several surf breaks (so you have more options), the beaches are far less crowded, there are fewer surfers there, and the waves are generally bigger. This means it’s not as ideal for beginners as Sayulita is.
The most popular surf breaks in Punta de Mita are:
This is not a beginner’s break, so if you are new to surfing don’t go here alone. You can access El Anclote through El Coral Restaurant.
Stinky beach in Punta de Mita is where you will find the surf school and beginner surfers hanging out. It’s very central and you can easily access the beach by following the signs or through La Quinta del Sol Hotel.
I have personally never surfed in San Pancho but it’s well known for being more of an intermediate break. This is a beach you visit to surf once you have graduated from your surf school in Sayulita! It’s worth visiting just to hang out in the town though, its quite possibly my favorite pueblo in Nayarit.
Sayulita Surf Lessons
Surf lessons in Sayulita aren’t particularly cheap, but you get what you pay for, and the instruction is top-notch. It only took me a few surf lessons in Sayulita before I felt confident heading out on my own. Now I just have a lesson every now and again to keep improving. Click here to book surf lessons online.
I took lessons with Sayulita surf school and can’t recommend them enough. They were great and once you are ready to go out alone they offer board rentals for $10 USD an hour.
Sayulita Surf Camp
Looking to do a Sayulita surf camp! Great idea. There are lots to choose from and you can often team up your Sayulita surf camp with yoga classes to stretch you out in between surf lessons. Personally, I find taking part in a surf camp really helps to push my surfing skills along as you get to really focus on improving.
The best Sayulita surf camp is with a guy called Cory from Variant Surf co. The camp includes the following:
- Surfing in Punta Burros
- 4-day surfing lessons and surf trips
- 1 day of pampering massage session
- Surf board rental and beach gear included
- Vehicle provided for airport and surf trip shuttles
- 1 day photographer for capturing the experience and memories
- Airport pickup and drop off service
- 6 nights’ accommodation
Alternatively, the other Sayulita surf camp I recommend is with WildMex Surf & Adventure it’s a 7 day progressive surf camp and it includes:
- 5 instructed surf lessons
- All land and boat transfers to surf breaks
- Access and use of over 300 surf and SUP boards
- Rashguard, booties, and wetsuit top rental
- 6 nights accommodation
- Beach and pool access
If you wanted something a bit more budget-friendly and don’t mind sleeping in a dorm room then Selina offers 4 day Sayulita surf camps that include:
- 3 two-hour surf lessons
- 24/7 service of the Selina team
- Includes surf tips, coaching, board rental
- Receive discounts for extra services
- Daily breakfast will be provided
- 3 nights accommodation
Prices start from just $220. Click here for more information.
Sayulita Surfboard Rentals
If you just want to rent a surfboard in Sayulita you will have many options! Just walk along Sayulita beach and choose a school to borrow a board from. Alternatively, you can rent a soft beginner surfboard from Sayulita surf school online here for $10 USD per hour.
Buying A Surf Board In Sayulita
Serious about surfing and want to buy a surfboard in Sayulita? If you want to buy a surfboard in Sayulita firstly I would suggest checking Facebook. Most surfboards for sale in Sayulita will be listed there. If you don’t see a surfboard you like on the Facebook market place join some of the local Facebook groups and post in there to see if anyone is selling a surfboard in Sayulita.
Failing that I would advise you to ask around, most surfboards in Sayulita are bought and sold by word of mouth in Sayulita. A friend of a friend knows someone whose uncle is selling a board kinda thing. So ask local surfers, check-in the Sayulita surf shops. And if all else fails get yourself to Costo in Puerto Vallarta and buy a wavestorm haha
If you want to buy a new surfboard in Sayulita then take the bust to Buscarias and there is a surf shop there that makes custom surfboards called MAS Surfboards.
What to Pack for Surfing in Sayulita
My favorite section, what to pack… and by that I mean what cute surf outfits you should invest in before going surfing in Sayulita.
Here is my packing list of must include things when planning a surf trip to Sayulita. Under it, I’ve included some surf-friendly swimsuits (of course). For my complete packing guide for Mexico click here.
- Reef safe sunblock for face
- Thin wetsuit (for the wintertime only)
- Insulated Waterbottle
- Quickdry towel
- Beach blanket
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.