Our trip to Sayulita was a short one, but I thought I would still put together a short recap of a few places we went while we were there. We didn’t have a ton of time for activities aside from eating and lounging since we were only there three days, two of which were mostly consumed by wedding festivities.
Although it’s typical in Sayulita to rent a full house or condo on a weekly basis, we stayed at one of the few hotels in town, Hotel Vogue. It’s right on the main square and just a few steps from the beach so it was well-positioned for how we spent most of our time. Most of our family and wedding party rented out the Las Hamacas complex which was stunning and right on the beach (though a short golf cart ride from town). If you have a large party and are planning to go for the week, I’d definitely recommend it.
The wedding took place on a cliff-side at Villa Amor, and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect. While I didn’t spend any time exploring the actual hotel, both their restaurant and bar looked amazing and I would probably look into staying there next time.
On our first morning in Sayulita, we headed over to La Esperanza for breakfast since I had read about it in my pre-travel research (what can I say, I’m a planner). It won’t satisfy your craving for Mexican street tacos, but the food and atmosphere were incredible! This place is definitely Sayulita’s answer to a trendy health restaurant, but still maintains plenty of local flair and cuisine. Between us we had the avocado toast, gluten free pancake, and two smoothies. I had the Esperanza Especial smoothie (coconut and maca) and I loved it so much that we had to go back on our last morning to get two more.
Naty’s Cocina was another place I had read about, and it turned out to be directly across the street from our hotel. Think of it as an authentic version of Chipotle since you stand at a counter and watch them build whatever type of tacos you wish (and there’s plenty of options). We tried a handful of them between the two of us and loved them all.
Tacos El Ivan only serves up their tacos from evening to late night, so unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to make it there. That said, we walked by plenty of times, and others in our party went and said they were the best tacos. They’re totally classic, authentic street tacos, and are known for their al pastor with freshly carved pork and a slice of pineapple.
Don Pedro’s is easily the most well-known and the largest restaurant in Sayulita so we tried it out on our last night. The food is not typical Mexican, but it was great nonetheless. I had the crab cake appetizer for my meal, but supplemented with a fair number of forkfuls of Paul’s short ribs and truffle risotto. More than anything, Don Pedro’s provides you with a great location on the beach which means you can feel the breeze, hear the waves, and watch the sun go down right from your table.
Before we headed out of town, I insisted on picking up lunch from Burrito Revolution since I heard they were the best “gringo” burritos. I ordered the veggie burrito (because burrito + vegetables = balance) and it was one of the best I’ve had. Paul’s steak looked pretty tempting too… Oddly enough this was one of the only places we went where no one working really spoke any English at all!
We went to a handful of other places during our time there, but they were the less noteworthy of the bunch. Overall we definitely ate and drank too much, but the wedding was incredibly fun and I even managed to get a little bit of a tan. That makes a successful vacation!
Whether you’re planning a trip to Sayulita or not, pin this now and you’ll have a good starting point in your planning process!