Surfers have flocked to Sayulita since the 1960s, looking for perfect longboarding waves and warm Mexican water. While it is not the sleepy two-car town it once was, Sayulita still retains a laid-back charm. Go dolphin spotting, shop for indigenous Huichol artwork and chow down on spicy tacos, while staying at these top vacation rentals. Book today with Culture Trip.
A rooftop pool and al fresco eating area with sweeping Sierra Madre sunset views; bright, modern rooms in whitewash; the beach less than a five-minute stroll away… There’s a lot to like about the adults-only Casa Makawe. Upgrade to the larger apartment with its swaying hammocks and wraparound breakfast balcony overlooking the mountain. Just two units make up this casa, connected by an internal door, so consider renting the whole property.
These simple but stylish suites – decked out with contemporary polished concrete and Mexican textiles – sit in the center of the Sayulita village. The cheaper rooms are small, so consider booking the larger studio suites with separate lounge areas. Downstairs, you’ll find the busy Mercado del Pueblo, great for breakfast snacks and fruit. Stroll five minutes and you’ll find yourself in the main plaza, whilst another five minutes takes you to the beach.
These villas are very Sayulita with beach chic rooms in raw woods, earthy terracottas and soft ochres, set in leafy gardens around a shady ultramarine pool and yoga palapa. Start your day with a sunrise surf – the beach is just a block away – followed by a complimentary breakfast back at the villa (don’t miss the homemade smoothies). Come during mango season and you can pick fresh fruit off the garden trees.
Two minutes from the beach and the main square, these palapa-roofed lofts are bright and airy – with high ceilings, generous floor space and light flooding in through wall-high windows. Furnishing is designer beatnik – think raw woods and breeze-blocks, funky ribbon-wrapped sofas, bucket chairs and polished concrete. Come nightfall, the hotel comes alive with a party atmosphere – head to the onsite bar and an open-air restaurant in the atrium.
When you’re bringing the whole family along, check out this eight-person, four-bed designer vacation home with 360-degree views and a jacuzzi hot tub on the roof. The open design allows for incredible rooftop views of the beach and the surrounding area.
The Casa Luna Llena has three bedrooms and three baths, with king-size mattresses and a view of the ocean from every room. The house is newly constructed and its white-washed walls will have you feeling like you are in the Greek Isles.
Lydia Carey contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on April 8, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.