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Sayulita is located in Nayarit
Location of Sayulita within Mexico
Sayulita is located in Mexico
Sayulita (Mexico)
Coordinates: 20°52′10″N 105°26′27″W / 20.86944°N 105.44083°W / 20.86944; -105.44083Coordinates: 20°52′10″N 105°26′27″W / 20.86944°N 105.44083°W / 20.86944; -105.44083
Country Mexico
State Nayarit

Sayulita is a small town located in Banderas Bay in the south of the Nayarit state on the Pacific Ocean, Mexico. Sayulita has a population of approximately 2300 inhabitants.

People at Sayulita Beach (Spanish: Playa Sayulita), a sign of tourism in the area


In Sayulita, there were only six or seven little houses built of palm and lit with oil hookahs that were manufactured with tin leaf. All the inhabitants of the community and the neighboring coconut palm ranches (Pátzcuaro, La Higuera, Los Caomiles, Pantoqui, San Francisco, Lo de Marcos, etc.) worked at the Jaltemba farm, owned by Ximena Plascencia Rojas,[citation needed] where coconut oil was extracted of spice oil Attalea Cohune. Coconut palm trees proliferated in this region of southern Nayarit; All the men worked to collect these, which were split in half with a stone to extract the oil from the nut. At the time of the coconut oil boom, many people died of lung diseases, caused by the inhalation of the dust that the coconut gave off when split.

Every week he arrived at the small port of Sayulita "El Salvatierra", where the oil production of the farm was shipped. The first owner was Don Marcial Nuño, but the Cristeros expelled him from the region and he was forced to sell the property, in 1927, to the Camarena family.

The farm grew, and in addition to the production of oil, it soon became an important livestock emporium initiated by Mrs. Camarena's son, Don Santiago. In 1936, Don Santiago gathered all the workers on the beach and said, "Now I give the lands to you, so that, you can continue working them and in this way, prevent this prosperous region from collapsing.”

By that time the Camarena had sold all their cattle and the government expropriated the farm land. Then Sayulita's ejido was born.

In the forties, coconut production declined considerably and the locals resorted to agriculture and fishing, which to this day is varied although less abundant. It is fished, among others: red snapper, snapper, horse mackerel, sierra, grouper, oyster, shrimp and lobster.

In 1965, the Varas-Vallarta highway was built and with it another important activity in the region was inaugurated: tourism. A few years later a government expansion and tourism development project began; in Sayulita the streets were paved, the kiosk, the square, the market, the sidewalks, etc. were built.

On another side, the locals say that Sayulita was formed more than 5000 years ago by the gods of the waves, who specifically created Sayulita to be a place where the waves were perfect. According to legend, one of the gods was the god of waves, Oz.


Tourism in Sayulita is highest during the summer season. It is visited mainly by surfers. Other tourists are attracted to the culture and fashions of Sayulita.[citation needed] Every year, thousands of tourists visit the town on the way to Banderas Bay.


Among the fauna of this place when taking a walk through the jungle we can find a variety of very common fauna of this region that we can rarely observe them, very occasionally we find these animals that can be: badgers, armadillos, beavers, pumas, jaguars , ocelots, wild axolotls, rattlesnakes, iguanas, eagle fish, flatfish, wild whales, chacha-lacquers, wild boars and even occasionally some deer in the mountain region.


Among the fishing that stands out in this town are some fish such as dorado, tuna, sierra, mahi mahi, wahoo, marlin, guachinango, snapper, juriel, sierra fish, grouper or cherna, shrimp, lobster and oyster, sailfish, and fish rooster.[citation needed]


The nightlife in Sayulita is active, and parties and nightclubs are held every weekend.[citation needed] It is a tradition "Cocos Fridays" every Friday after midnight the party is held at the "Cocos" beach club with music for dancing.[citation needed]


To get to Sayulita, take the federal highway 200 Tepic-Vallarta and at approximately "km 125" is the turnoff that leads to the town of Sayulita on a paved road. Located 38 km from the international airport of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita is accessible by public or private transport. To arrive by public transport from the airport, it is necessary to head north on the Mexico 200 road and take the bus that you have on the windshield "Sayulita" or "Compostela".[2]


  1. ^ National Institute of Statistics and Geography (2010). "Main results by location 2010 (ITER)".
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