Sayulita Life History

Once a sleepy fishing village, Sayulita, Mexico, was established as a community in 1941 when families from the neighboring state emigrated to the area. After completing Highway 200 in the late 1960s, it was discovered as a popular surf destination for its consistent wave breaks and has become quite diverse with its native Cora and Huichol population and the growing attraction of international tourists and local craftsmen.

Sayulita Life Today

Since then, Sayulita has continued to gain popularity not only for its great surfing but also for its art galleries, delicious restaurants, trendy shops, nature activities, and a relaxed lifestyle. Currently home to about 4,000 residents (many English-speaking expatriates) who cherish their community and aim to protect the environment, development has been limited so it will never become an impersonal mega resort.

Why Sayulita is a Safe Place to Visit and/or Live

When vacationers start searching destinations for their family get-away, safety ranks high in the list of priorities. With drug cartel border violence becoming prevalent in mainstream USA news media, it is easy to see why some might question travel to Mexico. The small, charming fishing village of Sayulita is just that – small and charming. Although growing in popularity on an international scale, Sayulita Mexico is still a quiet tranquil town with friendly faces eager to meet and greet visitors whose patronage is essential to the local economy. Sayulita has only recently been developed and therefore holds no history of violent crime. The homes, villas, and rental units are privately owned with no corporate multiple-story hotels which in turn facilitates a very strong sense of community in Sayulita. Major Media Agrees: Sayulita and the surrounding area has be categorized as one of the best areas in the world to retire in. Read for yourself the great articles AARP, Retire Worldwide, and San Anselmo-Fairfax Patch published about our area. In addition, Sayulita was voted the number one international location to travel with children for Spring reak 2010 by The Today Show and Travel & Leisure Magazine

Sayulita is a family-orientated town; children are well taken care of and kept safe. Almost all of the residents know one another making it easy to spot those from out-of-town or displaying suspicious behavior in our quiet, residential neighborhood. Located on the Pacific coast just 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, the lazy beach town of Sayulita is a world away from the U.S. border and the northern part of Mexico where violence is undoubtedly more evident in day-to-day life.
The local police force in Sayulita is on 24-hour patrol of the town and surrounding area; these tourist police (policia turistica) keep our streets and beaches safe at night and enforce laws regarding drug possession and other crimes. The emergency equivalent to dialing 911 in Mexico is 066 from any standard line and 080 from a Mexican cell phone. It is important to keep these numbers handy to help keep you and your family safe while visiting Sayulita and traveling throughout Mexico.

As in any locale around the world, there is petty theft and other minor crime; however, the community of Sayulita has come together to help reduce these types of crimes and to increase security in general by forming neighborhood watch programs and stipulating a midnight closing time for all bars and nightlife in Sayulita. Take precaution and use common sense while visiting. Don’t travel with unnecessary valuables. Use provided safes in your vacation rental home. Close and lock all windows and doors when going out. Do not leave any valuable visible in parked cars.
Sayulita is safe. By taking responsibility for yourself, your family and possessions and employing common sense, your stay in Sayulita will be a fun, enjoyable and memorable experience. Most of our guests will return soon to visit or perhaps make Sayulita their home as so many already have. For additional information, please check out this article by Jim Scherrer, a Puerto Vallarta resident: The Facts Concerning Violent Crimes Committed Against US Tourists in Mexico

Here are our Top Ten Reasons why Sayulita is such a safe place to visit:

1) Small family-orientated village

2) Far from USA/Mexico border drug cartel activity

3) 24-hour police patrols

4) Streets are well-lit

5) Exceptional local/foreigner property-owner relationships

6) Location: Only one road in and out of town

7) Neighborhood Watch program

8) Strong sense of Community and Local Family

9) ZERO reported violent crime to date

10) Recently developed community with little criminal history