Thank you for following the blog. I am glad you find this blog helpful. I am currently living in Sayulita and have been very efficient in working remote here. Average Internet speed is 11 MBPS but you can get better connectivity in a co-working space. Some cafes also have strong Internet but not all. In this digital nomad guide to Sayulita, I will share all the hacks I learned after weeks of failed attempts in being productive. Sayulita has too much activities it can hinder productivity! I hope to see you when you come – it would be lovely to connect. Good luck and see you soon!
Sayulita as a digital nomad: personal experience
When I first arrived Sayulita, I asked the hostel I checked-in about the Internet connection and they said it’s really slow and more often, really bad. I figured I tried it anyway because I really wanted to visit and I was sure cafes had good Internet connection. I also thought that hostels have decent Internet enough for me to access my e-mails.
But the Internet connection didn’t end up to be good enough, especially when uploading blog posts. It was really slow and it hindered my productivity. Sayulita is also a town where something is always happening so it was hard for me to get the work momentum, especially I was staying in the hostel. There were so many activities that I always had to participate in, day and night. I don’t usually have patience with slow Internet – I always end up telling myself that I will try again “tomorrow” but it became a vicious cycle. I couldn’t find the momentum.
Then I moved to my own apartment and had Internet to myself but it still was pretty slow. It’s the same connection that I had when I stayed in the hostel. The only difference is that Internet in my apartment wasn’t shared. It gets faulty in the morning and goes on and off during the day. I really hated starting my day working at home and going out mid-day to go to a cafe. The little pueblo of Sayulita also starts its day pretty late (10:00 am) so you’ll find peace and quiet before that. I find 8:00 am – 10:00 am a very crucial timme for productivity: no loud Mexican music and less people on the road. At this time, I always sit outside the cafe. They normally open between 7:00 – 8:00. They are all closed by 6:00 pm though.
For the 8 weeks that I am here, I unlocked some productivity hacks that I will share to you in this digital nomad guide to Sayulita.
Digital nomad guide to Sayulita (quick facts):
The digital nomad scene in Sayulita
I’ve met many artists in Sayulita who are working remotely. Mostly from Canada and the United States, digital nomads choose Sayulita because of the beach and the tropical vibe. Photographers are the most common digital nomads here as there are many opportunities for photography business here. I rarely met people who are in the digital marketing niche but most of them are in finance. There are a lot of opportunities to collaborate with fellow digital nomads in Sayulita, especially if the work that you do is related to art and photography.
Though there is a thriving digital nomad scene, cafes are not that crowded. You can always find a table in a cafe if you opt not to sign up for a monthly co-working space desk. The size of the cafes are big enough to accommodate digital nomads so no need to call for reservations. It does get busy every peak hours (lunch).
Sayulita at a glance
In order for you to decide if you want to stay longer in Sayulita as a digital nomad, below are some information and facts to consider:
Wifi, sim cards, etc
There are many mobile carriers in Mexico but for Sayulita, Telmex is preferred. When I arrived in Mexico, I bought a sim from AT&T but that didn’t work well when I was in Sayulita. Telmex still has better coverage than most Mexican mobile carriers. I pay $10 USD per month for a data plan with calls and texts. This data plan, however, is not enough for you to connect your phone via hotspot. I did it once and within minutes, my credits run out! This pricing plan is only for unlimited social media use (i.e. updating Instagram). I didn’t even find it enough for Facebook/Instagram live – they use so much data!
There is a Telmex kiosk in Sayulita so don’t worry about buying the sim card beforehand. You can definitely do it as soon as you arrive. Higher data plans are available but I didn’t want to spend that much on the Internet. I also have a portable wifi device that works in over 100 countries. I use it in case of emergency. You can get a 10% discount when you use the code PSIMONMYWAY upon checkout.
Here’s the thing in Mexico: the norther you go, the more expensive it will become. I find Sayulita really expensive compared to Guadalajara and Mexico City. This is a very touristic place and the nearest airport (Puerto Vallarta) has direct flights from major cities in the USA and Canada.
The currency in Mexico is called Mexican peso (MXN). $1 USD = 19.05 Mexican pesos. To have an idea of your monthly budget, see the tables below. All prices are in United States dollar (USD).
Food costs in Sayulita
|Basic lunchtime menu||$7 USD|
|Local taco stand||$2 USD|
|500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast||$2.25 USD|
|1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk||$0.82 USD|
|12 eggs, large||$1.50 USD|
|1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes||$0.88 USD|
|500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese||$3.85 USD|
|1 kg (2 lb.) of apples||$1.53 USD|
|1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes||$1.04 USD|
|0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket||$0.96|
|1 bottle of red table wine, good quality||$7 USD|
|2 liters of Coca-Cola||$1.22 USD|
|Bread for 2 people for 1 day||$1.14 USD|
I find cooking and eating out with very little money-saving difference in Sayulita. You see, most fruits, vegetables, and meat have to travel all the way here, so it costs more. Below are some restaurants I can recommend in Sayulita that are cheap and tasty:
- Burrito Revolution: a vegetarian burrito costs $4.72 USD
- Itacate: tacos start at $1.57 USD
- Mary’s: my favorite jalapeño poppers costs $2.62 USD
- La Rustica: a whole pizza costs $8.92 USD
There are many food options for eating out in Sayulita. It’s a small town so if you are staying for a month, you can try all the restaurants in town! They are all very good and have a wide variety of options. Taquerias (taco stands) on the street are super cheap and you can find it anywhere.
Housing costs in Sayulita
|Studio apartment||$367 USD|
|One-bedroom apartment||$472 USD|
|Two-bedroom apartment||$550 USD|
|Villa with pool||$1,100 USD|
|Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas)||$15 USD|
|Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)||$30 USD|
|Daily rate for cleaning help||$15 USD|
I am currently renting a two-bedroom apartment with a garden view for $550 USD per month, utilities not included. Airbnb is pretty common here and is often the cheapest choice for digital nomads staying a minimum of one month. There are many cool apartments in Sayulita for cheap though the cheapest studio I found is at $20 USD per day. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up on Airbnb and get $40 off on your first booking!
I use Agoda and Booking.com to find the cheapest accommodations in Jordan and all over the world. I love the “pay at the property” feature which doesn’t require a credit card and has no cancellation fees. Below are some hotels and hostels I can recommend:
- Lush Hostel Sayulita: a bed in a dorm starts at $10 USD per night
- Aurinko Bungalows: a double bed for 2 pax starts at $58 USD per night
- Atico: a single bed in a dormitory starts at $18 USD per night
House-sitting is also very big in Sayulita, especially during the summer. This will save you on accommodations a home owners only need house-sitters to watch for their pets. You can do your work in between without having to pay for rent! Locals in Sayulita (foreigners) post house/pet sitting gigs on a Facebook group called The Original Sayulita People.
Co-working space(s) in Sayulita
There is only one co-working space in Sayulita called Sayulita Cowork. Owned by Sayulita Wifi, it is one of the few places that have lightning-fast fiber optic internet, air conditioning, and a community of locals and international professionals.
- Day Pass Hot-Desk in common space – $13 USD/day
- Weekly Hot-Desk in common space – $66 USD/week
- Monthly Hot-Desk in common space (Calendar Month) – $131 USD/month
Dedicated cube spaces
- Daily Dedicated Desk – $21 USD/day
- Weekly Dedicated Desk – $97 USD/week
- Monthly Dedicated Desk(Calendar Month) – $184 USD/month
- Private Single Cube – $209 USD/month (only 1 available)
Best cafes for digital nomads in Sayulita
Yah Yah Cafe and Bagels
Location: Yah Yah is not located in town (in Sayulita, the most central is the plaza). It’s not a far walk – it’s about 5 minutes from the plaza. They are not in the commercial area (more residential) so peace and quiet is guaranteed even in their outdoor area. (Address: Niños Heroes #3, Centro, 63734 Sayulita)
Food options: Yah Yah specializes on bagels, brunch food, coffee, and breakfast food. If you are vegan/vegetarian, this place is your best bet. They also have gluten-free bread and a wide array of sandwich menu. Food prices start at $4.20 USD while beverages range from $1.57 – $5 USD. Whenever I stay here for 8 hours a day, I spend up to $15 USD on coffee, lunch, and snacks.
Plug/outlet/tables: I always sit outside Yah Yah because the tables in the outdoor area are higher. Inside the cafe, there are sofas and low tables to it’s not ideal if you are going to spend the whole day here. There are also high tables and chairs upstairs but you cannot bring food in that area. All tables have plugs very close to them so don’t worry about running out of power! Yah Yah has air-condition so it’s a good place to work especially during the summer.
Internet speed: Super fast! If you want to get work done, Yah Yah Cafe has the fastest Internet in Sayulita!
Tip: Yah Yah is always full during lunch time and brunch so come before 11:00 am.
Location: Organik is right next to the famous Sayulita bridge and is very central to town. It’s a 5-minute walk to the beach and is close to markets and other restaurants. (Address: Av Revolución 21B, 63734 Sayulita)
Food options: Organik is known for smoothies and bowls. If you are looking for a heavy meal, this might not be the place for you. They don’t have bread, sandwiches, or anything salty. They do have pastries but I don’t recommend them. I’m not sure if they make them fresh but every time I try the pastries, they’re old and dry. Smoothie prices start at $4 USD while coffee is at $2.62 USD. Their bowls cost $5.25 USD.
Plug/outlet/table setting: Organik doesn’t have airconditioning but I love how airy their sitting area is. Outlets are available in every table (they have about 4-5 tables).
Internet speed: Quite average and sometimes turns off/on but manageable if you don’t want to walk far to Yah Yah.
Are you a digital nomad?
What are the tips you can share to fellow digital nomads when traveling? If you’ve been to Sayulita, how was the digital nomad experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave your tips and stories in the comment box below!