Sayulita is a village about 10 miles north of Punta de Mita, with a population of approximately 4,000.
Sayulita Brief History
Why Sayulita is a Safe Place to Visit and/or Live
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