Arranging a taxi in advance: There is a taxi service based
in Sayulita with whom you can arrange both your pick up and return to
the airport for a flat fee of $130US. This is a little less than what
it would cost to do each way separately, and included in the fee, they
will also take you to a supermarket near the airport before taking you
to Sayulita so you can stock up on provisions. Their company name is Tours
Bahia de Sayulita, and you can arrange this via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(they speak English).
Directions to Casa Higuera:
Sayulita is about 35KM north of the Puerto Vallarta airport, right off
the main highway. Fly into the Puerto Vallarta airport, and then take
a taxi (approx. $60, or arrange in advance) or rent a car to get to Sayulita.
The taxis will know how to get there – although you may need to
instruct them on how to get to Casa Higuera/Casa Sofia once you enter
Sayulita, so you should print out these directions and take them with
you. Make sure the price is agreed upon in advance. It doesn’t matter
what time you arrive, there are always taxis there to meet you. It is
also possible to rent a car at the airport through all the major car rental
As you leave the airport, turn left (north) on the main highway. You
will pass through the town of Bucerias, and then past several small villages
as you drive through the mountains. Keep going until you see a sign that
says Sayulita. Turn left off the main highway and keep going until you
reach a fork in the road. Go right. You will soon come upon a baseball
diamond on the right and a bridge on the left. Cross the bridge and continue
to the town square. Continue past the town square and go one short block.
Take the first right, you will dip down a bit, stay to the left as the
road then goes up the hill. On the right you will come to a road with
a big rock in the middle of it, turn right there and continue up that
short, paved road until you see a road on the right that says "Casa
Higuera." Turn right onto that road (Calle Manuel Navarette), drive
till you reach the top, and you are at Casa Higuera/Casa Sofia (on your
As you enter the property, Casa Higuera is straight
ahead through a door, Casitas #1, #3, #5 and #6 are along
the path to your right, and Casitas #2 and #4 are down
the path to your left. For Casa Sofia, enter the main
entrance, take the path to the right, and as you walk down the path it
is the house to your right. There is an entrance to the top level of the
house and a bottom entrance for those of you staying on the bottom level.
If you are staying at Casita #6, continue to walk down
a little further and it is below Casa Sofia; enter through the wood doors
on the right as you walk down the path.
What to do when you arrive:
Just enter through the front gate, and walk to your house or casita. The
door will be unlocked, and your keys are in a ceramic container in the casita. Marta,
our housekeeper, will have been there in the morning to prepare the accommodations
for your visit.
You will need to know your casita number when
you arrive – please make sure you have made a note of it.
Check-in is 12 noon, and check-out is 11a.m.
Marta and Martin are our housekeepers and on-site managers. Their office
and laundry-room is on the north side of the property. They are there
from 8:30am – 1pm, Monday through Saturday.
What to bring:
Beach towels: We provide you with bath towels, but you will want to bring towels for the beach. A flashlight: While not necessary, it is helpful to have a flashlight for walking around Sayulita at night, as the public street lamps are inconsistent. If you come during the months of November though February, bring a light sweater or jacket for the evenings. While the days are pitch-perfect, it can get a little cool in the evening. You may wish to bring an iPod doc for your music if you are bringing an iPod. If you are staying in Casa Higuera or Casa Sofia, bring DVDs you wish to enjoy while you are there (the casitas do not have TVs).
There are lots of small grocery stores in Sayulita and they all have different
things. If one store is out of bread, try another one. You will easily
find fruits, vegetables, dairy, sodas, juice, cereal, canned foods, eggs
and bread. We provide bottled water – when you run out, Marta will
replenish it. Through the fish store near the bridge you can often buy
fresh shrimp and fish. You can also buy fresh fish from the fishermen
on the beach. Red Snapper is ‘Huachinango’ and Mahi Mahi is
called ‘Dorado,’ and Sierra is just that. There is also a
good grocery store called ‘Mi Tiendita’ on the corner just
across from the square.
Just outside the town of Bucerias (approx.15-20 minutes from Sayulita), there is large grocery store called MEGA. That is the closest place to go for big grocery shopping. In Sayulita there are liquor stores, gift shops, a pharmacy, a film/sundries store, beach supply stores, etc.
We provide bottled purified water. You should use this for drinking, cooking
and making ice, and it will be replenished throughout your stay with us.
It is fine to use the tap water for washing dishes, showering, washing
your hands, and brushing your teeth. All of the restaurants in town use
purified water in their food and their ice. At the grocery store ‘Mi
Tiendita’ you can by a little bottle of ‘Microdyne,’
which you use (a couple of drops) to soak your veggies and lettuce in
for about 10-15 minutes. This is necessary if you are if you are making
salad or eating fruit and vegetables raw.
Sayulita now has several public phones and you can purchase phone cards
to use them in many of the grocery stores in Sayulita. Your cell phone
from the US may work in Sayulita, depending upon your service. To call
the US from Sayulita, dial 001+area code+number. You should check with
your cellular provider before going to Mexico, sometimes there are special
codes or numbers to call while you are here.
There are several internet cafes in Sayulita to check your email. During
the day, most people use the one next to Choco Banana in Garcia Realty,
and during the evening, most use the one that is in the back of the bar
across from the plaza. The internet cafe scene changes frequently in Sayulita,
so word of mouth may be the best bet if either of these are not open.
In the Marina district of Puerto Vallarta, just south of the airport,
is a new medical facility called "Ameri-Med." They offer 24
hour emergency services and they honor most health insurance. In addition,
there is a doctor in Sayulita who is very nice and speaks some English.
His is office at the pharmacy called Farmacia Guadalupe, located just
before the bridge.
Sayulita has a laundromat where you can drop off your clothes in the morning
and pick them up the following day. It is located on the main road going
out of town, about a block or so after the bridge. There is also a new
self-serve place on your way out of town before the bridge with coin-operated
Buses and Taxis:
There is good bus service to and from Puerto Vallarta several times daily.
The bus leaves from the stop that is just past the bridge in front of
Raintree Cafe. Check the bus schedule at Choco Bananas. You can also find
a taxi to take you to Puerto Vallarta in the town square. This is a good
way to get from Sayulita back to the airport for your trip home if you
have not made arrangements in advance.
There are no banks in Sayulita. You are better off changing dollars in
the airport in Puerto Vallarta when you arrive, or at the Lloyd's or HSBC
in the shopping center adjacent to the airport (your taxi will take you
there if you request it). There is one money exchange place in Sayulita,
but it doesn’t have a great rate. Also, almost everything in Sayulita
can be purchased in dollars, but you may not get a very good rate either.
Only a handful of places accept credit cards.
You don't need to rent a car for your stay with us as you can easily walk to everything in Sayulita from Casa Higura/Casa Sofia. If you do bring a car, you can drive to our front entrance to unload, but please leave your car further down the road so that other cars can easily come and go and do not block entrace to other homes at the top of the hill.
Hiring a cook:
People occasionally ask us if they can find a cook for their stay with
us. We tell people that there are many restaurants in Sayulita, and several
of them are not much more than someone’s kitchen turned into a restaurant,
with dishes costing only a few dollars. As we are so close to town, and
because any cook you would hire would make virtually the same food, we
suggest simply going to these restaurants.
Aaron’s parents settled in Sayulita over 35 years ago, and they
were thus able to buy some of the best beachfront land in Sayulita. The
beach in front of the house is perfect for swimming and sunbathing and
the view from the property is of the beach, the bay and the town. If you
like to surf, the surf break is about a two minute walk down the beach.
Our Contact Information:
Should you have any concerns while you are there (and we are not staying
at the house), the best way to reach us, Aaron and Marya Schock, is by
You can also call us in New York at: (718) 446-1234. We check our e-mail
several times a day.
Emergency contact number:
If you wish to give someone an emergency contact number, please give them
our New York number: 718-446-1234. We will give their message to Marta
who will in turn give it to you. We check our messages several times during
the day and would be able to get a message to you within hours (or less).
There are also several internet cafes in town, so you may wish to stay
in contact with people back home via email.
If you arrive and experience a problem, and Marta and Martin are not on the property, you can reach them at home at: 29-13335 (from a cel phone you may need to dial 013292913335) or Martin's cel at: 322-889-7551.