Beautiful Spaces: A Lofty Studio in Sayulita, Mexico

by Gigi Griffis

As usual, my trip to Sayulita, Mexico was spent living in a lovely apartment rental. This time I found my rental at Sayulita Life, a website full of activities, classified ads, and, of course, rentals.

The apartment, which is part of a small complex of apartments ranging in size and style, runs around $750 per month during tourist season and probably a little higher if you stay for a shorter time and a little lower if you come during the off-season (summer). It’s not normally pet friendly, but if you have a well-behaved dog, ask for an exception.

The loft is located toward the edge of town, near the bus station. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the beach and about 15 minutes into the town square. The downside to this is that you’re a walk away from all the town happenings. The upside is that it is generally much quieter out here (I’ve heard person after person complain about how loud it is living downtown where parties and music often go until three or four in the morning).

That said, there is noise out on this side of town too (apparently, that’s just Mexico; can’t escape the noise). There’s a cantina down the street that likes to play the same songs over and over on the jutebox – sometimes so loud that it sounds like its coming from inside the apartment. I’ve never heard them play past 10 p.m., though. And occasionally special occasions are celebrated in a large facility across the street from the complex. When this happens, you can expect booming music until the wee hours of the morning. Headphones or ear plugs will be your best friend.

But, onto nicer things: this little gated community of apartments is owned by a couple named Gary and Jennifer, originally from Pennsylvania. They’ve been living down here for years and are fascinating, helpful, and wonderful people. Whenever internet was going slow, they’d lend me their phone to call clients in the states. If I needed a backup petsitter? They were ready to help out. And having good landlords on the road? That’s really helpful. In fact, it was one of my favorite things about my space in Italy too.

Finally, I also really liked that the apartment was fully outfitted with jugs of filtered water (which they frequently replaced for me), nice towels, extra linens, and a giant fan for warm days (which, let’s face it, includes most days in Mexico).

The rest of the story, I’ll tell in photos:

Luna on the bed






Interested in renting this space for your own Sayulita adventures? Contact Jennifer directly. Tell her I sent you.

Planning a trip to Europe? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve stayed in here.

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mandy June 26, 2013 - 2:36 pm

That studio looks so perfect and cozy! Looks like the pup approves, too.

gigigriffis June 26, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Luna most definitely approves, particularly when she can be under a blanket or pillow (even though it’s really way too hot to be under blankets and pillows).

Kara Fischer March 24, 2017 - 1:33 am

hi there – I’m looking to digital nomad in Sayulita – this was a great post! Can you tell me how often you had slow connection. Did you have a back up for when you did? Coffee shops, an internet card through cell network? I’m just trying to make sure I have a decent bandwidth down there so I can get work done in order to play!

gigigriffis March 24, 2017 - 1:48 am

It’s been a few years, but I think the connection was mostly good. I do remember having to use the landlords’ phone a couple times for US calls because Skype and Google Voice were a bit too slow. When I needed fast connection, I went to one of the coffee shops in town. And another digital nomad I know stayed in a complex outside town and said she had an amazing connection, so there are definitely places with high speed in Sayulita.


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