We recommend you bring cash (or Pesos) with you on your visit. It's easier to get it from your local bank than it is from the ATMs in Sayulita (and a lot cheaper).
There are two trustworthy ATMs in Sayulita we use. Both charge an withdrawal fees that’s substantial. If memory serves, 8%. These ATMs are located inside:
Cash (Pesos Preferred)
We typically bring pesos from our bank before we leave the US. Small pesos bills are preferred. Because there are only 2 trusted ATMs in town they run out of cash frequently.
If you are stopping Mega on the way out to Sayulita from PV airport you can also get some pesos at the ATM at the banks there in front of Mega (so you have pesos)
You can use US dollars easily although if you give someone a $20 they might not have change in pesos, and you’ll end up not getting any change back. So come with smaller pecos.
We use credit cards at restaurants.
There are locations around town that you can exchange dollars or use a credit card for pecos as well. Or you can stop at the airport upon arriving. Check the exchange rate, typically not as good as banks offer.
Most theft happens between 6:30pm when it gets dark and 10pm when people leave the house for dinner. When leaving for the evening, here are our suggestions.
We've never gotten sick going to any of the restaurants. But people who are not aware or careful have gotten anything from a mildly upset stomach to three days on the toilet. What we avoid is any of the street vendors selling fresh fruit or fish walking up and down the beach.
While all of the water at Sayulita is filtered, we recommend using the bottled water dispensers for drinking on each floor. The sinks are fine for brushing teeth.
Electrical outlets are the same as in the U.S. and Canada.
Casa Estrella has Starlink with insane download speeds and a mesh network that would rival the best offices. The network name and access code is printed on the wifi access points throughout the house and can be shown to you upon arrival.
The maid comes every other day. If you have personal laundry and need help, please give it to her upon her arrival to give her time. We change sheets and towels mid week.
Saint Luke's Hospitals Sayulita
For severe emergencies, there is a hospital in San Francisco (the town is called San Pancho by locals) just 4 miles north on Highway 200. Also, In Bucerias through Vallarta there are many hospitals, including the American Hospital at the marina. It is on the right side of the road, at the second stoplight past the airport. Turn right at the statue of Neptune. Please use us as a resource if you have health issues, we will guide you!
Dr Armando Pena
San Francisco General Hospital
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