The waves crash speedy on the yellow sand, stirring up flecks of gold in the environmentally friendly-hued Pacific. I have recognized this ocean all my lifetime and yet in no way felt it so heat and inviting. It’s like the sol, and the soul much too, have invested a minor a lot more time listed here.

This is San Pancho, Mexico, Nayarit. About an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta, but a entire world away in many respects. It is peaceful, stunning, and scrumptious. There is a rationale we’ve been again twice! Here’s anything to know about organizing your take a look at to San Pancho:

San Pancho or San Francisco?

It is all in the identify, darling. If you have been wanting to know how in the world to get to San Poncho when all of the buses go to San Francisco, it’s worth being aware of that identify “poncho” is basically a nickname for Francisco. So you are going to be seeking to head to this section of the Nayarit coastline. (Much more on approaches to get there in a little bit).

What to Do in San Pancho

Usually I shell out my days in San Pancho lying less than the palm trees, willing the beautifully yellow coconuts to drop down with my intellect. This is a chill position that, in its place of featuring tons of packages and excursions, is far more of a location to arrive and take it easy, but that doesn’t indicate there is not lots to do!

Sea Turtles

The 1st time we visited and November 2019, whilst strolling down the seaside we experienced the ideal shock – child sea turtles making their journey to the drinking water! I’d been element of organized releases in the previous in more substantial spots like Cancun, but to see it occurring normally without the need of any intervention was rather distinctive! There is a significant turtle conservation organization – Project Tortuga – in the region as perfectly, which accommodates volunteers.


This is a massive surf place, with the more gentle waves closer to San Pancho city. Though you won’t be the only one hoping to catch waves, it will not be approximately as crowded as Sayulita.

Look at out San Pancho Surf Shop, Nativa Surf Store, and Santamadre adventures in town for surf rentals and lessons. You can test out the surf report here.

Pay a visit to Sayulita

While I considerably want San Pancho to Sayulita, there’s a ton more happening in Sayulita in phrases of sites to take in, things to do, and a get together scene if that’s what you are just after.

There are a lot more tours that depart from Sayulita as nicely, from zip-lining, to ATV tours and a extremely hugely-rated horseback driving tour. Check out your selections in this article.

Boutique Searching

If you are digging the outfit I’m carrying in the photo above, you can obtain one thing equivalent at just one of the lots of boutiques on the primary road in San Pancho.

As you walk around city, you’ll find a good deal of tiny clothes boutiques with handmade possibilities of the BoHo stylish range. Sadly, on the other hand, this outfit finished up heading to a a great deal shorter buddy of mine following likely by way of the clean. Be forewarned that what you buy could possibly not be pre-shrunk!

Whale Looking at

From November to March, if you stare at the horizon extensive adequate, you’re bound to see humpback whales on their migratory route. Whilst on the seashore, we saw them breaching and playing in the water, bringing me back to my whale swim times in French Polynesia.

If you want to get a closer appear, you can head to Punta Mita, which is the midway position between San Poncho and Puerto Vallarta, and e-book with 1 of these tour companies. They have a tendency to offer snorkeling on the same outings as effectively.

Seaside Times

san pancho beach
The surf experienced been so high it carved a cliff into the sand at the rear of me

When we go to Sam poncho, we generally choose to remain in a beach front property rental with a pool, this time a hot tub, and some simple beach accessibility. I’ll discuss more about in which we have stayed in the following portion, but it’s fair to say we expend most of our time on the sand on the uncrowded beach, taking pleasure in the working day as it turns into sunset.

We normally stay in the north close of the seashore which benefits in a prolonged wander to town, which we really do not thoughts at all, but be forewarned the surf is more substantial at that finish, and you could have a lot more luck swimming closer to town.

Yoga and Aerial arts

San Pancho is a haven for neighborhood, yoga, and human body movement. When you’re there, verify out Pilates San Pancho and El Estar yoga.

Exactly where to Remain in San Pancho

Since the previous time we visited in 2019, there is been a fair quantity of development along the seaside. It’s bittersweet, because it does necessarily mean that the city is escalating, but it also signifies that there are a lot more lovely sites to remain.

It was by prospect that I finished up in this article the very first time. I experienced originally been on the lookout at Sayulita, but on obtaining very little on the sand, cast a broader web and found a bungalow on Playa San Pancho. It’s like destiny stepped in since we arrived to appreciate this region.

Can you feel of a a lot more fantastic place to do almost nothing?

The original position we booked isn’t offering rooms any more, but we beloved the property we rented this most latest trip on Airbnb, which you can reserve in this article.

It had a rooftop terrace with a hot tub, a pool, a gorgeous garden, and our residing space, which experienced two bedrooms, a kitchen area, and a wonderful sitting down region.

The only downside was the continuous seem of building, given that the area is escalating. We have been also about a 20-minute walk on the sand to town. That was just good with us, but if you’d want to be in the city itself, there are numerous boutique resorts to pick out from. I endorse Resort Casa San Pancho, Marii Hotel Boutique, and PAL.MAR Hotel Tropical.

Some of the boutique motels in Sayulita are even a lot more amazing. Take into consideration staying there and using a working day trip to San Pancho if you want a little bit extra luxurious and action.

The Very best Spots to Take in in San Pancho

There is a veritable cornucopia of possibilities in San Pancho, from extravagant dining places to lesser taco stands with plastic chairs on the street, wholesome salads, and coffee/dessert bars. Here’s what we tried using and loved:

  • Taquería Los Arbolitos: Low-cost tacos that had been regrettably much less delightful the next time we visited.
  • La Ola Rica: greater conclude Mexican food stuff.
  • Restaurante El Rinconchito: Respectable low-cost tacos.
  • Chido Greens: Salads and acai bowls.
  • Maria’s Restaurant Bar: Great brekkie and brunch.
  • Yasmina’s Itzalanyasayan: Adorable, concealed restaurant with tasty kombucha and Mexican/Asian fusion.
  • Ikan Cocina Marina: Fresh Seafood.
  • Dolce Jardin: Pasta with massive parts.
  • Victor’s Tacos: Another decent, inexpensive taco joint.
  • Café Paraíso: espresso and cake.
  • El Indio for groceries.

Receiving to San Pancho

Odds are very good you’ll be coming from the Puerto Vallarta airport. You have the choice of getting an official airport car or truck/taxi for close to $50, the regional bus for just a few bucks, although you’ll have a extended stroll from the bus depot if you keep up the beach like we did, or you can cross the orange bridge outdoors of the airport and capture an Uber for about $40.

We made use of Uber the initial time, which labored terrific, though you will will need to make sure you have connectivity and are not relying on airport wifi as you’ll have to wander out of the airport and cross the street to get the journey owing to community Uber rules.

For our second trip, we hired a personal driver. I would like I could suggest him, but he was pretty much an hour late buying us up to go back again to the airport. In the upcoming I would talk to at the Airbnb for assistance booking transport there and again. Never depend on Uber for your return trip to the airport out of San Pancho, as there are considerably fewer vehicles out there going that route.

How often do we, even when on holiday, basically just sluggish down, slumber, and have no agenda? For me, it’s a continual condition of carrying out, and in San Pancho I do a good deal a lot more just currently being, and it was exactly what I will need.

If it is accurately what you will need much too, I hope you arrive look at it out. But really don’t allow the term get out much too a great deal, alright? Let’s just continue to keep this minimal magic formula between you and me.

Love this minimal gem!