San Pancho Living

Things to Do in San Pancho: Half Day

One of the rewards of travel is experiencing new things and interacting with new people. Exploring San Pancho and its environment provide both.

Each of these outings takes about a half-day. You can make your own arrangements, or allow us to take care of everything (Concierge Service available for an extra fee).

Things to do_Morning tours Birding San Pancho can include sightings of lilac-crowned parrots

Morning tours with Birding San Pancho can include sightings of lilac-crowned parrots

Birding tours in San Pancho with Birding San Pancho. This early morning tour includes breakfast, transportation, bilingual guide, use of binoculars, and a digital checklist of several dozen bird species. Book through Birding San Pancho’s website.

Golf at Las Huertas Golf Club in San Pancho, a 9 hole par 32 course with ocean views. Club, pull cart and golf cart rentals available plus golf supplies. Hours Tuesday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm. Outdoor restaurant Clara’s Pub is open 8 am-5 pm. For tee times, call 311-258-4521, email origeness@hotmail.com.

Horseback riding classes and beach or jungle rides with La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club. Call 311-258-4025, email info@LaPatronaPoloClub.com, or complete the contact form on the website.

Things to do_Lo de Perla Jungle Garden guide shares his knowledge of plants and jungle ecosystems

Lo de Perla Jungle Garden guide shares his knowledge of plants and jungle ecosystems

Jungle orchid tour with Lo de Perla Jungle Garden. Guests rave about this guided jungle walk and orchid tour steeped in revelations about jungle ecosystems. Call 322-181-1909 or fill in the contact form on their website.

Polo matches at La Patrona Polo Club & Equestrian Center in San Pancho. A part of the international polo circuit, La Patrona recently completed a new, world-class equestrian center. Email info@LaPatronaPoloClub.com.

Scuba diving sites include underwater mountains, large caves and sightings of massive sea turtles, manta rays and schooling fish. Sayulita Entourage leads excusions limited to four divers and a PADI instructor.

Things to do_You can snorkel in calm water at Isla Coral marine reserve in nearby Bay of Jaltemba

You can snorkel in calm water at Isla Coral marine reserve in nearby Bay of Jaltemba

Snorkeling in the calm waters surrounding Isla Coral, about a half-hour drive north of San Pancho (plus a panga boat ride off of the beach), comes with sightings of blue-footed booby birds and other marine wildlife. Mexitreks, based in Sayulita, offers guided tours. Book from their website.

Things to do_Whales migrate along the Pacific coast of Mexico from December through March

Whales migrate along the Pacific coast of Mexico from December through March

Whale watching is best between December and March when whales migrate to the warm waters of Mexico to breed and give birth. Boat tours typically depart in the morning from Punta de Mita. Tours can be arranged through:

  • San Pancho San Pancho Surf Shop, 311-258-4104, 322-191-2109, or stop by the shop on Av. Amercia Latina, three doors down from El Indio market (where the ATM is)
Things to do_Mexico’s tradition of buying, selling and community gathering on market days dates back more than 2,000 years

Mexico’s tradition of buying, selling and community gathering on market days dates back more than 2,000 years

Weekly markets

Mexico’s traveling street markets, or tianguis, provide farmers, bakers, merchants, craftspeople and artists with a sphere of shoppers beyond their own villages. Shoppers gain access to a wider selection of goods while catching up with friends and neighbors.

Each weekly market features local produce, baked goods, food items, textiles, jewelry, clothing, handicrafts, ceramics as well as specialty items. For photos, details and locations, go to Festive Shopping at Weekly Markets.

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