San Pancho Living

The Magic Number of Vacation Days

Your shoulders drop a couple of inches within hours of arrival. Casa Mar Azul photo

 There’s a thing about San Pancho and Casa Mar Azul—they shift time. Casa Mar Azul photo

When I worked as a divemaster at a family-run scuba resort in the Bahamas, the owner taught me something about vacations I never forgot.

“You physically arrive on the first day, but it takes three full days to arrive mentally and emotionally,” he told me. “So a week is too short. Once you completely arrive, you only have three days left before you travel home.

“Eleven days is the minimum,” he continued. “After the first three days of recalibrating, you still have a week of vacation in front of you.”

This magic number of vacation days has proven to be true over and over again, in our own experience and in what guests tell us—especially because there’s a thing about San Pancho and Casa Mar Azul.

They shift time.

At dawn, the colors in the sky are reflected on the ocean. Casa Mar Azul photo

 At sunrise, the colors in the sky are reflected on the ocean. Casa Mar Azul photo

For instance, on your first morning, you wake up, stretch, and pad onto the terrace, then watch the changing colors of the sky reflect on the ocean’s surface.

You wonder, shower first? Beach walk? Or coffee? You choose coffee, go to the kitchen, and are astonished 60 minutes have just slipped by.

You take your coffee to the terrace table, perhaps with your journal and a pen, and allow yourself a long exhale.

You focus on the sound of waves, and how the mountainside is aglow with morning sunlight, and watch those long-tail birds swoop from tree to tree. Maybe you’ll see a whale spouting. By the time your mug is empty, another hour has passed…

What takes 15 minutes at home seems to turn into 75 minutes at Casa Mar Azul, yet in a good way (you have no To Do list or schedule!).

It dawns on you that you have been living at warp speed for far too long, and this is the place and the time to fully unwind and completely relax your body, mind and spirit. It’s rejuvenation time.

Guests have stayed as long as three weeks and told us they hated to leave. As you plan your next vacation, no matter where in the world you will travel, consider the magic number of 11 to fully relax and restore body, mind and spirit.

Also see Things to Do in San Pancho: 2 Hours or Less and Things to Do in San Pancho: Half Day

Join Casa Mar Azul Updates on Things To See & Do In San Pancho

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It would be a splendid gift to yourself to stay at least eleven days to fully relax and rejuvenate. Casa Mar Azul photo

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Festive Shopping at Weekly Markets

San Pancho’s weekly market is every Tuesday in Plaza del Sol, across from the church

San Pancho’s weekly market is every Tuesday in Plaza del Sol, across from the church

Nearly every day of the week between November and April, you can explore one of the festive weekly markets in our corner of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.

You’ll find native vendors selling fresh produce, locally-made food products, and cooked-on-the-spot delights, plus hecho en Mexico (made in Mexico) ceramics, textiles, jewelry, clothing, accessories, hats, baskets, leather goods, arts and crafts, soaps, lotions and more. Some markets feature live music and other entertainment.

These free weekly markets are a fun way to experience Mexican culture, find gifts for others (and yourself), and try new things to eat. Bring your camera and pesos (nearly all purchases are cash only).

The embroidered textiles are crafted by Otomi Indians. These are sized to be used as wall hangings, bed scarves and table runners. You’ll also find pillowcases for throw pillows

The embroidered textiles are crafted by Otomi Indians. These are sized to be used as wall hangings, bed scarves and table runners. You’ll also find pillowcases for throw pillows

Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm

Mercado Del Mar in Marina La Cruz, on the south end of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle marina. Driving time about 20 minutes south from San Pancho.

You’ll find handmade, local and sustainably produced products, from bread and organic vegetables, dressings and marmalades, to Mexican clothes, sarongs, bikinis and leather goods, to ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and batiks, to choripanes, mixiotes, quesadillas, pizzas, paellas, and fresh beverages. There’s also live music and activities for adults and kids.

You’ll meet vendors offering locally made condiments, honey and other treats at the weekly markets

You’ll meet vendors offering locally made condiments, honey and other treats at the weekly markets

Tuesday, 9:30 am – 2 pm 

Mercado San Pancho at Plaza del Sol (main square at Cuba & Mexico streets) in San Pancho.

San Pancho’s own weekly market is a gathering place for shopping, live music, eating, and exchanging greetings and news. Each year more vendors participate, adding to the mix of local produce, honey, food to eat and take home, textiles, clothing, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, whole bean and ground coffee, and more.

“Sombrero” is Spanish for hat, which come in many styles perfect for a tropical climate

“Sombrero” is Spanish for hat, which come in many styles perfect for a tropical climate

Wednesday, 9 am – 1 pm

Forever Spring Farmer’s Market Bucerias, Lazaro Cardenas 50, on the right-hand side and opposite of Sandrina’s restaurant. Driving time about 25 minutes south from San Pancho.

Venture to the ocean side of Bucerias for fresh produce, baked goods, organic chocolate, food to eat and take home, fresh beverages, jewelry, baskets, hats, hammocks, textiles, ceramics, art, plus live music.

Vibrant textiles like these tablecloths brighten many kitchen tables throughout Mexico

Vibrant textiles like these tablecloths brighten many kitchen tables throughout Mexico

Thursday, 8 am – 1 pm (one hour earlier time zone!)

Tianguis Market in La Peñita, held all year, although it’s more robust during the busy November-April season. Near the end of main street Emiliano Zapata, on the ocean side of Hwy 200. Driving time about 40 minutes north of San Pancho.

This is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the region. Local artists display silver and handmade jewelry, glassware, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wool rugs, Huichol Indian beaded artwork, textiles, baskets, hammocks, flowers, herbs, masks, bowls and lots more. Food vendors offer fresh ceviche and jumbo shrimp, fresh bread and pastries, local produce, and other food items.

Weavers in the state of Oaxaca are renowned for their beautiful wool rugs

Weavers in the state of Oaxaca are renowned for their beautiful wool rugs

Friday, 10 am – 2 pm

Mercado de Pueblo  in Sayulita, on Avenida Revolucion just north of the main bridge, across from Galeria Tanana. Driving time about 12 minutes south of San Pancho.

This is Sayulita’s organic farmer’s market, featuring local vendors offering organic, sustainably farmed produce and food items, body care products, clothing, walking sticks, jewelry, ceramics, and more.

Join Casa Mar Azul Updates on Things To See & Do In San Pancho

You can save up to $499 when you book directly with the property owner
It would be a splendid gift to yourself to stay at least eleven days to fully relax and rejuvenate. Casa Mar Azul photo

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Events include cherished traditions, fundraisers for local nonprofits and entertaining celebrations. All are delightful ways to jump into San Pancho living.
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One of the rewards of travel is experiencing new things and interacting with new people. Exploring San Pancho and its environment provide both.
San Pancho is a fond nickname for its official name San Francisco. The pueblo was named for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint for animals and the environment

San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it, you'll feel at home 

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San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it, you'll feel at home. The first people to call this region home were indigenous Indian groups
Entreamigos translates to "among friends." You are welcome to explore, shop, eat—and volunteer!

Things to Do in San Pancho: 2 Hours or Less

/
Doing nothing is highly respected at Casa Mar Azul (we are masters at it!). Yet we encourage you to explore this magical pueblo.
Choose among three beach restaurants located at the end of Av. Tercer Mundo, where turtle hatchlings are released nearby at sunset (seasonal). Dibble Photography photo

Where to Eat in San Pancho: Dinner

/
San Pancho’s dining scene is a surprising delight. You’ll enjoy superb meals prepared with fresh ingredients, a very modest tab, and welcoming owners.

San Pancho Living

Festive Shopping at Weekly Markets

San Pancho’s weekly market is every Tuesday in Plaza del Sol, across from the church

San Pancho’s weekly market is every Tuesday in Plaza del Sol, across from the church

Nearly every day of the week between November and April, you can explore one of the festive weekly markets in our corner of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.

You’ll find native vendors selling fresh produce, locally-made food products, and cooked-on-the-spot delights, plus hecho en Mexico (made in Mexico) ceramics, textiles, jewelry, clothing, accessories, hats, baskets, leather goods, arts and crafts, soaps, lotions and more. Some markets feature live music and other entertainment.

These free weekly markets are a fun way to experience Mexican culture, find gifts for others (and yourself), and try new things to eat. Bring your camera and pesos (nearly all purchases are cash only).

The embroidered textiles are crafted by Otomi Indians. These are sized to be used as wall hangings, bed scarves and table runners. You’ll also find pillowcases for throw pillows

The embroidered textiles are crafted by Otomi Indians. These are sized to be used as wall hangings, bed scarves and table runners. You’ll also find pillowcases for throw pillows

Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm

Mercado Del Mar in Marina La Cruz, on the south end of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle marina. Driving time about 20 minutes south from San Pancho.

You’ll find handmade, local and sustainably produced products, from bread and organic vegetables, dressings and marmalades, to Mexican clothes, sarongs, bikinis and leather goods, to ceramics, jewelry, paintings, and batiks, to choripanes, mixiotes, quesadillas, pizzas, paellas, and fresh beverages. There’s also live music and activities for adults and kids.

You’ll meet vendors offering locally made condiments, honey and other treats at the weekly markets

You’ll meet vendors offering locally made condiments, honey and other treats at the weekly markets

Tuesday, 9:30 am – 2 pm 

Mercado San Pancho at Plaza del Sol (main square at Cuba & Mexico streets) in San Pancho.

San Pancho’s own weekly market is a gathering place for shopping, live music, eating, and exchanging greetings and news. Each year more vendors participate, adding to the mix of local produce, honey, food to eat and take home, textiles, clothing, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, whole bean and ground coffee, and more.

“Sombrero” is Spanish for hat, which come in many styles perfect for a tropical climate

“Sombrero” is Spanish for hat, which come in many styles perfect for a tropical climate

Wednesday, 9 am – 1 pm

Forever Spring Farmer’s Market Bucerias, Lazaro Cardenas 50, on the right-hand side and opposite of Sandrina’s restaurant. Driving time about 25 minutes south from San Pancho.

Venture to the ocean side of Bucerias for fresh produce, baked goods, organic chocolate, food to eat and take home, fresh beverages, jewelry, baskets, hats, hammocks, textiles, ceramics, art, plus live music.

Vibrant textiles like these tablecloths brighten many kitchen tables throughout Mexico

Vibrant textiles like these tablecloths brighten many kitchen tables throughout Mexico

Thursday, 8 am – 1 pm (one hour earlier time zone!)

Tianguis Market in La Peñita, held all year, although it’s more robust during the busy November-April season. Near the end of main street Emiliano Zapata, on the ocean side of Hwy 200. Driving time about 40 minutes north of San Pancho.

This is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the region. Local artists display silver and handmade jewelry, glassware, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan wool rugs, Huichol Indian beaded artwork, textiles, baskets, hammocks, flowers, herbs, masks, bowls and lots more. Food vendors offer fresh ceviche and jumbo shrimp, fresh bread and pastries, local produce, and other food items.

Weavers in the state of Oaxaca are renowned for their beautiful wool rugs

Weavers in the state of Oaxaca are renowned for their beautiful wool rugs

Friday, 10 am – 2 pm

Mercado de Pueblo  in Sayulita, on Avenida Revolucion just north of the main bridge, across from Galeria Tanana. Driving time about 12 minutes south of San Pancho.

This is Sayulita’s organic farmer’s market, featuring local vendors offering organic, sustainably farmed produce and food items, body care products, clothing, walking sticks, jewelry, ceramics, and more.

Join Casa Mar Azul Updates on Things To See & Do In San Pancho

You can save up to $499 when you book directly with the property owner
It would be a splendid gift to yourself to stay at least eleven days to fully relax and rejuvenate. Casa Mar Azul photo

The Magic Number of Vacation Days

/
When I worked as a divemaster at a family-run scuba resort in the Bahamas, the owner taught me something about vacations I never forgot...
Casa Mar Azul San Pancho Vacation Rental_Mexico dancers

What’s It Like to Live in Mexico?

/
Whether you’re planning a Mexico vacation or fantasizing a relocation, these books belong on your reading list.
Circo de los Niños encourages the artistic, technical and personal development of more than 100 local children and teens by teaching them circus disciplines and performing arts

Events In & Around San Pancho

/
Events include cherished traditions, fundraisers for local nonprofits and entertaining celebrations. All are delightful ways to jump into San Pancho living.
"Fifty-Four Reasons to Love San Pancho" by Bridges and Balloons

San Pancho in the News: Articles & Blogs

/
Once people have discovered San Pancho, they can’t stop talking—or writing—about it. Here’s a collection of articles and blogs about our magical corner...

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.
San Pancho is a fond nickname for its official name San Francisco. The pueblo was named for St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint for animals and the environment

San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it, you'll feel at home 

/
San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it, you'll feel at home. The first people to call this region home were indigenous Indian groups
Entreamigos translates to "among friends." You are welcome to explore, shop, eat—and volunteer!

Things to Do in San Pancho: 2 Hours or Less

/
Doing nothing is highly respected at Casa Mar Azul (we are masters at it!). Yet we encourage you to explore this magical pueblo.
Choose among three beach restaurants located at the end of Av. Tercer Mundo, where turtle hatchlings are released nearby at sunset (seasonal). Dibble Photography photo

Where to Eat in San Pancho: Dinner

/
San Pancho’s dining scene is a surprising delight. You’ll enjoy superb meals prepared with fresh ingredients, a very modest tab, and welcoming owners.

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