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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 of the Riviera Nayarit.

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Chevycheria at W Punta de Mita

Forbes Travel #Wanderlust, November 13, 2017

A Weekend In Riviera Nayarit

Just north of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit’s 192 miles of coastline encompasses 23 oceanside villages, each with its own character. High-end and boutique lodging abounds, along with fresh seafood and beautiful beaches.

Sayulita might be the best known village among tourists but it can be even more rewarding to venture off the beaten path – volunteer with Entreamigos at San Pancho’s whimsical community center or explore the …

A girl trains at Circo de los Niños in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. Circus school and other educational projects aim to equip the young people of San Francisco to lead their town’s development as tourism grows. Anne Menke photo

Thomson Reuters Foundation News, March 27, 2017

Circus skills show children of Mexico beach town how to fly

With their gravity-defying trampoline flips, graceful acrobatics, juggling and tightrope walking, the children in San Francisco’s circus school are bringing a touch of Cirque du Soleil magic to this bohemian Pacific beach town.

In jewel-coloured leotards with feather head-dresses and intricate make-up, they romp through seamless routines in an exuberant take on …

Mexico’s next boho haven: San Pancho, Mexico

Men’s Journal, March 2017

Find It First: 15 Beaches That Are Totally Off the Radar, For Now

It would be a stretch to call the Mexican beach enclave of Sayulita overdeveloped, but there’s no question that it’s been discovered: The funky Pacific coast village north of Puerto Vallarta remains a respite from reality, but its cafes, surf shops, and public beach now crawl with faux-hippie tourists.

Our advice: When you get to Sayulita, keep driving. Just three miles farther north along the Riviera Nayarit you’ll find San Francisco — or as it’s known by locals, San Pancho…

A foilboard has a hydrofoil that extends below the board into the water. This design causes the board to leave the surface of the water as it picks up speed. Calgary Herald photo

Calgary Herald, February 25, 2017

Beach towns of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarite each have their own charms

It was Tuesday morning at the Plaza del Sol in San Pancho, Mexico and a three-piece band was playing while while tourists and locals wandered in and out of …

The Skrob family at Casa Mar Azul Dos.

Robert Skrob blog, February 22, 2017

Our Strangest Experience While in Mexico

One morning in San Pancho, Mexico, we decided to cook our own lunch. This way we wouldn’t have to leave our vacation home, allowing us to enjoy the Pacific breezes and the view.

I went to the local market in San Pancho for a couple of last-minute groceries. I brought Samantha as my translator; she just finished her first semester of Spanish at Florida State University.

San Pancho is exactly the type of town Disney would create…

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Watch the sea go by at Nayarit. Postmedia photo

Financial Post, November 8, 2016

“The definitive winter travel guide: Top 10 spots to enjoy—with or without snow”

Cold weather is fast approaching, so your winter travel getaway planning can’t be put off any longer. Of course, there are myriad vacation destinations, accommodations and activities, both time-honoured and a bit off the beaten path, from snow-capped peaks to sun-kissed beaches, and …

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“Small towns, big buzz: Where to hit the beach in Riviera Nayarit” USA TODAY. Riviera Nayarit Convention Visitors Bureau photo

USA TODAY, October 17, 2016

“Small towns, big buzz: Where to hit the beach in Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit is a 200-mile stretch of verdant coastline on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Over the last few years, Riviera Nayarit and its Punta Mita peninsula have been generating lots of upmarket buzz, due to …

The library at community center Entreamigos is staffed by San Pancho residents. Children, teens and adults can borrow books written in Spanish, English and both languages. Book number 8,000 was cataloged in April 2016.

Entreamigos Blog, August 28, 2016

8,000 books! Entreamigos Library reaches milestone

The library at Entreamigos is full of children’s books of every imaginable description. From a humble beginning of a few dozen books to more than 8,000 today, the children of San Francisco enjoy a library unparalleled in the …

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“Affordable Riviera Nayarit: Bargains beyond the big resorts” USA TODAY. Riviera Nayarit Convention Visitors Bureau photo

USA TODAY, August 2, 2016

Affordable Riviera Nayarit: Bargains beyond the big resorts

The word “riviera” sparks instant thoughts of luxury and privilege. It’s where well-heeled French vacationers have holidayed for centuries, and in Mexico, the Riviera Maya has been attracting luxe-loving tourists for decades. The newest riviera destination is …

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“Riviera Nayarit Road Trip–An Adventure of Discovery” The Mexico Report

The Mexico Report, April 22, 2016

“Riviera Nayarit Road Trip—An Adventure of Discovery”

An extended Riviera Nayarit travel venture from Punta Mita to San Blas took us off the beaten trail and was more than we could have ever imagined…

Thrill List Travel, March 5, 2016

“Mexico’s Best-Kept Vacation Secrets”

You may have visited Mexico’s easy-to-get-to places like Cancun and Cabo, but trek further in (or down) — via boat, car, flammable hoverboard — and you’ll discover a true paradise of virtually undiscovered, enchanting destinations…

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“San Pancho: Under-the-Radar Pacific Coast Paradise” TravelPulse. Goats on the Road photo

TravelPulse, January 2, 2016

“San Pancho: Under-the-Radar Pacific Coast Paradise”

More likely than not, you’ve heard of the major Pacific Coast tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Mazatlan, but what about little San Pancho? This tiny gem (also known as San Francisco) is located just 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta and is…

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“The Most Underrated Mexican Destinations to Hit This Winter” Huffington Post

Huffington Post, December 29, 2015

“The Most Underrated Mexican Destinations to Hit This Winter”

When you ask someone how their trip to Mexico went, no one ever says, “Eh, it was OK.” No. It was either a glorious weekend on a beautiful beach with free-flowing tequila. Or it was…

“10 Far from Home Thanksgiving Escapes” Outside Magazine

Outside Magazine, November 16, 2015

“10 Far ­from­ Home Thanksgiving Escapes”

Call your family and tell them you’ll see them next month. You know what can’t wait until the holidays? A total getaway, booked far from the in-laws and last-minute…

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Sayulita beach, Mexico. Kalle Gustafsson photo for Condé Nast Traveller

Condé Nast Traveller, June 2015

“Sunny Sayulita”

A little pocket of wave-strewn dreams, Sayulita tumbles off the Sierra Madre Mountains and out of the jungle, tousled and a little bit sleepy, blinking through the palms that fringes the beach and a …

Coloradoan, May 6, 2015

“San Pancho, Mexico, where relaxing is required”

A group of pelicans bob on the surface of the Pacific Ocean, beyond the tanned surfers straddling their boards as they wait for the perfect wave. A pelican takes to the air and circles gracefully, content to let the sea breeze guide its course. Suddenly, it tucks its wings, hurls its body seaward and…

“The rising son of Cirque du Soleil,” Toronto Star story and photo

Toronto Star, April 20, 2015

“The rising son of Cirque du Soleil”

In an old warehouse in a tiny town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Cirque du Soleil co-founder Gilles Ste-Croix is holding tightly scheduled rehearsals before the launch of his latest production. Like Cirque’s shows in Las Vegas, it features skilful acrobats, daring trapeze artists, stilt walkers and jugglers. The difference? All the performers are local children…

“Introducing San Pancho – Shhhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone!” by AWOL Americans

AWOL Americans, April 14, 2015

“Introducing San Pancho – Shhhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone!”

I am a well-known lover of deserted beaches, a slow pace of life, good food, places off the beaten path, beautiful views and in general just taking it easy. In fact, these reasons are why we have chosen the nomadic life that we have, so we can seek out the rare places where all of these things come together at once. Let me introduce you to one of those places, my new found crush – San Pancho, Nayarit…

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“Eva’s Kitchen, San Pancho, Mexico” Boat Magazine. Laura Hobbs photo

Boat Magazine, February 5, 2015

“Eva’s Kitchen, San Pancho, Mexico”

My eyes are beginning to burn as the chile-infused air fills the small kitchen. Eva coughs, lets out her sharp cackle and says a quick chirp to Ligia, today’s designated translator. Ligia smiles. “When you start to cough,” she says to the rest of us through glassy eyes, “you know…

Forever Young blog, January 10, 2015

“Riviera Nayarit–Mexico’s State of Contrasts”

If you think you’re done with Mexico, think again – and prepare to see, do, eat and learn things you’ve likely never imagined!

Goats on the Road blog, January 7, 2015

“15 Things to See & Do in San Pancho, Mexico”

Have you ever travelled somewhere and been completely surprised at the amount of activities and things to see and do? For us, San Pancho (aka San Francisco) has been that place…

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“San Pancho Attracts World Renowned Artists” Riviera Nayarit blog

Riviera Nayarit blog, March 26, 2015

“San Pancho Attracts World­ Renowned Artists”

San Pancho is known as the Cultural Capital of the Riviera Nayarit thanks to the concentration of artistic and educational activities in this village. The creation of civil associations that operate the old warehouses marked the start of what has basically turned this community into a magnet for a broad range of important artists. The most prominent name among the several artists that have come to San Pancho is undoubtedly that of Gilles Ste-Croix…

GlobalHelpSwap blog, December 12, 2014

“19 Favourite Memories from San Pancho, Mexico”

This time last year we were about to start our Mexican adventure. Having decided to visit the Yucatan and Oaxaca areas we were struggling to decide on the place where to spend 2 months. Then I met Victoria from Bridges and Balloons and she told me about San Pancho, Mexico…

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“Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect destination” New York Daily News. Riviera Nayarit Convention Visitors Bureau photo

New York Daily News, March 20, 2014

“Riviera Nayarit on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the perfect destination”

Riviera Nayarit may be Mexico’s most underrated destination. Just north of Puerto Vallarta, and spanning 190 miles along the country’s Pacific coast, the region offers luxurious accommodations, pristine beaches, outdoor adventures and chic surf towns. It’s a favorite spot of Hollywood A-listers and…

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“Our Temporary Home in San Pancho” Never Ending Voyage blog

Never Ending Voyage blog, June 6, 2013

“Our Temporary Home in San Pancho, Mexico”

We came to San Pancho to see our friends Victoria and Steve who raved about this tiny beach town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. We were enticed by talk of whales and turtles, jungle covered hills and long stretches of empty sand. We stayed because…

“Fifty-four Reasons to Love San Pancho, Part One” Bridges and Balloon blog

Bridges and Balloons blog, May 13, 2013

“Fifty­-four Reasons to Love San Pancho, Part One”

As you know, San Pancho, Mexico was a town that surprised us. A month’s stay easily turned into six months and it may well be a place we plant roots. We loved and love it there, and my oh my how much we miss it. In homage to our beloved town, here are some reasons to love the San Francisco you’ve never heard of…

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“Fifty-four Reasons to Love San Pancho, Part Two” Bridges and Balloons blog

Bridges and Balloons blog, May 29, 2013

”Fifty-four Reasons to Love San Pancho, Part Two”

Continuing with our ‘We miss San Pancho’ theme, here’s the second half of our Fifty four reasons to love San Pancho list…

Want to know more about San Pancho? Go to San Francisco, San Pancho—no matter what you call it you’ll feel at home

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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

The Magic Number of Vacation Days

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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...
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What’s It Like to Live in Mexico?

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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

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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.
"Fifty-Four Reasons to Love San Pancho" by Bridges and Balloons

San Pancho in the News: Articles & Blogs

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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

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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

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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

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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.