San Pancho Living

What’s It Like to Live in Mexico?

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Whether you’re planning a vacation or fantasizing a relocation to Mexico, these books belong on your reading list.

CasaMarAzulSanPanchoVacationRental_VivaSanPancho¡Viva San Pancho! Views from a Mexican Village, written by five American women living in San Pancho.

Nancy Brown, one of the authors, writes, “‘Tranquilo’ is how local people describe San Pancho, and they like it that way. We do, too… ‘So why did you choose San Pancho? What’s it like to live there? And what do you do all day?’ In this book we answer those questions…”

GCasaMarAzulSanPanchoVacationRental_GringosInParadiseringos in Paradise: An American Couple Builds Their Retirement Dream House in a Seaside Village in Mexico, by Barry Golson. He and his wife left Manhattan and Connecticut to build a home in nearby Sayulita, and San Pancho is mentioned a lot.

He writes, “…despite our reluctance to leave family, friends, and the abundance of an anchored life, we began to dream of moving to a sunny place, but one that would be more challenging, better for our sinews, than Florida, Arizona, even California. Oh, and someplace more affordable. That was when the idea of Mexico began to take hold…”

casamarazulsanpanchovacationrental_livinginsanmiguelLiving in San Miguel and Into the Heart of Mexico, by John Scherber. First-hand accounts of living in a highland colonial city and other regions of Mexico. Realizations and lessons apply to any location in the country.

In “Living in San Miguel,” he writes, “It is about living with a fresh challenge, with the willingness to change by degree. The first word on the list of the new and exciting skills you’ll require is patience, both with yourself and those you will meet in this process. It is about not being done with your life, in all its permutations. It is more about being ready to reopen the dictionary to the words beginning with re: reconstruct, retool, reinvent, relocate, reimagine (a great one), reassess, rethink, relive, reconstruct…”

screen-shot-2016-12-25-at-10-02-10-am-1-2On Mexican Time and Mexican Days, by Tony Cohen. In “On Mexican Time,” he writes, “This morning I woke up laughing. This is suspect. Am I losing it? From my window I see sun-splashed stones, a butterfly the size of my hand respiring on a jacaranda branch, a smiling girl with a bundle of fresh, sun-dried sheets in her arms. Bright sunlight, sharp shadows. Unfiltered air, knife-sharp. The sky immediate, clouds within reach. At night, star-smeared galaxies just beyond the tip of my finger…”

CasaMarAzulSanPanchoVacationRental_PeoplesGuideToMexicoThe People’s Guide to Mexico, by Carl Franz and Lorena Havens, now in its 14th edition. According to Outside magazine, this guide has “achieved mythical status.” Harper’s Magazine pronounces it is “the best guidebook to adventure in the whole world.”

casamarazulsanpanchovacationrental_slicediguanaSliced Iguana, by Isabella Tree. From the back cover, “This is a story of Mexico like no other, capturing the essence of its psyche and illuminating the struggles and hopes of a people and a country on the cusp of change.”

Also see San Pancho in the News: Articles & Blogs and 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...
Casa Mar Azul San Pancho Vacation Rental_Mexico dancers

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.