A Trip to San Pancho, Mexico

January 25, 2010

At last, my blog about our Mexican vacation! It seems a distant memory now, but when I look at the pictures it all comes rushing back. We went to a little place called San Pancho (San Francisco), Nayarit, Mexico. It’s about an hour north of Puerto Vallerta and about 5 or 10 minutes north of Sayulita (another popular spot for Northwesterners).

Our friends D & K told us about it. They’ve been going to San Pancho for years. San Pancho is a quiet little town with cobblestone streets, a handful of restaurants and art/craft stores, an uncrowded beach and lots of authentic Mexican charm. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and culture of Mexico, this is a great spot! Right over the footbridge from the airport in Puerto Vallerta is the bus stop headed north to Sayulita. We paid $5 for the ride north on what I refer to as the Mexican Chicken Bus (because the only thing missing from that experience was the livestock). Then we grabbed a cab in Sayulita to our B&B in San Pancho ($10).

We stayed at a lovely bed & breakfast at the far north end of town on the edge of the jungle.  We found it on Trip Advisor. They have 4 rooms, a pool with a swim-up bar (bartender on call) and an honor bar so you can help yourself to beer anytime. First, let me say that the Swine Flu scare has led to an unfortunate decline in tourism in Mexico. In addition, I think the economy has people spending less on travel. The good news is you can find some great deals in Mexico. Although, we didn’t get much of a discount at Casa Obelisco, we did have the entire place to ourselves for the week! The owners Bill & Barbara and their dog Kahlua and John & Judy (2 couples from the states) also live here. They were fabulous hosts. They made us breakfast each morning as we overlooked the ocean. We fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore. It was so relaxing. The B&B was clean and quiet. We felt completely comfortable here and walked to and from town in the dark on a few occasions without a worry. Here are some pictures:

Entrance to the B&B from the street.

The pool area

Town was about 1/4 mile south on the beach from our B&B. Here’s a shot of the beach as we started walking home one evening.

Our bartender, Evy, invited us to go with her and her family to La Penita (a town 1/2 hour north) to shop at the market. I walked into one of the shops and almost ran into this parrot!

Evy’s little girl kept us entertained most of the day. She was so much fun.

Enjoying sunset on the beach.

The best little taco stand in town!

Oh yeah, shrimp tacos and beer after a day in the sun!

John & Judy (from the B&B) just opened this gallery in town with beautiful pottery and beaded work.

Bill and Barbara’s dog Kahlua, lounging by the front gate.

The beautiful Mexican mirror I purchased in La Penita and hung in my kitchen.

I already miss Mexico. San Pancho was everything I hoped for. Relaxing, beautiful, safe and full of charm. The people here are so gracious and kind. They were so patient with me considering I know very little Spanish. It ended up feeling like a long game of charades! I can’t wait to go back. So many trips to plan, and so little cash! Hopefully there are a few local road trips on the horizon.

Stay tuned!

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