San Pancho/San Francisco….Art & Music Capital of Nayarit is a small beach town located just north of Sayulita. The  nick name for Francisco is Pancho and has become the  more common name for the town. A very relaxed atmosphere with many seaside restaurants where you can watch the surfers. A Lagoon at the south end  has several species of birds. If your lucky, you might see horses crossing the lagoon then roll in the sand.

Getting there is easy, you just go to the Public Bus stop on Ave. Francisco Medina, next to the HSBC Bank & across the street from Coppel plus pick up stops in front of Walmart’s & across from the airport.If your lucky you might get George Russell, the driver who speaks English.The buses run every half hour starting at 6 am. The cost is about 62 pesos & takes 1.5 hours. The public bus stops briefly in Sayulito, then will drop you off on the main road ,that’s just a 15 minute walk to the beach. You can also take a Taxi from PV for about $45-50 US, each way.  Driving time is usually 45 minutes depending on traffic. Best to visit San Pancho , Monday – Thursday.


La Perla Beach Side Restaurant is on the south end of the beach.  Their Ceviche de Dorado for 190 pesos is my favorite.If you order food there is no charge for the beach chairs. Great place to watch the sunset. They’re open daily 11 am – 7:30 pm.  Pay in pesos,$ US or Visa/MasterCard. Ask for Edna Martinez,the manager or Alan the bar tender, who speaks English. Tel. 331-258-4344

Maria’s Restaurant & Bar is located on Ave. Tercer Mundo # 28 , next to Calandria Realty ,  just 3 blocks from the beach. It’s a perfect place to have breakfast once you arrive to San Pancho.They’re open every day from 8 am – 11 pm for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Closed on Wednesdays. Their specialties for breakfast are  Jardin & Espanol omelets or chiquiles  and dorado and other Mexican specialties for lunch or dinner. Their friendly staff all speak English. Ask for Ivan or Maria Ines, the owner, whose family has been in San Pancho for 3 generations. Tel. 311-258-4439 They accept pesos, $ US , Visa & MasterCard


Bungalows La Perla next to the beach has 7 rooms, some with balconies overlooking the beach..Room rates range from1,000 -2,500 pesos depending on the season.Ask for Marietta Vazquez,who speaks English. Tel. 322-429-1871.Their website is


Nativa Surf Shop is located on Ave. Tercer Mundo # 123 ,just3 blocks from the beach. They have a great selection of T shirts that they design & produce plus give surfing lessons and rent surf boards, body boards,boogie boards. They also  have a snorkeling tour. Ask for Sam Lundgren, the owner,who speaks English.Tel. 322-140-9733. They accept pesos,$ US & Credit Cards.

Pando’s Fishing Tours offer daily fishing trips with all the equipment in a 24 foot, roof covered panga. ( year round,weather permitting) January – March for grouper,red snapper,pompano & sierra. April – December for dorado,sail fish & amber jack. $ 280 US for 1-4 persons per boat. Whale watching trips,November – March, for 1- 7 persons for $300 US for the entire  boat. Call Pando Flores,the owner ,who speaks English for more information . Tel. 322-182-1696 Pay in pesos & $ US

Bicimas Bike & Hike is located on Ave. Tercer Mundo #36, just 3 blocks from the beach. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm.They have street & mountain bikes for rent, with or without a guide. Saul Atri the manager, speaks English. Pay with $US or pesos.Tel. 322-154-2130 or &

Bird Watching Tours are offered year round by Luis Morales who can be contacted at Tel. 322-139-7242 or  Their company Birding San Pancho Ecotours offers bird watching and nature experiences mainly in the Banderas Bay region (Jalisco and Nayarit) with the highest commitment to support conservation efforts. By supporting their tours you also support the conservation efforts of the San Pancho Bird Observatory which is  their non-profit arm that allows them to advance nature conservation in this region. www,  

Turtle Rescue & Release   Frank Smith, the director, has been coordinating this effort since 1991 and has released over 1 million turtle hatch-lings.  Information can be found at  For more specific information  or questions call Tel. 311-258-4100


Calandria Realty is  located next to Maria’s Restaurant . If your looking to buy, sell or rent in San Pancho contact Geno Lamphiear ,who has lived in San Pancho for 19 years. Tel. 311-258-4285 or Cell 322-117-1950


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