Airlines with service to Puerto Vallarta:
Bus Lines with service to Puerto Vallarta and Nayarit coast:
Government Travel Sites for Mexico:
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000 Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade travel report on Mexico
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html United States Department of State Mexico country-specific information
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html United States Department of State travel alerts page for Mexico
http://www.bahiadebanderas.gob.mx/principal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46:zona-costa&catid=39:atractivos-turisticos&Itemid=58 (Spanish) Bahia de Banderas local government tourism page.
San Pancho Weather Sites:
San Pancho Exploring/Tourism Articles:
http://www.pvmirror.com/fromthenorthshore/203-sanpancho.html (2009) Overview of San Pancho attractions and traditional culture that connects the history and past of San Francisco (San Pancho) to its modern present. It just about touches on every wonderful aspect of San Pancho from yesterday to today.
http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/read/readgetaways/san-pancho-riviera-nayarit.shtml (2008) Titled “San Pancho: A Little Slice of Paradise”, this article overviews some of the town’s history and the traits that make it unique. This brief article is helpful for getting any visitor oriented with descriptions of everything from the weather, the white sandy beaches, or tranquil plazas that characterize San Pancho Nayarit.
http://www.go2rivieranayarit.com/articles/0808/sanfrancisconayarit-ing.php (2008) Promoting travel to the Nayarit region, this article also looks at some of the past history and current specialties like local cuisine or untarnished landscapes that make the town of San Francisco (San Pancho) so unique.
http://banderasnews.com/0812/to-lowkeyhotspot.htm (2008) Here, one traveler recounts her experience in San Pancho Nayarit and how she found the town to be a taste of "old Mexico" in comparison to the more bustling and mainstream surrounding tourist spots.
http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/read/readgetaways/san-francisco-san-pancho-.shtml (2008) This article touts the unique vibe of the low-key pueblo of San Pancho-San Francisco that makes it ideal as an alternative traveling destination and getaway from busy Puerto Vallarta.
http://www.boston.com/travel/getaways/latinamerica/articles/2007/03/18/her_birthday_bunch_happy_she_picked_60/ (2007) This sort of list originally published in the Boston Globe describes the ways in which one American family chose to spend their family vacation in San Pancho Mexico. Some of the activities they describe are horseback riding at sunset, snorkeling in caves, or seeing breaching whales on a trip to nearby islands--all fantastic adventures to be had in and around San Pancho Nayarit.
http://www.banderasnews.com/0603/to-sanpancho.htm (2006) Published in a local online publication, this article also lists the attributes that are making San Pancho into an increasingly popular vacation destination. The author describes a renewed faith in Mexico vacations after getting to know quiet San Pancho Nayarit in contrast to hectic resort cities like Cancún or Acapulco.
http://mexicoartandtravel.com/TravelMexico/San-Francisco.htm This arts and travel article describes key elements of the magical town of San Pancho-San Francisco, and accompanies the text with wonderful photographs that illustrate all the characteristics--from Huichol artists in the plaza to cozy and elegant private villas--that make San Pancho a gem.
Riviera Nayarit Exploring/Tourism Articles:
http://www.fodors.com/news/story_2828.html (2007) This Fodor's article names the Riviera Nayarit as Mexico’s “next destination” and summarizes all up-and -coming hotspots in the Pacific coastal region, devoting a section to San Pancho. Here, the Riviera Nayarit is described as a far more exotic and less-populated destination as compared to what typical tourist Mexico usually has to offer.
http://www.mexicofile.com/southnayarit.htm (2000) This article on a site about traveling and living in Mexico describes the various towns along the Pacific Coast that have a tourist draw, including San Pancho, and the unique histories and cultural mixes that make Nayarit such an interesting and beautiful destination.
http://www.revistabuenviaje.com/conocemexico/nayarit/marcos_pancho_saluyita/snmarcospanchosaluyita.html (Spanish) This Spanish-language site delves into the equal merits, but also distinguishing characteristics, of the three neighboring travel destinations of Sayulita, San Pancho, and Lo de Marcos.
http://www.solutionsabroad.com/en/cities/nayarit-nuevo-vallarta/-bucerias-punta-mita-sa/living-in-nayarit-and-nuevo-vallarta.html On this site are listed quick descriptions and evocative imagery corresponding to various Nayarit locations, such as San Pancho, providing a brief run-down of each destination's individual character and draw.
http://www.explorandomexico.com/about-mexico/11/140/ This English-language site also reviews the unique origins and offerings of great spots along the Riviera Nayarit that make the region ideal for travel and tourism, and without exception, briefly mentioning San Pancho.
Surfing in San Pancho and the Region Sites:
Press regarding San Pancho and the Nayarit region:
http://www.incentivemag.com/msg/content_display/incentive/merchandise/e3i738d05fe1080a0e8ba3841dabea42173 (2009) This online business magazine names San Pancho as an ideal destination for business retreats or family vacations.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20070610/news_mz1t10sayuli.html (2007) This San Diego Union Tribune recounts one woman’s traveling experiences in San Pancho, and her approval of the town as a destination worthy of the “Margaritaville” moniker.
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/gringos-in-paradise (2001) This Travel + Leisure article recounts the delightful experience of one seasoned Mexico traveler vacationing with his family in San Pancho.
http://www.mexicodesconocido.com.mx/notas/2301-San-Francisco,-para%EDso-oculto-en-la-costas-de-Nayarit (Spanish) (1997) This Spanish-language article includes lovely descriptions of special vacation moments and opportunities that make San Pancho such a remarkable destination.
Press regarding the Nayarit region, including San Pancho:
http://nymag.com/travel/weekends/nayarit/ (2008) This New York Magazine travel article is accompanied with a photo gallery and is an excellent resource for a breakdown of where to stay, play, and eat in Nayarit. Many key San Pancho locations are both pictured and offered up as the best of the Riviera Nayarit.
http://www.katejb.com/work/Nayarit_article_final_final_CJB_020409_-_English.pdf (2008) Originally published in the Mexico edition of Travel and Leisure, this PDF article is a great take on the characteristics that make San Pancho and fellow Nayarit coastal towns alternative destinations to typical mainstream tourism.
http://www.prlog.org/10087296-taste-of-riviera-nayarit-hidden-gems-along-the-coast-await-discovery.html (2008) This online article also describes the“hidden gems” or unique treasures to be found in coastal Nayarit destinations like San Pancho-San Francisco.
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2008-03-06-riviera-nayarit_N.htm (2008) This USA Today article touts the Riviera Nayarit as Mexico’s “next great place”, paying special attention to the draw of San Pancho.
http://magazine.continental.com/200810-been-there (2008) This Continental Airlines Magazine piece also rings in Nayarit as Mexico’s next great destination, and mentions the town of San Pancho as being one of the Riviera Nayarit's biggest draws.
Eco-Friendly San Pancho Press:
http://ecoworldly.com/2009/02/14/mexican-residents-stage-sit-in-to-halt-destruction-of-local-trees/ (2009) This article and accompanying photos discuss a protest event that points to the town of San Pancho’s colective environmental consciousness.
http://greenoptions.com/tag/san-pancho (2009) These two online blurbs also detail certain activities or events that make San Pancho a uniquely environmentally-aware town.
http://www.fairsurf.org/page11.htm (2008) This article is truly great reporting on San Pancho Mexico community efforts to organize and recycle, and how those progressive efforts interact with and can benefit from local tourism.
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1183/79/ (2008) This is another version of the same article about environmentally-forward community organizing and recycling in San Pancho, with perhaps a few added points.
San Pancho Arts & Culture Articles and Sites:
http://www.pvmirror.com/fromthenorthshore/149-jewerlydesigner_monserratpascual.html (2009) A feature piece on a prestigious San Pancho-based jewelry designer.
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/San+Pancho+Puerto+Vallarta's+Artistic+Spirit+in+a+Small+Town+Setting-a01073931653 (2009) Hailing the artistic spirit of San Pancho Nayarit, this article details the events and ongoing activities that amount to San Pancho’s very artistic and cultural character.
http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/puertovallarta/bestofvallarta/Large-Scale-Installation-San-Pancho-Cultural-Center.shtml (2009) A brief blurb on a new cultural center and gallery space that has gone up on the outskirts of San Pancho-San Francisco, further adding to the town's growing draw as a hub of regional and international art and culture.
http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/3262-huichol-art-a-matter-of-survival-part-one (2009) A first-part of three article offering an in-depth informative look at Huichol artistry such as that exhibited daily by the artists selling their wares in the San Pancho Nayarit beach plaza or malecón.
http://www.youngartistsworkspace.org/happenings-exhibitions/ (2008) A quick blurb at the bottom of this site page, showing how cooperation efforts across borders can lead to expanded creativity and great benefit for San Pancho Mexico.
http://www.sanpanchomusicfest.com/ Website dedicated to the annual San Pancho Music Festival.
San Pancho-Related Blogs: