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Top 15 Things to Do in San Pancho, Nayarit | San Pancho Life

The TOP 15 things to do in San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico
to show your family or friends the vacation of a lifetime!

1. Spend the day at the 
Beach:  The beach in San Pancho is a kilometer in length, boasts clean, golden sand, and is rarely crowded. Soak up the sun on a lounge chair, gaze out at the surfers or passing whales, take an invigorating walk, and enjoy a tasty lunch at one of the beach bars.
Sunset is always an event, as locals and tourists alike wander down to the beach to meet with friends, perhaps enjoy the drink of their choice, and marvel at one of the best year-round sunset venues in the world!

2. Check out the Local Restaurant Scene:  
San Pancho is a foodie's paradise, offering a wide variety of excellent restaurants to suit every palate. You will find authentic Mexican restaurants and many international cuisines. Known, of course, for its fresh fish and seafood, you will also find steaks, ribs, seafood, sushi, vegan & more. Many ot these establishments line the main street as visitors and locals alike enjoy the festive atmosphere of dining outdoors and soaking up the scene, as street performers stop by to show off their talents. Live music is available every night at various establishments. 

3. Experience local Culture & Celebrations:  
Mexicans know how to celebrate. Most anytime you arrive in San Pancho you will be able to take in a colorful parade, a local celebration in the Plaza del Sol or a fiesta put on by the local school children. At specific times of year San Pancho hosts the San Pancho Music Festival, a three-day event featuring acts from the U.S. and Mexico and attended by thousands; Circo de los NiƱos, a circus performed by the children of San Pancho, directed and choreographed by the founders of Cirque du Soleil;  

4. Check out Entreamigos Community Center - you'll be glad you did!  Entreamigos is the heart and soul of our village. The name Entreamigos means between friends, and it has been an instrumental asset in bonding together both the Mexican and ex-pat communities in a common purpose.  Entreamigos is a fantastic and inspiring place that offers so many opportunities for everyone. It is a place for teaching and learning, for creating & recycling, for getting help, or giving something back.  Here they specialize in supporting the entire community through outreach, education, and ingenuity.  They are always at work, finding remarkable ways to make something new out of something discarded.  If you want to meet the locals and learn about what is happening in San Pancho, this is the place to do it.  You can volunteer to teach art to a local kid or, if you are a student, you will be able to explore a world of new ideas to spark your imagination.   

5. People:  
Another great characteristic of the town of San Pancho is its people. Ever-friendly and warm, San Pancho is a wonderful place to be a tourist and will even welcome you to feel part of the town. Residents have time and energy, and there are always activites to get involved in, as little or as much as you wish.


6. Culture:  Still in most ways sleepy and less-developed, San Pancho has retained much of the feeling of an authentic and traditional Mexican town. Whether it be with shops closing for siesta time, old men congregating to chat and play dominoes in the park, or daily pick-up soccer games at the town field, in San Pancho you can be sure to delight in all the trappings of a typical Mexican town. 

7. Location:  
While seemingly nestled away in the jungle and at the coast’s edge, San Pancho is still quite conveniently accessible from the city of Puerto Vallarta and its international airport - just a 45-minute drive. And to expand on your San Pancho experience, there are neighboring towns nearby which offer even more delights and adventures.

8. Cost:  Unlike most other vacation spots and their exorbitant prices, San Pancho Mexico is entirely affordable. Dollars go a long way in Mexico, so you can enjoy San Pancho’s fantastic cuisine and eat like a king for half of what you would pay at home. Take some time away from the cost of your life at home, and do so without feeling guilty!

9. Safety:  San Pancho is most definitely a safe place for every tourist who visits. Families, couples, or groups who are thinking about coming can  be completely assured that this is a truly friendly town, where robberies or any crimes are extremely rare. Just sit back and relax! 

10. Size:  Another advantage to San Pancho is that it is truly a small and quaint Mexican town, with a small-town vibe. Enjoy the lazy afternoons covering the town by foot, or drive with ease over the cobblestone streets. Have no worries about getting lost - all parts of town are within view of the beach to the west - and feel assured that your group or family could easily split up and find each other again. You are not in the city anymore! 

11. Food:  
For such a small town, San Pancho still has a great selection of local and international cuisine. Whether it be a delicious taco stand on the street, or an elegant restaurant nestled high in the hills, San Pancho has something for every palate. You have a taste for fish or shrimp? Check. Quality beef or pork? Check. Italian or French food? Check. Or low-cost tacos and other quality Mexican cuisine? There are plenty of options there as well!

12. Eco-Forward:  
For nature lovers, San Pancho is not just a great choice because of the local landscapes, but also because of the ecological concern being cultivated by many here in the town. Witness turtle releases almost daily on the beach at sunset; jaguar protection; the organic gardens and nursery; or other environmentally-aware projects and activities always going on in San Pancho. 

13. Art-Active:  Also, amazingly, for such an apparently sleepy fishing village, San Pancho is truly a-buzz with art activity. Local galleries hold frequent art openings, art walks, or collectives putting on festivals. Come wander the streets, join in on the action, or find some lovely pieces made by local artists to take home with you!

14. Beach:  The beach in San Pancho is a kilometer in length, boasts clean, golden sand, and is never crowded. Enjoy a game of frisbee with friends, or a run down the shore, without ever worrying about running out of space. Or merely sit out and soak up the sun! Sunset is always an event, as locals and tourists alike wander down to the beach to meet with friends, perhaps enjoy the drink of their choice, and marvel at one of the best sunset venues in the world! 


15.Friends and Family:  For all the reasons above and more, San Pancho is an ideal destination for friends and family. Whether renting a villa for a family reunion or wedding, or a honeymoon palapa for a romantic getaway, San Pancho provides the perfect backdrop for any get-together or getaway!