The Mexican vacation of your dreams awaits you just north of Puerto Vallarta.
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Mexico is a big country. It’s hard to even know where to begin to look for vacation destinations, especially if you want to avoid both the costs and the crowds of other famous tourist sights. Here’s a list of five reasons San Francisco (aka San Pancho) on the pacific coast of Mexico is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
The surfing (and swimming)
The beautiful blue waters and bountiful waves make this a surfer’s (or swimmer’s) paradise. With several surf schools for beginners, surfboard rentals for the experienced, and plenty of space for everyone, San Pancho is the ultimate surf destination. If surfing isn’t your jam, there are boogie board and SUP rentals on the beach as well. You can also just swim to your heart’s content.
Come to the beach for surfing, sunbathing, or swimming, and stay for the sunset. San Pancho is one of those unique places you can watch the sun dip into the horizon with a completely unobstructed view. At the end of each sunset, when the sky transforms into a canvas of purples, pinks, and blues, the people clap, as if to applaud the Earth for its majestic display of colors.
There are two kinds of vacationers: those who use the kitchen in their Airbnb and those who don’t. San Pancho offers high-quality options for both. For those who enjoy cooking, every Tuesday, the town park is transformed into a farmers’ market with the best of local food–fresh berries, organic greens, homemade cheese, and ripe avocados. For those who prefer to eat out every meal, you can’t go wrong with the quesadillas at Los Arbolitos, the grilled meat plate at Maria Bonita, the pizza at Dolce Jardín, or the empanadas at Kokonati, just to name a few.
The wellness culture
San Pancho has it all in terms of wellness opportunities. Pilates? Check. Massage on the beach? Check. Sweat-inducing yoga classes? Check. Indigenous cacao and temazcal ceremonies? Check. Whatever your flavor of wellness, from capoeira classes to ecstatic dancing, this small Mexican town has it in English and Spanish.
The whales, turtles, and dolphins
Whale and dolphin watching options abound in this small town, but you don’t need to pay for a day on a boat to see oceanic wildlife. On any given day, beachgoers can see whales breaching and dolphins playing from their sunbathing spot. The local turtle hatchery also opens its doors for visitors to see little baby turtles and, with any luck, accompany these babies as they embark on the journey from the sand to the sea.
This list doesn’t even scratch the surface. The people, the mezcal, and live music make this beach town a magical place. You may even find it difficult to leave when you planned; many come for a visit and end up staying for many months. Don’t wait too long, though, the boho suites and rustic villas of this town book quick during high-season. Go now and find the slice of paradise your soul has been asking for.