Exploring Punta Mita - San Pancho
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Exploring Punta Mita –  San Pancho


5 min read, Exploring Punta Mita – San Pancho. A visit to San Pancho, Nayarit has all the rustic charm of a quaint, Mexican town, yet it’s  slowly evolving into a vibrant, yet affordable, tourist destination.

In spite of its growth San Pancho is still unspoiled. The friendly community is easy to navigate, park & stroll. As of this writing, the crowds are nowhere near what you’ll likely to experience in the nearby town of Sayulita.

Dusty sidestreets, cobblestone main streets, the occasional odd dog strolling through town blend with artisanal restaurants, shops, boutique hotels & surprisingly, a world class Polo Club.

Add a  trip to San Pancho onto your list of places to explore when on your next visit to Punta Mita.



Originally a hacienda that evolved into a fishing village, San Pancho Pueblo (also referred to as San Francisco) is easily accessible. It’s located about 14 miles from Punta Mita and 33 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. It has a year round population of 3000.


Things to Do

The Playa

Exploring Punta Mita - San Pancho

San Pancho’s ½ mile long beach sits on the Pacific. More quiet and accessible, the beach is bookended by jungle and rocky outcroppings on both sides. The San Pancho Playa is the POLAR OPPOSITE of a visit to the beach in the neighboring town of Sayulita. San Pacho offers quieter beauty. Sayulita? Think Spring break, Fort Lauderdale.



San Pancho is quickly becoming a foodie haven, with a wide variety of bistros to sample.

Some of our favorites include:

Maria’s for Breakfast

Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch…this traditional Mexican restaurant is a perfect choice. We always try to make it here for breakfast before checking out the shops.  Located in the middle of town with outdoor, indoor and courtyard dining. Must try the chilaquiles and with a full bar enjoy a mimosa too!


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Mr Ribs

Delicious BBQ Ribs Chicken & seafood, tasty Margaritas, outdoor seating, live music.

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While not traditional Mex fare, Mr Ribs boasts a lively atmosphere, mouth watering BBQ and prompt friendly service. Get your carnivore on at Mr Ribs!


San Pancho Marino Restaurant

A warm, clean contemporary atmosphere, San Pancho Marino offers an eclectic mix of seafood dishes, harvested from the Bay of Banderas. Fresh takes, warm atmosphere & lively environment make San Pancho Marino a must visit!

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Ciye Hotel

Beautiful Boutique hotel in downtown San Pancho. The contemporary 20 room oasis sports balconies, open courtyards, rooftop pool & bar,  jacuzzi, Spa, & a restaurant.

The concierge can arrange tours and excursions. Need a bike or golf cart to get around town? Ciye will set you up.

As of this writing, rooms for just under $200 a night make Ciye an excellent choice for an overnight stay in San Pancho!


Palmar Hotel


Another beautiful Boutique hotel less than 5 minutes from the beach and a block off of Main St, Palmar offers quiet beauty, yoga and spa treatments, a lovely inner courtyard with a pool. Prices are comparable to Hotel Ciye.

On Our Next Trip

La Patrona Tierra Tropical Beach Club

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Lounging, dining… & Polo

We’ve only recently become aware of the La Patrona Tierra Tropical Beach Club.

This luxury gem will feature prominently in our next visit to Punta Mita.

A stunning mix of nature and luxury lay just outside of San Pancho. The Tropical beach club offers day passes to enjoy a pampered day at the beach. Complete with high end architectural features, fine dining and 1st class, attentive services.


Take in some Polo? Perhaps a Riding Lesson?

During the high season the club also features Polo matches and other equestrian events. Perhaps Sunday brunch & take in a polo match? Or consider taking a riding lesson.


Exploring Punta Mita –  San Pancho: On your next visit to Punta Mita, the 1/2 hour excursion to San Pancho is well worth the trek. A quaint town with a beautiful beach, great food & locals vibe. Throw in a polo match and you can check off a unique excursion on your trip to the Mexican Riveria!


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