The delightful and pretty little town of San Pancho, Mexico

The first Sunday we were in Mexico, we did a day trip from Lo de Marcos to another little town about 15 minutes south called San Pancho and also known as San Francisco.  Though still small it offered many more restaurants and delightful little shops to poke around in.  There is a lot more traffic in comparison to Lo de Marcos which you can easily wander down the street and only have to more over to the side of the road for the occasional car.  In San Pancho it is better to use the rugged sidewalks, often being in a bit of disrepair, but they are working on improving the roads and sidewalks in some areas. 

If you walk down the main street you will end up at the beach, which is breath-taking but more crowded than Lo de Marcos.  It is scattered with beach chairs, loungers and colourful umbrellas provided by the adjacent beach restaurants. There are some vendors at the entrance to the beach that sell some really nice hand crafted items such as jewellery made with leather and silver and painted pottery, and beautiful hand-woven table clothes and runners.  The vendors are not in the least bit persistent like some of the bigger beaches in the Puerto Vallarta area.  There is a lovely beach restaurant ‘La Ola Rica’  which has been in operation for 15 years now.  They have delicious pina coladas served in mason jars, the beers are reasonable at 20 pesos for a Pacifico.  On Sundays there is a Cuban band that plays in the late afternoon and a dance floor on the sand for those that just want to get up and dance.  We came back the following Thursday and had lunch at this restaurant – shrimp quesadias which were delicious and the fish tacos are also very good.  They serve huge hamburgers too that looked fantastic they also have great guacamole.  I look forward to returning next year.

There are also a couple of restaurants on the main street that serve really good coffees and lattes which I was totally craving.  There is a new restaurant that was to open today in fact ‘Zedeco’s’ which is owned by some Americans from New Orleans and the restaurant will specialize in Cajun fair. By what they told us it is going to make you feel like you are in the heart of New Orleans, so another restaurant to visit on my return.

For dinner we went to ‘The Blue Pig’ and feasted on some wonderful barbecued ribs, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad and delicious garlic toast and great staff. This is definitely a restaurant to visit if you love ribs, a bit more pricey then some of the restaurants but well worth it.

The Sunday evening that we were in San Pancho there was a Jazz Festival in the town park, some very talented bands played along with our friends from the RV parks ‘The Sons of Beaches’.  It was a very fun atmosphere and an area to dance as well.  Be sure to bring some good bug spray though as there are little no see-ums that bite the heck out of your ankles and legs and if you have a lawn chair even better but there are a number of park benches to park yourself on. 

San Pancho is really a sweet little town that is home to many artists, very friendly people,  and a number of different types of accommodation from bungalows, small hotels and houses to rent. The energy was  really good there and I completely felt at home  perhaps the creative air that was very apparent and I could definitely see myself spending a lot more time there. It is so great that you can fly to Puerto Vallarta and catch a bus from the airport and stay in a small town and really soak up the local culture.  I look forward to visiting again next year.

Until next time

Michelle

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