Heading north to San Pancho and Punta Mita - Advice?

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Heading north to San Pancho and Punta Mita - Advice?

Post by mikenmar » Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:52 pm

Hi, my wife and I will be traveling to Mexico for the first time. We've rented beachfront places in San Pancho and Punta Mita.

Anybody have advice/tips for us? Specifically:

How safe is it? Do we have to worry about having doors/windows locked at night, or can we leave them open to listen to the ocean? Will we have to find some way to lock up our valuables when we go out?

Any advice on activities to do in the area? We've no children, we're both pretty young, and would like to get some exercise too. Any good hikes we shouldn't miss?

Any advice on restaurants/bars/clubs in these area?

Will post photos when we get back!

Thanks,
Mike and Marilyn

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Post by kcowan » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:06 pm

We usually put sticks in our ground floor beachfront sliding doors so they only open 6 inches, letting in breezes and surf sounds but not opportunists.

There is no Malecon style entertainment but you can find some nice restaurants and bars in Sayulita, El Anclote and La Cruz.

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Post by Plus4 » Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:16 pm

Hi Mike and Marilyn
Welcome to the forum..

There is a board on the forum set up for questions about off beaten path in Puerto Vallarta..
Nearby towns, local places, festivals, cultural events & more in Puerto Vallarta & surroundings...
Your questions may get more readers and responses in that section :)


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Have a great vacation..will watch for your photos :)

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Post by benito » Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:36 am

we rented a car and went to san pancho, rincon de guyabitos and playa chacala in may. san pancho has a nice big beach, there was no one around, the town itself is small, the main drag goes from the highway to the beach. we stayed at a beach front hotel in guyabitos called the san carlos. it had a big pool and decent restaurant. we liked the town of guyabitos better than san pancho. it is about a half hour north of san pancho. farther north a little bit playa chacala has a campground and a couple cantinas on the beach and some small hotels. we're gonna try to stay there when we drive down in a couple weeks. the nayarit coast where you're going is beautiful. have fun!

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Post by MartyC » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:53 pm

We are also staying in Guayabitos for the first part of our vacation in Feb. Mar. of next year. Try to get to La Panita, the town right next to Guyabitos ( within walking distance) for the Thursday public market. It is hugh and very interesting. My wife and her sister love going there to touch everything and maybe buy something.

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Post by ellen » Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:44 pm

MartyC wrote:We are also staying in Guayabitos for the first part of our vacation in Feb. Mar. of next year. Try to get to La Panita, the town right next to Guyabitos ( within walking distance) for the Thursday public market. It is hugh and very interesting. My wife and her sister love going there to touch everything and maybe buy something.
I agree - the market is lots of fun.

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San Pancho

Post by Arizona Karen » Thu Oct 09, 2008 6:36 pm

San Pancho is a wonderful little town. If you're looking for lots to do, it's not the place to go. If you'd like to enjoy the quiet, peaceful lifestyle of a Mexican town, it's a great place to go. The town itself is typical with some tourist type shops. The beach is big, beautiful and clean. The ocean needs to be paid attention to as it can be fierce.
What casa did you rent? Based on that, I might be able to tell you where you are in the town.
If you're close to Costa Azul Resort, you're in luck as they have activities almost every night which you can sign up for. The salsa dancing lessons and Fiesta Night are a blast. If you choose to use their pool during the day you may be either paying a per person fee or by spending the same amount of money on food and/or drink. The food is great and the resort is so small that everyone has a great neighborly attitude rather than the sometimes 'stranger' attitude most have at big resorts. They have beach volleyball, pool volleyball, ping pong, massages, surf lessons, horseback riding etc. They even have excursions which they allow others to sign up for if they have room. http://www.costaazul.com
Other restaurants in San Pancho are fancy Mar Plata (haven't tried) which is down the street from Costa Azul Resort and the roasted chicken lady on the road to Costa Azul Resort. You can find more on San Pancho at the Sayulita forum site
http://www.sayulita-mexico.com Take a day trip to Sayulita to see a slightly larger town with more beach activities and restaurants. It may be possible to walk to Sayulita but check the forum for the most up to date information as some times there is a locked gate which poses problems.
If you'd like, contact 'Barbara in San Pancho' on the Sayulita forum. She runs a bed and breakfast in San Pancho. She loves to provide information about San Pancho and she'll probably know about hikes.
Also, check Diva Tours and other tour options at http://www.sayulitalife.com Many offer side trips here and there. There may be some tour options near San Pancho at this site. San Blas is further up the road and is quite the location for bird sightings although buggy. On our next trip I want to see the huge beach near Platanitos between San Pancho and San Blas.
As far as safety, always be careful. Sayulita appears to have a bit of a drug problem (check the forum) which apparently results in a bit of a theft problem. We've always felt safe in San Pancho but we lock doors. Many of the San Pancho rentals have open air bathrooms along with some open air windows but they appear to be designed to prevent someone from getting in. What time of year are you going? If between May and October, you'll probably want to close the windows in order to use the room a/c anyway.
Have a great time!

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