Saint Francis of Assisi in San Pancho

Saint Francis of Assisi or San Pancho

The village among the selva

San Pancho Turtle rescue

San Pancho Turtles

San Pancho is just a 45 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta International airport and still has the feel of a true Mexican village. This little town has everything you need for a great vacation; restaurants in every price range, funky bars, many little shops and the best beach of Riviera Nayarit.

San Pancho is home to nesting turtles and San Pancho Turtles , a turtle rescue organization, has been rescuing turtle eggs from poachers for years. They have released well over a million baby turtles and are always looking for volunteers!

Please read on for information on local activities, art scene and restaurants

San Pancho Activities

San Pancho beach and estuary

San Pancho's mile-long beach

Shotokan Karate on the San Pancho beach

Karate training

Yellow-crowned night herron

Spectacular bird watching

San Pancho sunset

Epic sunsets

The San Pancho beach is about a mile long, with at the south end the local fishing fleet and the lagoon or estuary – good for bird watching early in the morning. For the price of a drink and something to eat you can observe the beach world from a comfy lounger at one of the beach restaurants at the end of Tercer Mundo (the main street). And further to the north is a much quieter scene, where at times you can be the only person on the beach.

Our beaches are frequented by friendly merchants, musicians and artists. A small tip goes a long way for the artists. Most silver merchants and the local jewelry artist tend to speak English and have beautiful wares. However if you don’t feel like buying anything just say “No gracias” and they will move on.

On calm days you may see whales and on other days many surfers. There are a variety of surf schools/surfboard rental companies in town. The local waves can be big and can tumble you when you try to get in and out of the water  – be careful and have fun!

If you like to be physically active there is something in town for everyone from yoga and Pilates to horseback riding, golf and karate. There are dance classes (hot hot hot Salsa or belly dancing) and even Clown’s classes by trainers from Cirque du Soleil.

We can assist you with booking organized tours in the surrounding area such as, bird watching, jungle hikes, whale watching, petroglyphs tour, zip-lining, ATV tours, fishing, or sailing.

In need of a relaxing massage? There is a qualified massage studio within walking distance from Casa Belenos and we can book an appointment for you.

San Pancho Art Scene

Whale painting by Dakota Bellici

Whale by Dakota Bellicci

Painting by Jane Miller

Surf 'n Sun by Jane Cooper Miller

Painting by Craig Downs

Belenos, a Celtic Sungod, in San Pancho by Craig Downs

San Pancho is home to painters, musicians, circus performers, fire dancers, sculptors, jewelry makers, weavers and lots of festivals and parades. There is the Tuesday morning San Pancho Mercado (Market) at Plaza del Sol, the December San Pancho Art Collective Festival, the February San Pancho three-day music festival, March’s Circo de los Niños, the Reggae festival, The San Pancho Festival, the Primavera parade and and and…… You get our drift.

Most restaurants have live music one or more nights per week and the free Three-day Music Festival is just full of great local, national and international musicians.

Circo de los Niños, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Giles St.Croix, is a 5 day fundraiser. Local kids train with professionals all year long and become incredible performers. Acrobatics, Trapeze, Clowns, etc etc. The fundraiser is the final performance after a year of training, a real show, a spectacle, entertainment of the highest calibre, not to be missed if you are in town the 3rd week of March!

There are parades for many occasions with dressed up people, dancing horses, Batala and Mexican music. The Mexicans know how to celebrate their festivals!

The Belenos Inn has art by a variety of local artists such at Dakota Bellicci, Craig Downs, Jane Cooper Miller, Lisa Godfrey and hopefully more to come. We can show you where their art is for sale. While walking around town you will find many murals that make our town colorful!

Come and Enjoy our local Art Scene!

San Pancho Restaurants

San Pancho Cerveceria Artesanal - Brew pub
Baracuda Restaurant San Pancho
Maria's Restaurant San Pancho
San Pancho Marino restuarant and bar
La Ola Rica restaurant San Pancho

Each of the suites at Casa Belenos have a fully equipped kitchenette, but there are days when you just don’t feel like cooking or eating in.

Within walking distance from Casa Belenos you will find restaurants serving from “street tacos”, via Italian food and BBQ ribs, to high-end Mexican cuisine, and from burgers, via tapas, to vegetarian food. You will find fresh fish and seafood in most restaurants, and cold artisanal beer and the best fries at the cervecería (micro brew pub) . From breakfast chilaquiles to fresh French croissants…

There are too many great restaurants in San Pancho to name them all, so check with us and we can guide you to the one that is right for you!

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