Homes For Rent
In San Pancho
Vallarta is in a time zone one hour earlier than San Pancho. San
Pancho is two hours earlier than the East Coast.
to San Pancho
you're coming directly from the airport in Puerto Vallarta, head
north towards Tepic and Compostella. The highway is four lanes for
a ways (you'll pass Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias), with quite a few
stop lights, several inspection places, several speed bumps, and
then it turns into a two-lane road when you enter the hills. This
is a beautiful drive. After another 15 kilometers or so, you'll
see the left turn-off for Sayulita, and then in another 4 kilometers
is the left turn-off for San Francisco (San Pancho). Remember, if
there's any traffic behind you, pull off to the right!!! Once you
enter San Pancho, or any town in Mexico off the highway, there are
speed bumps galore.
a very nice, large supermarket right next to the airport if you
want to stock up on supplies. Head out of the airport as if you're
going into Puerto Vallarta (which is to the south of the airport),
but before you even get on a bigger road, there's a stop light and
you make a right into the Villas Plaza Vallarta Commercial Center.
(And a couple of kilometers further to the south are a Sam's Club
and Walmart, on the left side of the highway. When you see them,
get off the highway to the right, go up to the light, then make
a big U-turn over to the other side road and you'll find the entrance.)
All the markets (big and small) have liquor and beer and wine, but
the wine selection isn't great. If you really want good wine, look
for a real wine shop in Puerto Vallarta.
you turn off the highway you will be on San Pancho's main Street
called Avenida Tercer Mundo, which means Third World Avenue. It
goes straight down to the beach.
to Bring to San Pancho
average temp in San Pancho is in the high 70's, low 80's at day
time with evenings in the sixties. You might want to bring a pair
of long pants and a light fleece for the evening. Remember to bring
good walking shoes or sneakers - dirt roads and cobblestones aren't
that easy in flimsy sandals There are a host of activities you may
want to pack for such as surfing, golfing, fishing, bird watching,
horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, shopping, snorkeling, doing
yoga, and playing soccer, just to name a few. You will need a flashlight
for getting around when it's dark.
are hard to come by in San Pancho so stock up. San Pancho uses the
same electrical power voltages as the U.S., and the outlets are
the same although they don't all have the third hole for grounding.
(The electric, however, is much flakier than in the U.S., so unplugging
appliances or laptops when not in use is a good idea.) To check
out what is allowable to bring into the country, see Customs Allowance
in the Tips for Traveling in
of the page