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San Pancho Activities & Restaurants


There are several individuals and companies which provide transportation and guides for snorkeling, jungle tours, horseback riding, hikes, bird-watching and archeological tours

Diva Tours (258-4017) offers many packages. Call them on the phone you'll get an English-speaking person who'll explain the costs and other details.

Monico (258-4024) is a certified guide and is very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna here. His snorkeling trip, which leaves from Punta de Mita and goes to the Marietas Islands, takes nearly a full day and includes all the equipment. The cost for up to 6 people is $180. Same for the San Blas jungle tour, part of which is on a boat on a river, with lunch at a restaurant (about $9). An archeological hike (closer) and a local bird-watching hike are each $120 for up to 6 people. (Prices are subject to change.)

Surfing the Waters

The San Francisco Surf Shop is located on San Pancho's Tercer Mundo (main street) close to the beach. Call: 311 258 4215.

A surf shop is on the beach in Sayulita next to Don Pedro. They rent surfboards, body boards, chairs, umbrellas, and snorkels, and sell fins, t-shirts and other beach items. Surfboards rent for $5 per hour or $20 a day (9 to 5) or $30 for 24 hours. (It is very expensive to purchase boards here and there are NO second hand boards)

Surfing the Web

San Pancho has three internet cafes, one on Av. Tercer Mundo near America Latina, one on Calle Mexico just off the Av. Tercer Mundo, and the third is just off Av. Tercer Mundo, in the other direction on Calle Asia. They charge reasonable rates and have several computers, high-speed access, printing capability, and hours into the evening.

Yoga, Massage, and Health

Gabriela Loreto (258-4256) has trained extensively in yoga, acupuncture, and other health-related fields. We highly recommend her. Call for class times.

Tamara (258-4243) offers various massage and spa services at her new studio at the corner of Calle Las Palmas and Calle Colinas de San Miguel.

Costa Azul (258-4000) offers massages and other spa services.

Other Information

The tap water in Mexico is not potable, but bottled water is available all over and is pretty inexpensive. Many rentals come with a constant supply of bottled water.

Restaurants in San Pancho

Hours subject to change, call first.

Café del Mar (258-4251) 12 noon - 11 p.m. Tropical. Closed Wednesday

Celia's (258-4016) 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mexican, breakfast and lunch. Closed Sunday

La Chalupa (258-4150) 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mexican & Seafood. Open 7 days

Chayo's (La Taza de Café) (258-4162) 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breakfast. Closed Tuesday

Gallo's (258-4135) 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Pizza, Seafood & Steak. Closed Tuesday

La Ola Rica (258-4123) 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. International. Closed Sunday

La Perla (on the beach) 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. - Mexican & Seafood. Closed Thursday

Maria's (258-4052) 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m (later for drinks, coffee, dessert) Closed Monday

Tacos by Eva (curbside) dinner only. Closed Friday

Mar Plata. Great ocean views. (258-4424) Closed Monday

After Sunset 5:30 p.m. - 11p.m. Live music nightly. Closed Sunday

AzuCena, at Hotel Cielo Ronjo (258-4155) Dinners for small groups, by reservation only

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