Towns Near Sayulita - San Pancho
A short five kilometers from Sayulita, Mexico, is the charming village of San Francisco, locally known as San Pancho. Home to art galleries, restaurants, hotels and unique shops, San Pancho is a nice, relaxing place to spend the day. It has a quiet vibe and a nice beach. You can easily catch a taxi from the Sayulita plaza that will take you to San Pancho for around 200 pesos. If you prefer to prearrange transportation to and from San Pancho to allow for a day of activities, try our transportation page. Here you will find plenty of transportation options for day trips from Sayulita.
San Pancho has a popular, annual music festival, and is home to several fine dining restaurants, including Bistro Organico, which offers organic, farm to table cuisine, and is located in the lovely Hotel Cielo Rojo. Another local favorite is the Mexican Hacienda styled Hotel Casa Palomera, where you can find everything from economy rooms to deluxe suites.
One of the town's plazas is located right on the beach, and is built around a giant banyan tree. Here you will find a statue of the patron saint of the town, San Francisco (St Francis) This shaded area is a great place to buy handcrafted items, such as jewelry. Stepping off the plaza, you are on the sandy beach. Here you will find restaurants with shaded tables, and friendly waitstaff to offer you cold drinks and food. San Pancho is an eclectic village, with plenty of activities to offer. You can take Spanish classes at San Pancho Spanish School. If you feel like trying something glamorous and exciting, attend a Sunday Polo Brunch at La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club, where you can enjoy fine dining, beverages and watch a polo match.
San Pancho and Sayulita are popular destination wedding locales so be sure to check out Vida Bonita Wedding and Event Planning for assistance with planning the perfect tropical destination wedding.
San Pancho has a nice beach, with restaurants offering shaded tables. The waves can be large here, and tend to break heavily on shore, which can make it not the best area for swimming, but surfers usually can catch some good waves, and it makes for entertaining people watching while enjoying the beach.