Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Western Sierra Madre Mountains, a stunning treasure awaits you -- Riviera Nayarit, Mexico's fabulous new vacation paradise!
It is a tropical wonder whose coastline stretches for almost 200 miles, and whose southern border unfolds just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and whose northern border unfolds just 40 minutes west of the Tepic International Airport.
Riviera Nayarit provides a backdrop of intense skies, emerald mountains, abundant vegetation and endless beautiful golden beaches for an unforgettable vacation experience.
The Riviera Nayarit is marked by a predominately sub-humid climate and an annual average temperature of 25°C (77°F). Ninety percent of the year is met with bright rays of sunshine, creating the ideal environment for the growth of exuberant flora that take on intense colorful hues and beautifully paint the land.
One hour north of Puerto Vallarta, the small village of "San Pancho" is a beautiful and calm beach scene. This tiny and untamed town is known as one of the best places for birdwatching and natural hiking tours.
SAN FRANCISCO (San Pancho)
The history of San Pancho —as this town is lovingly called— is read on the walls of a compound near the beach; it is shared with images painted in acrylics, with colorful personalities and sprinkled across landscapes of this destination, considered the "cultural capital" of the state of Nayarit, thanks to the numerous initiatives carried out here to promote culture and education.
The first inhabitants of this region, where the Southern Sierra Madre begins, were indigenous tribes pertaining to the Tatuan de Nayares group.
In 1524 Don Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura named the area Azapan, and the Spanish christened the town San Francisco de Azapan and made it a part of the Jaltemba Hacienda, which produced coconut oil.
In 1936, the Sayulita common lands, which San Pancho belongs to, were formed.
This establishment, in a way, created the community spirit that characterizes this destination. And it is precisely the social advocacy of its inhabitants, their work in conjunction with educational projects, environmental issues and the promotion of the arts that has spurred San Pancho's positive growth and development.
With an intense luminance, the beach of San Pancho welcomes both those in search of rest and relaxation on the ocean shore with the bright sun and a good book, and those with adventurous spirits that defy the waves of the Pacific on their surf boards.
Lining the streets, whose names recall far away places such as Kenya, Pakistan, India and Egypt, you will find cultural centers, galleries, small restaurants, traditional bakeries, diners and even soccer fields and golf courses.