If you’ve been to Sayulita to surf and do yoga and drink cold-press juices (not that there’s anything wrong with any of that), here is your escape off the hipster grid and into old-school, New Age, and largely undiscovered Nayarit escapism on Mexico’s Pacific shore. Locals know it as San Pancho, although this sleepy, cobblestoned fishing village is officially named for its patron saint, San Francisco. Just a ten minute drive North of Sayulita, it feels much farther away. And with crimson sunsets the standard, it’s said that everything in town is either arranged before or after the sky’s big show of the day.
Although San Pancho has a lovely beach edged by jungle, it also has a fairly serious undertow, which means the pleasures have stayed simpler (no big water-sports businesses) and embody stress-free living. The yoga here is just developed enough – Yoga San Pancho offers a small but broad menu of classes, from Vinyasa and Hatha flow to Feldenkrais and Pilates, and holds beach yoga under the palm trees near the san. A tiny hotel in town offers massage, acupressure, and reflexology to its guests. Fresh, locally caught seafood plus plentiful fruit make eating out a healthy pursuit without preciousness. There’s even a hometown drink, Capomo, which is derived from brewing the locally grown Maya nut and which is said to be like coffee without the caffeine, a calm-booster miles away from a prescription pad. Which could be said for the effect of San Pancho.