For many, wintering or retiring in Mexico is a dream come true. They trade the hustle and bustle of their hectic workdays and leave their long commutes behind, opting, instead, for a more relaxed lifestyle in a milder climate. Here, they can enjoy delicious food, maintain a fulfilling social life with like-minded people and participate in Mexico’s rich and fascinating culture.
Read on to discover 5 things to do during your San Pancho sojourn.
Top Things to Do in San Pancho
Many fans of the game of golf look forward to retirement as a time when they can get out on the course whenever they want. And, in San Pancho and other parts of the Vallarta-Nayarit Coast, there’s nothing stopping you from playing golf all year round!
San Pancho is home to Las Huertas Golf Course, a gorgeous 9-hole, par-32 course. Its name comes from the orchards of mango, grapefruit, cashew, cinnamon, tamarind and guanabana trees in which it was built. Those looking for a more laid-back experience might enjoy a visit to the Field of Dreams (Campo de Ensuenos) in nearby El Monteon.
Of course, the surrounding area boasts top-notch courses as well. In Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta Mita and Litibu, you’ll find a number of fabulous courses built by world-renowned designers such as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf. Some of these courses are quite challenging, others less so. Many offer spectacular ocean views.
With over a dozen world-class golf courses to choose from, you’ll never get bored – even if you hit the fairways every day of the week!
Get involved in community projects
Many visitors to San Pancho choose to share their skills and knowledge by contributing time and energy to various projects. Donating their time and energy helps them feel useful and the skills and knowledge they provide is a valuable contribution to the community.
San Pancho is a vibrant community which offers many opportunities to do just that! There are a number of fun projects and worthy causes that depend on volunteers to get by, such as
- Entreamigos, a non-profit which provides the children of San Pancho will the skills needed to contribute to their community
- Circo de los Ninos San Pancho, a circus arts school for kids started by a co-founder of the Cirque du Soleil
- San Pancho Animales, dedicated to inspiring the people of the village to live consciously with regard to animals
- The Hospital Fund, which provides much-needed equipment, medicine, clothing and support to those in need.
If spending your days fishing on the high seas appeals to you, then why not try a charter fishing expedition in the beautiful waters of the Pacific?
The abundance and diversity of fish species found in these warm tropical waters is astounding: amberjack, bass, marlin, mahi-mahi, red snapper, sailfish, tuna and wahoo are just a few of the species native to the area.
To learn more about local fishing tours and the best fishing spots in the area, see Deep Sea Fishing Vacations in the Riviera Nayarit.
Sampling the many fine restaurants
You’ll never go hungry in San Pancho! There are restaurants to suit every taste.
Looking for authentic Italian pasta dishes? We’ve got you covered!
Hankering for some fish and seafood? No problem!
How about a plate of steaming BBQ ribs? Some authentic artisan fusion cuisine? Or maybe just a plain, or perhaps a more exotic, pizza? We’ve got that, too!
And, of course, you’ll have no trouble finding tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, sopas, huaraches, ceviches and all manner of yummy Mexican delights. Which brings us to …
Yoga, Pilates, Pickleball and More!
All that great food does have a downside. Fortunately, San Pancho has its own Pilates studio, Pilates Paikea, equipped with Reformer beds.
There’s a Yoga and wellness center, El Estar, teaching different schools of this discipline as well as martial arts and belly dancing.
San Pancho has a gym with stationary bicycles, free weights and other exercise equipment.
Or, you can swing by Entreamigos to compete in the latest fitness craze to hit the pueblo, Pickeball!
Finally, you can enjoy a nice, leisurely stroll along San Pancho’s beautiful, sandy beach or hike the nearby jungle trails and commune with nature.
Staying active is essential to maintaining a healthy body and mind. And, you’ll find plenty of things to do in San Pancho that will keep you busy and the perfect climate in which to enjoy them all year round.
Johanne Pouliot, a.k.a. “Juanita” is a trilingual writer, real estate agent and self-professed geek living in San Pancho, cultural capital of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.
If you’re looking to buy or sell property in the area, she can help you through the process. She loves to hike, read, play with new technology and chill on the beach.
Johanne lives in San Pancho with husband Dave and daughter Lisa.