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

Play golf
San Pancho Golf Course

View from the 9th hole

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
EntreAmigos Community Center in San Pancho

EntreAmigos Community Center in San Pancho

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.
Deep-Sea Fishing
Fishing Boat

Fishing Boat

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
Chilaquiles, huevos estrellados, y frijoles at Maria's Restaurant in San Pancho

Chilaquiles, huevos estrellados, y frijoles at Maria’s Restaurant

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!
Pilates Studio in San Pancho

Pilates Paikea – Pilates Studio in San Pancho

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 - Agent

Johanne Pouliot

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.

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If you want to sell fast, hire an agent.

Some homeowners in Mexico question whether it’s worth it to hire a real estate agent to sell their home. Some decide to go it alone and put their home on the market themselves. Statistics show that over 90% of properties that are for sale by owner, or FSBOs, do not sell (Here’s why). A very disappointing stat, to be sure. The percentage is likely to be higher in an area like the Vallarta-Nayarit Coast of Mexico where homeowners are absent for much of the year.

Sellers often wonder what a real estate agent does to justify the brokerage fee. Here’s a short list of what the top real estate agents will do to get your home sold fast.

Set the Right Price for Your Home

Whether a home sells or not is largely determined by the price. Prospective buyers will shy away from overpriced homes -especially in a market like this one where real estate sales are more likely to be for a vacation home or investment property. If a home remains on the market for a long time, people will start to believe there is something wrong with it. In most cases, the longer a home stays on the market, the lower the final sale price will be.

Having an experienced listing agent with a thorough knowledge of the community, and of the Mexican market in general, will greatly reduce the chance that pricing mistakes will be made. Your agent can help you get an appraisal or prepare a comparative market analysis (CMA) which shows how much comparable properties in the vicinity have sold for in the past as well as giving a general idea of what current market prices are. These scientific methods are much more effective than plugging numbers into an online home valuation estimator or using the price-per-square-foot method of pricing to determine a home’s market value.

Extensively Market the Home

Another extremely important factor that determines whether a home sells or not is the marketing and exposure a home receives when it’s being sold. Marketing, after price is one of the biggest factors that determine whether a home sells or not.

The Internet has revolutionized the real estate industry. Today, most home buyers start searching for their new home online, it’s critical when selling a home that it be exposed everywhere: on a high-ranking website, on social media and in the Multi-List Services. A real estate agent who keeps up with the latest technologies is more likely to have a high-ranking website for prospective buyers searching for “real estate” in their local community.

Why is it important for a home to appear on a high-ranking website? Since most buyers are searching online for homes and information about buying a home, it’s important that the site where your home appears show up at the top of the search engine results page. That way, prospective buyers are more likely to notice it.

Marketing off-line is important as well. Your real estate agent should provide creative print advertising in the form of posters, brochures and magazine ads.

Ensure the Sale of the Home Actually Closes

One of the main reasons most FSBOs fall through is because they don’t know enough about the property transfer process and what is required to close the sale. Many things can happen to derail a real estate transaction between the date an offer is accepted and the closing date.

An experienced real estate agent will guide the seller through the process to ensure the transaction actually takes place. Some of the most important steps include;

  • Ensuring the home has been properly manifested (more on this in a future post)
  • Coordinating the sale with the notario
  • Working with the notario to determine a capital gains strategy
  • Ensuring that all relevant information for the new bank trust is provided
  • Ensuring that all contract dates are respected or preparing extensions under extenuating circumstances
  • Staying on top of notarios, real estate attorneys and banks to ensure they prepare the required documents for closing, such as bank trusts, capital gains estimates, surveys, etc.

As you can see, there are many steps that need to take place when selling a home. It involves much more than putting up a sign, answering the phone and showing people around. There are many things that can disrupt a real estate transaction. Having an expert familiar with the ins-and-outs of buying and selling Mexican real estate assisting you with the details is well worth the price.

Johanne Pouliot - Agent

Johanne Pouliot

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello All,

 

It’s Thanksgiving Day already and the high season is almost upon us! Merchants and restaurants are all spruced up for busier times and early snowbirds are slowly trickling in. Many familiar faces have been spotted on the town streets and at the beach already.

 

It almost wasn’t this way.  Those of us who were here in the village (and many who weren’t) haven’t forgotten those days just a few weeks ago when the most massive Category 5 hurricane ever recorded was headed straight for Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit.  A large number of locals decided to evacuate to what, at the time, was considered safer areas – causing major traffic slowdowns on the highway.  Others, like us, stocked up on candles, bottled water, canned and dried goods in the hopes they could survive the ‘catastrophic’ winds and ‘torrential’ rains. We stayed glued to the local news and/or Facebook to get some idea of when we should go hide under our beds. And, at the last minute, Hurricane Patricia decided she wanted nothing to do with us and veered to the east.  All we got here in San Pancho was a light drizzle for most of the day and winds barely strong enough blow down a palm frond.  And today, as Hurricane Sandra churns off the Pacific Coast to the west, we’re experiencing much the same thing.

 

So, we have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving Day, and every day here in San Pancho.  And, we’d like to take the opportunity to wish you all an amazing day with family and friends, delicious food, love and joy!

 

Looking forward to seeing you here in paradise!

 

Sincerely yours,

 

The Staff at F.L. Feibel y Asociados

 

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At F.L. Feibel y Asociados, we’ve recently updated our website to use the popular WordPress platform. This new tool offers many useful features such as slideshows, advanced search capabilities, detailed property maps and “widgets” which allow you to add increased functionality to the site with just a few clicks.

The new and improved flfeibel.com was developed with a “responsive” design in mind – for non-techies, this means the site “knows” what type of device is being used to view it and WordPress will automatically adjust it accordingly – so the site always looks great no matter what size screen or which browser you’re using. Apart from the enhanced visual experience, the old site needed to be updated to a responsive design because of a change to Google’s indexing algorithm – which now penalizes sites that don’t pass the mobile-friendly test.

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These innovative design elements also include many enhancements for the increasing numbers of mobile users.  For example, if a potential buyer is viewing a property on a mobile phone and chooses to “share” his or her location with the app, their current location will be displayed on the map – making it easy for them to find the properties that interest them the most and, perhaps, taking a stroll out there to check them out.

Another great feature of the new site is enhanced “sharing” functionality. Sharing a listing on your favorite social network or through email is a snap! (Hint to all you sellers out there – the more people “Like” and “Share” your listing, the more Google “likes” it, too!) Feel free to help us “share” the good news!

Check out our new website at flfeibel.com and let us know how we’re doing in the comment box below. We’d love to hear your feedback and comments.  And while you’re at it, why not sign up for our free newsletter on the bottom, right-hand side of this page and keep up with the latest market trends in the area?

Learn more about these fine San Pancho Property Listings