San Pancho - Royal Club Realty - Real Estate in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

San Francisco, affectionately known as San Pancho, is located just 25 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. This once quiet village is becoming increasingly popular with ex-pats looking for Real Estate or a second home.

In the 1970s, during the term of Mexican President Luis Echeverria, Mexico began to assume a more assertive role in world affairs, especially those of the Third World. Echeverria found San Pancho to be such an enchanting place that he made his vacation home here buying some of the best Real Estate in San Pancho. His vision was for San Pancho to become an example of a self-sufficient, Third World town. During his term, funding was made available to construct a hospital, schools, fruit processing factories, a fishing museum and to pave the streets. Though the money dried up after Echeverria ‘s term in office, San Pancho to this day remains a unique and desirable place in which to live.

In spite of its wide, sandy beaches, the strong undertow puts the community at a disadvantage when it comes to water sports. For that reason, San Pancho Real Estate has grown more slowly than many other seaside communities in the Riviera Nayarit region. You won’t find any high-rise condos or mega hotel complexes here! Rental accommodations are limited to bed and breakfast-type venues, bungalows, furnished apartments and privately-owned homes. However, the peaceful nature of the village has attracted a tightly-knit ex-pat community of artists and retirees looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

There are over three dozen eating establishments to be found in San Pancho, featuring a wide variety of cuisines including Argentinian, French, Italian, Fusion, burgers, sushi and, of course, Mexican. No matter what your tastes, you’ll surely find something here to whet your appetite!

For such a small community, San Pancho has several organizations dedicated to preserving native species, assisting in community development and caring for the environment. The village is home to the first environmental non-profit of the region, Grupo Ecológico de la Costa  dedicated to the preservation of marine turtles. Thanks to the tireless efforts of numerous volunteers over the years, the nesting turtle population has gone from less than 100 nests per season to over 1000! Bird lovers will be happy to hear about the San Pancho Bird Observatory, a group dedicated to bird and migratory species habitat conservation in the region.
Then, there’s Entre Amigos, whose mission is to increase learning opportunities for local children and their families. To this end, the group operates a scholarship program, a library, a computer lab, and a recycling center as well as providing a venue for various classes on everything from Spanish and English language instruction to riding a unicycle!

Other interesting activities in San Pancho include the Bahia de Banderas’ only polo field, the La Patrona Polo Club, a polo, equestrian and entertainment facility which ranks among the best in Mexico. Golfers can enjoy a round at the picturesque Las Huertas Golf course , a nine-hole, par 32 course with incredible ocean views. Or, just relax, kick back on the beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets for which San Pancho is renowned for.


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