Nestled on the imposing Western Sierra Madre, and washed by the Ocean Pacific waters, the Nayarit Riviera is shaping to be one of Mexico’s most attractive tourist destinations. The area is actually a 192 mile stretch of coastline, backed by jungle-clad mountains and facing offshore islands. There is plenty of remote backcountry for those wanting to see a more rustic side of rural Mexico.
Located 40 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta, nestled between the mountains and the Pacific, you’ll find the charming town of San Pancho where Casa Del Risco is located. With local flavor and expats from around the world you’ll find an interesting combination of authentic Mexican culture amidst an array of restaurants and architecturally unique second homes.
Despite being a sleepy laid back town, San Pancho has many great restaurants - most of which are very affordable - an active music scene at night and plenty of cultural opportunities and exploring to do. There are surf board rentals, boat excursions and fishing trips to the nearby Marietta Islands, hiking and bird watching in the jungle, and even a 9 hole golf course just down the road from the house.
The next town south of San Pancho is Sayulita, visible from our property, looking south. In Sayulita, surfing is the big draw. Plan to have lunch under a palapa on the beach and watch the surfers that come from all over the world to compete at this location. My favorite lunch spot in Sayulita is actually in town above the village square for fish tacos, you can’t miss it.
The beach in front of Casa del Risco, and the public beach, change with the seasons. In the winter, the surf can be too strong for the average swimmer with the tides higher and a steep drop-off. In the summer the beach is wide, and the surf is gentle enough to enjoy everyday. In the fall and spring, it’s variable. Of course, remember that it’s safest to have somebody with you when you’re swimming. The beach at Sayulita is much flatter and calmer and is swimmable all winter. There are two crescent beaches in Monteon, the town north of Los de Marcos. There are other little hidden beaches and it’s worth exploring a bit to find them. Have fun!
About an hour north of San Pancho is Mantanchen Bay. There you can visit the beach town of San Blas or take a boat trip through the mangroves at La Tovara.