San Pancho Beaches: Nayarit | San Pancho Life
San Pancho's long, pristine beach is a prime destination for vacationers to the Riviera Nayarit. Known as a turtle sanctuary & surf destination San Pancho is famous for its epic sunsets.
San Pancho's main street dead-ends about mid-beach. Here the malecon has the statue of San Francisco, the patron saint of the village, and a monument to the millionth baby turtle released from the beach. Walk onto the beach between the beach bars, and you have the option of a 15-minute walk in either direction to reach the rocky promontories that bracket the beach.
The south end of the beach acts as a barrier to a small river and creates a lagoon that is very important for the migrating birds. This lagoon is an extremely beautiful addition to the beach and jungle view, a bird sanctuary, and is therefore a great spot to take photos. Beyond and in the lee of the headland, San Pancho’s fishermen pull in their boats. This spot is also the safest swimming area.
Crashing waves, skimming flights of pelicans, sunsets and winter whale-sightings make the main San Pancho beach a fantastic place to enjoy, especially with the beachside restaurants offering beach chairs, shade umbrellas, and personal food & beverage service. Without crowds or the trash they leave behind, the main San Pancho beach is an equally perfect place to set young kids down to play with sand toys, lie out and devour a book, or take a romantic walk at sunset.
To the right and beyond the boundaries of the main beach, numerous small, less-visited rocky coves are worth discovering. However, much of the coast is difficult to reach owing to parts that are private property, and it is about a mile to the next public access to a beach. Yet for vacation villas or other accommodations along this stretch, the advantage is even greater privacy and pristine conditions, with proximity to the comforts of your own pool or terrace.
Other nearby beaches worth a visit are:
Playa Malpasos (pictured above), Playa Las Cuevas, Playa de los Muertos, Playa Carricitos, Playa Patzcuaro, Playa El Anclote, Playa Punta de Mita, Playa Careyeros at Punta Negra, Rincon de Guayabitos, Playa Los Ayala, Playa Chacala, Bucerias