Activities Around Town:
San Francisco, (San Pancho) Mexico is the perfect vacation destination and romantic getaway for any one that wants to relax or explore nature. Also, Honeymooners find that San Pancho is a special place with a wonderful romantic setting. Many guests don't want to leave the Casa, or poolside, or the beach ... but, for those who like a more active vacation there are lots of possibilities.
Within San Pancho or in the area there is horseback riding, hiking or biking in the jungle, kayaking, fishing, surfing, snorkeling, zip-line tours through the jungle, birdwatching tours, sightseeing along the coast to all of the beautiful cove beaches and interesting villages and numerous breathtaking beach views and/or views of the tropical rain forest. San Pancho also hosts a beautiful Golf course and a Polo field. (see our WEB links below for more information about these activities).
Next to us is the village of Sayulita, which is also known for it's surfing and has some great restaurants and shops. A short distance away is Punta Mita where the Four Seasons Hotel is located it is possible to book golf and/or dine there. Our location is known as both Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta Nayarit, a jewel of fun in the sun within Mexico.
In Puerto Vallarta, (25 miles south) there are numerous activities ... dominated by fine shopping and gourmet eating (from local lobster, to Mexican specialties, to the incredible shrimp of the area!) You can book boat trips for diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing or whatever you like, or air trips to Guadalajara for shopping for the day. Pretty much every known tourist activity is available in Puerto Vallarta and we love to go, but we can't wait to get home to the tranquility and beauty of San Pancho.
Here in San Pancho you may enjoy excellent dinners at excellent restaurants like; Fodor’s recommended La Ola Rica or at Conde Nast Traveller recommended Mar Plata or one of our favorites, Maria's. At night, besides our fine restaurants, San Pancho offers a varied and excellent local music scene, wonderful street food from fish/shrimp tacos to authentic Italian, an almost nightly release of baby turtles on the beach and an extraordinary polo club where West Coast matches are held regularly and can be viewed from grandstands and a restaurant under the stars as well as an active schedule of special events.
If you are interested in a more active outdoor adventure for your holiday you might enjoy kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, horseback riding, or hiking in the northernmost Colima palm jungle in Mexico, right outside our door. For those who just enjoy the beauty of nature there is excellent bird watching or whale watching and fishing as well as a Tropical Orchid garden. There is a high quality shopping experience with artisan jewelers, and art galleries as well as any number of boutiques.
At the Casa:
Pool & Beach: We have a large pool with swim-up bar, comforatble lounge chairs for that book you wanted to read. An outdoor kitchen for snacks and abartender to serve you. Boogie boards and beach chairs are available (first come-first serve)
Spa Services: Casa Obelisco can arrange for an excellent massage, a facial or a pedicure on site to indulge your relaxation while vacationing here. Also, Pilates is available at: Pilates Paikea or Yoga at : Yoga San Pancho
Internet Wi-Fi: We invested in a dedicated Wi-Fi private Internet that provides our guests with fast internet connection speed. All electronic devices use the same 110V power outlets as the US and Canada.
Casa Obelisco Press Info WEB Links / Recommendations
By making sure our guests are having the best of the best, we achieved the ranking of the number one B & B in Mexico and in Puerto Vallarta as ranked by TripAdvisor. A ranking we maintained for years, bringing a lot of press exposure to San Pancho and Riviera Nayarit. The following links are some of those articles about our Casa, San Pancho, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit as well as activities around San Pancho.
Additional information about San Pancho including restaurants, maps, activities and everything else related to San Pancho can be found at: www.SanPanchoLife.com
Casa Obelisco is only three miles north of the town of Sayulita. Additional Sayulita Mexico information including restaurants, maps, activities and everything else related to Sayulita can be found at: www.SayulitaLife.com
Even with the tranquil nature of San Pancho there is plenty to do (if you want to). There are numerous arts and crafts shops, jewelry shops, a host of great restaurants, including beach restaurants, taco stands and a couple of bars for music and dancing. The town has it's own nine hole golf course (see website to reserve at: Las Huertas Golf Club) there is a great Polo Club for Polo matches, dining and authentic Mexican entertainment, (visit: La Patrona Polo Club).
San Pancho has a non-profit community center; with a vision to provide the children and families of San Pancho with the skills needed to contribute to their changing communities in a positive way. (You can visit the community center at: EntreAmigos Community Center ). If you are interested, Entreamigos is a great opportunity to volunteer while on vacation, it has been recognized by the Dalai Lama for the work that is done with the children and community. See our WEB page Pack For A Purpose for more information about Entreamigos.
While here you can even enroll in a Warren Hardy accredited Spanish language class. For details, see: San Pancho Spanish
In our travels through inland Mexico we have had the pleasure of staying at some great Bed and Breakfast Villas and truly enjoyed the colonial settings, culture and architecture of some of Mexico's beautiful cities. In addition, there are many activity providers and Puerto Vallarta travel sites. Listed here are links to the Bed and Breakfast Villas and activity providers.
Bed and Breakfast Villas
In San Miguel Allende:
Casa Schuck, just 3 blocks from the Main Square of San Miguel de Allende and the famous Parrochia Cathedral is the perfect resting spot for travelers spending time in town, and is convenient to horseback riding, hiking, soaking in the natural hot springs outside of town, golf, tennis,shopping, galleries, and the famous Instituto Allende. This inn offers a Heated Pool, In-Room Spa services, Gourmet Breakfast included, with the chance to live like a king-or queen-right in the middle of town. Enjoy the local cafe and art world culture that has made San Miguel a popular destination for the smart set since the 1960s. Visit the site at: www.casaschuck.com
In Guadalajara (Tlaquepaque):
Quinta Don Jose
"An Oasis of Tranquility in the Heart of Tlaquepaque", Quinta Don Jose Bed & Breakfast Hotel offers visitors attractive rates, a beautiful setting, and unique personal service all just steps away from the finest arts and crafts shopping in all of Mexico! We offer 14 rooms with private baths, air conditioning, phone, a bevy of courtesy services to help you enjoy a great vacation. Visit the site at: www.quintadonjose.com
Casa de Las Flores
At Casa de Las Flores Bed & Breakfast, your American and Mexican hosts offer local insight along with comfortable rooms in a sun splashed private garden vivid with flowers. Relax in a restored adobe home in a traditional neighborhood blocks to the heart of colonial-era Tlaquepaque. A village within Guadalajara famous for folk art, fine food and mariachi music, contact Casa de las Flores for your key to a memorable visit: www.casadelasflores.com
Activity Providers, Directories and Information about Mexico, San Pancho and Puerto Vallarta
For your online guide to Mexico and information about culture, "how to" and just getting around check out Mexico Guru: at www.mexicoguru.com
Vallarta Adventures offers a wide variety of tours and activities that are planned with incredible attention to detail and the right mix of fun, learning, and challenge to keep everyone entertained during their entire vacation in Vallarta Nayarit. Visit Vallarta Adventures website, at www.vallarta-adventures.com
Puerto Vallarta's Official Website at: www.visitpuertovallarta.com
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