San Francisco

San Francisco, or San Pancho as it’s more commonly known, is an eco-conscious and laid back beach town about one hour north from Puerto Vallarta. San Pancho is quieter, mainly for those seeking a more tranquil atmosphere, however, with its art galleries, restaurants, artists and writers collectives and environmental organizations, not to mention annual music and art festivals, it encourages short or long-term visitors, national and international, to get as involved with the community as they choose.

It takes a leisurely 20-minute stroll to cover the town from Carr. 200 North to the beach along its main street. Along the way, an increasing number of restaurants, shops and galleries can be found, along with the town’s community centers, built in abandoned warehouses which have been recently reclaimed. Golf carts seem to be the preferred mode of transportation, however, as they are ideal for running errands about town.


San Pancho’s beach is sandy and wide, encouraging long sunset walks from point to point, and its waves are better suited for surfing than swimming. Aside for its laid back vibe, the town’s main asset is its burgeoning art scene. An annual international music festival, visual arts and theater summits, even a circus school for children, are but a few of its perks.


It is no surprise that San Francisco is considered the “cultural capital” of the state of Nayarit by many. San Francisco features several annual events, such as the San Pancho Music Festival, and the Artist Collective annual exhibition that usually takes place at the end of December. There is also a very active writers’ group, a birding group, a marine turtle preservation group and Hojanay, an environmental group devoted to the preservation of the jaguar and its habitat. All of these and several other organizations provide visitors and residents many opportunities to get involved through hands-on volunteering activities.


San Francisco real estate opportunities have traditionally been limited to single family homes built in the town or on the hillside to the north of San Francisco. New developments now offer townhouses and gated communities, with a few small condominium projects for sale as well.

Key Features

  Beach and Surfing
  Peaceful and Laid-back
  Arts and Culture
  Condos and Single-family Homes