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San Francisco (San Pancho)

Bottle cap mural in the Plaza
Bottle cap mural in the Plaza

Explore San Francisco (San Pancho), Nayarit, Mexico

The village of San Francisco, nicknamed San Pancho, used to be a mango processing town. It has a beautiful beach, lovely homes, a few upscale restaurants and shops, and a polo field sporting an upscale clubhouse that serves great food and beverages while you are entertained by the polo ponies and their riders attracting an eclectic group of residents and visitors. The view from the beach is truly spectacular. And if you’re lucky, the whales and dolphins will put on a show for you.

Annual Town Events

  • February/March: San Pancho Music Festival
  • View our Calendar for details about this and other events

Time Zones

It is worth noting that when you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and enter the state of Nayarit. The time zone no longer changes at the state lines as it once did. The new time zone includes the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So, once you pass Lo de Marcos (and head towards Los Ayala, Guayabitos, La Peñita), be sure to turn your watches back one hour as you will now be on Mountain Time.

Location & Map

San Pancho is in the municipality of Bahía de Banderas in the state of Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The nearest major cities are Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, both of which are located in the state of Jalisco.

Driving Distances from San Pancho:

  • Rincón de Guayabitos – 24 km / 15 miles  (20-25 minutes)
  • Puerto Vallarta Airport – 42 km / 26 miles  (45-55 minutes)
  • Guadalajara – 285 km / 177 miles  (4-4½ hours)

If you live in San Pancho and have additional information about the town, beaches or attractions, please contact us.

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