Originally a tiny fishing village, Sayulita has grown into a vibrant tourist destination. Located just north of the Bay of Banderas region, it is renowned for its rare black and white sand beaches and amazing surfing. Rustic taco stands and tortillerías adorn the town square. A recent government ordinance prevents the cutting of trees in order to maintain the enchanting ambiance of this tropical paradise.
San Francisco (San Pancho)
Just north of Sayulita is the quieter San Francisco, known to locals as San Pancho. A polo field attracts weekend visitors to wine and dine in the patio restaurant/lounge overlooking the game. The San Pancho Cultural Center offers nightly events including film screenings, art openings, cultural workshops and concerts. Downtown there are several popular restaurants specializing in wine bars and global cuisine. The community has also established a cooperative garden in the center of town and an impressive recycling program. An expansive beach lines this charming town.
Lo De Marcos
The inviting and authentically Mexican town of Lo De Marcos, mostly undiscovered by foreign tourists, is located just 10 minutes north of San Pancho. It is a popular spot for affluent Mexican families to vacation on weekends and holidays. The town is clean, quiet and tranquil, and the locals are very friendly. The beach is great to walk along or enjoy on horseback. On many weekdays you may have its wide expanse of beautiful, unspoiled beach to yourself. Lo de Marcos is a great destination for a family vacation or for expats seeking a beautiful beach, solitude, nature and tranquility.
Rincón de Guayabitos is a small and colorful resort and fishing village nestled between the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental mountains and the gentle Bay of Jaltemba. The name Rincón de Guayabitos means “corner of little guava trees” in reference to the guava orchards that used to be planted throughout the bay area. It is widely known as a safe, friendly, and family-oriented beach town, as well as a vacation spot for budget-conscious travelers. Recently Guayabitos has gained popularity as a second home destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans.
Located just south of the well known town of San Blas, Chacala is the least developed vacation spot on Mexico’s Nayarit Coast. While Chacala was a Mexican commercial port 100 years ago, it remained relatively hidden until a new road was built last year. Chacala offers a calm bay with gentle surf for swimming, fishing and snorkeling, and it has some of the best surfing in the area. Chacala is an ecological convergence zone for hundreds of birds and sits under an ancient volcano where one can hike and look back on the sweeping vista of Chacala Bay