San Pancho a.k.a San Francisco

San Francisco or “San Pancho”, as the locals affectionately call it, is a quiet fishing village that is located 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. This jewel of the Pacific, considered the cultural capital of Nayarit offers a magnificent climate, tropical vegetation, a spectacular beach and the warmth of its 1600 inhabitants. It is precisely its people who have given San Pancho one of its most representative characteristics through their social action, their work together on educational projects, environmental protection and promotion of art.

San Pancho receives visitors from around the world seduced by its enviable tranquility and challenging waves, ideal for surfing. In its cobbled streets are incredible and delicious cuisine that blends the flavors of Mexico with international cuisine. The spirit of San Pancho and its inhabitants, promise ideal for a unique and amazing experience full of Swing!

How to arrive

For your convenience and safety have the following options so you can comfortably arrive in San Pancho:

Whether you travel with us, or on your own, land transportation is a good choice for adventurers who want to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Mexico

The Swing Bus!

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Mexico City to Guadalajara to San Pancho

Can you imagine a bus full of crazy lindy hoppers, traveling together on an overnight trip to the beach? We can!

The journey that starts from our beloved Cracovia 32, Swing Mexico’s home and studio in the South of Mexico City. We’ll drive through Guadalajara to pick up more lindy hoppers, and then head straight to San Pancho.

To save your place on our “swing bus,” please make your payment through our website. 

Swing Bus Schedule:

Swing Bus 1:  departs Saturday March 4th at 11pm from Cracovia 32, San Ángel. The bus arrives in Guadalajara (exact location to be announced) approximately 5am Sunday March 5th to pick up passengers. Approximate arrival time in San Pancho is 11am on Sunday March 5th.

Bus returns to Guadalajara & Mexico City on Sunday March 12th, leaving at 9pm after sunset cocktails

Swing Bus 2:  departs Wednesday, March 8th at 12pm from Cracovia 32, San Ángel. The bus arrives in Guadalajara  (exact location to be announced) approximately 6am Thursday March 9th to pick up passengers. Approximate arrival time in San Pancho is noon on Thursday March 9th.

Bus returns to Guadalajara & Mexico City on Sunday March 12th, 9pm after sunset cocktails

On your own

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If you prefer to come in your own car, we recommend arriving 15D by road from Mexico City, Guadalajara crossing to Chapalilla where the diversion to Puerto Vallarta is located.

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The closest airport to San Pancho is Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR). Here is the list of direct flights that arrive there:

From Mexico From USA From Canada
Aerocalafia from Mazatlán y Los Cabos

Aeroméxico from Guadalajara, Monterrey & Ciudad de México

Interjet from Mexico City, Toluca & Guadalajara

Magnicharters from México City

TAR Mexico from León, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Morelia & Querétaro

Volaris from Mexico City, Tijuana, Monterrey & Guanajuato

Viva Aerobus from Mexico City & Monterrey.

Aeroméxico from New York

Alaska Airlines from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle & Portland

American Airlines (US AIRWAYS) from Dallas Ft Worth & Phoenix

Delta Airlines from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle & Minneapolis

Frontier Airlines from Denver

Southwest from Santa Ana, Houston & Denver

United Airlines from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newark & Salt Lake City

Air Canada from Calgary, Toronto & Vancouver

Air Transat from Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon & Victoria

Canjet from Toronto

Sunwing from Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Winnipeg & Ottawa

West Jet from Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Toronto, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Victoria, Regina, Edmonton y Comox

 

Once you have arrived in Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR) you have a few options:

From Puerto Vallarta´s airport:

We strongly recommend that you request our shuttle service, especially if it’s your first time in Mexico. This exclusive transportation is provided by Swing Break Mexico and will take you directly to San Pancho!

Shuttles will be scheduled on the main arrival days, Sunday March 5th & Thursday March 9th, and on for returns to the airport on Sunday March 12th.

If you are interested in this service, please let us know on our registration page.

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You can take an authorized taxi from inside the airport for approximately $50 USD.  Their prices are higher than the taxis you will find outside.  If you are up for an adventure and want to save some money, walk across the pedestrian bridge to the other side of the highway, you can haggle a much cheaper rate.  Uber has not found it’s way to Puerto Vallarta yet.

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From the bus terminal outside of the airport, you will find buses that take you to the entrance of San Pancho (Approximate cost $ 5 USD)

Exit the airport building and take the pedestrian bridge over the main highway and the buses stop right there. Watch for a green “COMPOSTELA” line bus with a sign in the front window saying “San Pancho”. There is about 1 bus every hour; and the passage is about $40 pesos.

Alternatively, one can catch a bus to the neighboring village of Sayulita (2 buses every hour; cost about $30 pesos) and take a taxi from there to San Pancho.

Note: Not all Compostela buses go to San Pancho or to Sayulita. Make sure to ask or look at the sign. “PACIFICO”  buses also make this trip.  They are a little more expensive, but they are air-conditioned and better-equipped.

Although the bus to San Pancho is more direct, it drops you on the side of the highway at the entrance to town. This means crossing the highway and a walk with your luggage, so unless your accommodation is close to the highway it can make for a fairly long walk – as much as a mile. There are occasionally taxis available out by the highway, but there is no guarantee. The Sayulita option is a better in our opinion, if slightly more expensive. Taxis wait by the bus stop and will take you to your door in San Pancho. They cost about $200 pesos – make sure you have exchanged money into Pesos, as they generally only accept local currency.

If you are interested in driving yourself around Mexico, it’s very easy to rent a car from the airport. We recommend you make your reservation at least 3 days before your arrival date.

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Car Rentals

This classic form of Mexican transport, while extremely slow and hardly recommendable, is available at a fraction of the cost a taxi. The journey from airport to San Pancho on donkey at roughly 3.5 – 6.5 miles per hour (5.6 – 10kph) to be approximately 8 hours not including grass feeding and watering stops.  If you decide to arrive to San Pancho on donkey, and document your experience, you will receive endless props, a six pack of tequila, and a huge mexican sombrero from the festival organization.

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Accommodation

San Pancho caters to all levels of comfort! Camp near the beach, enjoy the communal environment of a Hostel, slip into a private Bungalows by the beach, or go all out and live it up in a Villa

On the registration page you will be able to choose your housing preference.

There are a few fantastic Hostels in San Pancho. They have shared rooms and a great community feeling.Limited to 50 people. If you are interested, please reserve your spot.

Hostal San Pancho (option for 7 nights)
Best weeklong stay option.

A fantastic and beautifully designed hostal located directly across the street from the workshop area and several of the party nights. We have booked out the entire hostel, so expect this place to be filled with happy dancers. There are dormitory rooms with bunk beds, and also private rooms with double beds and some suites available that qualify as a low cost hotel option.

Description and prices in registration section. HERE ⊕

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Hostal Coco Tropical (option for 3 nights)
Coco Tropical is the closest hostel to the beach and just a 1 minute walk away from our sunset cocktail location.  The atmosphere and ambience is very sweet, homey, and easy to like. There are shared dorm rooms and a couple of private rooms, all with shared bathrooms and a common kitchen.  There is Wifi, a lovely little garden  and a nice terrace to hang out on.

Prices in the registration section HERE⊕

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There are many amazing hotel and bungalow options. Let us know what you would prefer on our registration page and we will help you get the accommodation you are looking for.

 Villas Paradise (option for 7 nights)
This is the party house.

Hard to imagine, even harder to believe… Built by the owner as a lavish gift to his loving wife, Villas Paradise is a Taj Mahal style mansion towering over the far end of the beach.  Beyond kitsch, and for that reason alone we cannot recommend it enough. Fill it with Lindy Hoppers and the party options are endless. Don’t expect luxury here, this hotel is in a beautiful state of decay that glamorously display the dreams of of a man in love with his wife and the subsequent realities of trying to run it as a business, when it can only be cool when there is a lindy hop festival in town.  Stay here with groups of friends.

Description and prices in registration section. HERE ⊕

Bungalow Iguana (option for 3 nights)
just about as close to the beach as you can get in this price range. This little cute bungalows have a small kitchen and private bath. There are bungalows with 1 double bed and with 2 double beds.  It is a great place to have a little privacy, relax next to the beach, and is within a 30 second walk to our evening cocktail location and 7 minutes to the workshop area.

Description and prices in registration section. HERE ⊕

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 Apart-Hotel (7 & 3 night options)
Just 200 meters form the playa and a short walk to the city center and all of the Swing Break activities, these apartments are fantastic. Very comfortable accommodations with Wifi, A/C, a full kitchen and delicious breakfast included at the hour you desire. .

Description and prices HERE ⊕

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Are you looking for even more luxury? Pooll outside your door and champagne in the fridge? Let us know and we will help you find the perfect spot. Contact us directly at:  info @ swingbreakmexico.com

Camping (7 & 3 night options)
Put your tent within reach of the sea breeze and the sound of rolling waves. Wake up and jump in the ocean, eat a delicious breakfast at the Fresona bar and walk 7 minutes to your classes. After classes the party comes to you for Sunset Cocktails!

La Fresona offers clean bathrooms, showers, and the best cocktails in San Pancho. We consider this the best accommodation option in the entire festival, (if you like nature and stuff).

DDescription and prices HERE ⊕

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Food

Swing Break Mexico wants to make getting fed easy, so we’ve created The SBM meal plan! Pre-pay for your food and we’ll provide you meal tickets that can be used at various restaurants around town. It’s a no-brainer! Great for meat-eaters and vegetarians.

If you’d prefer to check out food in San Pancho on your own, the small independent eateries in town come highly recommended and will satisfy any palate.

BAJA TAKERIA

Super fun place with one of the best fish tacos and burritos of the area.

Baja Takeria is inspired in the typical fish tacos from Baja California, a delicious corn Tortilla with delicious shrimps, Marlin fish, octopus or any seafood of your choice, cooked in different ways and a fresh salad on the side.

If you are vegetarian they will take care of you as well. The Salsas are extraordinary and of course always good Guacamole.

Baja Takeria Marlin Fish Tacos Cesar Salad & shrimps
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MARIA´S

The typical Mexican food … Maria’s is a great choice for breakfast or lunch !

Continental breakfast with fresh fruit salad like papaya, mango, pineapple, honey and water melon and other exotic ones like Guanabana.

Delicious eggs just as you like them: scrambled or Sunny Side up with ham, bacon, sausage, always accompanied with beans and other side dishes. Prefer to try the local fare? Maria’s has it’s famous “Rancheros” with the base of Corn Tortilla and beans sauce or delicious “Divorciados” with two different Mexican salsas green and red. For lunch, Sandwiches your way, with different combinations that are ideal for meat-eaters or vegetarians. Don’t forget about fresh juices to stay hydrated in the tropical climate! Excellent service and reasonable portions.

Maria´s Huevos Divorciados Fresh Fruit & Yogurt
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DARJEELING

Delicious oven baked pizzas, homemade dough, thin crust and crisp just like the Italians make. Enjoy the magic of the stone oven and the best pizza in San Pancho!

Good tapas seasoned with different species and exotic drinks that will put you in a good mood .

A place where you can freshly eat at street level while people walk in the main road of San Pancho or climb to the darjeeling terrace for watching the sky, and if you’re lucky, live local music.

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BARRACUDA

A cozy little place awaits you on the Main Street . If you do not want to enter in the restaurant you can sit at the bar of the food truck that is parked right out front.

Did someone say barracuda fish? definitely one of the best places to eat fish tacos, shrimp, octopus, marlin crisp “Tostadas”, excellent ceviches and everything is fresh fresh fresh!

Asks for one, two, three, do not limit yourself , we know you ‘ll love it. Accompany your meal with a cold and delicious “Chela “(beer) look for the Mexican survival guide to learn more about the Mexican slang.

Barracuda Food Truck Shrimp Tostada
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MAR PLATA

Distinguished as a unique quality and excellent eating place.

Try the delicious octopus or beef carpaccio, a delicious Beets salad or fried calamari. Different types of pasta like pesto, bolognese or seafood. If you want a fish fillet or meet burger, we recommend this beautiful place overlooking the sea on a very nice terrace.

It is NOT located on the main street of San Pancho, to get there you might need some transport like bike or taxi… or walk about 20 minutes. 

Mar Plata view Beef Hamburger Restaurant area
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Getting Around in San Pancho

If you fancy a set of wheels, we have three options for you:

  • Golf Cart rental
  • Bicycle Rental 
  • Local Taxis
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Or, if you’re feeling up for a nice walk, your feet will take you from point A to point B. San Pancho is small and for most of our activities it is comfortable to walk.

Please keep in mind that our evening venues, Villas Paradise and Mar Plata, are about a 15-20 minute walk from the town center and could feel a bit far for tired feet.

San Pancho map

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