A Description of the Area
Easy to reach within 40
minute's drive North of Puerto Vallarta on the paved and
well marked Highway 200, (van arrangements can
be made from the airport) life carries on pretty much as it
always has in the pretty pueblo of Playa San Francisco.
Offering colorful culture and miles of uncrowded beaches to
explore, the sweeping changes of the 20th Century seem to
have by-passed this coastal Mexican town, it's pace what
you'd expect south of the border. Remarkable considering
their breathtaking topography and proximity to bustling
P.V. & 20 minutes from the luxurious
Golf Resort at Punta de
Journeys to this fascinating country are as interesting as the destinations. Banana, mango, papaya, and tobacco plantations, road-side shrines paying homage to lives lost where they stand, trees hosting bee tracking stations, and donkeys bearing burdens to market are just a few of the intriguing images you'll likely see en route.
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Surfers are attracted by
some of the best waves in the area, the coastline picking
up swells from the southwest to the northwest. According to
the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's longest
rideable wave is just an hour and a half north at Matachen
Bay. When a southern swell arrives, this spot goes off with
an overhead wave that breaks for up to one and a half
miles. Even when the swell is smaller, the bay offers three
different point beaks with excellent shape. Just three
miles south in Sayulita, there are equally wonderful
breakers, amid miles of glistening beaches under sunny
skies, as well as an internationally-known surf
In addition to the exciting nightlife of nearby Puerto Vallarta, Playa San Francisco offers the Costa Azul Adventure Resort and several wonderfully authentic restaurants and shops to discover. A few of the restaurants we recommend are Wahoo's Bar & Grill, La Chalupa's (fresh fish daily), La Ola Rica (featuring a scrumptious pizza), and of course Estella's
Five kilometers south on Highway 200 in the town of Sayulita, we recommend Don Pedro's (a Mediterranean style restaurant on the beach front), Y Patrio's (an upstairs Bar-n-Grill), El Casteno (The area's Best Shrimp!), and Choco Loco (Sayulita's newest coffee shop/cafe. Great coffee and muffins!)
NEW! Mar Plata : fabulous food and an open air deck just below the house and adjacent to Tony’s terrific antique store….
Whale watching tours OR whale watching from our deck: bring your binoculars!!
Other activities in the immediate area include horseback riding, mountain biking, ocean kayaking, snorkeling, deep sea or fly fishing, whale watching, sunbathing, beach combing, visiting the turtle sanctuary, or just reading a good book or taking the always pleasant siesta (our personal favorite!).
If you're interested in exploring, Rincon (a quick 25 miles north) has several restaurants, shopping, and boats for hire to tour the rock island just inside the bay (A wonderful place for snorkeling, hiking, and sunbathing). Many of the local towns have market days featuring native handicrafts, local art & produce, silver and glass work....
And always remember...your less than a half hour away from exciting, jet-setting Puerto Vallarta, with all the bustle and bright lights, live music and sophistication of the big city. Afterwards, you steal your way back home to your private paradise at Casa Blanca.
Local Web Links
Official Sayulita Mexico website