San Pancho/San Francisco
Located an hour north of Puerto Vallarta on the Rivera Nayarit coast, this sleepy settlement of 2,000 offers you access to the more crowded surfing beaches at Sayulita 4 miles to the south, but not the chaos. San Pancho (officially called San Francisco) has many modern amenities and numerous excellent restaurants but has remained off the tourist trail. Tailwind Outdoor Company offers hiking, sea kayaking, and standup paddleboard tours. The La Patrona Polo Club and the 9-hole Las Huertas Golf Club offer interesting diversions in the heart of the jungle. Casa Lola is a studio apartment in the heart of town.
Getting There: Fly into Puerto Vallarta and catch taxi to town.