Playa San Pancho
Playa San Pancho
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Terry W
Halifax, Canada8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a beautiful beach to look at, walk along and listen to. The sound of the surf and view of crashing waves are captivating.

There is lots of space to put down a towel or umbrella. A couple of restaurants also cater to people with chairs and umbrellas (Oliva’s doesn’t charge for that if you order food and/or drink).

WARNING: This is NOT a swimming beach. The surf is too rough and there is an undertow. There have been multiple drowning deaths already this year.
Written March 24, 2024
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Keach
Harrisonburg, VA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Clean and friendly beach with plenty of dining options in the town. We visited in shoulder season (October) and hope to come back again the same time of year.
Written October 15, 2023
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VolvanaWhite
San Francisco180 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Nice, clean Beach. Good for swimming. Nor very crowded. Umbrellas for rent. Lots of restaurants nearby that have service on the beach for a fee
Written July 19, 2023
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Heather C
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My husband and I traveled to this beach for a day trip from Puerto Vallarta. It is about a 40 minute drive from there. This beach was amazing. The ocean is so clean and blue and the waves are amazing. They have plenty of umbrellas and chairs to rent as well. This is a smaller and quieter version of Sayulita beach but on Sundays, it gets packed! Good food and a great beach overall.
Written July 3, 2023
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Jen S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We were staying in Puerto Vallarta and took a day trip up to Playa San Pancho. It took just over an hour to get there due to slow traffic, but was totally worth the drive. A gorgeous, expansive beach with beautiful sand and access to lounge chairs and umbrellas that you can rent. We paid 600 pesos for five chairs and two umbrellas and had them for as long as we wanted all day. Servers from the restaurant by the beach will take orders and deliver food/drinks upon request. (Highly recommend the coconut shrimp!) There are also a couple of places on the south end of the beach where you can rent surf boards and take surf lessons. Lots of people out surfing and body surfing. Didn't have time to explore the town of San Francisco, but it's really cute with lots of little shops and restaurants. A really great day trip!
Written March 13, 2023
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john b
Valparaiso, IN871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Great beach. Great walk about a little over a mile end to end. Nice waves, some surfers. Walk about a block north or south of the main entrance and you are all alone. Great town. People but not real crowded.
Written March 7, 2023
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Jeff P
Prescott, AZ441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Lovely beach in San Pancho, very nice to watch the sunset. We choose to take advantage of the cafes and enjoy fresh seafood, cold beer and sand on our toes. It can get pretty crowded at times and there may times where the dogs are plentiful.
Written February 8, 2023
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Ernesto M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This place is magical! The sunsets are made for a movie.
It’s Fun to sit back and watch the surfers do their thing!
Water is clean and good temp!
Written July 30, 2022
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Cassy D
Gillett137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We stayed in Sayulita...but wanted to see San Pancho as we had heard so many great things. The hike over was a blast!
The day that we were there... beach had strong waves and swimming would have been difficult. Not alot of activity on the beach but the town had many nice shops and restaurants.
This certainly felt like a resort...town.
Not the vibe we were looking for...but many people love it...and certainly worth a short visit.
Written July 10, 2022
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Claire
Houston, TX12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The best reason to come here is the sunset. it was so beautiful!! I made sure I was front row and center for the experience. I went with the friend, but be sure to get there just early enough, otherwise you risk missing out on a good place to sit. The only downside about the beach is that there were a lot of stray dogs, which was sort of random. it's one of the places that is also good for surfing.
Written July 6, 2022
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