A storied icon of the Pacific Mexican coastline, Villa San Francisco is a fantastical jungle hide-away and is an endlessly satisfying sensory experience of sun, long ocean vistas, exotic gardens, fresh air, dramatic sunsets, wide open starry nights, succulent cuisine and attentive service.
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Land m2: 117,095.99 m2
Built and formerly owned by ex-President Luis Echeverría, this mansion on an astoungingly beautiful promontory point with expansive vistas of jungle and seascape.
Imagine a different vaction experience, away from the tourist swagger, to a semi-remote clifftop castle, the epitome of Pacific Mexican indoor-outdoor life, exhillerating and relaxing.
Standing poolside at Villa San Francisco is, in itself, worth the trip.
Your group will be blown away by the location, service and culture.
You will admire the long beach views to Sayulita and Punta de Mita to the South. Adjacent to the North is the quaint village of San Francisco, Riviera Nayarit just 45 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta.
Six circular casitas are accented with vibrant color and a unique loving whimsy:
hand-painted tiles, sinks, walls, stairwells,
skylights, furniture and even the floors. right,
and no two suites are the same.
Villa San Francisco accommodates large groups and families and provides
a wonderland-type ambiance for up to 22 people that will enchant visitors of every age.
The Villa and Accommodations
Each guest casita is autonomous, with its own:
Shower and/or Jacuzzi tub
Walk-in dressing area
Kitchenette with refrigerator and ice maker
A bathroom lounge plumped with pillows
One suite with an office with computer and fax.
A couple of two-story family-friendly casitas have three bedrooms, their king-size beds adaptable to singles.
Overlooking a shimmering expanse of blue, a gym is outfitted with:
A duo of treadmills
Vectra On-line 3800 Universal
Full complement of free weights
A water treatment plant
High-capacity electric generator
Driver picks you up at the airport
A friendly staff of eight
The chef prepares three meals a day, whatever and whenever you like
Fax or email your desired menus
Cocktail parties for up to 60
Bilingual house manager
Plan your culinary agenda together.
Every morning he buys fresh fish from the fishermen whose blue pangas neatly line up beside the villa when not in use.
Go out and catch your own huachinango, dorado, sierra or maybe even tuna.
WaveRunner jet ski
Experience life in small-town Mexico with a 10 minute stroll North along the pristine sand to the vilage of San Pancho (population 10,000).
Good restaurants and shopping.
Two Chevrolet Suburbans at your disposal to visit the funky surf town of Sayulita, the high end enclave of Punta de Mita or the tourist haven of Puerto Vallarta just 45 minutes away.
And San Pancho even has a full-fledged adventure activity center with:
Rates include: 3 meals per day featuring authentic Mexican Cuisine, 2-9 passenger Suburbans, 2-2 passenger ATVs with one tank of gas each.
San Francisco, or San Pancho as it is more commonly referred to, is a quaint Mexican village nestled between the verdant Sierra Madre Mountains and jungle and a long stretch of pristine Pacific coast.
In close enough proximity (hour drive) to the international airport at Puerto Vallarta, yet full of small town appeal, San Pancho is being proclaimed as one of the next great destinations in the so-called Riviera Nayarita, and as another desirable alternative to the more commercialized vacation typical of resort areas like Puerto Vallarta.
Before the arrival of the Spanish, and still somewhat today, the mountainous region that nears San Francisco and is known as the Sierra Madre Occidental was sparsely populated by indigenous groups like the Cora and Huichol.
As the Spanish put down roots and began to develop ports at San Blas to the north and Puerto Vallarta to the south, the region began to increase in population but still at a much slower pace and cut off from urban centers like Guadalajara.
The presence of Franciscan-order priests also took hold, with many presiding along with landowners over huge latifundio estates and peons.
Long after Mexican independence, in 1931, as part of sweeping land reform following the Revolution, the land that comprises modern-day Sayulita and San Francisco was transferred to communal ejido ownership.
San Francisco remained a sleepy communal village, surviving on subsistence fishing and some mango and tropical fruit cultivation, until the small town struck the fancy of the Mexican President Luis Echeverría in the 1970s.
First charmed enough by San Pancho to make it the site of his family vacation mansion, Echeverría then directed a flow of federal funding to San Francisco to be put towards his dream of making it a "self-sufficient" "Third World village".
While the President's vision did not come to fruition, since funding ended as did his presidential term, the town still benefits today from the cobblestone streets and full-service hospital that came out of his efforts and facilitate both visiting and living in San Pancho now.
With only approximately 1,600 full-time residents, San Francisco still displays the characteristics of a more traditional Mexican town—with men on horseback riding through the streets, or roosters running free in a neighbor's yard for example.
Yet even for such a small village, the population is still reasonably diverse. Drawn by the tranquil pace of life, the months of unwavering sunshine, and the tropical coastal atmosphere, San Pancho is also home to a growing number of ex-patriots hailing from the United States, Canada, or even Europe or southernmost Latin America.
The result is an eclectic cultural mix that—along with the beautiful natural environs—is creating even more of a draw for visitors and new residents.
Alongside the interesting cultural mix of a fine art gallery or hidden haute-cuisine restaurant, San Pancho is also brimming with art and social responsibility activity.
An art collective organizes various art expositions and events throughout the year, and a community volunteer organization mobilizes recycling education and efforts and youth activities in the town.
Various environmental organizations also work to educate about and protect for instance the local jaguar habitat or the nesting turtle populations on San Pancho beaches.
While recently certain development projects have been planned and commenced in and around San Francisco, the peace and tranquility in the town is still uncompromised.
San Francisco (San Pancho) is a unique spot, where pristine white beaches meet jungle green, and old Mexico meets a new international fusion.