Welcome to the San Pancho Blog!
San Francisco, known affectionately by the locals as San Pancho, is a picturesque village just 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta.
In the 1970s, San Pancho was “discovered” by Mexican President Luis Echeverria (1970-1976). President Echeverria thought San Pancho was a special place with its long, sandy beaches surrounded by lush, tropical forests. During the years of his term, he decided to make his vacation home here.
President Echeverria’s vision was for this tiny, remote fishing village to become a world model of a thriving, self-sufficient, Third World town. Funding was provided to pave the streets and build a hospital, schools, fruit processing factories, and even a university dedicated to fishing. Unfortunately, the funding was discontinued after Echeverria’s 5-year term in office and much of what had been accomplished fell into disrepair as San Pancho slipped back into a quiet slumber.
However, in recent years, the facilities installed back in the early 70’s have found a new lease on life. Today, they are home to several non-profit organizations whose missions include efforts to:
- help local children by offering a number of classes and tutoring as well as financial assistance for those who need it most;
- protect endangered species through conservation efforts;
- educate the local population to raise awareness about recycling and other environmental issues;
- bring visual arts and cultural programs to the community.
In the coming weeks, we will explore the many ways in which San Pancho has become a unique and desirable place to live and grow. Thank you for letting me introduce you to my San Pancho, a place I have come to love and treasure.
Now it’s your turn. What do you think makes San Pancho special? Please enter any comments or suggestions in the form below – we’d love to hear them!