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Vacation Rentals In San Pancho, Mexico


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Frequently Asked Questions When Vacationing in San Pancho, Mexico


Will I need a passport to travel?

Yes, all foreign citizens (including American and Canadian) and newborn infants must have a valid passport to enter Mexico (driving or flying). There are no exceptions.


Do I need a minor consent letter if travelling as a single parent?

Yes, Mexico requires both parents to travel with a minor. When your child is traveling with a single parent, grandparent or with another family member, they may be at risk of being denied entrance to Mexico.  You can find a special form at This form has been reviewed by attorneys and has been accepted worldwide without incident. The form gives permission from the non-traveling parent for the travel, authorizes a very limited medical power of attorney, outlines the itinerary, and includes emergency contact information. It is recommended that this form be notarized and the ORIGINAL be carried with your travel documents. To be safe, we also recommend several photocopies of the form be packed in your suitcase.


Can I take a bus to San Pancho or do I need to take a taxi or rent a car?

Yes, however, the bus drops you at the entrance to San Pancho and taxis are not there waiting to take you in. I suggest getting dropped off at the entrance to Sayulita and taking a taxi to San Pancho or organizing a local taxi in San Pancho to be at the entrance and take you to your house.


Should I rent a car or a golf car when visiting San Pancho?

We don’t recommend golf cars for multiple reasons. The main reason is they cost just as much, if not more at times, than a car rental and you can only use them around town. A car rental usually includes transportation to and from the airport as well as getting you places around town and if you feel like checking out surrounding areas, the car provides this as well. Another reason we don’t recommend golf cars, is that they are not very comfortable and/or practical. If the rain comes, there is very little protection and they can not handle the slick and/or muddy roads. We strongly recommend car rentals to people with back issues or small children. The roads in San Pancho are very bumpy and you do feel each and every bump in a golf car. Most do not have seat belts and with the bumpy ride, it can be dangerous for small children.


Are there Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in San Pancho?

Yes, there are a few ATMs in San Pancho. There is an ATM at Mary’s Mini Super (Mini Market), on the main street in San Pancho, Ave. Tercer Mundo, just before the beach and there is one at El Indio Mini Super located on Ave. America Latina, near the intersection of Ave. Tercer Mundo. You may find others around town. There are also ATMs in the town of Sayulita, just 8 minutes south of San Pancho, Bucerias, 20 minutes south of San Pancho or, La Penita, 35 minutes north of San Pancho. Please note that the local San Pancho ATMs have been known to 1) Run out of money (especially around holidays), 2) Have a limit of $3000 MXN per day and 3) the ATM cash options will be in MXN (Mexican Pesos).


Are credit cards and travellers checks accepted in San Pancho?

No, most restaurants and stores in San Pancho do not accept credit cards nor Traveller’s checks. We advise that use bring your ATM card to obtain cash. Please note, ATMs are in MXN currency.


Do I need to report my upcoming trip to my bank and/or credit card companies?

Yes, it is extremely important to advise the fraud department at your bank and/or credit card company that you will be vacationing in Mexico before you leave your country of origin. If you do not do this, some banks and credit card companies put a freeze on cards after they are first used here in Mexico and guests’ have been unable to use them, therefore they had no way of acquiring cash. Guests have also experienced that their ATM and/or credit cards did not work at all in Mexico because they had not made prior arrangements with their bank and/or credit card companies.


What time do I need to leave San Pancho to get to the Puerto Vallarta Airport on time?

When you are ready to depart, you should leave San Pancho 3 hours earlier than your scheduled flight to leave time for a minimum one hour drive (not factoring in traffic) and 2 hours to be ready for your flight.


Why does my cell phone think San Pancho is on a different time zone?

San Pancho is on the same time zone as Puerto Vallarta, which is CST. San Pancho is actually in a different state, Nayarit, than Puerto Vallarta, which is in Jalisco. These two states are on different time zones. We (San Pancho, Bucerias, Sayulita, Punta de Mita) all used to be on different time zones, however, because these areas have had increased tourism and the Puerto Vallarta airport services these surrounding areas, the time zone difference became a huge inconvenience for travelers. Because of this, the time was changed and these areas are officially all on CST, which is the same as Puerto Vallarta. To really confuse you, your cell phones might say different when you are down here if they are set to automatic or satellite time, because they are picking up the state of Nayarit time. Please keep your watch and/or cell phones on CST and all will be good! Please also note, that Daylight Savings does not always occur on the same day as your home country.


Is it customary to tip in Mexico?

Yes, it is customary and greatly appreciated to tip in Mexico, especially the restaurant servers and housekeepers. A suggested minimum gratuity at a restaurant or in house dining is 15%. A suggested minimum gratuity for housekeeping “per couple/bedroom” is approximately $10.00 USD per day the housekeeper cleaned. Please keep in mind the house was cleaned prior to your arrival and after you depart. As for tipping the House Administrator and gardener, this really depends on your experience and what you feel comfortable with.


Will I get cellular reception in San Pancho?

San Pancho has cellular phone reception in certain areas. Both AT&T and Verizon do work in certain areas of San Pancho. Please check with your phone carrier as they are now offering very affordable data plans so you can stay in touch with wireless internet/data packages.


What do I need to know when driving in Puerto Vallarta and San Pancho?

If you plan on doing even a small amount of driving, you should be aware of how the driving conditions are and how the road conditions in Mexico can vary from street to street. Driving in Mexico isn’t that dangerous, as many people would tell you, but it also isn’t the safest place to drive either – it’s just more challenging! Livestock isn’t fenced in nearly as much as it is in the other countries. With no fencing, the livestock is free to move about the roadways and because of this, nearly 40% of all Mexican car accidents include livestock in some way. We advise that you do not drive at night. Driving when it’s dark is best avoided since unlit vehicles, rocks, pedestrians and animals on the roads are common; as well as hijacks/robberies, which although unlikely, could also occur.

Remember that along the highways and roads in Mexico it is customary when making a left turn from the main highway that you PULL OVER TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY. Please wait and make sure there is no traffic in either direction then continue and make your left turn. PLEASE NOTE: In this area when you put your left turning indicator on, this could mean that you are saying or the driver in front of you is saying that it is “safe to pass,” not that you are turning left! Please make sure that it is safe before you pass! Do not trust indication signals!

Please drive with caution, relax and take your time, you are in Mexico!


What does a yellow painted curb mean?

Yellow curbs mean no parking. Your car may be towed without notice if you park in yellow-curbed zones, specifically in Sayulita. The result is a very long day in Mezcales and a $300 USD fine. If this does happen, immediately notify your rental car company first before anything else.


Are there grocery stores, meat and fish markets in San Pancho?

Yes, there are a handful mini grocery stores located in San Pancho, as well as butchers, fish markets, vegetable stands, tortillarillas, etc. For a larger variety of groceries there is a WalMart in Mescales (approx. 20 minute drive north of the airport) and a Mega (Super Market) in Bucerias (approx. 25 minute drive north of the airport), both right off the highway on the right hand side, headed north to San Pancho from the Puerto Vallarta airport.


Can I hire a cook?

Yes! Some of the houses are staffed with wonderful cooks for hire. Sometimes this service already included in the price of the rental. If there are no cooks on staff, we know and can recommend many local chefs and cooks for hire. The cost varies greatly depending on breakfast, lunch, dinner, chef, local cook, etc. The cost of local, private cooks ranges anywhere from $8-$10 USD per person, per meal for breakfast, $10-15 USD per person, per meal for lunch and $15-25 USD per person, per meal for dinner. The cost of food is normally not included, grocery receipts are provided. Rates will be higher for a chef.


What should I pack?

Flashlight (now-a-days this is an app on your smart phone), comfortable walking shoes and long, light clothing (such as long sleeve shirt and light pants) for cool winter evenings and bugs. These are items that would be difficult to purchase in San Pancho.


Do I need an adapter for the electrical outlets?

All of the vacation rental homes represented by San Pancho Rentals have three prong outlets (same as in the U.S.). If they do not, an adapter is supplied.


Is the WiFi Reliable in San Pancho?

There is WiFi, however, we regret to inform you that the local phone company, Telmex, is having issues with DSL capacity in San Pancho. This unfortunately means that all of San Pancho is experiencing slow internet at the houses and businesses. If you find yourself staying in a home without WiFi or a home with WiFi issues, keep in mind that there are a few places in town that offer WiFi. Maria’s Restaurant, Hotel Cielo Rojo – Bistro Organico, Café Paraiso and Choco Banana are businesses that offer WiFi. Other restaurants may have it as well. In some areas of San Pancho, particularly in town, there is cellular reception and there are U.S. phone companies now offering great Mexico data packages if you do need to be connected. You will want to check with your phone carrier prior to arriving and may want to check with San Pancho Rentals & Real Estate to see if there is cellular reception at the house you will be staying at.


What are the best weather months for San Pancho?

November through May are the “dry” and “cooler” months in San Pancho. June is when the season changes, July through October are the rainy months with sporadic rain and a higher chance of tropical storms. The summer months are hot and humid with heavy thundershowers and incredible sunshine. It can be a very tropical experience.


Is the San Pancho beach swimmable?

The main San Pancho beach is located right off the Pacific Ocean, there is no protective cove therefore, good swimming changes with the swell, which changes throughout the hour, day and week. At times the ocean can be very calm and at other times the waves are heavy with breaks on the beach, which can be dangerous for small children or unsure swimmers.


How is the surf in San Pancho?

The main surf spot tends to be on the far south end of the beach and depending on the swell, direction and sand bar, the surf can be great! With the right conditions the waves can have great shaped, rip-able lefts with decent ride time.


Where can I find local services and activities?

Please visit our web page at: If you have reserved a home with San Pancho Rentals & Real Estate, we will provide you with more detailed information.


What is the most convenient way to communicate if I am having an issue at the house?

WhatsApp!! We suggest you take the time to download WhatsApp on your smart phone or tablet before arriving. This is a communication application that we use along with most of the house administrators. WhatsApp will give you quick and responsive communication with the house administrators and us in case you have any questions or there are any issues with the home. To find out more about the app and for downloading go to: Note: It is very important to enter country codes when dialing within the app. For example, here in Mexico would be +52 1 and the 10 digit cell phone number.


Have we answered your questions about travelling in San Pancho?

If you have more questions, contact us direct at Please note, detailed arrival instructions including more detailed San Pancho travel information will be provided upon receipt of your final payment.


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