San Blas, Lodging, Nayarit, Mexico Pacific Coast, Tenting, RV, Hotel
San Blas offers great diversity in lodging. The tiny village of San Blas is in the path of surfers looking for the deserted beaches and travelers escaping the snows of Canada and the US. In those roles, San Blas offers some diverse lodging options.
San Blas is a small village 170 miles south of the Tropic of Cancer, below Mazatlan on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The bays and mangroves of San Blas offer the wild nature that Mexico is noted for. Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Bay of Cortez, the waters mingle and the Humpback Whales come to spend their winter. San Blas makes a great place to watch whales and see some of the 300 migratory birds that visit.
Along with Whale Watching, Bird Watching is another big draw for San Blas.
The area around San Blas is still relatively wild and there is still charm in the simple fishing village.
Some day it may be a Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo; it has the beaches, the surfing waves, the historic fort and crumbling old church. The proximity to the US border add to the allure; it is just about a thousand miles south of Arizona. San Blas has a lot to offer but the stopper might now and always be the bugs. Mosquitoes and tiny biting bugs, called locally Jejens, that swarm at dusk and on overcast days.
For those accustomed to slathering on the repellent, San Blas can be a relaxed and lazy place to get a close up look at wild nature.
The village has its wild side too. Fish roast on barbecue spits along the side of the road, ladies sell banana bread of all description, and tour boats make trip into the estuary through tunnels carved in the mangroves to see the crocodiles, coatimundi, snake, iguana, Jaguar, and over 300 (some say 500) species of migratory bird.
In the Bay of Cortez, the whale shark prowl the surface feeding on plankton while the sport fishing fleet hunts for Marlin and Dorado.
Raw nature is the draw now for San Blas. The tour operators offer the Ecotours where the wildness of San Blas can be viewed up close.
The captain and crew of the Santa Rita offer Ecotours to observe the Humpback Whales and the Whale Sharks offshore. They also offer trips to the Islands for bird watching, and sport fishing trips to catch Marlin and Dorado. Catch and release trips are an option.
Tel. 3232851407 or 323101-4312
Los Ruelas Ecoturismo Nautico
The horse and the bicycle are common modes of transportation for the locals In San Blas. Evening air fills with the smell of grilled fish as the barbecues toast the days catch.
Music fills the plaza in front of the old church.
Humpback Whale Season: December to March
Lodging On Matanchen Bay, (Bahia Matanchen or Matachen) this section of Playa (beach) Los Islitas offers palm structures called Palapas complete with hammock. Further to the left of this photo, along miles of undeveloped beach, a road runs along the beach where camping vans and tenters can park and pitch a tent to surf.
Check with the locals first to see if it is safe unless you have a posse.
On Playa el Borrego, just a mile east of the center of San Blas, palm huts on the beach offer lodging and dining
Surfing on Play el Borrego
Near the Flamingos Hotel the restaurant called Mc Donalds puts out a great breakfast for fifty pesos.
(Not the golden arches)
Nearby, the castle de cultura
Luxury Lodging: The Flamingos Hotel and pool
RV Lodging: to the left of this photo (above left) on the road to Borrego Beach, the los Cocos RV Park offers hot showers, free WiFi, and spacious, grass, pull-thru sites with complete hook up for 150 pesos
Fish, shrimp, and lobster, grilled over wood fire. Oyster on the half shell
La Tovara tour boats take passengers into the mangrove swamp to view animals and birds
San Blas lodging in Nayarit, Mexico's Pacific Coast could be as diverse as tenting on the beach, RV camping in Los Cocos RV Park, or the Flamingos Hotel with air conditioning and a swimming pool.
San Blas cultural museum, Nayarit, Mexico Pacific Coast
Breakfast in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico Pacific Coast
The Flamingos Hotel lobby and pool