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June 15th 2016

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Things are looking up for San Pancho
It seems that everywhere you look in San Pancho these days something new is being built. San Pancho is once again recreating itself.  Low season is a natural time to start getting ready for next year and it seems like everybody in town is doing just that.  We are very excited about a few of the new spaces that will soon be added to our list of favorite places.  

La Ola Rica's rooftop tapas bar!  We can't wait to go there for sure!!! Trini and Gloria are very talented at creating perfect spaces for celebrating the good life in San Pancho.  We are already picturing music-filled nights under the palapa roof above the La Ola Rica. Waving to everyone as they come and go on Tercer Mundo. It is going to be fabulous!!!

Cafe Mañana's rooftop expansion - another San Pancho favorite hangout.  We love Linc. & Jill and we can't wait to sip an amazing coffee while devouring one of Jill's amazing delicious breakfast creations, catching up with friends and trying their new upstairs space on for size too.

We're working too on building a whole new sanpancholife.com, we will be unveiling it very soon!
Filming of Bachelor in Paradise in San Pancho

The ABC Series, Bachelor in Paradise was filming their third season in our area this week.  While the show is set in Playa Escondida near Sayulita, the cast and crew was shooting in various locations in and around San Pancho and Sayulita.  La Ola Rica and Barracuda were both featured.  Rumor has it that if we tune in on August 2nd we might be able to catch a glimpse of our favorite places in San Pancho!      

Who is headed to Paradise, and when is the season premiere? Go to inquisitr.com for photos, videos and all the scoop on Season 3, which is going to have an all-star cast and the potential to be the most dramatic season of Bachelor in Paradise ever. 

Town meeting about the connection of wastewater treatment plant
On Monday, May 13th, the town held a meeting to discuss work to connect the new wastewater treatment plant that has been built for about 3 years, but due to some issues over right-of-way from the old plant to the new one, the work was not done. The plan is to run the pipe from the old plant up Tercer Mundo, and then down Calle Asia to the river, and from there follow the river up to the new treatment plant.  

The work to connect the water treatment plant will begin in a few days. The plan is to dig a trench, put in the new pipe, on Tercer Mundo. The construction will take place from Calle Mexico to Calle Asia. Half of the street will remain open during the project. They are hoping to have the main street part of the job completed in 3 weeks. :) Fortunately this work is taking place in low season, so the disruption to traffic should be minimal.  
This much-needed improvement will do a lot to help with the public health and the cleanliness of our estuary.  

Earl Miller - Man on the Street

Our good friend Earl Miller has been hard at work to keep you informed about some of the people who you might meet out there on the streets of San Pancho.  He found some really good ones this week!

Street-Wise by Earl Miller

"When I was wondering around the streets today I stumbled upon Tom who was peeling all the crap off the poles around town. My kinda guy..... A real asset to our pueblo. This man always has a smile and great things to say about the village!"

Tom O'Reilly

Where are you from?

I grew up in Ireland about forty miles west of Dublin and came to British Columbia Canada in 1956
and Kelowna has been my home for the last 44 years.

How did you find San Pancho?

I always have had the travel bug so I was looking down South of PV and then in 2006 I came for a week to Visit my long time friends Jim and Diane Nixon, walked the town and our beautiful beach and fell in love with San Pancho and bought a house before I left which I have never regretted 

What do you do?

I love my golf especially Litibu what a beautiful challinging course, love our town so going for a walk with my garbage picker upper or my bucket and knife to remove all outdated signs gives me great pleasure
when I drive in. 

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?

Sunset on La playa or a visit to any one of our marvelous restaurants is all anybody could wish for and lets not forget the sunshine, San Pancho is my home now, what a lucky guy!

Bob Farmer (with his beautiful wife Vicky)

Where are you from?
Southern California

How did you find San Pancho?
When we first left Los Angeles, in 2001  we moved to the small town of
Cuyutlan, in the State of Colima.  We built a little house right on
the beach, but the town did not have much to offer for us, so we
started a search for the "perfect place".  We looked for about a year,
traveling up and down the coast with a list of things we felt  were
important. We visited most every coastal town in the states of
Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, and Sinaloa.  We found San Pancho
in 2003 and fell in love.

What do you do?
First and foremost, raise my family.  My wife and I have a vacation
home & golf cart rental business. (San Pancho Villas & Golf Cart Rentals)

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?
The best thing about San Pancho is not one thing, it is the whole of
San Pancho  The friendly, caring people, a sense of community, slower
pace, great restaurants, beautiful beach, warm water nestled around a
lush jungle.. People here still smile and say hello, kids play in the
Plaza, my family can walk the streets at night without fear.  My wife
and I have watched the San Pancho sunset over a thousand times and we 
are still looking forward to the next one.

Rebecca Ann Phoenix

Where am I from?

Longmont, Colorado.  It's next to Boulder.
It's a quiet and sleepy city, much like San Pancho compared to Sayulita.

How did you find San Pancho?

Synchronicity, really.

Larry and I came to Puerto Vallarta in March to celebrate his 60th.
As the aircraft made its approach over the valley, I had the sensation
I was coming home.  As we exited the plane, a lone soldier stood at
the ramp.  He spoke to no one, that is until I passed him.  Looking
directly at me, in Spanish and then English he said, "Welcome home."

We toured the area, but did not make it to Sayulita or San Pancho,
much to my disappointment.

Returning home, I was still possessed with visiting San Pancho and Sayulita.

The following month my daughter, Sarah met Georgia Hanson.  They were
attending the same graduation.

When Sarah told me her friend's Aunt lived in San Pancho and we had
things in common, I asked for Georgia's contact info.

Georgia graciously replied to my email.

Because I was obsessive about San Pancho, my husband made plans to
come down as soon as his job allowed.  What better time to see San
Pancho then in the hot summer when the tourists are mostly gone, we

What do I do?

I'm working on "being" instead of "doing".

What is the best thing for you about San Pancho?

The energy...I found my 'tribe'.  
Let me elaborate on 'energy':  it is the people of San Pancho, happy and full of love; it is the valley and the lush hills; the simple dwellings mingled with the grandiose; the hot sand cooled by the ocean wave; the glorious sunsets - night after night; the vibrant birds with calls I've never heard; the dogs and cats; the rooster crowing as I write this; the mixture of smells as you walk the streets; the new language I struggle to grasp; the foods that explode your taste buds; it is all these things and more.

Thanks Earl, Tom, Bob & Rebecca!
Removal of the road in the Estuary
In other news, work has been done to remove  the wall/road installed incorrectly in the estuary.  However, many residents are not happy with the result, as much of the structure of the wire cages with rocks remains.  Negotiations continue to urge completion of this project, though it appears that none has yet been scheduled.   Stay tuned. 

 Source: Milenio.com Agustin Del Castillo
Featured Video - A Goats Eye View of San Pancho

Introducing San Pancho

This was made last winter in San Pancho.  It is a good look around the town.  They have made many fun videos of San Pancho.  If you feel like looking at more.  We have watched them all and they are delightful!

Casa Mar Azul

Casa Mar Azul

If you are searching for a truly exquisite vacation getaway next winter, then let us introduce you to your very own tropical nirvana!  This home was designed to provide you with a relaxing and restorative haven that combines creature comforts with Mexican charm and character, and the sense of being a temporary local in this enchanting paradise.   

Casa Mar Azul is a 1br. / 1 1/2 ba. 2260sf home. It is open and airy with room to relax and magnificent ocean views form the beautiful balcony as well as from every room.  This lovely home offers privacy with an easy access to town and all of the sweet life that San Pancho has to offer.   Casa Mar Azul is a rare jewel and we are sure it will book up quickly, so don't miss your  chance to spend your dream vacation right here!  

EntreAmigos Happenings
Consciousness Game 
Learn how to perceive yourself beyond your ego expectations and find the root of your motivations. 
Workshop by Alía Nayu, Transpersonal Psychologist 
June 18th from 10 to 3pm at Entreamigos. Bilingual and free. 
And the winners are...
During the Literacy Marathon we had the pleasure of watching more than 40 kids reading books, participating at activities and learning a lot. The winners are: 
Jennifer with 24 point in Activities
Santos with 30 points in Books
Santos again with 18 points in Tutoring 
Thank you to everyone for participating!!!

Last week we hosted the award ceremony for both female and male Fútbol Tournament. The winning teams were Bayern and UFP. The prize... a fun day at Skip and Nancy's pool!!! 
Congratulations to Rubén and Mitzuri for scoring the most and Franco and Erika for keeping the ball out... Congratulations!!!

Hydrate !!!!
This time of year it is most important to keep hydrated and agua fresca is just the perfect thing for that. The flavor combinations are as endless as your imagination. This is one of the most delicious, nutritious and refreshing things we can think of to cool off on hot day...Here are a few recipes to try.

Mango Agua Fresca 

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey, more or less to taste
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 mint sprigs, for garnish
In a blender, combine mango and 1 1/2 cups cold water and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer into ice-filled glasses. Stir in lime juice and agave. Garnish with lime and mint, and serve.


  • 6 pounds seedless watermelon, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
  • Ice cubes for serving
In a blender, combine half of the watermelon and 1 cup cold water and blend until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a pitcher; discard solids. Repeat with remaining watermelon and 1 cup cold water. You should have about 8 cups juice. Stir in lime juice and agave and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve well-chilled over ice.

Cucumber Aqua Fresca

  • 3 large seeded and roughly chopped cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar 
  • Ice cubes for serving
Puree 3 large seeded and roughly chopped cucumbers with 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1/4 cup dark agave, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large picture, pressing the pulp as you go. Add 2 quarts of water to the pitcher and chill for 1 hour. Serve over ice with additional cucumber and lime slices if desired. 

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Photo of the Week - La Nieta

Normally our photos of the week are of the beautiful tropical wonderland that surrounds us, but this week we discovered something so beautiful we just couldn't help but share.  This little pixie-angel baby came into our world and sprinkiled us with her magic fairy dust and we fell immediately under her spell.  Welcome to the world little Allison Elise Wray!  

Muchos Bessos!  Abuelo y Abuela

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Drew & Sheri Hunt,


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