If you’ve done any Mexican cruises or if you’ve read up on them, Puerto Vallarta is without a doubt a popular stop. With cobbled streets and yummy eats, it’ll satiate your six hour layover on the edge of its malecón. But what if I told you there was a hidden gem just down the road? Would you explore it?
An hour north of the port of Vallarta, along the Riviera Nayarit, lays its lovely “cultural capital,” San Francisco, affectionately known to those of us as, San Pancho. With typical Taquerías (taco stands) and Churro makers on the corner, San Pancho also attracts the taste buds of the organic eater. Exuding a since of community and rarely finding its beaches crowded, the visitor always feels welcomed to stretch out comfortably on the sands of San Pancho, of course doing so with an “agua” in hand. Although, called “waters,” these Mexican concoctions are anything but flavorless. My favorite is Agua de Jamaica (no, not as in the island), but as in the Hibiscus flower, phonetically pronounced: Ha-my-kuh in Spanish. Just take a stroll down the main street, Calle Tercer Mundo, and you’ll be happily enticed to dabble in some treats.