san blas mexico
Whats new, October 11, 2014:
  • They are building a new road from Matanchen Beach to Tepic. They say it will take only 20 minutes to get to Tepic.
  • The new malecon in Aticama has been completed but was somewhat damaged by the high tides last summer.
Maps: Be sure to visit our new maps section. There are hundreds of photos available if you click on the various locations on the maps. If you click on the drop-down where it says hotels, you will find information about restaurants, tourist activities, banks and just about anything you might want to know about San Blas.

San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico
San Blas is a small fishing village of about 12,000 people on the Pacific Coast of Mexico located between Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.   If you are active you will not be bored, as there are many ecotourism adventures available here, such as the jungle boat ride, a visit to the village of Singayta, whale watching, surfing, waterfalls and hiking in the jungle and beaches.

There are no condos here, no major resort hotels, no shopping malls, no freeways, no golf courses and no stoplights.  You don't need a car to get around.  You can walk or take a bike around town, and buses run everywhere in Mexico.

For such a small town, San Blas has really left a mark. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about it called The Bells of San Blas even though he was never here. There is brass plaque with one of the verses on the old church. There was a movie filmed in San Blas - Cabeza de Vaca - in which my neighbor played a leading role. There is also a hit song from the rock group Mana called 'El Muelle de San Blas'.

San Blas has also hit the big time on Youtube. Click here for some videos of local San Blas artists performing on the beach.

San Blas has also been in the international news several times. In 2002 San Blas was hit head on with Hurricane Keena, a category 5 hurricane. In 2006, three fishermen from this area were rescued on a lancha near the Marshall Islands after 9 months lost as sea. There was even an article in the New Yorker about them.

More Information:
If you a question about something that is not covered in this site, feel free to contact me. If you see me around San Blas be sure to say hi.

Mexico Guru - Please visit our sister site Mexico Guru. We have information on all parts of Mexico with the emphasis on the Mexico's smaller, less-publicized towns - places you might want to check out for short vacations. We just finished a section about some villages in the mountains above Puerto Vallarta. Another feature is a an online quiz that will tell you, based on your preferences, the best place for you to visit in Mexico. Our latest addition is the 'word for the day' - concentrating on the illusive Mexican slang. Check it out!

A friend of mine, Kelly Klein, who I met in San Blas, has been traveling the world for several years teaching in remote villages. She has just started a blog, The Journey is Home, that I think has some beautiful photos and thoughtful insight.

Camping out in San Blas in the old days

Click here for 1962 Video of San Blas