San Blas is not your typical tourist destination but it has it's charms.

Borrego Beach   Borrego Beach is about 1/2 mile away and people either walk down there are take their bikes.  One of the nice things about the beaches is they have ramadas, which are palm covered restaurants where you can sit at a table in the shade and order drinks or food.  Many of them have hammocks where you can relax and read.  In most of the places, there is no pressure to buy - you can buy a coke for 80 cents and spend the whole day, or you can order some nice fish or shrimp or guacamole.  This is the number one activity in San Blas. The most popular places with the gringos are Govinos, Stoners and Jacales. All the ramadas have food and the menus tend to be the same whereever you go - different recipies involving fish or shrimp. The beaches in San Blas are not crowded, especially during the week and as you walk down the beach yours will be the only footprints. If you walk down to the end of the beach there is an estuary with a beautiful tropical view.  We call it our Shangrala.
Las Islitas  Las Islitas is about 5 miles outside of San Blas and no doubt one of the prettiest beaches I have ever been to (and I have been to a lot).   All the ramadas are nice, but my is Mysis way down the end because it has the best swimming beach. When the waves are breaking (which is rare), you can ride the perfect wave from the first point. If you want the perfect day, go out there and order the fish sarandeando, cooked over mangrove wood.   The only problem in this paradise is the bugs - this is jejene heaven, but they really haven't been that bad lately. They are at their worst late afternoon and during a full moon.   Buses run close by Las Islitas about every half hour.   Take the El Llano bus and get off at Matanchen.
Jungle Boat Ride  You can take a boat ride through the mangrove swamps to a natural fresh water pool where you can swim with the crocodiles*.   For us, swimming with the dolphins is boring, boring, boring.   You will see many species of birds, crocodiles in the wild, turtles and iguanas.  You can also visit the crocodile farm as part of this excursion.  This trip is a must.
Spanish Fort  You can walk up to the old Spanish fort and old church on the top of the hill (or you can take a taxi).  For some reason the church always reminds me of Raiders of tthe Lost Ark. The amazing thing about many of the attracions in San Blas is there are no people. The nearby cemetary is also interesting, espeically on Day of the Dead when they have music and food, while people repair and decorate the gravesites.
San Blas Plaza  San Blas is a very active town for its size. There are always people on the plaza and there are many events, mostly involving school children. On San Blas Day (Feb 3rd) they have fireworks right over the plaza. Very exciting. (Wear your running shoes). Once I went down there once in the summer and unannounced there was a Peruvian dance troup with about 20 dancers and 10 costume changes. I was lucky enough to be one of the 30 people watching it. There are stalls selling artesan crafts can Chinese goods. It is a nice place to relax and have an ice cream and watch the world go by. If you have children this is a good spot for them make friends with the locals.
Isla Del Rey   You have to take a boat across the estuary to get to Isla Del Rey  but the price is reasonable.  This beach is almost completely deserted and seems to go on forever.  You can climb up to the lighthouse to see a view of all of San Blas.  Isla del Rey is sacred ground for the Huichol Indians and they often perform there spiritual ceremonies there in their native costumes.
Los Cocos
Casa Maņana  Casa Maņana is a hotel and restaurant located on the beach in Los Cocos.  You can spend the afternoon here, have a nice lunch, use the pool, or take a walk on the beach or on the hills above the beach.  To get here, take the El LLano bus and ask the driver to let you off at Casa Maņana.  A bus leaves the San Blas bus station every hour on the hour and the trip takes about 45 minutes due to a detour to La Palma.  You will pass through Aticama where you will see lots of oyster bars, then on to Los Cocos.  Look for the Hotel Delphin and you are almost there.  You can also take the white bus as 10:30 or 12:30 or take a taxi for 100 pesos.  Everybody loves Casa Maņana and there's no bugs!! 
Isla Del Rey   You have to take a boat across the estuary to get to Isla Del Rey  but the price is reasonable.  This beach is almost completely deserted and seems to go on forever.  You can climb up to the lighthouse to see a view of all of San Blas.  Isla del Rey is sacred ground for the Huichol Indians and they often perform there spiritual ceremonies there in their native costumes.
Hiking  There are many beautiful places to hike around San Blas.  You can hike for miles along the beaches. Or, you can take a bus and go hiking up at La Bajada along the Camino Real through the coffee plantations. 



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