The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MIGRATORY BIRDS will be held in San Blas January 29 thru Feb 12, 2012.
Birdwatching is big in San Blas. Click here for more info about birdwatching and a good English speaking guide.
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. My personal favorite
is "Mar y Sol" - nothing special - just real kicked back with good hammocks, good food and a nice family. Caballitos del Mar
has a great restaurant (same food as La Isla) if you are up for a big
meal. Frederico and Lucias is also known for their good food. Another popular place is Jacales towards the far end of beach. The food is good, especially their speciality - pineapple stuffed with seafood and cheese. If you walk down to the end of the beach there is an
estuary with a beautiful tropical view. We call it our Shangrala.
Paraje del Rey There is now a ramada at Casa Blanca and it is quite charming. Casa Blanca is located on a mangrove estuary, several miles from San Blas. It take about a half hour to get there but it is a very scenic boat ride. The estuaries behind San Blas go on for miles. The locals go back there in their dugout canoes to fish and catch oysters. It is a whole another world out there. The ramada is without electricity and all of the structures are completely built out of mangrove sticks and palm fronds - very picturesque. I wondered if this is what San Blas looked like 100 years ago. There is little noise and the hammocks are the most comfortable I've found anywhere. The only way to get there is by boat. You can rent lanchas to take you out there and pick you up. The boat ride might be kind of expensive so get a group together to share expenses.
Isla Del Rey You have to take a boat across the estuary to get to Isla Del Rey but it only costs 5 pesos each way. 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.
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 on the top of the hill. After Hurricane Kenna, it's now known as the ruins of the ruins.
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!!
Etc. Beach Club This is a new place located on Matanchen Beach. It is a large attractive restaurant with a swimming pool on a quiet area of a long, wide beach. From what I could tell, the food seems quite good and it is also a nice place to relax and spend the day. If you like peace and quiet, go during the week. Take the El Llano bus and look for the sign. Only open on weekends.
Surrounding Area Then, if you start getting too relaxed and happy in San Blas, take a bus trip to Tepic or Santiago! These are some real adventure excursions, especially to Santiago where there is a really good Chinese restaurant. But actually, now we have a really good Chinese restaurant right here in San Blas.
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