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ITINERARY (Full Day)

Mexicolate

Entre AmigosBathroomStroller friendlyWheelchair friendlyFree parkingToys/kid’s activities (e.g.  crayons, books, etc.)Rainy-day option

FaventiaBathroomStroller friendlyWheelchair friendlyKid’s menuHigh chairRainy-day option

San Pancho Beach (San Francisco Beach)

nugget’s Advice

Prepare in advance
Prepare in advance

If you take the bus there, make sure to check the times for the last bus. Bring snacks just in case you get hungry during restaurant off-hours.

Good to know
Good to know

June to November can be very hot and humid.

Recommended day/time
Recommended day/time

If you want to avoid crowds, go during the week. Check to see if there is a festival going on in San Pancho before you go.

Save Money
Save Money

Use public transportation (either use the bus round-trip or bus to Sayulita and then taxi to San Pancho) instead of using a taxi the whole way.

About This Day

Traveling to Mexico with kids? Here’s a unique day trip itinerary for families visiting Puerto Vallarta. From the Puerto Vallarta area, find your way to San Pancho (aka San Francisco) either by bus or taxi first thing in the morning. Enjoy an easy walk through the town and head to Mexicolate, a small chocolate shop. Then, walk across the street to an unusual playground made from recycled materials. The playground is connected to the Entre Amigos community center and recycling center, where there are activities for toddlers and older kids alike. When you are ready for dinner, head to Faventia for authentic Italian food. Your kids will love the pizza! Afterward, walk to the beach for more play and to cool off in the water. There are many shops to stop and look at along the way. 

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    Mexicolate
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    Mexicolate

    6a Avenida Tercer Mundo, San Francisco
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    Mexicolate is what real chocolate is all about. Only natural sweetener, if any at all, is used in these artisan chocolate treats. The owner's passion shines through in the flavor of every one of the chocolate creations. Be sure to try the "Agua de Cacao," along with the raw brownie.
    DIRECTIONS On the main street heading into town, you will see the quaint little chocolate shop on the right-hand side, across from the community recycling center, Entre Amigos (your next stop).
    TIP Don't expect to find milk chocolate at this place.
    Entre Amigos
    FREE
    BathroomStroller friendlyWheelchair friendlyFree parkingToys/kid’s activities (e.g.  crayons, books, etc.)Rainy-day option
    This old dairy plant was made into the town center and has a playground made from recycled materials. It has a recycling program that includes kid activities. Games, books and crafts are also made out of recycled material and are available for purchase.
    DIRECTIONS Entre Amigos is on the left-hand side as you are walking toward town, across from the chocolate shop.
    Faventia
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    Faventia

    48 Avenida Tercer Mundo, San Francisco
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    BathroomStroller friendlyWheelchair friendlyKid’s menuHigh chairRainy-day option
    Faventia is traditional Italian food and probably the best pizza that we've had in Mexico. For the adults, try the Mexican craft beers and wine to complement the food, or their fancy cocktails to liven up the day. The atmosphere is low-key earlier on in the evening, which is great for the kids.
    DIRECTIONS Faventia is at the end of the main street into town on the left-hand side, as you enter the cluster of restaurants at the beach.
    San Pancho Beach (San Francisco Beach)
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    San Pancho Beach (San Francisco Beach)

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    The beach in San Pancho (San Francisco) is relatively steep, but there is a lot of it and it is not very crowded. A beautiful place for your kids to burn off some energy while you enjoy the view of the ocean.
    DIRECTIONS From the restaurant, follow the main street down all the way to the beach.
    TIP If the surf is high, it may not be the best time to let the kids go swimming at the beach.

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