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San Blas - Playa Los Corchos Region
San Blas

San Blas lies just north of the state capital Tepic and is on the Pacific coast of Mexico, between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, an ideal tourist and culture destination for those who are looking for something new and not too explored yet. You can arrive by sea in your own vessel. You can fly into Tepic daily from Mexico City or Tijuana, or decide to drive in from the international airports at Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta or Guadalajara. From Tepic and Puerto Vallarta, we get 15 buses daily that run roundtrip on an hourly basis.

While your adventure could be totally away from civilization, we regret to tell you we have a bank and an ATM machine in town. At the present time, the place attracts attention for its peaceful environment - typical for local fishing villages, with close to 10,000 inhabitants who are also engaged in agriculture and tourism. Commercial fishing includes ocean shrimp, river shrimp, farm shrimp, octopus, lobster, stone oyster, "pleasure" oyster, clams and local fish like red snapper, mahimahi, sea bass and Spanish mackerel.
San Blas is the home of the estuary of San Cristóbal (St. Cristopher) where you can rent a small boat to take you through the canals surrounded by mangroves and to visit La Tobara and the crocodile farm. This place is a natural sanctuary that depending on the time of year offers excellent opportunities for observing birds. La Tobara is located approximately 3 hours from Puerto Vallarta and you can either take the excursion by yourself without any problem or if you prefer you can join a tour group organized by any company dedicated to sightseeing excursions.

Another place of interest to visit in San Blas is the ruins of La Contaduria Fort, the former customs office and the Chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary. They are buildings which bear testimony to the Spanish Conquest and have served as a starting-point harbor of the exploration and the colonization of California and Baja California.

Playa Los Corchos

Beachcombers might enjoy a side trip to nearby Playa los Corchos. If, at the junction 5 miles (8 km) west of Santiago Ixcuintla, instead of turning off for Mexcaltitán you continue straight ahead (west) for about 15 miles (24 km), you’ll arrive at Playa los Corchos. Here, waves roll in gently from 100 yards out, leaving meringues of foam on sand speckled with little white clam shells. A few ramshackled palapas line the broad, wind-rippled strand.


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