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Explore San Blas

Located on the Pacific Coast 62 kilometers northwest of Tepic, the state capital of Nayarit, 150 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, Jal. and 290 kilometers from Mazatlan, Sin.

It was founded in the second half of the eighteenth century and along the Colony was the starting point of countless expeditions, of which excel those of Fray Junipero Serra and Father Kino, as well as point of arrival of the famous Nao from China.

There he established the first Office of New Spain because of its commercial importance. During the War of Independence was the scene of decisive battles

Activities in San Blas

Kayak Adventure

marina36In Hotel Marina San Blas you can rent a kayak and explore all the miles of the Estero del Pozo.

Paseo La Tovara

Tourists from around the world come to San Blas exclusively for this important ride, La Tovara and Camalota Lagoon, where the crocodile sanctuary is located within the estuary area of the municipality of San Blas. Its ecological environment remains untouched, allowing direct contact with nature and to feel the thrill of entering a special habitat of flora and fauna.

Sports Fishing

pescaThe Pacific Coast of Mexico has been a great place for sport fishing and certainly in San Blas you can live a great adventure and find a variety of fish such as Dorado, Sailfish and Marlin, as well as Mojarra, Pargo, Sierra and Snook, depending on the season.

Be sure to visit the famous International Tournament Sailfish, Marlin and Dorado which is held every year during the months of May and June.

Surf

For fans of surfing, beaches like El Borrego, Matanchen Bay, Los Cocos, and Las Islitas are ideal for surfing, especially during the summer when the waves reach great heights.

At the famous Ramadas (small restaurants) located at the edge of the beach you can find instructors and rent surfboards. Do not miss this opportunity!

Bird Watching

aves-aAlthough you may not believe, bird watchers come to San Blas from many parts of the world, given its wide variety of birds of various kinds: Mountain, Middle Mountain, Lagoon, Sea and Estero. San Blas is considered one of the most important refuges in the Western Hemisphere.

In January we celebrate the International Festival of Migratory Birds that offers several events for attendees, among them bird watching tours, children’s meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and cultural events, among others.

Whale Watching

Every winter, humpback whales come to visit us from northern Canada to spend the winter in the warm Pacific waters. In this same tour, if you’re lucky you can also watch other marine species such as dolphins, manta rays, and sea lions.

The Village

Many of the buildings that are part of the architecture of San Blas were built in the eighteenth century.

At present, most of them are monuments of great importance since they bear witness to several historical events in the state. One of them is the beautiful property of the Hotel Hacienda Flamingos!

La Contaduria

In this place the first Spanish settlement in the area was built in the early seventeenth century and was also where San Blas was founded.

On the San Basilio Hill the most important Colonial Ruins on the Pacific Coast are found.

The old fort of San Blas also known as La Contaduría (now semi-restored) and the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary “La Marinera” dating from 1769, where you can find the famous bronze bells immortalized by Henry W. Longfellow in his posthumous poem “The Bells of San Blas.” These Colonial ruins are not restored but well worth visiting… The church is beautiful and gives us a clear idea of the Spanish community that settled in San Blas in those days.

Old Aduana

The first Customs House of New Spain was established in San Blas. Very valuable merchandise of the Naos of China came through here, coming from the Far East (Philippines).

It is a colonial style building, built to serve as the office of traffic control of the port of San Blas. Currently, there is a museum where some pre-Hispanic pieces can be found.

Main Square

Walking to the square and sitting on a bench to rest or enjoying the singing of the birds or children is a spectacle; Around this square you will find the ancient Church of the Lord of San Blas, the bus station and City Hall.

Beaches

marina11Besides relaxing and sunbathing in the pool at the hotel, there are beaches nearby that you can visit, some even within walking distance; even though San Blas was not founded on the coast.

The Municipality of San Blas has a coastline of approximately 30 kilometers of beaches, many of them almost untouched, such as El Rey, El Borrego, Las Islitas, Matanchen, Aticama, Los Cocos, Miramar, Santa Cruz, and Plantanitos. All of them offer a privileged environment and are different from each other; and in most of them you can find Ramadas where you can enjoy delicious typical dishes prepared with fish and seafood: a chile-and-garlic marinated smoked fish known as “pescado zarandeado”, lobster, oysters in a half shell, banana bread, and many other delicacies.