Casa Polo is a sweet home in the fishing village of San Pancho (officially: San Francisco) on a lazy cul-de-sac . It is affectionately named after the adjacent polo field where, before they moved to their new field, we caught glimpses of magnificent horses and bi-weekly polo matches. Our house was designed to be a haven with three primary concerns; privacy, layers of public spaces and cooling. For cooling we have overhangs and orientation to shade the sun and whisk in a cool tropical breeze.
*Two king master suites have dedicated baths, closets and privacy.
*There are two second-floor decks, one with chaises -private for the master suite and one overlooking life in the lane, with charcoal BBQ, benches and a picnic table. These are great for reading, sunning, eating or partying.
*The kitchen/dining overlook the living room: both overlook the cooling plunge pool with small deck.
Older children are very welcomed, however due to unprotected stairwell and ladder, the house is unsuitable for toddlers and rambunctious kids(and adults :-).
San Pancho is wonderful for people who love the ocean without the overwhelm of tourists or refinery. The beach itself is 1.8 miles long, an oasis of empty white sand. Near main street, the beach has clusters of people where a few local restaurants serve lunch, dinner and drinks. In either direction the beach is unpopulated except for New Years and Easter. On the left end is the good surf and the fishing pangas. You can ask fishermen to take you deep sea fishing. Occasionally the national Mexican surf championships is here. At the right end is the occasional surf caster or boogie boarder.
We love our small mixed neighborhood of friendly folks, both Mexican and Gringo. Our un-trafficed cul-de-sac has a particularly relaxed feeling while still giving an authentic Mexican experience. We walk or bike (rent) everywhere. The ocean is only 3/4 mile and almost everything you could want is between here and there: fine restaurants, taco stands, the EntreAmigo community center, shopping, bars, and soccer field. Las Huertas Golf Club is a mile away: they rent fine clubs for men and women. Just walking to the ocean, taking a swim and having lunch under a palapa near the beach is our idea of fun. My husband has discovered mountain motorcycle touring. I enjoy yoga classes and I'm just experimenting with SUP surfing. We love both cooking at home and the amazing restaurants here. Our kids love surfing. A favorite part of the day is at sunset when locals and gringos come together on the beach with babies or margaritas in tow. Horses go by for a sunset riding tour. Eyes are peeled for birds, whales, and butterflies while sipping cold drinks and watching the friendly activity.
The San Pancho Music Festival is a huge draw the last weekend each February. It is a true community affair from school kids to world class performers. It is organized by musician and recording legend Charles Eller - think Putumayo Records. The big question is will he open a studio here one day? Amazing statistic: the owners of 3 American recording studios own houses in tiny SP.
Exploring the varied coastline is engaging with unique villages, jungle ruins, natural hot springs, a village where prime surf is reachable only by boat, and farmers markets, just to name a few. Sayulita is great for night life; Punta Mita for snorkeling, whale watching &, fishing; La Penita for its Thursday morning market, and Puerto Vallarta for everything city.
A huge bonus while at Casa Polo is our multi-talented and bilingual manager, Abigail. Through her you can arrange in-home massages, foot reflexology, cooking, private yoga or cooking classes, taxi and delivered groceries. You can ask her for references for bike rentals, tours and more. She is a talented chef and massage/health practitioner.
Maid service - midweek on 6-7 day rentals (more can be arranged)
Gardener - three days per week
San Pancho Hydration Essentials :-)
*Jamaica Tea or Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Punch) Non Alcoholic: bring water to boil, steep till it’s the color of cranberries,10 minutes-ish. This tea is great alone, or with a tad of sweetness -add agave. For punch:
3 quarts water
1/2-inch piece ginger, finely grated
1 1/2 C dried Jamaica flowers (hibiscus or flor de Jamaica) - bring to boil and steep, then add:
1 cup agave
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 1 large lime)
*Casa Polo Margaritas:
Rub glass rim with lime or agave and dip in sea salt.
1 part Tequila - Herradura (or your favorite 100% agave tequila)
1 part Triple Sec ( Amaranta Triple Sec is our favorite orange liquor. See photo attached. Only found at Super Mary’s this visit on the main street just behind Casa Polo).
1 part Freshly squeezed lime juice
Ice finely crushed for proper dilution (if not add water to the mix)
*Micheleda: Rub rim of chilled glass with lime then dip in salt. For more zing, add chili powder to the salt.
I bottle Clamato Juice
1 bottle Pacifica
8 dashes of hot sauce & worschester sauce +
1/2 large lime juiced