Welcome to our crib: San Pancho style

Our house San Pancho Mexico

Welcome to our new home in San Pancho, Mexico. You already know that we’ve fallen head over heels for the town with its enchanting mix of beach, jungle, cobbled stone streets and splendid people, so we thought it was about time we introduced you to our charming little home where we plan to stay until April. It’s the longest we’ve stayed anyone on our trip but, like I said, we’re in love! 

Our apartment costs $500 a month and includes hot water, internet and a weekly clean including fresh towels (we didn’t realise this until the first time it happened and were blown away by the luxury of it!). We found it through one of our friends in town who lives on the same road. There was no advertisement or sign, which is the case for most of the long-term rentals in town. To find somewhere, you simply have to walk around and ask. There’s a big divide between holiday rental prices and places, like ours, that rent by the month – some of the cheaper holiday places are $500 a week, and the expensive ones cost that a day! This is why you need to be in town to find a bargain.

Apartment in San Pancho outside

Our house is just one small block from the main street on a pretty, plant-lined, cobbled stone street. Our landlord, a friendly Mexican lady named Angela, lives downstairs, and we have the top floor, which is like a mini house in itself.

Staircase to apartment San pancho Mexico

It’s accessed via its own  stairway so we have plenty of privacy.

Mosaic tiles, San Pancho, Mexico

The tiled steps are particularly pretty.

Steve's office San Pancho Mexico

Inside, there is a little living room/office. Steve has now put a desk in here, which is where he does his editing.

Our bedroom San Pancho, Mexico

Behind that is the bedroom, complete with a dressing table, open wardrobe and en-suite bathroom.

Balcony San Pancho Mexico apartment

A balcony runs along the whole side of the house…

Balcony view San Pancho Mexico apartment

…with a view that reaches across the town to the jungled mountains yonder.

My office San pancho Mexio

My office is outside on the rooftop. This is also my ‘playpen’ where I practice yoga and hula-hooping.

My office San Pancho mexico

The door behind leads to the kitchen, which is open-air on one side.

Kitchen apartment San pancho Mexico

We were delighted when we saw that the kitchen had a blender, perfect for making smoothies. The only downfall is a lack of oven (which is the case for most rental places in South and Central America), but we’ve been amazed at what our little toaster oven can do. We also love the breakfast bar.

Garden San pancho Mexcio apartment

One of our favourite things is the amount of plants that grow on on terrace – from roses, to aloe vera, to herbs. The terrace also extends to the back, where Angela hangs her washing.

San Pancho fire sunset

All this is made extra wonderful by the fact the beach is only a few minutes walk away. We can hear the waves from our terrace, and love to walk down there each day for sunset. My yoga class, our friends, and tons of excellent restaurants are also just minutes away, and every day, different trucks drive by selling their wares – from watermelons, to mattresses to gas. We’ve never lived somewhere so convenient!

So there you have our house. Remember mi casa es su casa, so let us know if you’re passing through San Pancho. We’d love to see you!

A note for those looking for houses in San Pancho

Since writing this post, I’ve had a lot of emails asking for advice on how to find a place in San Pancho. I’m afraid all I can say is go there and ask around. That’s what we did and I don’t have any experience trying anything else. The only places I know of to look online are Air BnB and the website San Pancho Life.  I know that San Pancho Life tends to list vacation rentals so the prices are pretty high. Sorry not to be of more help!

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      • Haley says

        Me and my husband are wanting to move to Mexico possibly there, would you know of any rentals available? ? We’d like to move by the end of this year.

        • Victoria says

          I’m afraid not. I can only recommend going there and asking around as that’s what we did. I also mention a website, San Pancho Life, that has listings at the end of the post above. That could be a good short-term option. Good luck!

  1. Beardo Flares says

    Goodness gracious, I want to pack my bags right now! Just 10 months 6 days 5 hours 13 minutes 12 seconds until me and my girlfriend start our long term traveling, not that I am counting… Keep the posts coming very inspiring :-)

  2. says

    That place is adorable! Love the tiled steps. I’ve got a month long rental in Colombia for now and have also had to learn to live without an oven.

    Hope you guys enjoy your time there!

    • Victoria says

      Yep, this whole no oven thing is a challenge but we’re getting used to it. Hope you’re having an awesome time in Colombia.

  3. says

    Love, love, love Mexico! Love it!!! Having lived in San Miguel de Allende and Ajijic for about 6 months in all, as well as driven from the U.S. border to the border of El Salvador, I think I know this marvelous country fairly well. This happy international house sitter totally gets it!

    • Victoria says

      It will be! We’re heading home at the end of April but not for long. I imagine we’ll return to San Pancho at some point.

  4. says

    Heading back to Mexico in March and we’re looking for somewhere to base ourselves for a while as we travel around. I’ve never heard of this area, but it looks so pretty and the house is lovely!

    • Victoria says

      We’ll be here until April so perhaps we’ll cross paths! The off-season when it’s very humid and rainy (but also cheaper) starts around then. Keep in touch!

  5. jose says

    could you email the address of the apartment in san pancho me and my girlfriend should be moving that way next winter fingers crossed

    • Victoria says

      Hi Jose,
      I don’t think our owner has an email. It’s more of a ‘show up and ask’ kind of place. I will ask though, just in case. There ar eplenty of houses here so I’m pretty sure you’ll find something. Enjoy San Pancho! It’s a great place!

  6. says

    Wow! This looks amazing! My boyfriend and I are researching spots to settle for a bit and do some volunteering in Mexico. We’ve never been too far north of Mexico City, but your photos of San Pancho are giving us new ideas! Just wondering, we’re on a pretty tight budget. Did you come across other rental options for much cheaper? Something more like a room in a house or building? Thanks!

    • Victoria says

      Hi Christine, it is possible to find cheaper places to live, but do bear in mind that the town is tiny so the options are limited. Shannon at wrote a good blog piece on the cost of living in San Pancho. As did, Simon and Erin at Never Ending Voyage. I recommend looking at both of their blogs. And Steph and Mike of Twenty-Something Travel and Art of Backpacking have just moved to the town next door (Sayulita) so they may also have some good advice. Hope that helps!

  7. Noelle says

    What a charming little house! I am in San Poncho in March, and doing a little research for an upcoming book, would love to have an opportunity to ask more questions if you have some time?

  8. Michael says


    My girlfriend and I are looking to be in San Pancho this winter for a month. Any advice for finding an affordable apartment?

    Is showing up and asking around a pretty decent bet?

    (price range would be cheap-700 USD)


    • Victoria says

      Hi Michael, I’m afraid the only advice I can give is to show up and ask around. It can get busy during the high season, but you should be able to find something. If not, you’ll almost definitely find something in Sayulita. Good luck!

  9. Laure says


    Thanks a lot for so many informations and positive vibes. My daughter and I are planning to move to San Pancho july 2016. I am a YogaNidra teacher, my daughter will be then 15. In case some one living there all year long would have informations concerning school there at this age, I would be extremely grateful. It would be so helpful. We are going there for 10 days in October.

    I am French, I ve been traveling a lot with my daughter till she got 8 years old, Thailand, Malaisia, Guadeloup then settle down in South France when she got 8 years old. We both miss it so much now. So she would love to finish her study in San Pancho…

    Thanks a lot in advance for any advice.



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