Plan Your Trip
We are located on the coast just north of San Pancho (official name San Francisco), Nayarit, Mexico, approximately 30 miles north of the city of Puerto Vallarta.
Which airport do I fly into?
We recommend flying into the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), which is in the state of Jalisco, Mexico.
Where is the Tailwind Jungle Lodge in relation to the airport?
The charming town of San Pancho, is about a 1 hour drive north of the Puerto Vallarta airport on highway 200.
We are located approximately 3 miles north of San Pancho on a lovely jungle road that parallels the coastline.
How to Get Here
a) Rent a vehicle.
We strongly recommend that you rent a car for your stay. This will give you much more freedom to explore, go into San Pancho for meals, visit beautiful beaches, surf breaks, etc. There are many rental car agencies online and at the Puerto Vallarta airport; U-save, National, Budget, etc. Our favorite local company is www.geckorentcars.com. It’s best to reserve a car in advance. Simple rental cars are approx. $35 - $45/day. It is an easy drive on the only highway heading north along the coastline (HWY 20).
b) Taxi Service.
For groups and retreats, taking a van taxi to/from the airport to Tailwind is a good option an option. Taxis are approximately $170 USD roundtrip for a van of 8 people. For Taxi info, contact Pedro at the Diva Tours taxi service, www.divatours.net. Tell them that you’re headed to the Tailwind Jungle Lodge. They know where we are! The Taxi service is also available to transport guests to and from the jungle to San Pancho for meals, activities, etc. Taxi into town is approx. 200 pesos one way. Transportation should be arranged in advance.
c) Public Bus.
If you’re feeling adventurous, another way to get to Tailwind is to take the public bus north on Hwy 200, from Puerto Vallarta to San Pancho. (approx. 50 pesos/person). Once in San Pancho you will then need to take a taxi to the Tailwind Lodge (approx. 2oo pesos). Note that taking the bus is the longest option and requires some patience!
If I rent a car, does it need to be 4wheel drive?
In the dry season (October to May), 4x4 is not necessary. The road may be a bit bumpy, but a regular car is fine. From June – Oct. the road may be impassible without a 4wheel drive vehicle.
Food & Dining
What to eat?
The Tailwind Lodge does not provide food and does not have a restaurant on site. All of our units have their own kitchenettes. Making taco feasts can be fun! There is a fish market, fruit stands and small grocery store in San Pancho. There are also many wonderful restaurants in San Pancho, from basic taco stands to 4 star.
We have excellent chef available for groups of 6+ people (great for retreats and special events), please inquire. Check out this short video of jungle dining! . Yum.
What is a kitchenette and what does it include?
Each unit (casita, bungalow or palapa), with the exception of Palapa Gecko, has its own kitchenette. The kitchenettes are basic kitchens, which include a fridge, stove, pots, pans, plates, glasses, cutlery, etc. The main kitchens are in Palapa Tigre and Casita Pumita. These kitchens are larger and have more appliances (blender for margaritas!) and ovens.
Restaurants in San Pancho?
San Pancho has a lovely range of restaurants, from tasty taco stands to fine dining. We highly recommend eating out in San Pancho at least once during your stay! Enjoy a sunset cocktail on the beach and then decide what kind of food you fancy! Definitely ask us about our favorite San Pancho restaurants.
What is there to do at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge?
A joke around the Tailwind headquarters is that “there is so much not to do!”. Whether you’re looking to lounge in the hammock or hit the waves, there’s something for everyone!
To do in the jungle:
• Take a dip in the pool and sunbathe
• Hike (range from 20 min. to 2 hours)
• Visit the orchid plantation (30 minute hike from the lodge)
• Yoga class* (feel free to stretch and do your own yoga on the platform anytime!)
• Bird watching tour*
• Watch the wildlife, there’s a lot to look at!
• Hike to San Pancho (3 miles into town)
You can also check out the
* Reservation required.
Things To Do Near San Pancho
What else is there to do in the San Pancho area?
Whale watching, sea turtle non-profit, deep sea fishing, surfing lessons, snorkeling around the Marietta Islands, zip-lining, mountain biking, and more!
San Pancho & Sayulita Farmer’s market, tour around EntreAmigos (local community center/non-profit for kids), explore the petroglyphs by Alta Vista, watch sea turtles being released by the San Pancho Tortuga protection organization.
Dinning in San Pancho:
San Pancho has a lovely range of restaurants, from breakfast to dinner, taco stand to 4 star restaurants. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on the beach and then decide what kind of food you fancy! Ask the Tailwind staff for recommendations!
Popular Towns near San Pancho:
Sayulita (nightlife, surf break, trendy/ hippy style town), Puerto Vallarta (restaurants, boardwalk, shopping), Yelapa (town accessed only by boat), San Blas (crocodiles, bird watching, culture).
- Biodegradable soap (Dr. Bronner’s type recommended) Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash . . . Anything that goes down the drain waters the plants so make it biodegradable!!!
Insect repellent (insects are not a problem unless you go hiking through narrow jungle trails, always good to have repellent just in case)
Flashlight/headlamp (for additional light on trails at night)
Sturdy walking shoes for walking and hiking around the area
Sunscreen, the sun is strong here and sunscreen is very expensive in San Pancho
Warm clothing for cool nights (pants and sweater in Dec./Jan/Feb)
Ear plugs (if the birds are too loud for you!)
Binoculars (if you’re into that kind of thing)
Tevas or chaco sandals
A rash guard (if you have one and want to surf)
Don’t forget your camera!
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