Las Iguanas Bungalows – Palapas in Paradise

Update: January 30, 2014 – I’ve had a few friends stay at the Las Iguanas Bungalows since I first made this post, they said it would have been nice if it weren’t for the constant smoke billowing in from the new BBQ restaurant right next door.

They have a huge BBQ in front of the restaurant that burns logs…there is A LOT of smoke that comes in the open air palapas, so unless you like to be in a constant cloud of BBQ smoke, then, it’s for you, otherwise, probably not a good idea to stay there.

Also, there is a new bar opening directly across the street with an outdoor stage, so you would be getting smoked out while listening to loud live music. The same people manage the house right behind that bar, Casa Charco, I was staying there and only got the smoke once in a while, but now the bar is going in…on top of that, you hear the Karaoke bar every night, so not a good idea to stay there either…funny thing is, they also manage the building that the bar is going into…what does that tell you about the property managers?? I’ll leave that one up to you, but it seems quite obvious to me! They have "High Season Fever" and all they see are $$$$$!!!

Remember…Greed Kills!!

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If you’re thinking about taking a Mexico vacation and are looking for San Pancho rentals, you should seriously think about coming to this place…Las Iguanas Bungalows.

Las Iguanas Bungalows San Pancho Nayarit, Mexico

They are a set of bungalows located in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico…or San Pancho, as the locals call it. They call it San Pancho because Pancho is the nickname for Francisco in Spanish. See, you’ve already learned something new to impress your friends with.

San Pancho is a beautiful little pueblo located about 60 kilometers or 30 miles from Puerto Vallarta. You land in Puerto Vallarta and drive on highway 200…it’s the only road going north, so it would be hard to get lost…the last town of the concrete jungle is Bucerias, then you have a 17 mile drive through beautifully pristine, green jungle!! If you’re in the passenger seat, take the time to take it all in, it’s very beautiful, put some Bob Marley on the stereo and start getting in the mood for total tranquility!

When I first came to San Pancho, it was exactly how I pictured a little Mexican pueblo, and the energy you feel is so good and happy…you’ll see, you’ll feel it as soon as you get off the highway and cross the little bridge.

Las Iguanas Bungalows is at the end of town and they are literally 30 seconds to the beach, that’s if you’re walking slow. You can hear the waves crash and you can go have a cold beer or sip a margarita at their restaurant, La Playa.

Watching the sunset is a big thing in San Pancho, the best Sunsets in the area are in San Pancho.
There is a 1 bedroom bungalow, a 2 bedroom bungalow and 1 palapa building with 2 apartments, and La Playa Restaurant is right down the walkway and so is the beach…the restaurant meets the sand…you’ll be sitting under coconut palms with your feet in the sand, watching the surfers and listening to the waves crash and the great music they play there, and then the finally, San Pancho sunset!

The food at La Playa restaurant is great, but then again, there aren’t any bad places to eat in San Pancho. Much like La Cienaga Blvd above Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles is known as "Restaurant Row", so will San Pancho! The variety of food is incredible and all of it is great, you wouldn’t think this sleepy little pueblo would have such a great selection of food.

San Pancho is actually more progressive than a lot of big cities…for one thing, there are recycle bins throughout the pueblo with 3 bins, one for glass bottles, one for plastic bottles and one for aluminum. Secondly, all the telephone and electric lines are starting to be put underground so they’re not spoiling anyone’s view!

Speaking of great food, the owners of Las Iguanas Bungalows also own La Ola Rica restaurant, it’s the only "upscale" restaurant in San Pancho, there are others that could be considered upscale, like Cafe Arte, but everything in San Pancho is so mellow, it’s hard to imagine anything being upscale…all stuffy, uncomfortable and snooty…I guess you could call them, Casual Upscale…99.9% of the people in town, locals and tourists alike, are wearing shorts or surf trunks…there are no ridiculous dress codes here in San Pancho, the people here live life the way it is supposed to be lived and that is: to be happy, have fun, be a good person, and never look down on anyone.

Las Iguanas Bungalows are open air

Las Iguanas 1 bedroom Bungalow
and very comfortable. They look small, but everything you need is there, a bedroom, bathroom, a kitchen with a table and chairs…there is also a ceiling fan
Las Iguanas Bungalows ceiling fan

in the center of the bungalow. Turn the fan on and being open air, you’ll get the breeze from the fan and also an ocean breeze…very nice way to sleep.
This time of year, Autumn, Winter, the bugs aren’t that bad…if you put bug repellant on, you should be ok…try to use bug repellant that DOESN’T have DEET! That stuff is poison, then you wash it off and the poison goes in the water and the land…there are some great natural repellants and some not natural, but not poison either, that work very well…Article on bug repellant coming soon.

So, don’t listen to the media that says Mexico is dangerous…I would say a majority of the big cities in the US are far more dangerous than any part of Mexico…even more than the entire country. Mexico is perfectly safe!!! If you are looking for trouble you’ll find it…it’s as simple as that. The powers that be just don’t want your money leaving the US, because it’s money out of their pockets.

All San Pancho rentals are great, because you can walk to the beach within a couple of minutes, but if you’re at Las Iguanas Bungalows, you’ll be at the beach within 30 seconds! Here are the local Mexico numbers to call:

  • Cell: 322·141·9246
  • Tel: 311·258·4381
  • Tel: 311·258·4487

Here is a helpful guide for calling Mexico, calling the US from Mexico, calling another Mexican phone from within Mexico and calling 800 numbers from Mexico:

800 replace with 880
888 replace with 881
877 replace with 882
866 replace with 883

From your Mexican land phone:

– To dial to a Mexican local number (same area code):
Dial 7 digits (no area code necessary)
– To dial to a Mexican long distance number:
Dial 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits).
– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number:
Dial 044 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits) (when in same area code)
Dial 045 if the cell phone is a different area code than where you are (LD cell phone)

– To dial to a U.S. phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (international rates apply)
Dial 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-888 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-877 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-866 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a Mexican 01-800 number:
Dial 01 + 800 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to other countries:
Dial 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
Gray whale baby taking a look at touristsFrom your Mexican cell phone:

– To dial to a Mexican local number:
Dial directly the área code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a Mexican long distance number:
Dial area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number
Dial area code (3 digits) + phone number

– To dial to a US phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (international rates apply)
00 + 1 + 880 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-888 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-877 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-866 U.S. number:
Dial 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to a Mexican 01-800 number:
Dial 01 + 800 + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To dial to other countries:
Dial 00 + country code (1, 2, or 3 digits) + phone number (usually 7 digits)

– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

Also, to call from a Mexican cell phone while in the US to a Mexican cell phone in Mexico (believe me, it happens):
Dial 011 + 52 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
From your US cell phone:

You can make calls from your U.S. cell phone to Mexican numbers while you are in Mexico. The most confusing thing about this is that some US companies have arrangements with local Mexican carriers (TELCEL or MOVISTAR for example). In this case, the Mexican carrier takes over and your cell phone becomes “Mexican,” so you will use the “from Mexico” option below. Other carriers have no arrangement with any Mexican company, so you’ll use the “from the U.S.” option below. Unless you have an international plan, it is not cheap to use your U.S. cell phone in Mexico, but some times it is necessary. Contact your cell phone company before leaving the U.S, or try to dial the following ways:

– To dial to a Mexican local or long distance landline number:
From the U.S: 011 52 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
From Mexico: 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a Mexican cell phone number:
From the U.S: Dial 011 52 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)
From Mexico: Dial 01 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a U.S. phone number:
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

– To dial to a 1-800 U.S. number: (be aware: international rates will apply)
Dial 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number

– To a US cell phone while is in Mexico (some companies have that as default):
Dial 00 + 1 + area code (3 digits) + phone number (7 digits)

Las Iguanas Bungalows gets filled pretty quickly, like many other San Pancho rentals, but Las Iguanas Bungalows - La Playa RestaurantLas Iguanas Bungalows is one of the best out of all San Pancho rentals so call today and reserve your time in paradise!!

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