Casa Kalea, our home away from home, lies in the peaceful and
welcoming old-world fishing village of San Francisco. Nicknamed San
Pancho by the people who know and love the town, San Francisco sits
on the Pacific Ocean 29 kilometers (18 miles) north of Puerto
Casa Kalea was built in the spirit of providing a welcoming,
relaxing, and peaceful home for its guests. We named the house after
our first Grandchild, Ruby Kalea. Kalea is Hawaiian for joy or
clarity, and it’s our hope that all who stay here will feel joy and
Newly constructed in 2005, the house features two guest bedrooms and
bathroom; plus a master bedroom on the top floor; a spacious master
bathroom & walk-in closet; a large and fully-equipped kitchen which
opens up to the relaxing living space; a patio pool with charcoal
grill; a refrigerator and palapa bar on the top floor, houskeeper,
and a gardener. Children are oh-so welcome!
Some of our favorite moments are spent enjoying tropical breezes,
evening drinks, tapas, and sunsets from the palapa, while awaiting
another day of adventures on San Pancho’s soft white sand beach,
strolling along the town’s cobblestone streets, and eating fresh
fish in the town’s restaurants.
The town of San Francisco maintains the character of a small town,
rich with culture, while providing amenities that make it a unique
vacation spot. It is the ideal setting for those who want to
experience the country while still remaining close to the major hub
of Puerto Vallarta.
Visit the many art shops in town and eat at some incredible
restaurants, where you'll hear live music many nights during the
Fishing: Enjoy fishing trips along the coastline north of Puerto
Vallarta. Catches include large Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi Mahi),
Rooster Fish, Grouper, Red Snapper, and offshore Tuna & Marlin.
Surfing: San Pancho beach and surrounding areas offer an array of
surfing experiences. Sayulita, a 10 minute drive, is an ideal
location to find quality surfing instruction. Waves in San Pancho
are best when the creek flows to the ocean during the wet season
(June - October), although fun, rideable waves arrive year round.
Nearby Punta de Mita and Sayulita receive great quality; however,
more crowded waves year round. An annual surf contest is held in
Sayulita each January. San Pancho surf shop can arrange boat trips
to isolated world-class surf breaks up and down the coast (including
Chacala & Punta de Mita).