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Introducing San Blas

The tranquil fishing village of San Blas, 70km northwest of Tepic, has been slated by government tourism officials to become a big resort town for decades. That’s not to say it’s changed much. It’s still a peaceful, drowsy backwater, and therein lies its charm. Visitors come to enjoy isolated beaches, fine surfing, abundant birdlife, and tropical jungles reached by riverboats.

San Blas was an important Spanish port from the late 16th century to the 19th century. The Spanish built a fortress here to protect their trading galleons from marauding British and French pirates. It was also the port from which Junípero Serra, the ‘Father’ of the California missions, embarked on his northward peregrination. While on either side of the main drag, San Blas is just another cobblestoned backwater, on Av Juárez itself, the uniform whitewashed facades lend a dreamy revival quality that is immediately endearing.