Some General Notes To Help Visitors
(Enjoy Old Mexico-this ain’t Cancun)
The surrounding community to
Simpatico is not a typical tourist area. While there are hotels in the
area, the community is not a resort area. The local people are
hard-working citizens, fishermen, farmers, blue-collar workers such as
waiters or waitresses, or small business owner. This guide is an evolving
information sheet. Please feel free to add your suggestions and comments
in the guest book. The map for this guide is in the rack in the living
unlocking the door; turn the small key half a turn clockwise while pulling
on the door. Always lock up. The door locks behind you when
you pull it shut. If you continue to turn the key, a bolt will be engaged.
If you lock your key in, We have another one. There’s a pay phone
accross from Sabritas (see map). It’s good to have a calling card
with you. They are available at most of the small stores.
The local people cut through alongside the edge of the
property to get access to the beach (see map). Other useful numbers are in
the magazine rack. Emergency telephone number is 066- we’ve never used it. San Blas
Ministero Publico 01 323 285-06115 = police in San Blas, never called that
either, don’t want to.
- Water – the storage tank on the roof
supplies shower and sink water. It is pumped up from the stream.
Short showers means less refilling. Please conserve electricity
and water when at all possible.
Don’t drink this spring
water – It is
suitable for rinsing and boiling fruits and vegetables. If the hot water
heater isn’t on, light it if you want hot
water. The five-gallon water jugs are used for drinking and anything else
you might feel comfortable with. A truck comes by at odd times for
delivery, (they are also available in Santa Cruz and San Blas). Please
bring in an empty jug when purchasing additional water. We’re trying to
get all plastic jugs. These jugs are costly, we have 5, thanks for helping
when you can.
- Laundry –
A washing service is located about 1.5 kilometers north on
the main road at the Casa Manana. There is also restaurant
If you don’t want to get groceries, in the little village
of Sta Cruz, which is south. The closest restaurant is a
short walk out the gate, turn right at the T intersection,
(always keep the gate closed, not locked). A couple of minutes
down the cobblestone road (see map) you’ll find the Eden
Restaurant at the Paraiso Miramar. It has a nice view and it’s
close, one star food. The next closest places are the ramada’s
at Miramar. We use Leo’s.
Lucy’s is located in Aticama, just past Playa
Los Cocos, three blocks up on your right at the town square and
is open daily from 7AM till 10PM.
In San Blas there are many restaurants, the best being
the Garza Canala, following the signs in town. The
second is the Crocodilia on the town square, the Familia
- make a left after the town square. It’s on the right. There’s
chicken takeout, pizza and even McDonalds (no…not THAT
In Tepic, 68 km or 90 minutes over the Sierra Madres,
there are several good restaurants. There are two locations for
the Girasol, a vegetarian restaurant: one in Centro, and
the other at the park.
There is also now an authentic Japanese restaurant and sushi
See brochure in the magazine rack for the addresses and a map. There
is also a vegetarian restaurant called Quetzalcoatlh located on
Leon St. and Lerdo St. near the cathedral. A good bakery is in the
same building. Sometimes it’s easier to park your car and get around
in a taxi in Tepic. There are also buses all day long with the last
bus back to Miramar leaving at 5PM. While you’re in Tepic, there are
several museums. See the pamphlet located in the magazine rack for
A sandy beach is located about a five minute walk to the
right around the stone wall in front of the house at low tide.
Wear sneakers or water shoes. At high tide, the beach can be
reached by walking the roadway along the bluff. (see map). A dip
in the river is a pleasant way to rinse off the salt water and
Reading material –
A small library is located in the bedroom. Please don't take
the books when you leave.
Cora waterfalls & swim!
Mangrove boat tour in Mantanchen. We suggest the
earliest boat tour which leaves at 7AM. Some guides are good.
At low tide, tide
pooling is fabulous. Turn over rocks near waters edge to discover
a whole new world of seashore life.
is excellent. A bird list can be found in the magazine rack and if you
are a serious birder, bring a field guide and binoculars.
watch vessel(s) at the wharf in San Blas.
– There’s an
air pump and locks for the two mountain bikes available for use.
speed wireless –
in the house, bring your own laptop.
by previous arrangement.
clinic – in Sta Cruz and Aticama just after the bridge
and a larger one in San Blas. Puerto Villarta also has extensive
medical facilities. First aid kit in bathroom.
– Buses leave Puerto Vallarta 7:30AM, 10AM and 1:30PM and
3:00PM cost about 100 pesos one way. Make sure
you clarify the bus for La Manzanilla, municipal of San Blas,
Nayarit. To find the main bus station in Puerto Villarta, ask
for Central Camionera. The bus stop in La Manzanilla is a few
hundred yards to Simpatico. Going south, buses leave San Blas at
7AM, 10AM, 2PM and 5PM.be at the bus stop at the end of the
paved cobblestone road 20 minutes after the hour. The bus could
take up to an hour after it leaves San Blas so please be
patient. There is an hour time difference , 1 hr later.
The bus trip takes no more than three hours. You can take a 50
peso cab or a 5 peso bus to the airport from there.
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