Most of the residents of Puerto Vallarta have said that living in such an amazing coastal town is a dream come true. Puerto Vallarta has numerous breathtaking beaches, warm weather year-round, and so many different activities to enjoy. Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place to vacation, to live, or to retire in. Although, the setting is iconic, it is always fun to leave town occasionally. Would you like to know more information on an exciting weekend getaway if you happen to be in Puerto Vallarta? A small town that’s very magical is called San Sebastian and it is only about 1 ½ hours away. The small town charm in San Sebastian has a cooler climate and rustic, charming vibe, which is great when you want an escape from Puerto Vallarta.
Small Town Charm in San Sebastian
In 1605, San Sebastian was founded. San Sebastian was a mining town, and during the early Spanish colonial Viceroyalty of New Spain period gold, silver and lead were mined. There were over twenty-five mines and several foundries in operation by the year 1785. In 1812, there was close to one thousand people living in San Sebastian. By 1900, a century later San Sebastian had over twenty-thousand people living in the small town. In 1910, the national revolution occurred in Mexico and the population quickly declined, and currently San Sebastian only has about five hundred people living there.
San Sebastian – “Magic Town”
San Sebastian acquired the name Pueblo Magico, which in English means “Magic Town”, due to its charm and in-depth historical character. In 1608, the Church of Saint Sebastian was built, and it was the main church in San Sebastian. The church was designed with a Colonial Spanish Baroque décor and each of the details are remarkable. The church has vaulted ceilings and Corinthian columns. Throughout the small town, you can find other types of structures that were built with stone or adobe during the 18th and 19th centuries, and today many of the local homes have been totally restored to their original beauty. San Sebastian is ideal for a weekend getaway from PV. Visitors can escape the hot and sticky months in Puerto Vallarta, and enjoy all that this small town has to offer.
San Sebastian Lodging Choices
There are numerous vacation rentals and hotels available in San Sebastian, and some are very affordable, too. You can choose to stay on the outskirts of the town, or you can choose to stay in the middle of the town where most of the action occurs. For an authentic San Sebastian experience, you should stay at the Hacienda Jalisco. The Hacienda Jalisco is located on the outskirts of San Sebastian, and this historical place has beautiful gardens and vegetable fields surrounding it. If you are wanting an adventurous stay, then you should stay at the Potrero de Mulas Ecotourism Ranch. The cabins at the ranch are situated in amongst pine forests, soothing streams, and trails. If you would rather stay in the city where you are able to walk around and take in the sights, then you should stay at the Mansion Real. The Mansion Real is located in the historic district and it is very affordable, too.
Places To See
For the most delicious and organic coffee in the area, visitors should visit the Quinta Mary. It is a coffee lover’s paradise. The coffee plantations are environmentally sanitized with onion, garlic, and chili as this is how they pesticide their crops without using harsh chemicals. The coffee is roasted, grounded, then packed, and the coffee is absolutely healthy and delicious. Mexican candy is also offered at Quinta Mary. These traditional Mexican candies are so delicious. You will also want to take a breather and relax at the town’s central plaza. The central plaza has beautiful landscaping, shops, boutiques, and many restaurants surrounding it. The central plaza is a wonderful area to eat an ice cream and to people watch. If you would like to see one of the best views in San Sebastian, you will need to head high up to El Cerro de la Bufa, which is located in the mountains just above the small town. If the day is clear, visitors can sometimes see the Banderas Bay ocean views in addition to mountain views. If you are a culture lover, then you will want to go to the most popular cultural event that is held every January 20th in San Sebastian as the town celebrates San Sebastian, its patron saint. The cultural event provides dancing, music, horseback riding, pyrotechnics, and other exciting cultural activities that everyone will enjoy. On October 7th, another popular event is held in San Sebastian, which is the honoring of the Most Holy Virgin of the Rosary of the Real Alto. In the 17th century an ancient wooden altar was built, and every October 7th is when the residents honor it.
San Sebastian is the perfect place for a weekend getaway whether you are vacationing or living in Puerto Vallarta. Visitors can see breathtaking mountain views, enjoy less humidity, and take in the small town charm. Just 60 km from Puerto Vallarta, you won’t regret a fun mountain getaway to San Sebastian.