Welcome to the Tailwind Jungle Lodge

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Perched amidst majestically swaying palm trees, Tailwind is a sustainable jungle lodge, retreat center and adventure tour company on the Mexican Pacific. Our motto? Enjoy life! Between kayaking, hiking, SUP, yoga and relaxing in the hammock, it's definitely easy to do just that.

The Tailwind Jungle Lodge was founded by the adventurous Jacobi family in 2007. The lodge's creatively designed, tree-house like bungalows, palapas and casitas are nestled amidst 5 acres of truly stunning jungle ridges descending to breathtaking beaches of white sand. The lodge is located on a spectacular coastline, just north of the charming town of San Pancho (official name, San Francisco) in the state of Nayarit, Mexico.

We look forward to sharing this natural paradise with you!

A Glimpse of Life in the Jungle

The Tailwind Jungle Lodge Story

After many extended wilderness expeditions, the Jacobi family decided to turn their passion for adventure and daydreams of a family business into reality. They started with a blank canvas of jungle in 2005, rolled up their sleeves and the slowly created the Tailwind Jungle Lodge. The family now works, plays and thrives together in the Mexican jungle. They are eager to share their jungle home with you! The creation of the lodge has been the most rewarding and challenging adventure that the family has undertaken. The Jacobi family has come a long way since their daydreams in the wilds.

Jacobi family adventures have included:
  • Mountain Biking 2000 miles of the USA's Continental Divide
  • Mountaineering Pico De Orizaba (Elevation 18,491 ft, highest peak in Mexico)
  • Sea Kayaking 900 miles of the Baja's Sea of Cortez
  • Backpacking California's John Muir Trail (220 miles)
  • Vermont's Long Trail (270 miles)

Tailwind FamilyWhy the name "Tailwind"?

After battling many headwinds on their adventures (kayaking and biking), the Jacobi family has decided that life is always much more enjoyable with the wind at your back. Thus the name Tailwind!

Tailwind Staff / Jacobi Family

"El Tigre" (Tiger Jacobi), Builder Designer & Dreamer


A lifelong dreamer, adventurer, builder, and traveler, Tiger has been visiting this stretch of Mexican Pacific for the last 40 years. When he found this spectacular piece of jungle he knew this was home. He has passed his genuine love and appreciation for the natural living along to his family. Tiger is delighted to now have a jungle canvas where he can apply his Swiss Family Robinson style building ideas! For Tiger, the creation of the Tailwind Jungle Lodge is a life long dream fulfilled. When he's not working around the lodge, Tiger is leading sea kayaking and SUP tours. He can't wait to get you out on the water!

"Jungle Judi" (Judi Jacobi), Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor & Community Outreach


Judi began life humbly as 1 of 6 kids in Alaska. Her father was a commercial fisherman and Judi's fondest memories were of summers spent at our very remote fishing camp. In this wild and beautiful place, flanked by snow caped mountains, she and her family lived with bald eagles, whooping cranes, beluga whales and seals. The camp was accessible only by small plane or boat. There was no power or plumbing and they collected rainwater for drinking, etc. Living so close to nature planted a seed in Judi that has endured.

When Judi and her husband, Tiger, started a family, they backpacked, biked, kayaked and canoed with the goal of leaving civilization behind and instilling a love of nature in their children. In 2005 they found this beautiful piece of jungle. Through the arduous process of obtaining legal right to the land, Judi promised the powers of the universe that she and her family would carve out a place to dwell here in the most delicate way possible with the natural setting as her first priority. Judi says "This vow has now given my life a most wonderful purpose. With like-minded family members I am committed to sharing this special place with guests from afar as well as the local community. Our mission is also to be an example to others building in this delicate jungle environment."

Judi has been teaching fitness for years and is a now a newly certified yoga instructor. She's excited to teach yoga amidst the palms and tropical birds!

"The Jungle Girl" (Tamara Jacobi), Tailwind Manager, Hostess, Adventure Guide & Nutrition Coach


After nearly a decade of natural living, Tamara loves managing the Tailwind Jungle Lodge more than ever. During her studies of environmental economics at Middlebury College, VT, Tamara wrote up the business plan for an eco-lodge. She's been in the jungle on the Mexican Pacific ever since! When Tamara's not greeting guests at the lodge, she's guiding sea kayaking, hiking and SUP adventures.

Tamara is also a holistic nutrition coach. Read more about her workshops, sports nutrition programs, nutrition school and more at (www.junglegirlhealth.com)

Rhett Jacobi, Surf Guide & Permaculture Designer/Builder


Rhett has a serious passion for playing in the waves! Having grown up in the mountains and been a ski instructor for 7 years, Rhett has now applied his passion to surfing and natural building. Rhett is an excellent surf instructor who believes that with patience and a positive attitude anyone can become a surfer. Rhett has had experience teaching people of all ages. No one is too young or old to try surfing for the first time! Rhett also says that after spending 8 months discovering Central America's best surf spots, Rhett still claims that some of the best surf is right around San Pancho.

When he's not surfing Rhett is brainstorming new ideas for future eco-designs at the Tailwind Jungle Lodge. He has definitely inherited Tiger's passion for building. Rhett has some amazing ideas and visions for the future of Tailwind. Stay tuned!

Walter Wright, Surf & Sail - Adventure Guide and Expedition Leader


Walter embodies the flow of the Jacobi family tradition from mountain lover to ocean addict. Walter's background spans from ski instructor & mountain guide, to environmental/sustainability consultant & graduate school in marine conservation ecology, to ocean-based adventure guide & USCG certified Master boat captain. Walter has guided for surf lodges, designed and led eco-friendly and educational tours, captained sailboat adventures, and has a natural knack for designing trips to suit each client.

Walter is joining Tailwind to assist as a guide and to further develop our ocean-based exploration. Walter's experience with adventure planning & guiding, personalized instruction, and extensive knowledge of marine environments - in addition to his personal passion for protecting and preserving the environment - offers adventurers a unique opportunity to learn and play on the Mexican Pacific and beyond.

Stay tuned for Tailwind's Environmental Surf & Sailing Expeditions!

Tailwind spotted in the wild!

Clippings and articles from around the web about Tamara and Tailwind Jungle Lodge.

Jungle Living & "Healthy" Margaritas (view pdf)

  • Published: Thursday, February 28th (ISSUU.com - THE LIST Spring Edition)
  • Author: Tamara Jacobi
  • Photography: Amber Terranova & Casey Day
  • "So . . . are you ready for a genuine jungle and ocean experience ?"

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: I Say Bring it On (read the article)

  • Published: Wednesday, August 22nd (StandupJournal.com)
  • Author: Tamara Jacobi
  • "been in Colorado, loving getting into river suping. From paddling in glassy flatwater to running my first rapids, I say bring it on!"

Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Restore Balance and Deepen Your Yoga Practice (read the article)

  • Published: Wednesday, June 13th (MindBodyGreen.com)
  • Author: Tamara Jacobi
  • "As I step onto my board and glide out onto the glassy water I catch a glimpse of the magic of walking on water. My body, my mind, my board and the water are united as one - a harmony of energy, tranquility and delight."

The 5 Keys to Holistic Nutrition (read the article)

  • Published: Tuesday, May 23rd (MindBodyGreen.com)
  • Author: Tamara Jacobi
  • "Are you nourishing yourself completely? When considering this question, the first thing that comes to mind may be food. Indeed, nutrients, minerals, carbs, proteins, fats, etc are essential components of the nutritional foundation for your unique body."

The Girl: Meet Jungle Girl, "Tamara Jacobi (read the article)

  • Published: Tuesday, May 22nd (BlissTree.com)
  • Author: Deborah Dunham
  • "This week on That Girl we are so excited to share the story and inspiration of a true adventure girl, Tamara Jacobi. Not only is Tamara a health coach specializing in holistic nutrition, but she runs a true jungle lodge in Mexico and practices what she preaches (and then some!) by doing everything from stand-up paddleboard surfing to skiing to trail running to biking, and more!"

Sporty Girls Make Great Entrepreneurs (read the article)

  • Published: Tuesday, May 20th (GirlsGoneSporty.com)
  • Author: Tamara Jacobi
  • "During my final week of college in Vermont I sat at my desk tapping my pencil, pondering my future. I had an unusual decision to make. Would I claim a comfortable desk in a tall building, or would I take the business plan I'd just written up and head to the Mexican jungle to make my entrepreneurial dreams come true?"

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