Your bi-weekly news from Nayarit, Mexico

March 15, 2018

The Cross On the Hill
La Cruz del Calvarioque es Bendito

Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), this year is on March 25. This marks the beginning of Semana Santa. Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua) is on April 1. And so begins Easter Week (Semana de Pascua) .
Pedro Guzman Sanchez, fondly known as “La Cotorra,” helps maintain this beautiful and thought provoking paroerty. According to Sr. Guzman, the cross was constructed in 1986 and the stairs took five additional years to complete. It was built for the people with help from the community. The property is a beautifully maintained, serene and spiritual place. It is a temple and is intended for worship for the townspeople, not as a tourist attraction.  Photo by Cosmo Veneziale
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As highlighted by the photos above, we are rapidly approaching the Easter holidays and the historically busy times of Semana Santa. Besides being one of the most celebrated of Holy times of the year, It is also one of the busiest travel times as people living in the interior parts of the country migrate to the coastlines and the beaches to spend some family times swimming and enjoying the sunshine.

This time of year also marks the end of vacation for those that live NOTB. Many travel back north as a matter of necessity to not infringe on the 180 day limits for maintaining insurance or other time restrictive benefits in Canada. Many just want to escape the influx of Mexican tourists, who typically come for one of the two weeks of Easter - Semana Santa or Semana Pascua.

No matter your reasons for leaving this time of year, some of us enjoy staying and seeing and greeting all the families arriving to celebrate the Holy weeks and family life on the their beaches.

Taco and I will be celebrating the Easter holidays by delaying the next issue of this newsletter until Thursday April 5th. Please enjoy this issue and we look forward to seeing you shortly after Easter.

Note:  As a community service, we at Explore Nayarit promote all charity fundraisers for free. So if you have a charity event you want to publicize, send me the particulars and we will help you get the word out.

To find out what else is happening, read through the information below and take a peek at our online calendar.

Photographers and Writers: I sure could use some stories to share with our readers. Some of you sent in stories in the past that never made it to the newsletter, as they got lost in the upgrading process. We hope that you will not be discouraged and will again share with us your experiences here in the bay and beyond. I am sharing one of my recent endeavors later on in this newsletter. I hope you will enjoy reading my short report..

Click here to learn how to submit photos and articles.

To help plan your upcoming trip or your day in the bay, don't forget to check the current weather conditions on our weather page.

Watch for the next issue of the Explore Nayarit Newsletter to arrive in your Inbox some day soon, but nonetheless just in time for your morning coffee.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog, event calendar and forum, as articles and photos are posted there on a regular basis.

David Thompson
Owner-Editor, Explore Nayarit Newsletter
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Whether it's working with crocodiles, turtles, horses, dogs and cats, or helping with special needs children, the elderly, cancer awareness and detection, fundraising with various pro-community organizations, or attending beach volleyball tournaments, horseshoe pitching contests, motor cycle or Volkswagen rallies, kayaking to Isla Coral, sport fishing, or just relaxing on our beautiful sun drenched beaches, there is always something to do here in Jaltemba Bay to give you memories that will last a lifetime.

Earthquake Resistant Homes in Oaxaca
These homes are being built in Oaxaco after the devastating earthquakes demolished so many homes there. This construction process is known as superadobe.

Using bags of local dirt and shaped in the circular fashion shown here, gives the homes some resistance to earthquakes because it has no corners. Resembling beehives, they are still quite comfortable and inhabitable.

This is very important to all visitors with Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Resident Cards
Obtaining a Mexican resident card is not a simple one day task; rather, it is a multi-step process that begins at a Mexican Consulate in your home country and ends (sometimes months later) when you finally pick up your resident card at an immigration office in Mexico. Continued here

Special News from the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.)

This Wednesday morning visit from the special needs school, Centro de Atencion Multiple 9 Ubicado en la Colonia San Jose de Las Varas, was another huge success. These weekly outings, sponsored by George and Loretta Leavitt, have been making a huge impact on the lives of the special needs children in the state of Nayarit. Every Wednesday between 30 and 60 children along with their teachers and/or guardians arrive to enjoy their outings at the Refugio. To continue with the story and to see more photos, click here.
Short Takes...
Monarch Butterflies have again taken it on the chin. Reports show that there was a 14.7% decline in the number of butterflies migrating here this year compared to last year. The calculation is based on the number of hectares covered with the little creatures. Poor weather conditions are being blamed, along with the usage of pesticides.
The Popocatépetl Volcano is in the news after 3 eruptions this morning (March 7). Ash plumes have been rising to more than 2800 meters. Popocatepetl is the second highest mountain in Mexico and is located in central Mexico in the states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos.
Former Mayor of San Blas, Hilario “Layín” Ramírez Villanueva, that once said during his election campaign that he only stole a little bit from the city, has been found to have stolen 12 million pesos. In the words of his successor, "He didn't steal a little, he stole it all".
The OECD, Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, has just raised its projections for the economic growth (GDP) for Mexico to 2.5% for this year and 2.8% for 2019.This could possibly trigger a reduction in the prevailing interest rate of 7.50%
Tlaquepaque Police Force has been disarmed and temporarily disbanded due to the suspected collusion of some of the officers with local cartels. The Jalisco state police have taken over control and will remain until a new group of officers complete their training at the police academy. This intervention could last up to 30 days.

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) is conducting another clinic on March 21 to 24.

See the poster below for further information and a location map.
Primavera Desfile - Spring Parade 

This year the Spring parade, featuring many of the young children of the area, will be held on Wednesday, March 21, starting between 5 - 6 pm. It will begin at the intersection of main street and Hwy 200.

If you enjoy children's laughter and fun, this is one of those kind of events you do not want to miss. 

These photos of last year's parade were provided by Ken and Bea.Rauch.

Charity* Bingo, every Tuesday (begins November 14) from 2:00 to 4:30 pm - La Peñita Seniors' Center - Dec 26 and Jan 3rd are excluded

Calle Bahia de Guaymas #18 (near CFE)

Come and have some fun, bring your friends and support your

community. Cash prizes and a special "Progressive Blackout Bingo

Jackpot" prize that builds each week until it's won.

All proceeds go to GEMA (See description below)

****Don't miss the opportunity to listen to the performances by Doug Noble and John Cole at Tonita's III today and for the next 2 Thursdays in March, for FREE. There is no cost to attend and enjoy the music. Beverages and entrees will be available. There will be 50/50 raffle options with proceeds to the GEMA organization.****
Grupo Especial de Mujeres Aprendido
“A Special Group for Women to Learn”

This is a project to help abused and abandoned women
They learn life skills such as First Aid, Driving, English, and other activities to help them earn a little money of their own.
This support group talks about their problem situations and shares possible solutions, gaining some self-esteem, independence and respect.
This is the only support for these women in our whole area.

Un Grupo de colaboradores altruistas aportando su conocimiento para que las mujeres aprendan.

GEMA es un projecto para ayudar a las mujeres maltratadas y abandonadas en nuestra comunidad.

Apenden habilidades que les ayudan en la vida diaria, tales como primeros auxilios, a conducir auto, ingles, trabajo en equip y toras muchas actividades que les permitan ganar un poco de dinero.

En este grupo de apoyo, las mujeres habla sobre sus problemas entre si y comparte posibles soluciones.

Reciben orientacion para mejorar su autoestima, respeto y independencia. Tambien tienen acceso a consejeria personal con un psicologo especializado.

The fundraisers are getting slim this time of year. Many folk from NOTB have either left already or will be departing soon. Safe travels to you all. See ya in the fall. There are a few of us left to hold the fort down for ya.
  • Every Tuesday - Charity Bingo, More info here
Only In Mexico
They Do Things Different Here

Musings of Bagger Dave

This writing by Dave is dated back in 2013, so keep that in mind as you review the bit of history Dave elaborates on here. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. This is why we love it here. Enjoy...

Click here for the entire story.

Don't miss Guayafest #19 next Wednesday & Thursday

Big Thank You  to everyone that's feeding me with your wonderful photos and stories.  Please send more as my inventory is running very low, so if you have some photos or stories you would like to share, please send them in for future issues of this newsletter. Smile!
Muchas Gracias.
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What's Happening

Upcoming Holidays & Events

  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • March 19 - Benito Juarez Birthday-Observed, Mex
  • March 21 - Benito Juarez Birthday-Actual,Mex
  • March 21 - 24 - JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic (see above)
  • March 25 - Palm Sunday
  • March 29 - Good Thursday
  • March 30 - Good Friday
  • March 31 - Passover
  • March 31 - Blue Moon Tonight
  • April 1 - Easter Sunday
  • April 1 - April Fools' Day
  • April 1 - Daylight Savings begins in Mexico (no joke)
  • April 21 & 22 - Guayafest #19 in Guayabitos
  • April 22 - Dia de la Tierra - Earth Day
  • April 30 - Dia del Niño - Children's Day
  • May 1 - Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day, Mex

Ongoing Events

  • Mondays – Tianguis Market in Guayabitos  Now open in the plaza
  • Tuesdays  Mercado San Pancho open 10:00 til 1:30
  • Tuesdays -- Thru March - Charity BINGO at Seniors Center - La Penita, 
  • Thursdays – Tianguis Market in La Peñita  Open all year
  • Fridays  --  Tianguis Market in Las Varas  Open all year
  • Fridays  --    Mercado Sayulita now open
  • Saturdays  -- Artists' Tianguis now open in the Guayabitos Plaza
  • Saturdays - Tianguis Lo de Marcos - Now open
  • Sundays -- La Cruz Sunday Artisan's Market is now open
Notes:  Mondays & Thursdays – AA Meetings in English, Guayabitos 
            Tuesdays - Beach Cleanup, Guayabitos near Estancia San Carlos Hotel, 7:00 am and everyone is encouraged to pitch-in

There are too many upcoming events to share here. 
View the Explore Nayarit calendar for a complete list of upcoming events,
classes, tours and other activities...
and don't forget to add your event for everyone to see.


View event details and a complete list of upcoming events on the Explore Nayarit calendar
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Where to Stay

No matter whether you’re looking for an upscale resort, all-inclusive hotel, beachfront rental home, quaint Bed & Breakfast or RV park for your rig – here at Explore Nayarit, there’s something for everyone and every budget.

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Condos Casa Rey

Los Ayala

8 spacious oceanfront condos with granite countertops, stainless appliances, satellite TV, WiFi, daily maid service, laundry room, outdoor barbecue and swimming pool.  
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Los Compadres Resort  

La Peñita

1-2 bedroom spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens, private balconies and views of the entire bay. Restaurant onsite. Stay for a week, month or longer.  
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Agneta’s Suites and Yoga

These are luxurious, 5-year old, fully-furnished apartments just 2 minutes down a private path to the wide, walkable beach in Guayabitos. This area has been ranked the most beautiful part of Riviera Nayarit.

Visit our web page here for more information.

Sunset Casa
La Peñita
A delightful vacation rental offering boutique-style accommodations. The property is just steps from the beach in La Peñita, has beautifully manicured gardens and a large heated swimming pool with palapa and bbq.

For more information, click here.

Guayabitos Casa Encantada
A place to relax and renew your spirit!
Guayabitos Casa Encantada awaits your arrival for a relaxing holiday at the beach.

We have 3 deluxe suites for your enjoyment. Two are overlooking the pool and beach and the third enjoys a spectacular view of the mountains. Click here for more information.


Casa Ayala Beach House
Los Ayala

Just a few steps to the beach at this 3 bedroom, 2 bath beachfront home. Fully equipped kitchen, outdoor gas grill, satellite TV, WiFi. This casa is ideal for groups up to 20 persons. The pool next door at Condos Casa Rey is also available. 
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Reader's Reviews

Did you enjoy a great meal, find a great deal or get great service? Why not take a few minutes to write a recommendation for your favorite places to help other locals and visitors in their trip planning and research. Here's what people are saying..

Hamaca Maya
This is your one stop shop for the largest and most beautiful selection of hammocks in all of Mexico. Don't bother wasting time elsewhere. If you're looking for a hammock-THIS is the place. If you're looking for a lame Tshirt or trinket that can be found anywhere else in Mexico, then move on. If you want unique and fun take home prezzies for friends, family and yourself... then don't miss this amazing little gem in La Penita. And the bonus is the owner is as colourful and vibrant as the cool stuff she carries. We love it and never miss an opportunity to check it out when we're there. Absolutely FIVE star worthy.

Buhardilla Restaurant - Guayabitos
My wife and I ate here Saturday night Feb 10, and it was great. Our table wasn't the best but I was late making the reservation and it was the only table for 2 left so you take what you can get. My wife had the raviolis and they were excellent although a very small serving. If it would have been me who ordered them I would have been left hungry and upset. For her, it was barely enough and she ate several pieces of the delicious bread they served with the meal to fill up. I had the fettuchini carbonarra and it was delicious and almost more than I could eat. The sauce was excellent and the pasta was cooked to perfection. Service was prompt and courteous from a waitress who spoke perfect English, and prices were certainly not out of line. All in all a very enjoyable evening!   Murray Dryburgh

Centro Medico La Peñita (Dr. Martín Nuñez Arciniega) - La Penita
Would highly recommend this medical office. My wife uses the lab to monitor a pre-diabetic condition with consultation from both physicians. We are fortunate to have this facility available with such excellent concern & care. Would encourage all expats to give them a try when medical assistance is needed. Robert K King
Beautiful place I had a great time with my friends we enjoyed the happy hour at the bar. 
We had gone before, but we had not found the place open. When he told Sofia, he told us that it was because they had volunteered at one of the events to sterilize dogs. We ordered a latte and a mocha, both were delicious, excellent coffee and prepared with great care. Both the hosts and the diners give this place a sense of warmth that made us feel right at home right away. One of the best places to enjoy excellent coffee in La Penita    Alejandro Zedillo Rojas

Restaurants, Shops, Activities & Businesses

Please support these and other local businesses that make our website and these newsletters possible through their advertising. Thank you!

For a listing of restaurants that are open and ready to serve you, click here.

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Chasite Coffee House
La Peñita
This charming and attractive coffee house is more than just a coffee house. We serve breakfast and lunch offering healthy choices for your enjoyment. Try our smoothies! Did anyone say mango smoothies? They are sure to please.

For more information and location, please click here.

Guayabitos Yoga
Guayabitos Yoga offers gentle outdoor yoga, taught from November through March on a garden patio in the open air. It is both relaxing and rejuvenating. We work on strength, flexibility, core power and balance.

There is still time to attend the final classes in March.

For schedules, directions and costs, click here.

Jaltemba Transportation
Jaltemba Transport is known for their reliable and personalized customer service. We offer round-trip transportation to and from the Puerto Vallarta airport, as well as anywhere you'd like to go in or around the Jaltemba Bay or Nayarit area.

Gilberto and Viviana are at your service.

Get the full story here.

Hamaca Maya
World Famous Mayan Hammocks
Hala Hazzi's hammock store is your one-stop shop for not only hammocks, but also for day-of-the-dead dolls and other delightful Mexican folk art. Hala deals directly with the artisans, so you get the best prices on everything in her store.

Stop in for a look, you will be glad you did. You can get a taste for what's inside her store by visiting her webpage here.

Transportación Turistica Guayabitos

We are your best choice for custom transportation to and from the airport and for private tours.

Our team is certified with the Federal license to provide quality, reliable and safe service. For more information, visit our webpage here.

Mr. Ribs on the Highway
We specialize in BBQ ribs and grilled chicken, done to perfection roasted over mesquite wood.

We are here for your dining pleasure and don't forget about our live music. We will entertain you while you are enjoying our fine food. Please check out our live music schedule on our webpage, click here

Gigio Paradiso Italian Pizzeria
Gigio's Pizza has been open in La Penita on the plaza for years. Now they have opened up a new restaurant on the beach in Guayabitos. Stop in to try out their wood-fired oven baked pizzas. You will be glad you did.You will be astounded by how fast your pizza is cooked in our 900 F. oven. 

We have expanded our menu to include some scrumptious Italian pastas. Visit our webpage here for a map and directions. We are located next to Karla's Restaurant.



Home Workers for Hire

The following individuals have been referred by people in our community. This is a FREE service to help workers like maids, gardeners, painters and repairmen, who keep our homes in tip-top shape. 

Andy Sanchez, La Peñita
Ignasio Partida, La Peñita, (327) 274-3280, cell (327) 102-5035, construction, tile, brick,

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La Vita Condos

Guayabitos  |  Starting at $350,000 USD

13 brand new luxury condos with granite counters, porcelain flooring, fine architecture and woodwork, glass elevator, swimming pool, off-street parking, security guard and more. Stop by and view our models today!  
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Prices are now in Canadian Dollars (approximately 20% discount).
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or live here full time, Explore Nayarit has everything you need to know...

Towns & Beaches
From quaint fishing villages to secluded hideaways, the charming coastal towns and beaches are waiting to be explored. 


Top 10 Things To Do
Our team has put together our TOP 10 favorite things to make sure you take advantage of everything our area has to offer.


Eat + Drink
Search our Restaurant Guide to decide where to eat, drink or dance the night away.

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