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December 16, 2015
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Since the holidays are right around the corner, we would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers, clients, friends and family a joyous holiday season!

In this issue: You'll find our handy (and up-to-date) Holiday Dining + Gift Guide to help you decide where to eat, drink, be merry... and do your holiday shopping. To find out what else is happening, read through the information below and take a peek at our event calendar

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

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Featured Events

December 3-19

Christmas Stocking Campaign
for KinderAide

La Peñita 

This year’s campaign will benefit KinderAide. All school supplies and stuffed animals collected between December 3-19 will be wrapped and then distributed by Santa and his elves at the Navidad fiestas at the most needy, local Kinder schools. Organized by Las Tres Amigas.  Read More

December 16

A Dickens Christmas Feast

La Peñita

Las Tres Amigas dinner and fundraiser at Xaltemba Restaurant. Proceeds will support the Los Amigos de Jaltemba scholarship program.  Read More

December 18

Community Huichol Tour

Near Aguamilpa Dam

Bus to the Aguamilpa Dam, take a boat and arrive at the Huichol village. Observe their homes, how they live, the deer conservation, view a dance ritual according to their customs, and buy some Huichol handicrafts. Book now.  Read More

December 25

Christmas Dinner at Los Compadres Restaurant

La Peñita 

Christmas ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings. Apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert. $350 pesos per person. Opening at 5:30 pm. Please make reservations in advance.  Read More

January 3

J.E.E.P. Spay/Neuter Clinic

La Peñita 

Held the first Sunday of every month from 8:00 am to noon at the Hilltop Refugio. Cost is $300 pesos. Donations from the J.E.E.P. Tianguis booth are used to assist those unable to pay. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing an animal.  Read More

January 18

Taqui Toorist Danz Parti

Rincón de Guayabitos

Los Amigos de Jaltemba Cultural Center is in desperate need of expansion. You can help by attending the Taqui Toorist Danz Party. Dance to the Street Rockers. Sponsored and catered by Don Porfirio Restaurant. Silent Auction (donations accepted), prizes for best costumes. Early Bird tickets on sale now.  
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January 23

4th Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. FUNdraiser

La Peñita 

Horse expo and races, silent auction, dinner and live music. 100% of the proceeds will support Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). Tickets: $350 pesos on sale at Tianguis and J.E.E.P. volunteers. Come up to see the horses (and dogs and cats), support a worthy cause… and enjoy the spectacular view!  Read More

More Upcoming Holidays & Events

Visit our event calendar to learn about upcoming tours, classes, sporting events, music, restaurant specials and other events posted by business owners and event organizers. And don't forget to add your event so we can share it in the next issue.


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Featured Articles


Tianguis in La Peñita and Guayabitos Relocated due to Plaza Remodels

Vendors arrived bright and early this morning to stake out their new spaces on the malecón (boardwalk) and along both sides of the eastbound lane of Avenida Emiliano Zapata.  Read More


Top 10 Surfing Beaches in the Riviera Nayarit 

by Riviera Nayarit CVB

The Riviera Nayarit has waves breaking all year round for every level of surfer – from those who are standing on a board for the very first time to those who defy Mother Nature’s extremes.  Read More


Holiday Dining + Gift Guide 2015

The holidays are quickly approaching. To help you decide where to eat, drink and celebrate this season – and where to find the "perfect" gift – we have begun compiling our annual Holiday Dining + Gift Guide. 

We will continue to update our guide as we receive information, so check back often.  
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Restaurants, Businesses & Charities: Please contact us if you want to be included.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

We would once again like to share this Mexican-inspired Christmas poem with our readers, as we always get several requests for it this time of year...

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through la casa. Not a creature was stirring – 
Caramba! Que pasa?

Los niños were tucked away in their camas,
Some in vestidos and some in pajamas.
While Mama worked late in her little cocina,
El viejo was down at the corner cantina.  

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Tequila Christmas Cookies

This classic holiday cookie recipe has a fun little twist to help us get through the holidays with a smile. A big thank you to “The Cisco Kid” for submitting this recipe to us a few years back.  

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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.


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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Playa Las Tortugas Resort Community

Playa Las Tortugas

12 luxury villas set on a spectacular 10-mile stretch of pristine beach. Unwind, recharge and enjoy a vacation experience (or weekend getaway) like no other.  Read More


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.  Read More


Casa Pacífico

La Peñita

Newly remodeled 2BR casita located 100 steps from the beach and 6 blocks from town. Private entrance, gardens, swimming pool. Weekly rentals preferred.  Read More



Casita Buenos Aires


This spacious 1BR casita overlooks the pool and is surrounded by tropical gardens. Perfect for a romantic getaway, and close to restaurants, shopping and the beach.  More


Casa de Blanca

La Peñita (La Colonia)

Newly constructed 2-story apartment with fully-equipped kitchen. Located near grocery stores and two blocks from beach. Nightly, weekly or monthly rentals available.  More
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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...
Jaltemba Transport, La Peñita
"All aspects of Jaltemba Transport are impeccable."
"He takes extra care and ensures that you are out of pain."
Jaltemba Transport, La Peñita
"Prompt, friendly and always delivers."
"One of the best restaurants in the Jaltemba Bay area."

Restaurants, Shops, Activities & Businesses

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


Restaurant Marlenne


This family-owned restaurant has been dishing up seafood and BBQ ribs on the beach in Guayabitos since 1989. Their motto says, "Here at Bungalows and Restaurant Marlenne, we treat everyone like family."  
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Camilla Fuchs Photography


Portraits • Weddings • Real Estate • Aerial

Camilla strives to capture the look, the smile, the expressions of joy, love, surprise and excitement – without you even noticing she's there.  Read More


Boca di Mare Restaurante


This Trattoria-style restaurant offers homemade pizzas made in their wood oven, creative pasta dishes, fresh salads and more. Located in a quiet part of Guayabitos. Check out their Christmas Eve Dinner special.  Read More


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. 

Martín Prado Morales, La Peñita

A/C Repair:
Marco Antonio Muñoz, La Peñita

Pool Maintenance: 
Domingo Salizar, La Peñita

Learn More or refer someone you know!


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Real Estate Listings by Owner


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).


Casa Tequila  

Guayabitos  |  $1,000,000 USD

Casa Tequila's open design allows for an unparalleled 180-degree view of the entire bay from nearly every room. This fabulous home has a large master suite, four private guest rooms, spacious kitchen, bar area, living room, indoor and outdoor dining areas and incredible oceanfront pool.  Read More


Casa Nova 

Guayabitos  |  $325,000 USD

Beautiful 3BR home built by maestro Mariano Sanchez. Constructed using a combination of cement, brick, wood, custom stained glass and fabulous mosaic tiles – and an incredible attention to detail. Located in the residential zone. Priced to sell.  Read More
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Explore More of Nayarit, Mexico

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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