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February 18, 2015
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Welcome to all 2,752 newsletter subscribers!

In this issue: We have several articles, local news stories and event updates written and submitted by locals and visitors, for which we are incredibly grateful.

We'd like to remind everyone that Jaltemba Bay Life is a "community" website. Our goal is to provide our readers with the best online resource for news, events, activities, festivals, culture, local businesses and everything else our community has to offer; however, we need your continued support and participation to do this. So next time you go on a day trip, attend an event, see an unusual plant in bloom or beautiful native bird in action, discover a fabulous Mexican recipe or see a spectacular sunset over the bay... please send us your stories and photos so we can share them!

To find out what else is happening, read through the information below and take a peek at our Event Calendar

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

Watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter to arrive in your Inbox on Wednesday, March 4 just in time for your morning coffee. In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog and forum, as we post information, stories and photos there on a regular basis.


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Photo of the Week

A Castle in the Sand

by Conrad Stenton

Another beach walk in Rincón de Guayabitos, got to get exercise, camera in the pocket (remember that the best camera is the one you have with you). I had to get down on my tummy to get this shot...

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Now it's your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description of what the photo is (the longer, the better) and where you took it. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to lately. Learn how to submit your photos here.
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Featured Articles


Guayabitos Plaza Gets a Much Needed Face Lift

by Conrad Stenton

When we were visiting earlier this year, we went to the fundraiser to fix up the plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos. We were amazed how soon the work started, and how fast it was done! Kudos to the team. A few photos of the progress are shown here.  

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Riviera Nayarit Organizations Receive Grants for their Community Projects

by Riviera Nayarit CVB

The Fundación Punta de Mita launched a call for the Fortalecimiento de Operaciones de Base (Strengthening of Local Operations) to promote projects that would improve regional communities through local organizations. Accordingly, five local associations were selected.  Read More


Back Roads of Nayarit: The Peluda Story (Part 1-2)

by Bob Howell

Peluda is a donkey. In Mexico, as in many other poor countries, donkeys are still the means of transport for both people and whatever. There is a very poor family that lives in Balastre, between La Peñita and Las Varas. They do not have any water near where they live. There is a very small stream several kilometers away. They used a donkey to haul water twice a day.  Read More


Five Things to Do in Mexico City

by Neill Fitzpatrick

It seems anyone who visits Rincón de Guayabitos falls in love with the place – and the people. But how many of you have taken the time to visit other parts of Mexico? My wife, Michele, and I recently spent four days in Mexico City and we fell in love with that city as well! Yes, it’s big (20 million plus people), but it’s also beautiful in many ways and rivals some of the other great cities of the world with its art, culture and history.  Read More


Rob’s Ramblings: Spanglish

by Rob Erickson

Many long term resident ex-pats in Jaltemba Bay try to learn enough Spanish to get by during their daily life here, and many others have an ongoing plan to learn as much as possible. In many cases, you will find local merchants and friends replying to you in their best English while you try speaking in your best Spanish.  Read More


San Pancho Music Festival to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

by Chris Parsons

Mark your calendars… the upcoming 3-day Music Festival will be held Friday, February 27th through Sunday, March 1st in San Pancho’s Plaza del Sol. This year, the Music Festival will feature performing artists from the region of Riviera Nayarit, as well as musicians from the United States, Canada and Latin America. In celebration of it’s 15th year, the Music Festival is adding a second stage in the Plaza.  Read More


Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) – January 2015 News / Annual Pony Up! Update

by Valerie Bennett-Naquin

The 3rd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser was a huge success. Attendees had an opportunity to meet the rescue horses, dogs and cats, and to view the progress at the stables. Thanks to the generous participants and volunteers, we raised a whopping $112,780 pesos in support of the J.E.E.P. project!  
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La Peñita Soccer School Receives Donated Equipment from Prince George, BC

by Marilia Mauro

Gaetano Mauro, technical coach with the Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA), was in Mexico last year and noticed some young players having a game in an empty lot in La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico. They had no shirts, bare feet and were using a beach ball during their game.  Read More


Pets 4 Life / PEACE Animals Hold Spay Neuter Clinic in Coapinole, Jalisco

by Rob Erickson

Heather and I helped the Pets 4 Life Team of Paulina, Poli and Anthony, along with tech-trainee Lesley at a 3 day spay neuter clinic in Coapinole, near El Pitillal in Puerto Vallarta. PEACE Animals has sponsored numerous clinics in Banderas Bay, so the team moves to different locations...  Read More
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Featured Hotels & Vacation Rentals

No matter whether you’re looking for an upscale resort, all-inclusive hotel, beachfront vacation rental home, quaint Bed & Breakfast or RV park for your rig – here at Jaltemba Bay Life, 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.  More


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.  More


Los Compadres Resort  

La Peñita

Hilltop resort with 1-2 bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchens, private balconies and views of the entire bay. Pool, restaurant and bar. Stay for a week, month or longer.  More

List YOUR Hotel or Rental Here

During the last 30 days, our hotel and rental advertisers have received 337 reservation inquires. Add your hotel, home, condo or other vacation rental here to reach our entire community, plus hundreds of daily visitors.  
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Still looking for the perfect place? Our easy-to-use Hotel & Rental Directory 
allows you to search by property type, rate, amenities and location.

Hotel & Rental Deals

For those of you still dreaming about basking in the sun, sipping margaritas and running your toes through the sand, you can find some of the great deals currently being offered by local hotels and vacation rentals. Deals, discounts and specials are added daily, so check back often.
View all Deals & Specials now!

Featured Restaurants, Shops & Businesses

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


Lewis & Lewis Insurance Agency, Inc.

Santa Monica, California

The best Mexican auto insurance since 1983. Offering annual, 6 month, 90 day and 30 day policies for your automobile, truck, SUV, van, motorhome, motorcycle, home, condominium, medical, yacht, boat and more.  More


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International Insurance Group, Inc.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Providing travelers, snowbirds and expats with the best Mexico insurance coverage since 1999, including auto, RV, home, watercraft and international medical insurance. Click for an online quote today.  More


El Palmar Vivero

La Peñita

El Palmar Vivero has been in business for 20 years. They carry a wide variety of annuals, perennials, exotic and tropical plants, herbs, cactus, citrus and fruit trees, over 30 types of palm trees, talavera and terracotta planters and garden supplies.  More


Hanami Sushi & Bar

La Peñita

Delicious Japanese dishes made with fresh local produce – including sushi rolls, sashimi, hand rolls, tepura, tepanyaki, yakisoba and other specialties – and a variety of sake, tea, domestic and Japanese beer, martinis and other cocktails.  More


Rancho Grande Restaurant Bar

La Cuata (Las Varas)

This garden restaurant is located next to the Jamurca Hot Springs turn-off, just north of Las Varas. Stop in and enjoy a delicious meal anytime – or place an order to-go for your group to enjoy while at the hot springs. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  More


Find a complete list of businesses in our A-Z Local Directory.
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...
"First Class Accommodation"  
Read all reviews for Casa Delfin, La Peñita
"Diamond in the rough"  
Read all reviews for El Parral de Villa Restaurante Bar, La Peñita
"Best of the best"  
Read all reviews for Condos Casa ReyLos Ayala
"We will eat here again soon."  
Read all reviews for El Parral de Villa Restaurante Bar, La Peñita
"Perfectly Paradise!"  
Read all reviews for Bungalows Las IguanasLos Ayala
"Very Best Exotic Casa Contenta"
Read all reviews for Casa ContentaLos Ayala
"Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Service!"
Read all reviews for Don Porfirio Restaurant & BarGuayabitos
See who's received the most reviews so far for 2015!

Real Estate Listings by Owner

To view other homes, condos and lots for sale in the Jaltemba Bay area, click here. Listing your home or property on our site is easy, affordable and it runs until you sell. Learn how to list your Real Estate.


La Vita Condos

Guayabitos  |  Starting at $350,000 USD

14 brand new luxury condos with granite counters, porcelain flooring, fine architecture and wood work, glass elevator, swimming pool, off-street parking, security guard and more. Stop by and view our models today!  


Vista Encantada Eco-Club

El Divisadero / Chacala  |  $69,000-$349,000 USD
This gated community offers oceanview lots, homes and condos at affordable pre-construction prices. Amenities include a golf course, day spa, yoga retreat, swimming pools, restaurant, event center, helipad, botanical gardens, seasonal waterfall and jungle walking paths.  More 


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 third floor master suite, four private guest rooms, spacious kitchen, bar area, living room, indoor and outdoor dining areas perfect for entertaining and an incredible oceanfront pool.  More


Casa Gaviotas

Los Ayala  |  $299,900 USD

This 3BR modern Mexican-style home captures the ocean and mountain views perfectly. Beautiful hillside location, with a short walk to town and beach. Can be operated as a B&B, providing extra income for those inclined. Fully furnished and priced to sell quickly.  More


Villas Marena Condo #17

Los Ayala  |  $280,000 USD

This premiere 3rd floor end unit has two bedrooms, two baths, an open kitchen with bar seating and a living/dining area that walks out onto an enormous terrace. Incredible views of the ocean, beach and swimming pool below. Fully furnished.  More

Discover More of Jaltemba Bay

Whether you're visiting for the first time or live here full time, Jaltemba Bay Life has everything you need to know...

Finding the perfect place to stay is easy using our informative Hotel & Rental Directory.


Find a doctor, realtor, builder, mechanic, taxi, laundry, grocery store or retail shop fast using our 
A-Z Business Directory.

What's good? Read our Reader's Reviews.

From fishing and whale watching, tennis and yoga, to hiking and day trips. View all Tours and Activities.

Towns & Maps
Learn all about our towns and beaches and view our interactive maps

Need help planning your trip? Check out our Travel TipsGetting Here and Live Weather.


Search our Dining Guide to decide where to eat, drink 
or dance the night away.



View local events, holidays, festivals, fundraisers and more on our Event Calendar. Add your event... it's free!

Get even more information on our Forum and Blog.
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