Your bi-weekly news from Nayarit, Mexico

May 17, 2018

This is what it's like before the rains!
Thanks Ken & Bea
Welcome to all 3762 newsletter subscribers!  I hope that some of you enjoy watching the numbers grow, as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.

And who isn't speaking of Mexican holidays? This past Thursday, May 10th, marked Mother's Day in Mexico. BTW, it is always on the 10th. The celebrations were so plentiful and lavish, you would think it was Easter. Parties went pretty much all night long to celebrate the lives and contributions of their mothers. Bands played extremely loudly, of course, and some almost until dawn. Mothers hold a very endearing position in everyone's hearts.

I still haven't figured this one out yet... At 3:45 am Saturday, the fireworks started, mostly just with big boomers. At 4:15 am, a lone lady walked down the street going past my casa. She was carrying a sizable boombox, playing one very loud song over and over again and walking towards main street. The strange part was that people were leaving the confines of their casas to follow her like the pied piper of Hamelin. Sorry! I didn't follow them to see where they were going. It is SO much fun living here!

In case anyone is wondering, we did have two days in which there were a few sprinkles, very few. The clouds are forming over the mountains in the evenings, just as expected. And we had our first tropical depression, which formed and fizzled way out in the Pacific.
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Announcements for future fundraising functions will be made when I am notified of their dates, times and other pertinent information. Keep a lookout in this newsletter for your favorite events.
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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.

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 or hot chocolate.

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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Featured Articles
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.
Good News Soon For Travelers Arriving At Puerto Vallarta Int'l Airport
Very soon, the arrival procedures after disembarking from your flights will be changing dramatically.

Instead of picking up your luggage and lugging it to the Red Light/Green Light search area, you will be able to just grab it and depart through the maze of timeshare sellers without further ado. The new equipment being installed at 'our' airport will be x-ray scanners to check our luggage on the way from the plane to the baggage carousels.

Adios Red Lights and the fear of being inconvenienced by an impromptu inspection. I know, we have gotten pretty used to it, but the anxiety was always there anyway.

On behalf of GEMA, the Project For Abused and Abandoned Women and Children in our community, We would like to thank everyone for their support this season.  It is because of your caring and generosity that we are pleased to announce we are able to start construction of one of the bedrooms for a much needed shelter, and eventually realize a dream.

There are so many to thank…Please click here 

Assistance Needed
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Three weeks ago on a Friday night, an electrical fire completely destroyed all the belongings of Maria de los Angeles Sanchez Cortez and her 14 year young daughter, along with causing severe damage to their casa in La Colonia.

We requested some financial assistance for them as well as called for donations of food, clothing, furniture and other household items.

To date, I have delivered to her about 8000 pesos with which Maria has hired workers to start the cleanup and repairing of walls and ceilings. There are two pickup trucks of goods waiting for delivery when she is ready for them. 

If anyone has lightly worn clothing, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, non-perishable food items, kitchen wares, a table and chairs, etc, etc. Besides Maria's number listed below, you can contact either me or Kim Peto so we can arrange to get your donations to her in a timely fashion.

Please click here to see some photos and a means to contact Maria if you wish to donate directly to her.

Traditions Still Alive In La Peñita
Gary Wietgrefe

Did you hear the cohetes (sky rockets) in the early morning of May 3?

Those rockets are sent up by construction workers in the early morning hours to beat their friendly competitors announcing The Day of the Holy Cross, or The Day of the Flowery Cross, or more colloquially known as Bricklayer’s Day.

Since 1960, Mexico is the only country commemorating May 3rd 312 A.D.—the mother of Constantine the Great, supposedly discovered Jesus’ original cross. It is a tradition carried on since colonial times to celebrate construction safety and success the past year and the next.

Such a cross was erected at a new construction site on La Penita’s calle Cristobal Colon. Bricklayers may not all stop working that day, but it is a happy day for the hard-working construction laborers.

Another Tradition Is Still Going Strong Here
- Festival de la Peñita -
Beginning on May 12th and continuing for 9 days and nights, is the celebration called Festival de La Peñita.

Since we have 9 different colonias in and around La Peñita, there are 9 nights of loud celebrations.

The evenings begin with short parades (desfile) that starts in the appropriate Colonia and winds its way to main street (Emiliano Zapata), and ends at the church and the plaza.

Waiting there will be lots of musicians, party-goers, games of chance and kiddie rides. It's time to celebrate.

More photos and info here.
Coming from Minnesota, I am very familiar with eating just about anything on a stick, at the state fair!  BUT, this would be a first for me. No thank you!

Recently, in Aguascalientes, at the National Fair of San Marcos, these little buggers became a big hit, garnering various reported flavor profiles, depending on the size and juiciness. The photo shows them before the deep-frying process. Yum!
Upcoming Fundraisers in the Jaltemba Bay Area
  • January 19, 2019 - Cancer de Mama Fundraiser at Zapata 32
  • January 23, 2019 - J.E.E.P.  at the Refugio
  • February 1,2,3 - Cancer de Mama Clinic

Cancer de Mama Fundraiser at Zapata Club 32
Cancer de Mama fundraiser will be at Zapata Club 32 on January 19, 2019. The Oktober-Fiesta will run from noon  until 3:00 pm. Cost is 200 pesos, which includes 1 brat and 1 bier.

Wear your finest German attire for a chance to win a prize.
Short Takes...
Starting May 5th, all dolphinariums must transfer all dolphins and sea lions to sanctuaries or risk being fined. There will be no more shows using these animals in Mexico.
The 7th annual Jarretaderas Surf Fishing Contest will be held at the mouth of the Ameco River on May 20th. This family fun event features prizes for the first 5 largest fish caught as well as a children's contest. This is a catch and release tournament. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes of $15k, $10k and $5k pesos, respectively.
Marijuana FYI  Thousands of people marched this Saturday in nine cities of the country, including Puerto Vallarta, to commemorate the World Day for the Legalization of Marijuana. In a series of demonstrations, citizens marched to decriminalize the use of the herb, both for medicinal and recreational purposes.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens garnered fame recently by coming in fourth in the USA Today's Ten Best Botanical Gardens in North America issue. It is truly a site not to be missed, so be sure to put it on your bucket list for your next visit.
Restaurant "Week" started Tuesday and runs until June 10th. There are 59 restaurants participating in this event. So much great food and so little time.
Hmmm, Beer. How could I neglect to add a story that is alcohol related? This is an announcement for the Festival Cervecero de Occidente, to be held in Guadalajara tomorrow and Saturday in the Fiesta Guadalajara Events Center.
There will be 50 artisan breweries represented, supplying samples of up to 250 of their favorite brews. If someone really wants to go but doesn't want to go alone, email me. I might just work up a thirst by then. Cost is $100 pesos per person.
About 200,000 liters of 'fake' tequila was confiscated from a warehouse in Zapopan, Guadalajara. The adulterated alcohol had a brand name of  "Tequila de Noria". It was in two 100,000 liter stainless containers which were also accompanied by a smaller container of ethyl alcohol.
Does everyone recall a few issues back when I reported that in the state of Oaxaca, there were 19 transgender women running for mayor in various municipalities? Guess what?  17 of them have been disqualified due to not being transgender as they originally reported. Only in Mexico!
Mountain and Cross Country Bike Race
Martin Moherrera just notified us of a race that should prove to be extremely interesting. Come out and cheer on our youngsters.

June 10th is the day of the race. Starting at 8:00 am til 3:00 pm central time at  Rancho La Primivera in Sayulita . The race will be  3.5 km.and participants number between 100-150.

Annual Wind & KiteSurf Competition in Bucerias & La Cruz
May 18-20, are the dates set for this intense completion from approximately 300 windsurfers from around the world. Perfect weather conditions are expected for this the 9th annual competition in Riveria Nayarit.

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.
Tianguis Tianguis Tianguis

Tianguis markets are the place to shop in Mexico for just about anything you can imagine.  View the list of tianguis below under what's happening to see which are open and which are about to open..  

It is worth your time for a fun visit. For more information visit here.


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Recent Articles
From Previous Issues
What's Happening

Upcoming Holidays & Events

  • Now thru May 20 - La Penita Festival, in the plaza
  • May 18-20 - Wind surfing contest, Bucerias
  • May 20 - Pentecost
  • May 20 - Surf Fishing Contest at the mouth of the Ameca
  • May 21 - Victoria Day, Can
  • May 28 - Memorial Day, USA
  • May 31 - Corpus Cristi
  • Now thru June 10th - Restaurant Week, PV
  • June 10 - Cross Country Bike Race, Sayulita
  • June 14 - Flag Day, USA
  • June 17 - Father's Day, all
  • July 1 - Canada Day
  • July 4 - Independence Day, USA
Ongoing Events
  • Mondays – Tianguis Market in Guayabitos  Closed for the season
  • Tuesdays  Mercado San Pancho Closed for the season
  • Thursdays – Tianguis Market in La Peñita  Open all year
  • Fridays  --  Tianguis Market in Las Varas  Open all year
  • Fridays  --    Sayulita Market, Closed for he season
  • Saturdays  -- Artists' Tianguis Closed for the season
  • Saturdays - Tianguis Lo de Marcos - Closed for the season
  • Sundays -- La Cruz Sunday Artisan's Market  Closed for the season
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
And don't forget to add your event so we can share it in the next issue.
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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.

We want to recognize the following rental clients for their
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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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El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B
El Panorama Villa, Hotel and B&B  not only has plush accommodations, but you will find the views the best around. It not only overlooks the beautiful Bay of Jaltemba, the Pacific Ocean, and the picturesque towns of La Peñita and Guayabitos, but also the georgeous Sierra Madre Mountains.

You just don't find better views anyplace else. And your hosts, Tom and Paul will cater to your every need.

For more photos and information, please click here.

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

Restaurants, Shops, Activities & Businesses

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

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Fun In The Sun Rentals
Allow us to take care of your Side-by-Side (RAZR) and Scooter rentals for your next vacation in Jaltemba Bay.  Our equipment is impeccably maintained and ready for your pleasure.

To read more about our services and more photos, click here.


Arte dikur is your all inclusive handmade handicraft emporium. You can find just about any gift you may need for you, your family and your friends back home.

All our products are handmade by us right here in La Peñita... leather products, purses, silver and other jewelry, paper-mâché wall hangings, all unique and authentic one of a kind items.

For more information and photos, please click here.


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.



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,

Learn More or refer someone you know!
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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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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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