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March 4, 2015
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Welcome to all 2,784 newsletter subscribers!

In this issue: There is absolutely no doubt it's high season here in Jaltemba Bay, because we have 12 articles for your reading pleasure including a story about a local living his American dream, a development update, a few fun day trip articles and several event updates  and if that's not enough, we also have 12 great new reviews written about local businesses!

We'd like to remind everyone that while Daylight Saving Time does not go into effect here in Mexico until Sunday, April 5; the US, Canada and the ten northern border municipalities in Mexico will spring ahead at 2am this Sunday, March 8.

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 18 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

"Norman" the Iguana

by Jeff Mercer

This photo was taken from our rooftop (Zona Residencial, Rincón de Guayabitos) into our next door neighbour’s coconut tree. He lives up there year round. We call him Norman.

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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.

Discover Sueño del Mar Condos
at Vista Encantada Eco-Club

If you haven't taken the leisurely 35-minute drive north to El Divisadero lately to see Vista Encantada, you might be surprised. The first condo tower and helipad in this brand new gated community are nearly finished. All 32 condos have amazing ocean and jungle views, and some overlook the 3-hole par 4 golf course and putting green. Only 19 condos remain, including 4 multi-level penthouse units with rooftop terraces and jacuzzis. They are getting ready to add the finishing touches: marble countertops, lovely tile floors, A/C, fans and more; and soon, they will begin work on the swimming pool, restaurant and day spa.

Current pricing starts at $150,000 USD for each 1-2 BR condo. Vista Encantada is a titled, registered, legal property with all permits and legalities satisfied. Financing is available, and limited time pre-construction specials are now being offered. Call to arrange a tour today!

Learn more about the enchanted views at Vista Encantada

Featured Articles


My American Dream: From Ixtapa de la Concepción, Nayarit to Minnesota (and Back)

by Ulises Ayala

Things happen for a reason. Never in my life, when I use to live in Ixtapa de la Concepción, Nayarit, would I have imagined that I would be where I’m at; a Captain in the Minnesota National Guard. I left Ixtapa, Mexico (30 minutes northwest of Rincón de Guayabitos) at the age of 12 and moved to California. I learned the language, finished high school and then came to realize that I was undocumented in the U.S.A. I did not have a voice, and I did not exist.  Read More


Trip to Valle de Bravo, Toluca and Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

by George & Donna Steensma

We just returned from a week in Valle de Bravo and Toluca, which are about 1½ hours from Mexico City. We flew into Toluca on a direct flight from Puerto Vallarta. There were four couples, and upon arrival at the airport, we all went to pick up our rental cars. Our first stop was at the Botanical Gardens in the city square in Toluca.  Read More


Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is a Wonder to Behold

by Holly Trujillo

We all made a sigh of relief, as we finally turned on to Hwy. 134, the main road leading to our destination, the Piedra Herrada Sanctuary. Our GPS had lead us astray during rush-hour traffic in Toluca, Mexico, but with a few stops for directions, we were finally on our way. We had flown to Toluca with three other couples...  Read More


Rob’s Ramblings: Ruta de Café / Quatro-Moto Trip

by Rob Erickson

I had the opportunity to ride along with a group of local ATV quad riders on one of their regular Sunday trips. This trip included parts of the Ruta del Café, starting in the town of El Capomo and passing through Mazatán, Compostela, Jaltepec and Zacualpan, before returning to Jaltemba Bay. It was a full day trip of approximately 145 km, so we certainly covered a lot of new ground...  Read More


PV Sleep Well: Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Eyes

by Rhnee Mohan

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that interrupts breathing during sleep. In obstructive sleep apnea, the airway becomes blocked, causing breathing to stop for up to 2 minutes. This condition affects more than 12 million Americans. Its symptoms include loud snoring, gasping or choking while asleep, morning headache...  Read More


Inauguration Day at KinderAide’s Jardin de Niños: Lauron’s in La Colonia

by KinderAide

Earlier this afternoon, Thursday, February 19, KinderAide inaugurated “Jardin de Niños: Lauron’s at Reserva de Palmar,” their newly constructed kinder school in La Colonia/La Peñita. There were speeches of appreciation, dancing, pozole, cupcakes and more. Honourary guests including the Mayor of Rincón de Guayabitos...  Read More


The Birds of Riviera Nayarit to be Featured on International TV

by Riviera Nayarit CVB

The endemic and migratory bird population of the Riviera Nayarit caused such an impact on the professional career of James Currie, noted producer and host of Nikon Birding Adventures TV, that he returned to the destination this 2015 to tape a new show, which will be aired on five international television stations.  Read More


Las Tres Amigas’ Last Stop for this Year: An Evening in Paris

by Las Tres Amigas

Well, thus far in the 2014-2015 season we have taken you to Hawaii for a sunset luau, Italy for Christmas Dinner, Merry Olde England for a Mediaeval Feast, and modern day British Isles for afternoon tea. We thought we would end the season with a grand finale… an elegant Evening in Paris.  
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1st Annual JBAR Pizza Cook-Off was a FUNdraising Success

by Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR)

The 1st Annual JBAR Pizza Cook-Off was a huge fundraising success, with a total of $49,850 pesos donated to the cause! Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos hosted our event and did a spectacular job of it… great pizza, delicious food and a ton of energy! Thank you, Delma, Jeff, Shane and your servers...  Read More


Jaltemba Cancer Walk 2015 Raises Nearly $100,000 Pesos

by Tara Spears / photos by Larry Baron

As of today, Jaltemba Cancer Walk 2015 has raised $94,663 pesos (we are still collecting proceeds and getting figures). We also have a special online auction which will close on Saturday, and hopefully, this will generate even more funds. Over 550 tickets were sold, with the 50/50 raffle and silent...  Read More


Three Amigas of “Las Tres Amigas” Save the Day!

by Las Tres Amigas

Due to forces of nature beyond our control, none of the “Las Tres Amigas” were able to attend our very own Petals and Pearls Afternoon Tea, held Wednesday, February 18 at El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B in La Peñita. However, three friends stepped in to host the ladies in fine style. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to...  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


Casa de Valeria

La Peñita

This lovely 1BR upstairs Casita just became available. Fully furnished, open floorplan, private, great neighborhood. Shared deck with BBQ. Long-term rentals only.  More


Still looking for the perfect place? Our easy-to-use Hotel & Rental Directory 
allows you to search by property type, rate, amenities and location.
Shop. Dine. Play. Stay. Local.
Our A-Z Directory includes a list of LOCAL businesses, restaurants, services, activities, attractions, hotels, vacation rentals, real estate, community groups, maps and more.  

Every time you spend your pesos at local businesses or buy locally-produced goods and services, you're choosing to reinvest in our community, creating more jobs and a stronger economy.

Buy Local... and give back to our community!
Find a doctor, mechanic, coffee shop, groomer, laundry, garden center,
builder or grocery store fast using our A-Z Local Directory 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


Mexico Insurance Online /
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


PV Sleep Well

Puerto Vallarta

PV Sleep Well offers in-home screenings and sleep studies to measure respiratory effort, oxygen flow and heart rate to determine if a person has sleep apnea. They sell, rent, service and repair CPAP equipment and oxygen concentrators, as well as a variety of CPAP masks, accessories, supplies and portable O2 for emergency travel.  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...
"Wonderful restaurant"  
Read all reviews for El Pollito RestaurantLa Peñita
Read all reviews for El Gigio Italian PizzeriaLa Peñita
"Casa Contenta paradise!"  
Read all reviews for Casa Contenta, Los Ayala

"Wonderful experience, well worth the effort to get there"  
Read all reviews for Hornitas Brewing CompanyGuayabitos

"Great Experience and Wonderful Host."  
Read all reviews for Casa Cooking ClassesLa Peñita

Read all reviews for Casa Cooking ClassesLa Peñita
"Lava Bowl is exceptional!"  
Read all reviews for El Pollito RestaurantLa Peñita
"Guadalajara Tour was Awesome!"  
Read all reviews for Sergio's Tours, La Peñita
"Great food!"  
Read all reviews for The Pelican Restaurant & BarGuayabitos
"Above and beyond all my expectations!"  
Read all reviews for Casa ContentaLos Ayala
"good food, good vibes, a happy place"  
Read all reviews for Mr. Ribs RestaurantGuayabitos
"Excellent Service"  
Read all reviews for Transportación Turística GuayabitosGuayabitos
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!  

Prices are now in Canadian Dollars (approx. 20% discount).


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 

Ask about pre-construction specials now being offered!


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


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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