Your bi-weekly news from Nayarit, Mexico

March 1, 2018

Totally with prejudice, I am posting this photo of Taco, who is finally resting comfortably.
Welcome to all 3765 newsletter subscribers!  I hope that some of you enjoy watching the numbers grow, as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.

This is going to be the most abbreviated Explore Nayarit Newsletters so far. Hopefully, not to bore you with a personal story, but so many people requested to know more, so here is a summary of what happened.

In case you didn't hear, my little rescue dog, "Taco", was lost for four days this past week in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. My searching and ultimate rescue, left me with very little time to do my normal research for the newsletter. For that I apologize, but along with that comes the good news that I found him and he is back home, quite a lot the worse for wear though. He lost some weight and received many cuts and abrasions to his legs.

He and I are very lucky to have God working on our side because when I found him he was so weak, he couldn't even stand up. He had just spent 4 days and 3 nights trapped in a terrible position, without water or food, and in the sun. To make matters worse, after rescuing him, I took a little tumble on the hillside and probably look worse than he does. We are blessed to be reunited and I surely do not want to go through that again. I get half my stitches out today. 
Thank you all for allowing me to post my happy ending. Yes, there is a lot more to the story I will not bore you with.

For the most part, this will be a dog issue. A couple of my faithful readers wrote a very nice story about their pooch, Amarillo. And another wrote  a  cute story I am sharing in this issue. And I am still searching for any other short news items that may be of interest to ya'all.

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, which is also back in operation now.

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.

A Short Story About a Rescued Dog from JBAR That Left His Mark in a Lot of Places.
by Anne and Dave Easby
Amarillo’s Story It was in the winter of 2006 when he first came into our lives. Some folks from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue had approached us to foster a dog for two weeks as he recovered from his operation at the spay and neuter clinic. They needed someone to care for him before they sent him off to Canada where they were hoping to find him a forever home. Please click here for the rest of the story.


The Musings of Bagger Dave

‘Esposas’. Scottish Wife and amiga Mickey on their early morning stroll.
I love the fact that esposas means ‘handcuffs’ in Spanish as well as ‘wives’.

Well, it’s our last full day in Guayabitos so it’s not surprising that I’m thinking about the four weeks we’ve spent here – and ... And if you want to read the rest of the story, click here.

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
Bungalos D’Carlin in Guayabitos, Is In the News Again
A Valentine’s Dinner and Dance is held each year at Bungalos D’Carlin in Rincon de Guayabitos.

This year dinner was catered by the students of the Gastronomic Program of the Conalep Technical School in LaPenita. The delicious entres included a choice of stuffed chicken breast, bbq ribs or dorado fish stuffed with shrimp. These were accompanied bt salad and dessert. The students of this program are very capable of providing meals to suit any occasion.
From the proceeds of the dinner 6 students in the school were awarded scholarships. The students were chosen by their teachers because of their grades, determination and financial need. Without this help they would not be able to graduate from the Conalep School. Several are determined to go on to University. They are working part time jobs and learning English when not in school.

This group of Canadian tourists and the hotel owners will continue to provide help to the school when they can.
Short Takes...
Happy Ending for a Grey Whale that was found beached on shore along the coast of Baja. The whale left stranded after being caught by the ebbing tide has just made it back to the sea, apparently none the worse for wear. Workers spent 3 days using pumps and hoses to keep it hydrated. The endangered mammal was able to swim on its own back into the ocean after being repositioned by the workers..
Dead People, 17,674 of them collected welfare payments of one form or another in 2016, a recent audit showed. Most of which received pension payments. I don't know about the rest of you, but this sounds vaguely familiar to occurrences NOTB. 
Jiminalta and I took an investigative journey to see just exactly how the new highway was coming along. We did this because of the latest touting by some government officials saying that it is almost complete. If you are interested in viewing a bunch of photos of the unfinished roadway and some related rhetoric, go to the Jaltemba Bay folk forum at and scroll down to the topic that begins with "Well don't hold your breath...."

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.

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 3 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.
Save This Date - March 3rd - Dinner Dance and Benefit for La Casa De Los Ninos, Lo de Marcos
Tlaquepaque Restaurant and Bar will host this event on March 3, 2018 for the benefit of La Casa de los Niños. The event starts at 6:00 pm. Tickets cost only $400 pesos and should be purchased early to ensure you a space. Tickets sell out early for this worthwhile event.

Villas Tlaquepaque is located at Avenida Luis Echeverría #44, in Lo de Marcos,

Up coming celebrations, fundraisers and other worthwhile dates to remember.
We will have more information on all events as it comes in. Start marking your calendars for your favorites.

  • Every Tuesday - Charity Bingo, More info here
  • March 3 - La Casa de Los Niños, Dinner Dance and Benefit - Lo de Marcos

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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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 visit. For more information visit here.


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From Previous Issues
What's Happening

Upcoming Holidays & Events

  • March 8 - International Women's Day, Mex, USA, Can.
  • March 11 - Daylight Saving Time Begins - USA & Can.
  • March 12 - Commonwealth Day, Can.
  • 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
  • April 1 - Easter Sunday
  • April 1 - April Fools' Day

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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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..

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
We were in Rincon de Guayabitos for Spring Break this year to visit friends who spend the winter there each year. La Pina Loca became our 'go to' place to eat. The service and food are excellent and I can't recommend this restaurant enough.
Mike and Lesa - Canada

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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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.

Restaurant Los Brothers

We are conveniently located on the beach next to Bungalows Marlene. You owe it to yourself to try our delicious menu items and note that we will cook to order you special dishes.

Enjoy candlelight dinners on the beach. Toes in the sand, wine glasses filled and your favorite dishes prepared the way you like it. Also enjoy happy hour all day everyday.

Visit our website 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,

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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