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December 30, 2015
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We, at Explore Nayarit, sincerely hope that all of our dedicated readers, advertisers, friends and family had a wonderfully Merry Christmas... and may the new year be filled with love, laughter and oodles of good cheer!

In this issue: You can tell high season is here by the number of events on our calendar. And just in case you can't decide what to do for New Year's, we've added a few new events to our Holiday Dining + Gift Guide to help you ring in the new year.

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

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Featured Articles


Common and Curious New Year's Eve Traditions in Mexico

Whether you plan to ring in the New Year with fireworks, a big neighborhood party or a quiet dinner with family or friends, here are a few common and curious New Year's traditions in Mexico that you may want to try.  
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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


KinderAide Helps Deliver the Holiday Spirit 

by Bailey Caron

I have come to La Peñita for many years, as I have family that live here. Every time I come to visit, I make sure to bring as many school supplies that I can fit in my bag so I can donate them to the teachers and school children in the communities.  Read More


In the Spirit of Christmas

by Chris Balardo

Every year just before Christmas, an Angel appears in our community. Geri de Moss (also known as the Barbie Lady) usually arrives around the first week of December, ready to start her annual "Barbie" project. The "Barbies" show up...  Read More
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From Our Last Issue:


Featured Events

Starting Friday, December 25

Star Wars: A Force Awakens
is Now Showing


Star Wars Episode VII: A Force Awakens is now playing at Cinema Guayabitos. Shown in English at 2:00 pm and 9:15 pm daily. See you at the movies.  Read More

Sunday, January 3

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

La Peñita, 8:00 am - noon

Donations collected at the J.E.E.P. Tianguis booth are used to assist those unable to pay. Please call or email in advance if you are bringing an animal. Held the first Sunday of every month at the Hilltop Refugio. Cost is $300 pesos.  Read More

Tuesday, January 5

Hilltop Bingo

La Peñita, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Great prizes, 50/50 raffle, enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks while Rob entertains you with his witty repertoire. Held every other Tuesday at the Hilltop Refugio. Ample parking available. Proceeds benefit the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.).  
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January 11-13

Guadalajara City Tour

3 Day Guided Tour

Visit Tlaquepaque, Tonala and Guadalajara, the capital and largest city in the state of Jalisco and the cultural center of western Mexico. Tour includes transportation, guide and hotel. Offered by Transportacion Turistica Guayabitos.  Read More

Monday, January 18

Taqui Toorist Danz Parti

Guayabitos, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Dance to the Street Rockers, silent auction (donations accepted) and prizes for best costume. Sponsored and catered by Don Porfirio Restaurant. Proceeds go to the Los Amigos Cultural Center. Early bird tickets on sale now.  Read More

Tuesday, January 19

Petr Myska Author Luncheon

Los Ayala, 1:00 pm

Petr Myska, zoologist and author of Viva Natura, a field guide to animals and birds in Western Mexico, will speak at a luncheon in Los Ayala. His book will be on sale for $250 pesos. Reserve your space.  Read More

Saturday, January 23

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

La Peñita, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Horse expo and races, silent auction, dinner and live music. 100% of the proceeds will support the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). Tickets are $350 pesos, on sale now at the Tianguis and from J.E.E.P. volunteers.  Read More

Tuesday, January 26

13th Annual Women to Women Fashion Show: Roaring 20s

Guayabitos, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This years fashion show will be held in the Guayabitos Plaza. Doors open at 11:00 am. Tickets are $400 pesos, on sale at the Tianguis market.  Read More

February 4-7

Peñita Players Dinner Theatre

La Peñita, 5:30 pm

Join the Peñita Players for an evening of fine dining (catered by Toñita’s) followed by the romantic comedy “Touch and Go.” Proceeds go towards scholarships. Tickets are $300 pesos, on sale January 6.  Read More

Tuesday, February 9

4th Annual 50’s & 60’s
Rock N Roll Dance

La Peñita, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dress up in your favorite outfit and dance to music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Cash bar, 50/50 draw, prizes and dance contest. Proceeds will benefit the Community Cultural Centre. Tickets are $250 pesos.  Read More

More Upcoming Holidays & Events

Visit our event calendar to view more 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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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


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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Add your hotel, home, condo or other vacation rental here to reach our entire community, plus hundreds of daily visitors.  
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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...
Casa Contenta, Los Ayala
"As we slept we could hear the waves of the ocean."
"Best photographer I know!"
"One of the best restaurants in the bay area."

Restaurants, Shops, Activities & Businesses

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


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-fired oven, creative pasta dishes, fresh salads and more. Located in a quiet part of Guayabitos, and the owners and provide warm, friendly and personalized service.  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. 

Andy Sanchez, 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
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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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