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March 18, 2015
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First things first. This weekend's storm brought 73 mm (3-inches) of torrential rains and cool temps. The bridge over the Ameca River in Puerto Vallarta was closed yesterday due to flooding, so expect heavier than normal traffic in both directions. For anyone planning to drive through Mexico in the near future, please be aware the latest weather prediction for Mexico includes more rain, snow, hail and even tornadoes. We've included links to this information and additional road closures below. You can also view current weather conditions on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather page.

We'd also 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 already sprung ahead back on Sunday, March 8.

In this issue: Spring hasn't even officially arrived yet and already the season seems to be winding down. Farewell parties are being held, RVers caravans are starting to assemble, the Tianguis in Guayabitos wraps up at the end of this month, and of course, the Semana Santa crowds will begin arriving in less than two weeks. Luckily, for those of us who stay here, there are plenty of community projects and events that continue all year round.

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

Watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter to arrive in your Inbox on Wednesday, April 1 (no fooling) 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.


Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter

Photo of the Week

View from
El Monteón Hike

by Jasmine Hohenstein

I never get tired of this view on our hike from Rincón de Guayabitos to Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico. It’s a nice 21 km hike over the mountains, through the jungle, past ranches, under barbwire, over fences, through water...

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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.

Featured Articles


Sewer Pump Station Beautification in Los Ayala

by Helmut Wasserman

A couple months ago, Gerti had an idea to cover the chainlink fence around the sewer pump station in Los Ayala. I started to canvass friends and neighbours for financial support for the project, and amazingly fast, we had enough pledges to order the material. Humberto Sandoval, our architect, picked up...  Read More


Vista Guayabitos Restaurant Celebrates 11 Years!

Vista Guayabitos Restaurant & Bar is one of the most successful fine-dining establishments on the Pacific coast of Nayarit. They are known for their creative and upscale menu, attentive service, and of course, their unparalleled panoramic view of the Bay of Jaltemba.

To celebrate their 11th Anniversary, Vista Guayabitos is offering dinner specials and live music every Thursday and Saturday during the month of March.  Read More


KinderAide Donations
Build Another School

by KinderAide

After completing KinderAide's Lauron's kinder school in La Colonia, my friend and contractor, Freddy Ruiz Sanchez, and I went out looking for kinders that may need some help and stumbled upon this one in Piedra Bola (behind La Rosas). It actually has K to Grade 3 (9 students) with 2 teachers in training. The conditions are...  Read More


J.E.E.P. Hilltop Refugio First Spay/Neuter – Surgery with a View

by Rob Erickson

Most readers are familiar with the early-November and late-April spay and neuter clinics offered in Jaltemba Bay. Walking or cycling around Jaltemba Bay, many will agree that there are still many dogs yet to be sterilized. Some dogs are fortunate enough to be adopted by locals and sometimes by visitors to Mexico. This week, we had our first ever mid-season neuter held at Jaltemba Equine Eduction Project (J.E.E.P.) Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita.  Read More


The Lowly Luggage Tags

by Las Tres Amigas

Who would ever believe the effect the lowly luggage tags pictured here could have on the lives of young students. It is quite a success story, especially for something that measures only 4½-inches by 3-inches. Here’s the scoop. A winter visitor has been sewing up a storm making these in a variety of colourful, funky fabrics. Friends and acquaintances have been gladly donating $50 pesos for each one...  Read More


Circo de los Niños Announces their Annual Spring Performance

Four years ago, Gilles Ste-Croix with his wife Monique Voyer, created a circus school for the children of San Pancho, Nayarit, Mexico. Their non-profit organization supports the development of local children from 8-17 years old. Through circus arts and techniques, the children build confidence, focus, determination and physical capacities.

These shows are directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, and demonstrate the powerful creative and collective outcome of this unique community project.  Read More


Guayafest 2015: The Volks
are Coming

Mark your calendars JBay Folks! Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite in Rincón de Guayabitos to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models, many of which are souped up, painted up, modified or restored. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are in pristine condition, while others are well-traveled oldies but goodies.  
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In Bloom: Springtime Blossoms

Ahhh, springtime… when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, we’d like to share a few stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers with springtime blossoms in the Jaltemba Bay area.

Go enjoy them before they're done blooming!
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Pet Travel Tips & Regulations

by Allyson Williams

Reminder: If you are traveling back to the US or Canada, make sure you understand what paperwork is needed to take your pet out of the country. Regardless of whether you cross the border by land, air or sea, you are required to follow the same basic guidelines. Be sure to view our Pet Travel Tips to learn about the current regulations for Mexico, the US and Canada.  Read More


Spring / Summer 2015
Restaurant Hours

(Updated March 17, 2015) – Spring is around the corner, and many of our local cafes and restaurants will begin adjusting their hours to accommodate the annual dwindling of expats during this time of year. We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information about restaurant hours and seasonal closings, so check back often.  More

Restaurant Owners: Please contact us if you want your information listed here.
What's Happening
Upcoming Holidays & Events:
Visit our Event Calendar to view 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... it's FREE!

Community Updates:

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 279 reservation inquires. Add your hotel, home, condo or other vacation rental here to reach our entire community, plus hundreds of daily visitors.  
Learn 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


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


Dr. Abraham Robles Godínez, M.D. Plastic Surgeon

La Peñita

Dr. Abraham Robles Godínez, M.D. offers plastic and reconstructive surgery, and strives to achieve a natural beauty for his clients, both male and female. Whether it be facial rejuvenation or more extensive body sculpting or enhancement, there will be no exaggerated procedures performed, and therefore there is less risk involved and a faster recovery time.  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...

"Delicious vegetarian omelet"  
Read all reviews for Rancho Grande Restaurant BarLa Cuata (Las Varas)

"Great service"  
Read all reviews for Mini Super "Popin", Guayabitos

"Excellent excursion"  
Read all reviews for Jaltemba Bay Islands

"A winner!"  
Read all reviews for Don Porfirio Restaurant & BarGuayabitos

"A Great Tour Company"  
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 (approximately 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

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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