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Los Ayala: A Step Back in Time (Photo History)

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Elaine Smith and Janet Wortendyke, who shared stories and the old photos featured here. They said, "Children and dogs ran all over the town. Everyone got along famously, and everyone was happy. Albeit this south sea paradise had a lot more ants, at that time. It was truly the good old days!" Top photo:…

Sayulita Named "Pueblo Mágico"

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The announcement came this past Friday, September 25, 2015 in Puebla during the 2nd Ferial Nacional Pueblos Mágicos, setting the stage for the tourism potential of this town to take off. The designation of Pueblo Mágico, awarded by Enrique de la Madrid, head of the Mexico Tourism Board, and received by the head of Nayarit Tourism,…

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Damage in La Peñita

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The Jaltemba Bay area has experienced very heavy rains this week, which caused flooding as well as damage to homes and roads in several colonias in La Peñita. The flooding occurred without warning on Monday night. This morning, Sergio Galicia and I visited with people living near the police station in La Colonia, as well…

ABC's "Bachelor in Paradise" was filmed in Sayulita

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US TV network ABC announced the launch of the second season of the top reality show in the nation, Bachelor in Paradise, which will kick off in a two-night event the nights of August 2nd and 3rd. The new location, Playa Escondida (Hidden Beach), is described as “one of the secret gems of the Riviera Nayarit coast and home to the…

Watch and Download Full Movie Despicable Me 3 (2017)

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Despicable Me 3 (2017)Duration96 minsGenreScience Fiction, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family.In CinemasJune 15, 2017LanguageEnglish.CountryUnited States of America.Plot For Despicable Me 3'Despicable Me 3' is a movie genre Science Fiction, was released in June 15, 2017. Kyle Balda was directed this movie and starring by Steve Carell.…

Sewer Pump Station Beautification in Los Ayala

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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 the material in Puerto Vallarta…
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Watch and Download Full Movie Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) HDDirector:Elizabeth Banks.Writer:Kay Cannon.Producer:Elizabeth Banks, Paul Brooks, Max Handelman.Release:May 7, 2015Country:United States of America.Production Company:Universal Pictures, Gold Circle Films, Brownstone Productions.Language:English.Runtime:115Genre:Comedy, Music.Movie 'Pitch Perfect 2' was released…

Watch Movie Online Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) HDDirector:David Yates.Producer:Joanne K. Rowling, Steve Kloves, David Heyman, Lionel Wigram.Release:November 16, 2016Country:United Kingdom, United States of America.Production Company:Heyday films, Warner Bros..Language:English.Runtime:133Genre:Family, Fantasy.'Fantastic Beasts and Where…

Savage Dog (2017) Full Movie Online

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Savage Dog (2017) HDDirector:Jesse V. Johnson.Writer:Jesse V. Johnson.Release:August 4, 2017Country:United States of America.Production Company:Bleiberg Entertainment, Compound B, XLrator Media, Blacklist Digital, Cho Man Ro Enterprises.Language:English.Runtime:94Genre:Action.'Savage Dog' is a movie genre Action, was released in August…
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Shot Caller (2017) [Full Movie Free]

Shot Caller (2017) HDDirector:Ric Roman Waugh.Writer:Ric Roman Waugh.Producer:Jonathan King, Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, Ric Roman Waugh.Release:July 13, 2017Country:United States of America.Production Company:Bold Films, Participant Media, Relativity Media, Directv.Language:English.Runtime:121Genre:Drama, Crime, Thriller.Movie…

The Circle (2017) [Full Movie Online]

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The Circle (2017) HDDirector:James Ponsoldt.Producer:Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Walter F. Parkes.Release:April 27, 2017Country:United States of America.Production Company:Likely Story, Playtone, Image Nation.Language:English.Runtime:110Genre:Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction.Movie 'The Circle' was released in April 27,…

Watch Movie Online Below Her Mouth (2017)

Below Her Mouth (2017) HDDirector:April Mullen.Writer:Stephanie Fabrizi.Producer:Melissa Coghlan.Release:February 10, 2017Country:Canada.Production Company:Serendipity Point Films, Distant Horizon.Language:English.Runtime:92Genre:Drama, Romance.Movie 'Below Her Mouth' was released in February 10, 2017 in genre Drama. April Mullen was…

Final Beach Cleanup of the Season Scheduled Today (December 13)

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It all began 7 months ago when two groups put their words into action and created the Beach Cleanup Network, which went on to become a magnet for other groups that have been cleaning up the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit every month. The 15 groups and communities coordinated and backed by the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors…

Announcing the 1st Annual Best of Jaltemba Bay

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With this year winding down and the new year quickly approaching, it's the perfect time to announce Jaltemba Bay Life's 1st Annual Best of Jaltemba Bay. This is an opportunity for you to vote for your favorite local restaurants, businesses, hotels, vacation rentals, community groups, beaches, activities and more. There are 19 categories…

More Towns to Join Beach Clean Up on August 9

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The monthly beach cleanup of the destination’s beach communities will take place this Saturday, August 9th, with the full support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). Platanitos and the Playa Platanitos Ecológico association will join Punta de Mita, Bucerías and La Peñita de Jaltemba in maintaining the…

La Peñita Malecón One Year Later

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It's hard to believe that the Malecón in La Peñita unofficially opened to the public one year ago. During the past year, the new malecón has become a popular gathering place and well-used destination for both locals and tourists alike. Many events have already taken place here – including art shows, the staging area for a women’s…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Ryan Campbell, Guayabitos Resident

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Ryan Alexander Campbell May 25, 1942 – July 16, 2014 Vancouver, British Columbia Ryan Campbell, an engineer and builder, died on July 16th, 2014 with a million dollar view of Burrard Inlet. He was a great man with loving family and countless friends, taken down too young by dengue fever and some other complications more mysterious…

New Puerto Vallarta-Guadalajara Highway to be Completed in 2017

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The construction of the Jala-Bahía de Banderas Highway has advanced 33%, however, it will not be finished until 2017, informed the delegate of the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) in Jalisco, Bernardo Gutiérrez Navarro. "The stretch from Jala to Bucerias is 166 kilometers and is 33% complete, including sections finished…

Congratulations to Jane Fellows, I mean Mrs. Miller!

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We are delighted to announce that Jane Fellows and Doug Miller eloped on July 17th at the Kingfisher Resort in Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC. Their dear friends Molly and Chris witnessed their marriage. For those of you who may not recognize Jane, she has been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area for 30+ years. She also founded KinderAide, an…

June 2014 was Hottest and Wettest June in 4 Years

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June 2014 was not only the hottest, but also the wettest June since 2011. How do we know? Because back on June 9, 2011, the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather station was installed and activated. The station continues to collect valuable and detailed weather data and uploads it every 10 minutes to provide up-to-the-minute weather conditions…

Jaltemba Bay May 2014 Weather Update

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The official Jaltemba Bay Weather page was just updated to include all weather data collected through the month of May, and as you can see, summer temperatures are already upon us. I am amazed at the detailed information our weather instrument records for all of us to ponder. Here are a few observations that I hope you will find interesting,…

Bomberos Fight Grass Fire near Tennis Courts in Rincón de Guayabitos

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At approximately 1:45pm this afternoon, the bomberos received an anonymous phone call stating that an area near the tennis courts in Rincón de Guayabitos was on fire, specifically the intersection of Avenida del Sol Nuevo and Avenida Los Flamingos. They responded immediately, and had the flames totally under control in less than 1½…

59 Locals Can Hear Better Thanks to Hearing Aid Clinic in La Peñita

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Nearly 60 adults and children were fitted with free hearing aids during a recent Hearing Aid Clinic in La Peñita. The clinic, the first of its kind in our area, was conducted under the watchful eyes of our own Dr. Martin Nuñez at his Central Medico La Peñita office. The purpose of the clinic was to furnish and fit hearing aids and…

A Cleaner Playa Los Ayala

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If you have visited or walked the playa in Los Ayala this year, you may have noticed that the beach is very clean. Twice a week, for the past six months, a group of 30 locals have been raking the sand and picking up litter. This was initiated and is spearheaded by a local fisherman, Rigo Hernandes. Three teams of ten people - children,…

Nasty Neighbors... Going, Going, Gone

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When we arrived in October, a couple of new neighbours had moved in. Over the summer some squatters decided that the river next to us might be kind of a nice place to call home, so they put up these two lovely shacks.   They also built this beautiful outhouse (yes, right in the river). And at some point, while we were back…

Maintenance on the "Bridge of Life" is Progressing

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Phase 1 of the "Bridge of Life" maintenance was completed on Tuesday, January 21 as planned. Ten volunteers showed up to help and they successfully replaced the cables that run along both the top and bottom of the side fencing, as well as almost all of the vertical cables that attach to the main supporting cable under the wood planks. The…

La Peñita Vet with a Huge Heart

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I'd like to share my story of warmth and love about a local vet who helped me, a Canadian from British Columbia, to help a local street dog who I call "Si." Si started dropping by to say hi. After a few interactions, he seemed to know I wanted to help him. He started letting me pet his head and then he'd leave. Little by little he…

Setting the Stage for the Malecón Dedication Ceremony in La Peñita

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The Malecón in La Peñita has a fresh coat of paint and colorful decals on the street side, newly applied varnish on the benches, new stainless plaques attached to the railings, electricity for the fancy new street lights, replacement palm trees for the ailing ones and new garbage containers covered with plastic bags to temporarily…

American Legion will hold Meeting in La Peñita

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Attention La Peñita, Guayabitos and Lo de Marcos Veterans: The American Legion Post 14 Puerto Vallarta is have a meeting at 11am on Friday, October 25th at Hinde y Jaime's Bar & Restaurant in La Peñita. All Veterans are encouraged to attend. Items to be discussed include Veteran Benefits, Foreign Medical Program and Medical Coverage.…

Betty Vázquez Added to Mexico’s State Department List of Top Chefs

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Nayarit’s culinary offerings were recognized by the Federal Government’s State Department, which singled out this prestigious chef as one of the country’s best. The many flavors of Riviera Nayarit are the destination’s calling card to the world, especially now that Mexico’s State Department named the renowned Betty Vásquez,…

Jala-Puerto Vallarta Highway Construction Progresses

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According to Nayaritenlínea.mx, data has been obtained from the Delegación Federal de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transport) in Nayarit and confirms that the highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is under construction and is currently in the first of three stages of the national highway…

Storm Sewer Project in Guayabitos is Completed

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The storm sewer project that caused major detours in Rincón de Guayabitos last season has finally been completed. The huge holes have been filled in and the roads are now covered with street pavers. The new drains that were installed are covered with nice heavy-duty steel grates, and the andadores (walkways to the beach) have been re-piped,…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

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The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized. The…

Introducing Baby Mateo Santiago

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We are excited to introduce Mateo Santiago, born on August 17th. Tiki and Sonia's brand new bouncing bundle of joy weighed in at 3,580 grams and measured 52 centimeters. We want to wish a sincere congratulations to Tiki, Sonia, Oliver and Aislynn on the new addition to their family. For those of you who don't recognize their smiling…

The Malecón in La Peñita is Almost Finished

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The long awaited and much anticipated malecón in La Peñita is almost a reality. The deep, below-sea-level retaining wall footings were dug despite the ongoing tides and constant wave action of the sea. Many truckloads of fresh dirt, sand and rock were hauled in and compacted to provide a steadfast base for the malecón’s walkway. Multiple…

Bird Conservation Efforts are Being Made in Nayarit Coast Region

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With over 300 species of migratory and resident bird species, the Nayarit coast is perhaps one of the world's most bird-diverse areas; such diversity of bird life represents an invaluable heritage that has captivated the eye of birdwatchers for decades. Unfortunately there are several threats to this natural treasure: uncontrolled urban…

The Plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos Gets a Beautiful Makeover

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On Thurdsay, June 6, the plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was a buzz with activity. The crew from Vivero Villanueva in La Colonia planted hundreds of heliconia, ginger, bougainvillea, hibiscus, palm trees, agave and other tropical plants throughout the plaza grounds. According to Rossanna Araujo Silver, Hotel Association president, the…

Work on the Malecón in La Peñita Continues

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Last week, the malecón construction superintendent informed Tiki, owner of Restaurant Las Brisas, that the entire malecón project in La Peñita, including the roads and sidewalks, would be completed before the end of July. Some of the items that still need to be finished are: Finish construction of the malecón walls Finish the…

Peter Martin, Active Community Volunteer, Passes Away

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Martin, longtime Guayabitos resident and friend to many. Peter passed peacefully on Saturday, May 11 at age 69. May you rest in peace my friend. Ally & David * * * Peter Martin, born May 21, 1943, passed away on Saturday, May 11 at his Guayabitos home from the effects…

The "Bridge of Life" Gets a Colorful New Facelift

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The phrase is correct... "it is not a piano!" Ken & Bea Rauch used this phrase in their recent post on Jaltemba Bay Folk, and it basically means that the bridge was never expected to be fine-tuned like a piano, but simply kept in useable condition. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bridge of Life received some much-needed general…

Malecón Project in La Peñita to Resume after Semana Santa

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There have been rumors going around town that the malecón construction project in La Peñita has come to a halt due to funding issues. We have been trying to contact officials for several days to confirm or refute these rumors. We just heard back from both Romy Mora and Guillermina Dueñas, Regidoras of Jaltemba Bay, and we are happy…

Free WiFi in the La Peñita Plaza

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Regidora Guillermina Dueñas spent part of the afternoon overseeing the installation of the new wireless internet service in the plaza in La Peñita today. Regidora Romy Mora stated that "The internet project was started by Baltazar Urzua who made a deal with Telmex. The project is being funded by the municipality and will be used by…

Malecon Construction in La Peñita Continues

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Even on a Saturday morning, there were two cement trucks, at least five backhoes and a crew of a dozen or more people steadily working on the new malecon in La Peñita... not to mention a handful of curious spectators. The first section of the seawall (shown above) currently stands about 5-feet above street level. This section, which…

La Peñita Malecón Construction is Proceeding in Earnest

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The work on the new malecón in La Peñita has been progressing, albeit not as quickly nor as timely as was originally promised. Tearing up the two one-way streets leading down to the beach and back has taken a lot longer than at first thought. All of the fresh water lines as well as the sewer lines have been removed and replaced and…

Volunteers are Keeping the Beaches Clean in Jaltemba Bay

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Over the last few days, you may have noticed a group of volunteers cleaning our area beaches. This group of 40 locals call themselves "Grupo de Voluntarios de La Peñita" and their goal is to clean the beach in La Peñita, as well as the rivers, creeks and some of the streets in town. Each day, 20 people volunteer in the mornings from…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Jerry Flanders

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Jerry Flanders, 59, passed away suddenly from a heart attack in La Peñita, Mexico on December 15. Jerry lived life to the fullest. His easy going nature, willingness to help others, and his quick smile will always be remembered. He was a man of integrity, always busy, always happy. He enjoyed his work for 35 years at the Campbell River…

New Toll Road from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is Well Underway

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Almost 30 kilometers of the new toll highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta have been completed, as announced by Federico Días Avalos, Nayarit’s delegate for Mexico’s Communications and Transportations Secretary, and published in an article written by Rafael Delgado for the Vallarta Opina. This new stretch of highway, that has been…

New Code of Ethics in Jaltemba Bay

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Romy Mora, Regidora of Jaltemba Bay, has just announced that the Cooperativa of Rincón de Guayabitos, which includes the owners and operators of the pangas and banana boats as well as other vendors in the Jaltemba Bay area, have agreed to modify their manners, their dress code and drinking and smoking habits, as well as the physical…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of John Gow, Guayabitos Resident

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It is with deep sadness that the family of John William Gow announce John's passing at age 78 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Calgary, AB. John was born in Medicine Hat, AB on November 12, 1934. He was the only son of three children, including sisters Norma and Jean, born to Foster and Gladys (nee Olson) Gow. John grew up on the family…

Preparation Begins for the Malécon in La Peñita

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The prep work for the new Malécon in La Peñita started this morning, namely tearing up the streets to reconstruct the sewer and water lines. Here are a few photos taken earlier today. Feature photo (shown above): Looking north on Circuito Libertad near Restaurante Guty. Looking west down La Avenida (towards the ocean) at the intersection…

Update: New Church in Los Ayala and Los Ayala Infrastructure Project

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Does Mexico really need another church? The people of Los Ayala who attend mass every Friday and Sunday think so. Most families living in Los Ayala do not have vehicles, and being able to walk to church enhances the quality of life in their community. Some of you may remember that the Bishop, who represents the states of Nayarit, Jalisco…

Congratulations to Egidio and Mary

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Egidio and Mary, owners of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita, just announced the birth of their precious baby girl, Citlali, born 2.4 kilos (5.29 lbs.) on October 4. Her name, "Citlali," means star in Nahuatl. Mary and the baby are doing well, but because there were complications, Mary had to deliver via caesarean. Since she may…

Bucerias Immigration Office Relocates to Nuevo Vallarta

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The National Institute of Immigration (INM) wishes to inform the general public in Bahía de Banderas and Nayarit that the local INM office on Avenida Las Palmas in Bucerias, closed its doors on Monday, September 17, 2012, for relocation. The Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit INM offices can now be found on the second floor (locales 22-08…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Three Locals

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Ramón Ibarra Gutierrez, age 68, passed away of a heart attack on Saturday, August 18 while in Mexico City. His funeral was held near his birthplace in Michoacan shortly thereafter. Ramón owned and operated the large Helados Michoacan ice cream store on the south side of main street in La Peñita. For 27 years, he handcrafted his ice…

Timeline Released for New Malecon in La Peñita

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The following timetable was recently released for the bidding and construction of the new Malecon in La Peñita: August 16 - Solicitation for bids began August 20 - CompraNet (Department of Public Service) to visit site August 21 - Board of Clarification meets August 28 - Presentation and opening of bids September 17 - Estimated…
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"Before" Photos of the New Malecon in La Peñita

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These photos were taken from the end of the second breakwater along the beach north of the lava flow and trailer park looking back toward La Peñita. There are two retro photos, the original photo and a color adaptation of a retro. I have at least a dozen variations from color to B&W as I chose it to practice with some new photo editing…

New Malecon in La Peñita is Coming to Fruition

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Last Wednesday, Romy Mora, Regidora of the Jaltemba Bay area, stopped by the weekly Rotary Club meeting to announce that the contracts and paperwork for the new malecon in La Peñita were signed and that work is set to begin between September and November of this year. We will update you as we receive additional information. Here are…
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New Hospital Opening in La Penita

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The Real Nayar Hospital is set to open in La Peñita on June 17th. I was given a tour of the new facility yesterday by owner/director Dr. Roberto Roblez Gomez. The hospital will offer the following services: gynecology, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, general and laparoscopic surgery, anesthesiology, endocrinology, cardiology,…

The "Bridge of Life" is a Work in Progress

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The Bridge of Life, as most of us call it, is the suspended walking bridge that connects Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincon de Guayabitos with Calle Bahia de Banderas in La Penita. It was originally constructed by the residents of the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos back in 2003 as a means of providing residents safe passage between the two…

Los Ayala Infrastructure Report

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2011 a community meeting was held in Los Ayala’s Town Plaza to discuss the the plan, to raise the funds needed to replace the existing sewage piping, for the transfer of waste from Los Ayala to the pumping station located in the area of Vista Guayabitos. The meeting was called by Romy Mora, Regidor of Jaltemba…