My husband and I bought our property up near El Tonino specifically for the View. I capitalize the word “View” because to me it is a particular something that requires recognition, to be set aside from just any other view.
I knew it was the property for us as soon as I stood amongst the guanabana fruit trees and stared out over the Pacific ocean. Jaltemba Bay takes up most of the 270 degree westward view, encompassing Punta Raza then northwards to Punta Cocodrillo, over to Las Varas and beyond. After searching for months all over the place from Lo de Marcos to Zacualpan, I said “This is the one,” after being there for only two minutes. There were no arguments from my husband, nor from our guide Gustavo. They could feel the special vibrations this property exuded as well.
We have seen the sky painted in soft pastel colours during quiet morning sunrises, storm clouds with rain sweeping down to obscure the white crashing rollers at Playa Naranjo, rainbows over the growing fields of maize and beans, and then there are the sunsets… sunsets that almost make you cry out in wonder as to how something so fleeting can be so beautiful for such a brief moment in time!
Starting this season I am going to photo journal the View, here on Jaltemba Bay Life, so that it can be shared with many other people. Check here often because I will be adding subsequent parts on a fairly regular basis. I will commence with some memorable ones from last season, just to get you in the mood!
Because it’s a rather bumpy drive up to our casa, and a good 5 kms from Hwy. 200 and about a 15-20 minutes to drive them, we don’t get a lot of people coming this way on back country road tours. That’s not a bad thing as far as we’re concerned, but people miss out on one of the best vantage points to view all of Jaltemba Bay. The folks we usually see up here on a regular basis are the farmers, who are our vecinos (neighbours), that pass by on their way to care for their fruit trees and cattle. Perhaps these photos will inspire more people to veer off the beaten path and look for the parts of Mexico that are not part of the all-inclusive package, nor filled with touristic bobbles and dust collectors.
About the Author: Tosia Archer spends her winter living near El Tonino (a 20 minute drive north from La Peñita) along with her husband David and their Mexican adopted pets: dogs Agua Chili Bob and Momz, and their cat Blanca. They all travel south together by truck from Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada each fall and return there to work each spring. She enjoys photographing local wildlife and flowers, whale watching and then rendering what she has seen into watercolour art. She volunteers with JBAR and is a member of the Guayabitos Artists Collective and Writers Who Love Mexico. Tosia is also part of the Jaltemba Bay Life Team.
This story was submitted by one of our staff writers. If you want to join in the fun and share your stories and photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com