It's Official: Magical Los Ayala has merged with Jaltemba Bay Life!

Allyson and I are both delighted to say… Its official, Magical Los Ayala has merged with Jaltemba Bay Life! As part of the merge, Jaltemba Bay Life will be uploading all the special stories, photos, history, and important information from Magical Los Ayala onto their web site. Yes, Local Folks, Magical Moments, Past Event Photos,…

June in Jaltemba Bay

June marks the beginning of the dizzyingly hot weather with temperatures often rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C) in the shade. However, the heat of June is not that uncomfortable, as the humidity is nowhere near the levels experienced in August and September. The days are for the most part hot and dry, and because the increase…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 3

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May.  This issue features four more stories about well-loved adopted pets from our area. (This photo captures Taco…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 2)

Updated May 6, 2014 - After posting In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1), I discovered this gorgeous, albeit very dusty, bright pink Plumeria (shown above) in the hills of La Peñita. It is one of the tallest varieties I have seen, measuring at approximately 12-14 feet tall. I spotted these two beauties (shown above) while on a tour of…

Nice Catch

This "Toro" was caught by Blaine and Jeff from Blaine's Hobie 16 near the big island in Jaltemba Bay back in April while Jeff was visiting from Vancouver, WA. The Toro, also known as Pacific Jack Crevalle or Torito, is one of the most common species in Mexican waters, and is known for its strength. Blaine included this link for anyone…

Sleeping Beauty

I took this photo of this beautiful horse, ten minutes south of Los Ayala while on a horseback riding excursion to a nearby waterfall for a swim. Photo by Christopher Morse, an avid photographer from Fairbanks, Alaska who enjoys vacationing in Jaltemba Bay. This photo represents a “Magical Moment” in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico.

MotoFiesta Guayabitos 2012

More than 500 riders will enjoy a weekend full of concerts, contests, adrenaline and a whole lot of fun. MotoFiesta Guayabitos is "the best biker event on the beach!" Update from the Riviera Nayarit blog (May 28): According to Rossana Araujo Silver, president of the Hotel and Motel Association of Compostela, approximately 500 bikers…

Dia de la Marina Celebration in Chacala

We just received this special invitation from Sr. Pablo Arturo Gil, President of the Comite de Accion Ciudadana, for the Dia de la Marina activities this coming Friday, June 1st in Chacala. Everyone from the Jaltemba Bay area is invited to attend. Here is the schedule: 11am: Desfile (Parade) Banda de Guerra del CBETA 104 de San Pedro…

Project Angelina: Angelina's House Has Walls

Hi Everyone. Just a short update. The project slowed down a little a week ago, as the Maestro of the project, Jose, hurt himself, and ended up in the hospital. He is recuperating now... and things are moving along nicely. Angelina and her family are still living in the rental home, just around the corner from where the house is being…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1)

Updated May 6, 2014 - Plumera, also known as Frangipani and Flor de Mayo, is native to Mexico. In the Jaltemba Bay area, they bloom in the spring and their beautiful fragrant flowers range from white and yellow to pink. They are deciduous plants so they drop their leaves in the fall and winter months. If you see a Plumeria during the…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 2

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May. This week, we are featuring two of Sarah Walker's dogs. Sarah is a familiar face to the JBAR organization.…
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Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle Rescued Off Shore in Rincón de Guayabitos

On Monday, April 30 divers rescued a juvenile Hawksbill turtle off the Bay of Jaltemba. Because "Jaltemba" has a hook embedded deep in her throat, Vicente Peña from Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit and M. en C. Catherine Hart from Red Tortuguera A.C. had to get permission to transport her to Guasave, Sinaloa for treatment at the CIIDIR-IPN…
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Beetles are Killing the Palm Trees in Jaltemba Bay

For anyone who has palm trees on your property, you need to know that they are all in danger of infestation from the Picudo Prieto or Mayate Prieto (Black Palm Weevil). For the past few weeks, Sarah Walker and I have been been researching information about this destructive beetle which recently killed two large Bismark Palms on Thomas…

Project Angelina is Making Progress

We are on our way home to Langley BC. When we left, Jose and his crew had the foundation completed and were starting the walls. No cement walls poured in Mexico. They used 5,000 bricks and blocks for this small house. Since the house is on a hill, all the bricks were carried up the hill to the house, 4 or 5 bricks at a time (see below). Our…

Blackened Jalapeño Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is no longer a national holiday here in Mexico. Regardless, guacamole is one of those appetizers that everyone loves – and this recipe from Whole Foods (with a few modifications)…

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 1

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). If you would like to submit your story, email it to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com. We will share your stories every other week during the month of May. (Note: Submissions…
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Iridescent Bug in My Garden

This lovely, large (about 1.5 inches long) and iridescent bug caught my eye as it quickly flew into one of my flowers several weeks ago. It was moving about quite erratically and I only managed to snap this one photo of it. If you think you may know what it is, please post below.