Meet Nadia Cuevas, Rincon de Guayabitos

Nadia was born in the city of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacán. She moved to Rincón de Guayabitos with her family at the ripe old age of three years because her parents yearned for a simpler life. Her parents, Beto and Laura, envisioned an idyllic lifestyle bringing up their family in a small beach town. Nadia and her two…

Sarah's Survivors: Muffin the Miracle

She came to me as a little ball of fur. Celia, from our JBAR rescue facility, had a family that dropped her off. They didn't want her anymore because she was “broken." This precious little ball of fur could barely move. She could pull herself around a little with her front paws. Her back legs were stiff. The knees and ankles did not…
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Mound of Mud in a Gringo Tree

When my husband and I have friends up to our casa near El Tonino for the first time, after admiring the view, the first two questions they inevitably ask are, “why is that pile of mud in a tree” and “what kind of tree is that?” The answers are simple, but each one has a story attached. The answer to the first question…

Caring for Your Home and Property During Your Absence

Most people, who enjoy a “Place in the Sun” in the tropical paradise of the community of Jaltemba Bay, are part-time residents who typically return home for the months of April through November. As this time period covers the hot and humid, rainy season there are several important factors to consider in the care of your home and property.…

IMSS Insurance Application Procedure Cleared-Up

There has been some talk lately of new regulations governing the application process and the documents required when applying for IMSS insurance. Actually, Mexico is following the Hague Convention directives in its documentation requirements. What is IMSS IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social) is a low-cost health care option and…

Girl with Big Brown Eyes

Kids are interesting and the expression on the face of this beautiful, soulful and solemn little girl in a jewelry store in Rincón de Guayabitos captured my attention. Photo by Alexander Pascal About the photographer: I purchased my first camera in the mid 1950’s. It was a Polaroid camera and photography quickly became a much-loved…

Project Angelina is Complete!

Thursday was the Big Day. Bob Gill, Brian Blevings and I went shopping for the family. We purchased 4 new beds and mattresses. We bought the children bunk beds… they were so excited… quite a change from sleeping on a mattress on the dirt floor. We replaced their stove and fridge. The fridge was rusty and about to fall apart. As we…

Meet Hala Hazzi, La Penita

Hala’s journey to La Peñita de Jaltemba began in 1989 when she worked for Canadian Holidays in Destination Services. At the time, Canadian Holidays was looking for new “off the beaten path” vacation destinations, which were located close to major tourist centers, and Rincon de Guayabitos fit the bill perfectly. Hala was stationed…

Vista Guayabitos Has a New Look

Vista Guayabitos Restaurant reopened last Wednesday after being closed for two weeks. During this break, they completely remodeled their restaurant. The lower balcony is now the main dining area and has seating for up to 40 people. They will be offering a smaller menu filled with chef's specialties, which we will unveil in a few weeks. The…

Rob's Ramblings: Topes, Turn Signals and Other Oddities of Driving in Mexico

If you have driven in Mexico for any length of time, this article is not for you. You will say it’s just the “same-old”. For those here on a short trip or those planning a drive into Mexico, here are a few things that may seem rather strange to northern drivers. The first thing you will notice are the topes (lane wide speed bumps).…

Euphoric Childhood

I love the carefree life of the kids! This photo was taken on one of our walks on the beach and this little guy was enjoying the moment. We have been coming to Jaltemba Bay since 2004 and love the area and the people. We love to walk, take photos and meet the people.

In Season: Ciruelas (Mexican Plums)

Updated June 1, 2014 – Ciruelas, or Mexican plums, are abundant during the month of June. If you drive through any of the towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, you will likely notice small bare trees with smooth and shiny egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. You can typically find green, yellow, red and purple…

New Malecon in La Peñita is Coming to Fruition

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…

New "No Pets In Cabin" Policy Could Change the Way We Travel to Mexico

July 2014 Author's Note: The article below outlines the detailed transition to the new Mexican pet travel and aviation requirements back in 2012. Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question…
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New Hospital Opening in La Penita

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,…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill: One Month after Her Rescue

Jaltemba, the juvenile Hawksbill turtle, has certainly caught the attention of residents and tourists in the Jaltemba Bay area since becoming caught on a fishing line a month ago. (Note: I refer to Jaltemba as female here, however we do not know what sex the turtle is.) In the last update on Jaltemba, we had just received the permits…

Dia de la Marina Celebration in Jaltemba Bay

Earlier this afternoon 30 boats, many of which were decorated with balloons and palm branches, participated in a boat parade to Isla Coral in Jaltemba Bay in celebration of Dia de la Marina. This was one of many events in the Riviera Nayarit today.