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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow…

Meet Debra & Glen Triplett and Gracie the Beach Dog, Rincón de Guayabitos

Twenty years ago, Debra and Glen Triplett met and fell in love. These two shared the dream of moving to a foreign country, a tropical locale with a picture-perfect beach where they would enjoy long leisurely walks, daily swims and inspirational sunsets. Glen intended to realize his dream upon retirement and Debra was eager to shadow his…

Rincón de Guayabitos

Rincón de Guayabitos is a small colorful beach resort tucked up in a corner (rincón) of Jaltemba Bay, a stretch of the Pacific Coast of Mexico known for it’s wide sandy beach and waves that lap more often than they lunge. Everyone heads for the water in Guayabitos with no fear of being pummeled or drug out to sea. They romp around…

Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Adelita

It had been raining through the night and the creeks were all full and the water running rapidly. I was approaching a little bridge on a dirt road and something moved in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out. There in the middle of the road was a tiny tiny kitten, the color of the road she was so dirty. I picked up this…

Stone Fence South of Amatlan de Cañas

This volcanic rock fence is very typical of the area. Clearing the pasture of these rocks makes the land more productive and also provides a handy material to build an enduring fence. I am always drawn to these stone fences. The toil represented and the forces that solidly hold them in place give me a sense of peace. For me, they are…

Italian Bread Salad

This is one of my most favourite ways to use up stale, good quality bread. We're blessed here in Jaltemba Bay with fine bakers who work from their kitchens and sell amazing bread at the markets or on the corners of any one of our villages. When we buy the bread I do my best to use it all while it's still fresh, or to make croutons as…

Surviving the Summer Heat in Jaltemba Bay

It's hot and dusty in Los Ayala. Just how dusty you ask? Well, I dust our home every single morning and by mid-afternoon it looks like I have not dusted for at least a week. What’s the point? During the few weeks before the torrential downpours of the rainy season arrive, my husband, Robert, has to vacuum our swimming pool daily, sometimes…

Rob's Ramblings: A Change in Attitude

My wife Heather and I have been involved with the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue spay and neuter clinics since their inception in December 2006. To date, JBAR has worked on over 2,700 animals in the Jaltemba Bay area. We have volunteered with clinics in La Peñita, Los Ayala, Rincón de Guayabitos, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, San Blas, and…

The Rainy Season Has Arrived

The rainy season has arrived. The dusty palms are washed. The jungle and orchards display their splendor of color and fruit. All is fresh again. The large potholes provide the adventure of driving through to find their bottom. So far they all have one. The rainy season has arrived. With it comes the jungle sounds, First soft morning…

Watermelon, Feta & Basil Appetizer

Being that sweet juicy watermelon is pretty much the essence of summer, I decided to try this new recipe at our 4th of July celebration last week. This no-cook appetizer is easy to make so you don't have to sweat the details - and because the flavor is light and refreshing, it's perfect for any summer party. Plus, it is as pretty as it…
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"Before" Photos of the New Malecon in La Peñita

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…

Albercas de Vallarta Has Moved

On June 20, Albercas de Vallarta moved into their newly constructed store in Rincón de Guayabitos. This larger space has allowed them to increase their inventory. In addition to pool supplies and equipment, they now carry hardware items, including tools, nails, brushes, garden supplies and more. They are currently running a special…