Meet Tom Plattenberger, La Peñita

Tom’s journey to Mexico began 25 years ago with his partner Bruce. The winters in Alaska are long and cold, and like the majority of folks from that state they chose to escape for a little while by enjoying vacation in Hawaii or Mexico. They liked Hawaii, but something about being confined to an island made Tom feel a little stir-crazy,…

Casa Cooking Announces Class Schedule for 2012-2013

Debra Triplett and Betty Nuñez are excited to announce this season's schedule for their Casa Cooking Classes. In addition to their regular Thursday classes which include exciting new menus, they are offering Monday classes featuring traditional favorites. They have also added three Monday Market Overview Classes to the mix. The classes…

Rob's Ramblings: Daily Hurdles

I've often had friends from Up-North ask about my days here in small town Mexico. In retirement, the old line Up-North of "you don't do the post office and bank on the same day" can be turned into "I woke this morning with nothing to do, and went to bed only half done." Actually, that is sort of cruel and a bit inaccurate. Maybe I can…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 2

I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta and have been visiting La Peñita for a few years. My husband and I fell in love with the people and area so much so that we bought a home there last season. I work at a dental clinic and I knew about KinderAide from my friend Jane. Last year I arrived in Mexico with my arms loaded up with toothbrushes…

Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons

The Great Egrets in their La Peñita rookery provided us many hours of entertainment several mornings in April. Photos were not easy to take (sitting on a tree branch is not very comfy). Getting the right exposure for the white birds is always a challenge. During their courting, breeding, and nesting season, the egrets display beautiful…

Timeline Released for New Malecon in La Peñita

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…

La Tovara National Park: An Endless Adventure

The La Tovara National Park is located just 1½ hours from Rincón de Guayabitos near the town of San Blas, and offers the largest collection of birds in Mexico, a clever film set and adventures in the jungle. Chencho, our tour guide, has a pet word that explains everything, and walking through the marshes of La Tovara with…
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What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of the…

Loving Nature in Two Countries

I am a self-professed nature nut in the two countries I call home, Canada and Mexico. The passion I have for flora and fauna that shows up in my many photographs and watercolours, must have begun during my early Canadian childhood as I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have this love for nature. My mom must have secretly despaired…
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Surviving the Summer in Jaltemba Bay - The Rewards & Challenges

For me, the rainy season brings both rewards and challenges, some of which I shall recount here... You be the Judge and decide which is which. Let's begin with the glorious greening of the surrounding countryside, the cooling off effect of the rains (as temporary as that is), and the re-emergence of a number of unusual critters. Speaking…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 1

I greatly enjoyed my volunteer teaching experience with the KinderAide program in La Peñita this past winter. I had two classes of 5-year-olds once a week. Each class was about 20 minutes in length. During that time we reviewed numbers in English from 1-15, the alphabet, greetings, parts of the body, shapes, names of animals and colors. Special…

How Awesome Life Is

While my husband, David, and I were in Sayulita recently, we decided to take a leisurely walk toward the south end of town. A few minutes into our walk, David noticed an old worn piece of wood attached to a handrail leading to the beach. On it, someone has written... "For one minute, stand here in silence and look at the sky and contemplate…

Jaltemba Bay Event Calendar for 2012-2013 Season

(Updated August 25) - To help you plan for the upcoming winter season, we have compiled a list of major fundraising, charity and local events that will take place in La Peñita, Rincón de Guayabitos and Los Ayala during the 2012-13 season. Please keep in mind, it is still early so some events may not be finalized yet. You…

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparisons for July

The official Jaltemba Bay Weather Station celebrated its one-year anniversary in June, which means you can now compare temperature, wind, rainfall and other weather data for 2011 and 2012. Here are a few weather comparisons for the month of July: Of particular interest, is that the temperature highs and lows are the same for both 2011…