Bucerias Immigration Office Relocates to Nuevo Vallarta

The National Institute of Immigration (INM) wishes to inform the general public in Bahía de Banderas and Nayarit that the local INM office on Avenida Las Palmas in Bucerias, closed its doors on Monday, September 17, 2012, for relocation. The Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit INM offices can now be found on the second floor (locales 22-08…

Donations for Vicky's Dispensary are Desperately Needed

PLEASE CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS!!! Then bring everything to the very, very poor here in our area of Mexico. It is needed. Did you know a comb... a comb... is a luxury in a small mountain village! How many old pairs of glasses, reading, vision, out of prescription, do you have? Don't know what to do with them? Please bring them…

Jaltemba Bay Life Numbers are UP

Between January and August 2012, Jaltemba Bay Life received more visits and pageviews than all of 2011 combined. So far this year, the number of visits are up a whopping 96% and pageviews are up 73% over last year, and the average number of new visitors is 43%. The majority of our visitors come from Mexico, Canada and the United States,…

Meet Elizabeth Gómez Nuñez, La Peñita

Elizabeth, or Betty as she prefers to be called, is from Guadalajara. Being a single mother with four daughters, she moved to La Peñita de Jaltemba in September of 2002 in part to fulfill her father's wishes. Her father Heliodoro Nuñez Casilla, who was separated from his wife, lived alone on a ranch in La Peñita. Betty sensed his loneliness…

Driving by the Dump, The Kapok Tree, Up El Monteón Creek, and Hiking a Ridge

Last hot, hot summer, Bruce and I took up on an invite from Lenor and Terry Coomber to join with Dawn and Brian Blevings for a trip to the swimming holes up El Monteón Creek. We had a nice day bobbing around in one of the many pools that people have scooped out of the gravel creek-bed. We gorged from coolers full of snacks and icy beverages.…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 4

Hi my name is Renie. My husband and I are from BC and have been coming to La Peñita for about 5 years and love it. Since the first year we came, we have always brought clothes and school supplies with us. We take them up to small villages and we can see the smiles on everyone. About 2-3 years ago, a neighbor asked us to donate some money…

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: My First Trip to Rincón de Guayabitos on the Colectivo

In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. My first trip to Guaybitos was a little scary because I had to take a colectivo to get there. The colectivo is the local shuttle-like bus that transports people between the towns in Jaltemba Bay. It is also called a combi, and…

David's Deliciously Simple Shrimp Ceviche

While surfing the net the other day for a recipe to bring to a party, I decided to make something with a little Mexican flair that would be reminiscent of the ceviche we often order in La Peñita and Guayabitos. After checking out many websites, I combined a few different recipes to come up with this very tasty ceviche. I hope you enjoy…
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Dia de la Independencia Parade in La Colonia

Viva Mexico! The townspeople of La Colonia celebrated Dia de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day) with a parade. The primaria students, dressed in their uniforms and waving Mexican flags, marched several blocks as families and vendors lined the streets and watched the parade go by. In the spirit of the holiday, homes were decorated…

Dia de la Independencia Celebration in Jaltemba Bay (Mexican Independence Day)

Independence Day (Dia de la Patria) is indisputably Mexico’s most important National Holiday. It celebrates the day that Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule. Independence celebrations take place starting at 11pm on September 15th, when the President…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Three Locals

Ramón Ibarra Gutierrez, age 68, passed away of a heart attack on Saturday, August 18 while in Mexico City. His funeral was held near his birthplace in Michoacan shortly thereafter. Ramón owned and operated the large Helados Michoacan ice cream store on the south side of main street in La Peñita. For 27 years, he handcrafted his ice…

New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico

July 2014 Author’s Note: 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 below. Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you are likely getting ready to head south to…

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay

Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice that should be religiously…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 3

The first time I went to La Peñita was in November 2011 and I was struck by how wonderful the people were there. I’ve never been around so many happy, content and grateful people. The children, especially, touched me. So much so, that I felt compelled to do something to help out. When I asked a very good friend of mine to help set…

My Lime Trees Give Me More Than Fruit

Every time I return to Jaltemba Bay, the first thing I like to indulge in is... an ice-cold limonada. This thirst quenching bebida (beverage) is simply made; lots of ice, a spoonful of sugar, your choice of mineral or natural water, and the juice of several freshly squeezed limes. Aaah... to me, this is the flavour that is Mexico. No,…

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: My First Vacations in Mexico

In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. I was just six years old the first time I came to Mexico. My parents decided that for our first trip to Mexico it would be best for my brother and I if we stayed at an all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta – just so it was…

A Well Deserved Break in El Monteón

Lori Schneider Wood, aka Los Ayala's Pippi Longstocking, leads an informal group on hikes to Punta Raza during the spring months. The group typically includes myself, Linda Jeannotte and other women enjoying vacation in Los Ayala who are up for a little adventure. We typically bring along a few bags to pick up any litter found on the…

Mexican Gazpacho with Corn & Cilantro Salsa

It's been an incredibly hot summer... and when it's this hot, no one wants to cook. I had never made gazpacho before, but the heat and all the fresh summer veggies inspired me to try it. I combined two recipes to come up with this tasty no-cook Mexican-inspired cold soup. And the good news is that you can easily find all the ingredients…