Viva Nayarit: Dia de los Muertos Altars in Nayarit

In Mexico, there is a holiday for the dead called "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead, which is held every year in the month of November. The first day of November is the day we celebrate those who died as children (Day of the Little Angels/All Saint's Day), and the second day of November is for the adults (All Souls' Day). Families…

Los Ayala - A Different Kind of Mexico

Just a forty-five minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta, at the foot of the Sierra de Vallejo Mountains, lies the lovely seaside fishing village of Los Ayala. Easily accessible by rental car, taxi, or bus, the drive there is half the experience, with lush, dense jungle on display alongside the highway, separated by surf towns and seaside…

Sarah's Survivors: Frankie

I was returning from Puerto Vallarta one late afternoon. The traffic was about a normal flow. I was just entering the town of Lo de Marcos where there is a center divider in the highway. On the other side of it, to my horror, was a large dog. It clearly had been hit. It was up on its front paws and looking around totally stunned, but…

Cancer de Mama Wish List

The Cancer de Mama clinic will be held this year in La Peñita on February 1-3, 2013. Since inception in 1996 the clinic has grown to having helped over 450 women of Mexico last year alone. Women from the State of Nayarit and parts of Jalisco fighting the disease of breast cancer are invited to attend this free clinic. While needs are…
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Las Tres Amigas "Kick Off the Season" Dinner Party

Here's your chance to socialize with your winter friends and get caught up on all that's happened over the summer. Las Tres Amigas are hosting a "Kick off the Season" Dinner Party at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be reserved by emailing las3amigas@yahoo.ca…

Xaltemba Restaurant Opens

This Tuesday, October 30th Xaltemba starts their 6th year serving dinner from 5pm to 10pm, with the official Day of the Dead Kick-Off on Friday, November 2nd. The community at large is invited to the annual Día de Los Muertos / Day of Dead Party with refreshments and appetizers in the Off Street Gallery across the street from the restaurant.…

Pineapples - A Major Crop in Mexico

One of our favourite hikes is to the pineapple plantations in the valley east of Highway 200. It was faster when we used to bike but, since Bea fell off her bike and broke her wrist we have taken to “hoofing it.” But slowing down gives us a chance to discover many butterflies, birds and flowers we would otherwise miss. Depending on…

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparison for Rainy Seasons 2011 & 2012

Rainy season, as it is most often referred to, lasts from June through late October. Most of the cooling rain occurs during the late afternoons and continues into the nights. So far this month, we have only had 4 days of rain totaling 1.4 inches (29mm) compared to 11 days with 2.9 inches (74mm) in October 2011, which could be an indication…

La Peñita de Jaltemba – A Working Town

La Peñita de Jaltemba is the largest of the four towns that make up the community of Jaltemba Bay. A long, leisurely stroll up Guayabitos Beach, which lies just north of Los Ayala, will get you there. As will a short ride on the colectivo, a unique Mexican form of transportation. It's a Volkswagen van that seats eight comfortably…

Meet Ken & Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay Photographers

Ken and Bea’s love affair with Mexico started in 1992 when they won an all-Inclusive vacation at the Holiday Inn in Puerto Vallarta. It was their first visit to Mexico. They liked the people, enjoyed the weather and went home thoroughly hooked. For the next few years their job and family commitments kept them from travelling, and their…

Jaltemba Bay Hummingbirds - My Photo Journal

I always look forward to seeing which of the numerous species of hummingbirds I will spot first once we return to Jaltemba Bay each fall. When we arrived last week it was already dark, but the very next morning I spotted a Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) pecking at the red tail light on our truck! Needless to say my first…

Over $30 Million Pesos to be Invested in Sewer & Water for Rincón de Guayabitos and Malecón in La Peñita

Last week, the Governor of Nayarit was in Rincón de Guayabitos to proclaim that a combination of federal, state and municipal funds, totaling $30 million pesos, has been earmarked for the upgrading of the municipal water and sewer systems in Guayabitos. First on the agenda is to upgrade the treatment plant and carcamos (pump stations),…

Rob's Ramblings: Returning to Our Southern Lives

I have to keep reminding friends and family up-north that we are not just vacationing in Mexico. Our winter-lives in La Peñita make up half of our year, and will likely involve even more of our lives in the future. This isn't just a week of sun and margaritas at a local all-inclusive. We manage to enjoy more outdoor activities due to…

San Sebastián del Oeste and Mascota: Part 2

The ancient interpretation of the word “Mascota” is the “place of deer and snakes.” Thankfully the only snake we saw was a dead one, lying in the middle of the road! Mascota is not a touristic town. Its population is just over 13,000 and the economy is based on agriculture. The town is set in a picturesque valley amidst lush emerald…
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Plaga in My Garden

If you have this in your garden, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. As far as I know, it is called PLAGA. It came into my garden in La Peñita from a local nursery. Within 5 days of re-planting over 15 pots of a 40 pot project with salvia the little blue flower, I walked out to find those 15 COVERED WITH THIS STRINGY YELLOW ANGEL HAIR PARASITE. My new…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 7

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jane Fellows. I live part time in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC, and the other part of the year, in La Peñita, Nayarit, Mexico. My father, Bill Fellows, discovered the small fishing village of La Peñita in 1979 and felt he had gone back in time to the 50s. At that time there was one telephone…
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JBAR's Next Free Spay & Neuter Clinics

JBAR's next free spay and neuter clinic will take place November 14-17 at the home of Sue & Del Moss on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in the Zona Residencial in Rincón de Guayabitos (located just before the Bridge of Life). We will need volunteers!! Volunteers please plan to be at the clinic site on the first day (Wednesday, November 14)…

Update: New Church in Los Ayala and Los Ayala Infrastructure Project

Does Mexico really need another church? The people of Los Ayala who attend mass every Friday and Sunday think so. Most families living in Los Ayala do not have vehicles, and being able to walk to church enhances the quality of life in their community. Some of you may remember that the Bishop, who represents the states of Nayarit, Jalisco…

Stunning Sunset over Jaltemba Bay

Lyle Brown has been living in Rincón de Guayabitos full-time since 1997. He is an avid fisherman and photographer. During the summer months, he posts some of his sunset photos on Jaltemba Bay Folk for everyone to see. The photos shown here were taken on September 29, 2012, and are just a few of the dozens of photos he has posted this…

San Sebastián del Oeste and Mascota: Part 1

One of many reasons for my lifelong love affair with Mexico is the sheer diversity of the country. I am continually amazed that one can be cavorting on sandy beaches in warm blue ocean waters or hiking through tropical rain forest, yet within a few hours’ drive one is seemingly transported to a completely different world. This other…

Wanted: Barbies for Santa

Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Lady," will be arriving in Guayabitos on November 20th. Geri is in need of good gently used Barbie dolls, which will be reconditioned by Santa's elf volunteers. They will be given to the local children at various locations and events during the Christmas holiday. The final total of donations last year was…

A Bouquet of Jamaica

One day last December around siesta time I saw one of our neighbours, Señor Garcia, riding his burro up the mountain road from his fields. I suppose what had caught my eye was the fact Bruno (the burro) was barely visible from under the armload of red coloured vegetation Sr. Garcia was carrying. Further obscuring the animal, were two…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 6

“Do something good, something kind, but don’t tell anyone about it.” My Abuelito, Gentleman Bill Fellows, excelled at this. I believe everyone wants to help, in the best way they know how. I also believe more people would give back, if they had the means for doing so. Writing about my experience volunteering with KinderAide goes…

Congratulations to Egidio and Mary

Egidio and Mary, owners of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita, just announced the birth of their precious baby girl, Citlali, born 2.4 kilos (5.29 lbs.) on October 4. Her name, "Citlali," means star in Nahuatl. Mary and the baby are doing well, but because there were complications, Mary had to deliver via caesarean. Since she may…

Meet Los Ayala's Beloved Juez, Romy Mora

When Romy Mora, was offered the opportunity to serve as "Juez of Los Ayala" (Judge) she decided within three minutes flat that her answer would be yes! She had no hesitation because she knew that she would be able to make a difference to the community of Los Ayala. She knew she could make a difference because she likes to see things get…
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Magical Monarchs in Mexico

While my journey south to Mexico every fall terminates at Jaltemba Bay, Monarch butterflies migrate further into the mountainous interior of Mexico. During this trip they make numerous refueling stops, of which our yard is apparently one. I took a photo of this Monarch last fall during a brief pit stop it made at our place near El Tonino,…

NEW: Recommend YOUR Favorite Businesses & Vacation Rentals on Jaltemba Bay Life

We are excited to announce the new Rental & Business Recommendations function on Jaltemba Bay Life. Patrons, clients and guests can now write recommendations for their favorite restaurants, businesses, hotels and vacation rentals to help others decide where to dine, what to do and where to stay. To write a recommendation, click on…

What's NEW & Happening Around Town (updated weekly)

There is so much going on in the Jaltemba Bay area. We update this section each week to include business openings and closings, new menu items and specials, updated class and music schedules, new hours and even changes in location. Also visit our Community Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming and ongoing events and Jaltemba Bay…

Update on Los Ayala's Infrastructure Project and New Malecon in La Peñita

The collections for Los Ayala's infrastructure project continue... Miguel Sillas, Los Ayala's Juez, brought the amount raised to date, to just over $150,000 pesos. Miguel has been going door-to-door to collect the infrastructure assessment from property owners in Los Ayala, and will continue to do so until we fulfill our commitment, which…

Rob's Ramblings: The Wonders of Electricity in Mexico

Thomas Edison might wonder what happened with his wonderful invention of electricity if he was to be on the job today in Mexico. Some basic rules of wiring and electricity that we take for granted up-north seem to have been missed in Mexico. It has been my experience that the Jaltemba Bay area of Mexico seems to run on 138 volts rather…

My KinderAide Experience: Part 5

I have known Jane for quite a few years so when she posted that there was a position available to help out at KinderAide for one hour a week I thought I was (or should be!) up to the challenge. Off I went to kinder with Kate - an experienced, qualified, exuberant teacher. Now I was feeling apprehensive. As a 50 year old, childless healthcare…

Los Ayala Soccer Program Needs Equipment

Years ago, three of us started up a soccer program here in Sicamous, British Columbia. I ended up running it for years after my kids grew up and graduated. Since I stopped, the equipment has been sitting here waiting for someone to use it. I got this idea to donate it to Los Ayala a few years ago and finally got in down there. The Los…

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: Social Life and Friendships in Mexico

In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. The social life in Mexico is a lot different then in Canada. In Mexico my friends and I chat "face-to-face" a lot more. In Canada, my friends and I chat mostly by text messaging or over the internet. I have to say that I like…
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Mark Your Calendars: Fun and Fundraising with Las Tres Amigas

Helma, Maxine and Nora had such a great time last season working, laughing, eating and yes even drinking with so many of you to raise funds for worthwhile endeavours that we have decided to go ahead with further events this season. Complete details will be issued as they become firm. November 14 - Kick Off the Season Dinner Party - with…

Mexican Cowboys

This photograph of local vaqueros (cowboys) was taken near La Piedra Bola. We personally know a few of the ranchers in the valley. The cowboys develop their skills in roping, branding and rounding up cattle working on the ranch. Charros, are the ones who compete in competitions known as charreadas (rodeos) where they perform rope tricks…