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Old Cemetery in La Peñita

The old cemetery in La Peñita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when Hurricane Kenna barreled through the Jaltemba Bay area.…

The House on Mazatlan

It was one fine day back in 2003 when a friend and I were on our way to drop someone off at one of the nearby condos beside "The House on Mazatlan." As we approached it, with its flaming bougainvillea tree virtually ambushing the front entrance, I was drawn to it with such an intensity that I asked my friend to let me out to take a closer…
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Rob's Ramblings: JBAR Las Varas Clinic November 2012

Rob Erickson regularly contributes stories about his daily life in Mexico in a series entitled "Rob's Ramblings," which we publish in our weekly newsletter. Rob and his wife, Heather, are dedicated volunteers at the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics and these clinics play a large part of their lives. Rob has compiled…
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JBAR "Paws for the Cause"

In response to Lacy Brunetti's recent article, "Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help," I think we should have a big PARTY FOR THE DOGGIES at Thomas Bartlett's Hacienda!!! Bring your dog on a lead and let's have some fun and food and make a little... LOT of money to keep the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) GOING! For those of…

The Barbie Lady has Arrived in Guayabitos

Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Lady," has just arrived. I am located at Calle Tukan #7 in the Zona Residencial of Rincón de Guayabitos. To get there, drive north on Avenida del Sol Nuevo. Go 2 streets past the tennis courts to Tukan (across the street from the park) and turn right. Please email me to let me know when you are going to…
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Las Tres Amigas Christmas Stocking Campaign Launches with Wine Tasting & Appetizers

Las Tres Amigas are sponsoring a Christmas Stocking Campaign to gather school supplies, and pesos to purchase supplies, for the Teacher Resource Centre, a new initiative of Los Amigos de Jaltemba, located in the Community Cultural Centre in La Peñita. According to Gema Marquez from the Teacher Resource Centre, teachers and students really…

Christmas Posada 2012 in La Peñita

The Christmas Posada is for all the children of La Peñita de Jaltemba and the surrounding communities. It will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3pm in the Plaza in La Peñita. We need candy, toys, piñatas as well as financial donations to prepare a snack. We ask for your support by donating any amount of money or by supporting…

Mexican Turkey Stew

This is a wonderful use for your leftover turkey... and it’s rich and comforting. No one will guess it’s made from your leftovers, and you can bet this will be a family favourite! You can make this... sit down and watch the game... curl up and watch a movie... or after, go for a long walk on one of the beautiful beaches in Jaltemba…

How to Adjust Email Spam Filters for JaltembaBayLife.com

It has come to our attention that some email servers may be filtering emails from JaltembaBayLife.com to your "Spam," "Junk Mail" or "Bulk Mail" folder; or they could possibly be blocking them completely. Increasingly, email companies use filtering systems to keep unwanted spam out of your email Inbox. But sometimes, they accidentally…

New Code of Ethics in Jaltemba Bay

Romy Mora, Regidora of Jaltemba Bay, has just announced that the Cooperativa of Rincón de Guayabitos, which includes the owners and operators of the pangas and banana boats as well as other vendors in the Jaltemba Bay area, have agreed to modify their manners, their dress code and drinking and smoking habits, as well as the physical…

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of John Gow, Guayabitos Resident

It is with deep sadness that the family of John William Gow announce John's passing at age 78 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Calgary, AB. John was born in Medicine Hat, AB on November 12, 1934. He was the only son of three children, including sisters Norma and Jean, born to Foster and Gladys (nee Olson) Gow. John grew up on the family…

Preparation Begins for the Malécon in La Peñita

The prep work for the new Malécon in La Peñita started this morning, namely tearing up the streets to reconstruct the sewer and water lines. Here are a few photos taken earlier today. Feature photo (shown above): Looking north on Circuito Libertad near Restaurante Guty. Looking west down La Avenida (towards the ocean) at the intersection…

Hammock in the Sala

A hammock in the sala??? How can this be??? I am sure these were the words of our dueña Alcira when we first moved into #60 Calle Mazatlan. I had just arrived in Mexico and a (kinda like) family member took us right to this little doll house and we rented it... I loved it from the get go... Only a few steps from the beach and we did…

Body Boarding in Rincón de Guayabitos

We’re not baby boomers. We’re baby zoomers. Like the Mazda ad says, “Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.” We zoom on a moving highway also known as the great wave. I’ve been a life-long non-athlete, so what was I doing out in the ocean, body board in hand, with those huge waves pounding mercilessly towards the shore and me!? It was all at the…

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help!

Our recent Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics have been sponsored in part by McKenzie Veterinary Clinic of Victoria, British Columbia, thanks to Dr. Malcolm Macartney, who also brings a team of extra vets and vet techs to assist us due to the dramatic increase in the number of animals that we see at our…
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"Kick Off the Season" Dinner Party a Huge Sold-Out Success

What a view, what a group, and what a night! It was a great opportunity to get together with our winter friends, and get to meet some new ones. The newly renovated Vista Guayabitos Restaurant provided the perfect setting and the food was superb. Congratulations to Nadia Cuevas and her staff for a job well done. And of course we…
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Kittens in a Cereal Box and More!

The Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue spay and neuter clinic held in Guayabitos this past week was again a coming together of volunteers both Mexican and expats, pets and strays, friends and food. We have compiled stories and photos submitted by Donna Steensma, Tosia Archer, Rob Erickson, Nora Dixon and Nancy Wilson, who volunteered in various…

Día de la Revolución Parade in La Peñita

Día de la Revolución (Mexican Revolution Day) takes place on November 20th and commemorates the Mexican revolution of 1910 led by Francisco Madero. To celebrate, there is always a mid-morning parade along the Avenida in La Peñita starting at 9am. Many of the local school children are dressed in costumes, plus there are bands, dancing…

Casita on Calle Mazatlan

Living in Alaska, my partner Bruce and I always looked forward to yearly, extended vacations in Mexico. Each year we selected a new, small section of the coast between Mazatlan and Barra de Navidad for our roaming explorations. We would also spend a month or more setting up housekeeping, staying put in one place in a rented apartment…

Rob's Ramblings: The Sounds of Life

A local news clip here in British Columbia reminded me of the daily sounds one gets used to while living in Mexico. One Okanagan community has just banned the ice cream truck from playing it's jingle over the loud speaker due to noise bylaws. These same local politicians and residents might have a real hurdle to cross to get used to living…

Viva Nayarit: La Catrina

"La Catrina" was created by Mexican artists to make a metaphorical representation of high social class in Mexico, which prevailed before the Mexican Revolution. La Catrina is considered the symbol of death, since Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Mexico. It is common to see people disguised…

Pet Travel Update

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.   Last week, I flew from the US to Puerto Vallarta with my pups for the first time since the new regulations…

Whale Watching Season Starts December 3rd

Riviera Nayarit attracts hundreds of Humpback Whales along the entire coast of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure every year, including Jaltemba Bay. The annual whale migration from the cold waters of Alaska brings them as far down as the coasts of Riviera Nayarit where they procreate and raise their young in the warm waters of Banderas Bay.…
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Now That's a Lime!

After the rainy season ends, our yard always looks like someone had gone crazy with weed seeds and fertilizer, and this year was no exception. We had to use a machete to find our lime tree amongst the 10-foot tall, orange-flowered weeds that had taken over the yard again. No surprise there. What did surprise us this fall was the incredible…

Watermelon-Jalapeño Paletas

I love the sun, but not so much the heat... especially the dripping-wet-too-hot-to-do-anything kind of heat one experiences in Jaltemba Bay from July to mid-October. I arrived almost 3 weeks later than normal this year and thought surely I would escape some of that heat and humidity. That my friends was only wishful thinking! I have…

Enchanting Little House in La Peñita: The Intro

It turns out that the house at Calle Mazatlan #60 in La Peñita has quite an intriguing past. This charming little two-bedroom house has been rented by a number of interesting and influential local folks, many of whom have become longtime residents of the Jaltemba Bay area after staying there. In mid-June when Christina Stobbs interviewed…

The House on Fishermen Street

I first heard of La Peñita de Jaltemba in 1980 while living in Mexico City through an artist friend and her husband, who was also a painter. Whenever we would get together, the conversation would somehow end up with stories of their friend Efrain who lived in this beach town on the Pacific coast. The stories were fantastic, exotic and…

My Ever-Changing View of Jaltemba Bay: Part 1

My husband and I bought our property up near El Tonino specifically for the View. I capitalize the word "View" because to me it is a particular something that requires recognition, to be set aside from just any other view. I knew it was the property for us as soon as I stood amongst the guanabana fruit trees and stared out over the Pacific…

Meet Ken Snyder & Mary Alice Ranta, La Peñita

If you enjoy living or vacationing in Jaltemba Bay, it is very likely that you have already met Ken and Mary Alice and know that they are a very dynamic and special couple who are dedicated to making a huge difference in our community. Ken is co-president of Los Amigos de Jaltemba which he says is almost a full-time job that he thoroughly…
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Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria Opens with Two Dia de los Muertos Memorials

Eddie and Roberto, owners of Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, rolled up the doors of the Galeria section shortly after the sun went down. Inside, flickering candlelight drew one's eyes to a large wall covered in row upon row of tealight candles and pierced tin ornaments eerily depicting a portrait of Eric Nice, a well known and deeply…

Non-Profit Investours to Host Fair Trade Evening Market in Puerto Vallarta

Investours, a local non-profit organization that supports artisans throughout the Bay of Banderas, will be hosting their semi-annual Fair Trade Evening Market at La Luna restaurant (466 Venustiano Carranza, Puerto Vallarta) on Thursday, November 8, from 6:30-9pm. This is a unique opportunity to sample authentic Mexican cuisine from communities…