8th Annual Festival Artístico Cultural in Rincón de Guayabitos

In Riviera Nayarit, culture is our luxury. This is the reason why we’re celebrating the eighth edition of the Festival Artistico Cultural Rincón de Guayabitos, which will bring joy and fun to suit every taste, taking place every Saturday between February 2 and 23, 2013. Music and dance will be presented every Saturday in February…
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Los Amigos to Host Jaltemba Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament in La Peñita

Win Big Money - $20,000 or $10,000 pesos depending on level of play! When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 4.30-10pm. Doors open at 3.30pm for seat assignment. Games start at 4.30pm sharp Where: Futbol Rapido, La Peñita de Jaltemba There will be two levels of play: “High Roller” and "Regular." Cost is $500 pesos for the "High…

La Peñita Malecón Construction is Proceeding in Earnest

The work on the new malecón in La Peñita has been progressing, albeit not as quickly nor as timely as was originally promised. Tearing up the two one-way streets leading down to the beach and back has taken a lot longer than at first thought. All of the fresh water lines as well as the sewer lines have been removed and replaced and…

Tiangus in La Peñita: An Extraordinary Shopping Experience!

The Tianguis in La Peñita de Jaltemba is a large open air market, full of colour, culture, tempting aromas and shopping at prices that will make you grin from ear to ear! Definitely, a must see if you are on vacation in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit! Year round, merchants in the market at La Peñita offer an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies,…

El Gigio Italian Pizzeria's Cooking Classes Return This Season

Ejidio, owner of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita, and his mother Comi Dolores, who is in town from Italy, are offering four special cooking classes in Italian cuisine during the month of February. Last season's classes were incredibly popular, so these upcoming classes should sell out quickly. Here is the Class Schedule: Class…

Where to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Jaltemba Bay

Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away! Many local restaurants are offering dinner specials, so why not impress your valentine by making reservations to surprise her (or him). After all, a romantic dinner is the perfect way to say "I love you" (a nice bottle of wine or flowers, and a little chocolate for dessert wouldn't be a bad idea…

J.E.E.P. Update... The Continuing Story

More help came Friday, January 25 in the form of volunteers to assist Dr. Hilde, the veterinarian from Las Varas. He was coming to treat another symptom of the horse’s plight of starvation. The choice of food was limited, eating weeds with tough stalks and/or stickers caused a sore to form on the roof of their mouth. This sore keeps…
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Lunch

The photo of the Great Blue Heron having his "lunch" was taken on the estuary just below our casita rooftop. About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004,…
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We Ponied Up! First Fundraiser Gives J.E.E.P. a Strong Start

The first official fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 was a galloping success! Coming together in less than two weeks, we weren't sure what to expect, but simply knew we had to do our best to give our rescued herd of horses a fast and fighting chance. A handful…
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Mexican Fiesta to Benefit "Justo Sierra" Primary School in La Peñita

Don’t miss this Grand Event! The Open Air Mexican Fiesta will benefit "Justo Sierra" Primary School in La Peñita. Featuring…. “CONALEP” Ballet “Justo Sierra” Dancers Local Singing Stars, Mireya, Balta, etc. Famous Las Varas Folkloric Ballet Junior Mariachi Band "Los Caporales" Juvenile Singing Groups "Los Pitufos" and…

TOP 10 Things To Do in Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala

There is so much to do here in Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, have updated our list of fun and interesting things to do to ensure that you take advantage of everything our area has to offer, no matter whether you're vacationing here for a week or live here year-round! You can read about our…

Golden Age Backpackers: Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan

Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Rincón de Guayabitos to enjoy an amazing country-style hot pool soak with your friends at Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan. Pack a picnic lunch, swim suits and include folding chairs if you wish. Aquas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan is a small inland oasis set among shade-providing trees with a relaxing…

Barbies are not Just Toys; They are also a Community Service Project!

My name is Jacklyn Iannitti and I am a 1st year occupational therapy masters student at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, Long Island. I was informed about Geri de Moss and the Barbie Angel Project from a 3rd year student, Samantha Heavner. I read about how Geri started the Barbie Angel Foundation and instantly wanted to help her…
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Butterfly in Our Garden

I love to sit on our patio and enjoy my morning coffee as the sun peeks over the jungle-covered hills behind our home in Los Ayala. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and butterflies flitting around our garden, alighting on the flowers and then zooming away. This beautiful orange butterfly lingered in our garden the other day, giving me…
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'Name the Filly' Live Auction Fundraiser Finale for J.E.E.P.

She’s the littlest one in the herd, and she needs a name. For the 'top dollar' finale of our first fundraising event, we would like to invite individuals or groups to bid, in person or by proxy, in our ‘Name the Filly’ Live Auction, for the special honour of giving our seventh horse her name, and a new beginning... No Mother, No…

Rob's Ramblings: The Innovative Nature of the Local Tradespeople

As can be expected with any vehicle, maintenance issues can pop up after the great trek south. My truck had a leaking transfer case output seal just before I left Canada, so I picked up a replacement seal on my way south, with the intention of changing it once I arrived in La Peñita. I took my truck to a well known mechanico to get this…

In Memory of "Chance"

"Chance" was rescued a week ago by George Leavitt and his new large animal rescue group called Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Program (J.E.E.P.). Chance was a 4-year-old Appaloosa who was literally starving when Donna Brownfield discovered him and the six others in their herd a few weeks back. The seven horses had no food…

My Ever-Changing View of Jaltemba Bay: Part 2

My "View" is not just of Jaltemba Bay, although it is very captivating with its striking sunsets. My home in Mexico is near the small town of El Tonino, which is just north of La Peñita and a 4.9km drive up the mountainside from Highway 200. Casa Vista Pacifica provides me a birds-eye view for kilometers from all around the casa. When…

Thank You to KinderAide Volunteers from Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez School in La Peñita

Canadian, Renie Kusters, volunteers with KinderAide as an English teacher at Josepha Ortiz de Dominguez School, located in Colonia Las Rosas in La Peñita. Here, she poses with the teacher and some of their students. The entire school staff wants to thank everyone who donated all the school supplies, abacuses, paper, crafts supplies and…
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The 10th Annual International Margarita Challenge is Almost Here

In a few weeks, the Margarita Challenge will be here for this season on February 6 to be exact and do we have a doosier for you in the way of contestants. All of the contestants have been Champions in previous years of the Challenge, the contestants will perform also in the order that I have outlined below: 1st up will be Jimmie Howell,…
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Los Amigos Announces Jaltemba Hold'em Poker Tournament

Los Amigos de Jaltemba is hosting their first Annual Jaltemba Hold'em Poker Tournament. There will be only 250 players and two levels of play with a 70% pay out so get your tickets early. Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Time: Doors open 3.30pm. Play commences at 4.30pm sharp until 10pm. Place: Futbol Rapido Event Center, La Peñita…

Fun at the Beach

All kids love the water and they can play all day with endless energy. It's fun just to watch how much enjoyment they get doing the simple things children have done at beaches for thousands of years. This happy beach goer was seen running near the waters edge having a good time by himself in Rincón de Guayabitos. Photo by Brian Betts,…
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J.E.E.P. Announces the Pony Up! Fundraiser

‘Pony Up!’ is the kickstart fundraising event for the newly-established Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit, on the central Pacific Coast of Mexico. In the late fall of 2012, a herd of seven horses was discovered starving and near death in the valley behind La Peñita. On January 12, 2013,…

Jaltemba Bay Community Center Inaugurated in La Peñita

The Jaltemba Bay community center was inaugurated yesterday in La Peñita. Ken and Zobeida co presidents of Los Amigos de Jaltemba welcomed everyone and then gave a bit of history of the event saying that the CCC concept had its foundation in a meeting 3 years ago between Los Amigos, Ejido La Peñita and Rotary Club of Jaltemba. After…
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4th Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Dinner & Dance

The Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is holding its 4th Annual Dinner & Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The event will be held at Salon Real de Peña's in La Peñita and will include: Music Dancing Show Silent Auction Prizes and Fun Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 Time: 6pm Place: Salon Real de Peña's, La Peñita Tickets:…

The Signs at the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

For anyone who has hiked the petroglyphs at Alta Vista, you’ll remember the distinctive green signs posted along the self-guided trail. These signs provide hikers with interesting information about the archeological site, the petroglyphs (rock carvings), as well as a little history of the area and its people. There are 15 signs in all…

Celebrating New Year’s Eve with a Bang

My wife and I celebrated the end of the year at a house party in Guayabitos. We were sitting out on the pool deck, when suddenly something hit me on the head. I swore, put my hands up to rub my head, and when I looked, my hands were covered with blood. Somebody went to get a towel, while I created a small pool of blood on the ground.…

In Season: Passionflower and Fruit

Passionflowers are amazing to look at, and as the above photo shows, they are accompanied by a green immature fruit and a "it's ripe when wrinkled" fruit when in season. The loveliness of the flowers with their heady perfume is one reason to have these climbing plants in your yard, but when you open up a fruit, the delectably scented…

Good Night Jaltemba Bay

The sunset this past Wednesday was truly spectacular even though it only lasted for a moment. The colors were like a painting in the sky with clearly defined brilliant stripes ranging from the most intense of oranges to the darkest of navy blues, which created shadows on the waves lapping onto the shore below. In those few fleeting moments,…

Peñita Players are Gearing Up for their 5th Hysterical Season

If the astronauts' parrot was controlling their TV by remote and viewed Marie Antoinette kissing Ken while Barbie had dinner with a drunken old waiter... that would be a nightmare recollection of some of last year's Peñita Players skits' characters. The Peñita Players hope to keep Jaltemba Bay entertained with theatre performances,…

Arlene Pratt's KinderAide Experience at Jardin de Niños: La Patria in Guayabitos

This is my second year in Guayabitos and after spending 4 months as a tourist last year, I made the decision to become more involved in the community. Being that I retired from the school system in Canada, it seemed like a logical step to join the KinderAide team and I am very excited! I was not sure what to expect the first day and…
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2nd Annual KinderAide Street Dance

KinderAide's 2nd Annual Street Dance is shaping up! Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 10th. We will have live music by Manuel y Amigos, Adan, Enrique and Cole & Noble. Bring your dancing shoes... we're gonna have a blast! And 100% of the proceeds go to connecting the cistern to the tenaco at Jardin de Niños: Luis Pasteur…

Zona Residencial Social Valentine's Dinner 2013

The Guayabitos Homeowner's Association is hosting its 3rd Annual Zona Residencial Social Valentine's Dinner on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The event will include: Cash Bar at 5pm Dinner from 6-7pm - Marinated BBQ Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Caesar Salad and Dessert Dancing from 6:30-9:30pm Door Prizes Silent…
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Rotary / Los Amigos Recycling Program Update

The Los Amigos de Jaltemba recycling committee has been meeting on Tuesdays at 10am at the Community Cultural Center (CCC). The focus is completing the work began last season in compliance with the Del Norte/D-5130/TRF Matching Grant. Heading up the committee this year is Rotarian Vern Porter. Basket making workshops are scheduled every…
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Note to Fashion Show Models & Volunteers

Attention models and volunteers for the 10th Annual Fashion Show on January 29, 2013. Please be advised that there will be a meal available for all models and volunteers after the show for those that want to stay to unwind. Tickets are available at the Fashion Show table in front of Soley Argentinean Steak House in La Peñita for the…

Letter to the Editor: Corkscrew Exercise Program

On occasion, we get emails from our readers that make us chuckle, and this one did just that. Thank you Bert for making our job just a little more fun! Readers, keep the letters coming. Hello Allyson & David! Funny, thought of you right away when this attachment arrived at our doorstep. With all the editing and hard work you're…

Hilltop Refugio to the Rescue

Due to generous donations from many people, George Leavitt was able to purchase the 7 starving horses reported on in our previous article. This is the first step towards establishing the Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). This past Saturday, January 5, the animals were picked up and transported to a property…

2012 Was a Busy Year for Our Readers & Advertisers

The past year was a busy one, not only for us, but for our readers as well. We published 40 email newsletters during 2012 in which we shared a whopping 227 articles and photos via our new blog, and our newsletter subscribers grew from 1,015 to 1,500 during the year. The most popular articles were our two pet travel related stories, New…

Rob's Ramblings: A Gringo's Look at a Mexican Christmas

"News flash for shoppers: Being stuck in Boxing Day traffic is not an Emergency." No. This is not a joke. This was actually part of a news clip on Global BC news December 27th about some drivers' perceptions on what constitutes an "Emergency" up-north. Emergency 911 dispatchers were swamped in Burnaby, BC on December 26th with numerous…

Volunteers are Keeping the Beaches Clean in Jaltemba Bay

Over the last few days, you may have noticed a group of volunteers cleaning our area beaches. This group of 40 locals call themselves "Grupo de Voluntarios de La Peñita" and their goal is to clean the beach in La Peñita, as well as the rivers, creeks and some of the streets in town. Each day, 20 people volunteer in the mornings from…

A Very Barbie Christmas

This year's Barbie Angel Project outperformed all expectations. At the beginning of the season I had set a goal of 1,000 Barbie dolls, and when the final count was made we had 1,150 Barbies donated. They came from individuals living in Canada and the United States, from East to West Coasts and places in between. They were collected from…

KinderAide Thanks Santa & Friends

KinderAide wants to thank Santa and friends... Val, Jane, Annilee, Sharon, Donna, Diane and Arlene. They visited Jardin de Niños: La Patria, Luis Pasteur and Zaragoza Ignaccio schools in La Peñita.   Chris did an OUTSTANDING JOB!!! Everyone received a small stuffy toy... some kids found it hard to wait their turn. Some…

Things You've Always Wanted to Do!

The other day, five of us drove to San Pancho for a late lunch. After lunch, we casually walked along main street to do a little window shopping. Along the way, we couldn't help but notice a street sign that read, "You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them." This was a great reminder to slow down and…