Semana Santa 2013 in Jaltemba Bay (Last Day)

Today is Easter Sunday. Vacationers are enjoying the last few hours of beach time; vendors are literally lining the beach trying to sell the last of their oysters, ceviche, nuts, fruit drinks and ice cream; and all the restauranteurs I spoke with in Rincón de Guayabitos are happy, but exhausted and ready for a little reprieve after catering…

Semana Santa 2013 in La Peñita (Day 5)

Today is Good Friday and Day 5 of the Semana Santa holiday. It was a beautiful day and as expected, Jaltemba Bay was bustling with people. Families flocked to the beach in La Peñita with their coolers, umbrellas, floaty toys and other beach gear. It was wonderful to see people taking advantage of this normally-quiet and underutilized…

Rob's Ramblings: Semana Santa 2013 Update

Talking to a few locals over the past few days, the overall opinion is that the crowds are the heaviest in anywhere from 3-10 years. What a wonderful holiday to be at the beach with a few thousand of your best friends. The mid and south end of Rincón de Guayabitos had a great combination of car alarms, loud speaker trucks for GAZ and…

Semana Santa 2013 in Rincón de Guayabitos (Day 2)

It's Day 2 of Semana Santa. The beach in Rincón de Guayabitos was fairly busy this afternoon and the side streets are starting to fill up with buses. And while the entire town seems quieter than in years past, that will likely change over the next few days. As usual, there were numerous vendors selling everything from fish and shrimp…

Primavera Parade in La Peñita

To celebrate spring, which arrived yesterday, the children of La Peñita dressed up for the annual Desfile de Primavera (spring parade). There were lions and tigers and bears, oh my... and even some butterflies, bumblebees and princesses, too. by Allyson Williams This story was written by one of our staff writers. To…

Rob's Ramblings: Jaltemba Bay Semana Santa - Stay or Go?

Since our first winter in Jaltemba Bay, we have always heard chatter among those from up-north about heading back to the US or Canada prior to Semana Santa or Easter Week. As Semana Santa is in late March this year, we are already seeing some folks hitting the road, to spend some time in the southern US before heading further north to…

An Unexpected Adventure

While staying in our hotel in Guayabitos, we were lucky to get to know one of the staff members. Juan was a likeable and helpful Mexican that had lived in California for several years. He said he liked to practice his English and we enjoyed learning more about this area and his life. One day he told us he was going to borrow his uncle's…

In Season: Mamey

Now selling from a wheelbarrow near you… For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to encounter a vendor selling mamey out of his wheelbarrow. Last year I met him on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, and this year, on the Avenida in La Peñita. With my limited Spanish, I asked him if these were a local fruit and he informed…

In Bloom: Springtime Blossoms

Ahhh, springtime... when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, we'd like to share a few stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers with springtime blossoms in the Nayarit area.   Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree) The fragrant flowers…

J.E.E.P. Horses Move into their New Stables in La Peñita

Monday, March 18 was a special day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) team. During the past few weeks, George and Loretta Leavitt and their dedicated volunteers have been busy constructing stables at the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. This donated 3-acre property is being developed into a permanent place for rescued…

Proceeds from Art Cards will Support KinderAide

These original art cards will be available for sale tomorrow at the Tianguis market in La Peñita. They are $40 pesos each and are original photographs on acid-free paper with envelope. These cards capture memories of La Peñita and Rincón de Guayabitos, and are perfect for framing. 100% proceeds go towards supporting KinderAide charity. Art…

Spring and Summer Hours for Local Businesses

It's that time of year when local businesses start to slow down, reduce their hours, and some even close for the summer. We will continue to update this list as we receive more information from business owners. Be sure to check Jaltemba Bay Folk for future updates. Backstreet Italian Restaurant: NOW CLOSED. Daniel will be open through…
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Details for Upcoming JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic in Guayabitos

The next Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic will be held on April 10-13 at the home of Sue & Del Moss in the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos. Dates: Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 13 Time: Doors open at 7am. We will accept the first 25 animals each day. Location: Av. del Sol Nuevo #39, Rincón de Guayabitos Look…

Luncheon in La Peñita with Thomas Bartlett and Margrit Mondavi Raises Funds for Scholarships

Twelve guests of Thomas Bartlett spent a pleasant afternoon on Wednesday, March 13 at his Hacienda in La Peñita. The group was honoured to meet Mrs. Margrit Mondavi, the matriarch of the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley and a very talented artist and chef. The very best of Mondavi wines were paired with each course of the luncheon. But…

Morning Sky

I caught these this morning as the sun was coming up, on each side of our house in Rincón de Guayabitos. My cup of coffee in hand, it was lovely! Thought I would share! by Wendy DeBoer Click here to view more Photos of the Week We love sharing photos from our readers. We would be thrilled to publish your photos as well.…

Arrested in Tepic

Hola Allyson, I hopped the Pacifico bus to Tepic, approximately a 2 hour ride through the mountains into Tepic Bus Depot, followed by a taxi ride into Tepic centro, which took about 10 minutes. We toured the major sites in town, art gallery, famous poet's house, town square, etc. In the Craft building, I bought some gorgeous scarves…
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Fellowship Abounded at International Women's Day Luncheon at Latitude 21

On Friday, March 8, 2013 close to 80 women ranging in age from less than a year to 92 gathered together to celebrate International Women's Day at Latitude 21 Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos. Good food and fellowship abounded. To start the afternoon, Las Tres Amigas invited everyone to toast each other! Why not? It was OUR DAY! Then…

Los Ayala Legends and Folklore

The following legends and folklore of Los Ayala were translated from the book “Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo” written by J. Jesús Carranza Diaz. This little gem of a book is filled with history and charming stories about Los Ayala. Sr. Carranza is a lawyer, a professor at the Instituto de Estudios del Rey Nayar in…

Tosia's View: Day Trip Adventure to Playa Naranjo

One of the local beaches we love spending time on is Playa Naranjo, located about 6 kilometers northwards, as the crow flies, up the coast from La Peñita. But, to reach it by vehicle one must access it via Lima de Abajo, a small village that is a quick 5-8 minute drive north of La Colonia via Highway 200. You will first see a sign…

Rob's Ramblings: The Most Bang for Your Buck? Speak English!

Many of us from up-north sign up for Spanish classes so we can live a little easier while enjoying life here. Locals appreciate our efforts, and are usually quite willing to correct anything we are having a problem with. We can also be a great source of entertainment to locals as we make mistakes while learning Spanish. Over the years,…

Hamaca Maya in La Peñita is So Much More Than Just Hammocks

Hamaca Maya may be known for their incredible selection of genuine Mayan hammocks, air chairs and accessories, but they also carry so much more. Hala, the owner, features a large variety of wonderfully creative and decorative items, whimsical Mexican Folk Art, Talavera tiles, tin mirrors, Mexican vanilla and other specialty gifts from…

Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Coming (NEW Dates)

Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite in Rincón de Guayabitos to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models, many of which are suped up, painted up, modified or restored. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are in pristine condition, while others are well-traveled…
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International Women's Day Luncheon Tickets Still Available

Ticket sales for this event will continue until Thursday afternoon. You can get your tickets from Jeanie at her Hidden Paradise Real Estate booth or Rick at his Jaltemba Bay Realty booth on Thursday at the La Peñita Tianguis. OR if you prefer... you can get them anytime from Hala at Hamaca Maya or at Latitude 21, or by e-mailing us…

Exploring On Our Own

What do you do when it's cloudy in paradise? You go for a hike in the back country where you have never been before. Four amigos headed up the back roads behind La Peñita looking for the road to La Rosa. We didn't really know where we were going and didn't care if we got there or not. The valley is beautiful with fertile farm land and…