What in the World Do You Do in Mexico?

The other day I had a delightful visit with my niece Jenn. It was one of those “catching up” sessions. I had been gone for almost 3 months to my home in Mexico. The question came up, “Aunt Wendy, what do you DO with your time down there?” After rattling off a few items to justify my existence, we moved onto other conversation.…

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses and Junior Instructors are in Training Together

The Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita has been bustling with activity the past few months. In addition to the usual morning routine of cleaning stalls, feeding, watering and grooming, the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) rescue horses and junior instructors have been doing a lot of riding and training. A few dedicated neighborhood…

Rob's Ramblings: Pocket Beach near Boca de Tomatlan

This is a nice day trip just south of Puerta Vallarta. The trail goes from Boca de Tomatlan to Quimixto. It is a spectacular hike, but best done NOT on a Sunday as parking can be tight in Boca de Tomatlan. Midway is a lovely pocket beach, great for a swim. The hike takes about 60-90 minutes one way and ends at Playa Las Animas where there…

Bistro Organico at Hotel Cielo Rojo brings Restaurant Week 2013 to San Pancho

"Spectacular! The food, music and ambiance... to live for!" is what guests are saying at the Restaurant Week event at San Pancho's Bistro Organico inside Hotel Cielo Rojo. The ninth annual Vallarta Lifestyles’ Restaurant Week features 35 restaurants located in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, encouraging residents and visitors…

La Peñita Quad Squad Rides the Copper Canyon

Some people dream about their retirement and some people live their retirement. The quading group in the La Peñita RV Park live their retirement. What started out with just four or five quads in the RV park years ago has expanded to over 20 quads plus UTVs. Our adventures have taken us on day trips around our area to overnight trips…

Work on the Malecón in La Peñita Continues

Last week, the malecón construction superintendent informed Tiki, owner of Restaurant Las Brisas, that the entire malecón project in La Peñita, including the roads and sidewalks, would be completed before the end of July. Some of the items that still need to be finished are: Finish construction of the malecón walls Finish the…

An Alliance for Responsible Journalism

As Banderas Bay, Jaltemba Bay and the surrounding communities continue to expand, it becomes increasingly challenging to bring you all the news in a clear, concise manner. And while Jaltemba Bay Life might be considered a little fish in the big sea of news and reporting, we are excited to announce that we have recently joined forces…

The Thrill of Being a "Charra for a Day"

Horses have been a passion of Donna Brownfield's since childhood, so it was only natural that she would want to explore the horse culture here in Mexico. On her first trip to the Jaltemba Bay area in 2008, she informed her housemates that she was "going to look for a horse to ride." The valley behind her house in La Peñita was a logical…

Pelican and Ray in Jaltemba Bay

While sitting under an umbrella at Playa Naranjo, I was checking back through photos I had just taken of several pelicans flying quite low over the waves and deleting any out-of-focus ones. When I got to the above photo, it took me a minute to comprehend what I was seeing. Incredibly, a small ray had jumped up out of the water just as…

Peter Martin, Active Community Volunteer, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peter Martin, longtime Guayabitos resident and friend to many. Peter passed peacefully on Saturday, May 11 at age 69. May you rest in peace my friend. Ally & David * * * Peter Martin, born May 21, 1943, passed away on Saturday, May 11 at his Guayabitos home from the effects…

Bistro Organico in San Pancho will Participate in Vallarta Lifestyles' Restaurant Week

The ninth annual Vallarta Lifestyles' Restaurant Week will be held May 15-31 and features 35 restaurants located in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Each of the participating restaurants offer a special three-course menu (with three choices per course) at a fixed price of $189 or $299 pesos per person, with drinks and tips not included.…

Schedule Announced for 2013 Patron Saint's Festivities in La Peñita

Each year from May 10-20, La Peñita de Jaltemba celebrates Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa (the Patron Saint's Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary). During these 11 days, the different colonias (neighborhoods) in La Peñita organize themselves and show their devotion to Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Talpa through several activities,…

Guayafest 2013: Photo Update

The plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was literally jam-packed yesterday afternoon for the annual Guayafest 2013, the 14th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen. The northbound lane of Avenida del Sol Nuevo was closed so both participants and spectators could view the bumper-to-bumper VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks…

Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Here!

Volkwagens are starting to roll into town in anticipation of Guayafest 2013, the 14th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, which takes place this weekend (May 4-5) in Rincón de Guayabitos. Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models,…

Día de la Santa Cruz (Day of the Holy Cross) and La Cruz del Calvarioque es Bendito in Rincón de Guayabitos

Día de la Santa Cruz, or Day of the Holy Cross, is celebrated throughout Mexico on May 3 and dates back to colonial times. It is also known as the "Feast of Masons" or "Brickmason's Day." Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and place them on buildings under construction. Some have picnics at the site followed by fireworks. Here…

Golden Age Backpackers: Petroglyphs near La Luz del Mundo Church in Los Ayala

Visitors and snowbirds wintering in the Jaltemba Bay area have probably visited or certainly heard of Alta Vista, a fabulous Tecoxquin (“Throat Cutters”) archeological site. What most visitors do not realize is that there are numerous, but smaller ancient sites displaying petroglyphs located right in our own backyard. One such…

The Fine Art of Broom Usage in Mexico

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, in a land far away, a little girl watched her mother sweep the house every day. Her father had a broom just like her mother’s, but his was special, used only for something called curling. Once upon a time, a shorter time ago, in a land far away, the little girl and her family moved to the city.…

Mother's Day in Mexico: An Extraordinarily Special Day

What a special and grand celebration Mother's Day is in this beautiful country called Mexico! The beach, restaurants and streets are overflowing with families celebrating Mother's Day. The local stores are packed with colorful flowers, especially roses. I wonder where they get all the roses from and how expensive they must be for those…

Jaltemba Equine Education Project is Helping Local Cowboys and Word is Traveling Quickly

A few weeks ago, an elderly cowboy rode his horse up to Los Compadres Resort in La Peñita. He explained that he was out of work because of the drought and didn't have enough money to feed his horse. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), is hearing this a lot lately. Fortunately, word is traveling quickly…

Tianguis in La Peñita

Today's "Photo of the Week" is actually a compilation of nine crazy beautiful photos taken recently at the Tianguis in La Peñita by Dave Boroughs. As Dave wrote, there are "good vibes and lots of vibrance" to be captured on market day. by Dave Boroughs Click here to view more Photos of the Week These photos…