Jala-Puerto Vallarta Highway Construction Progresses

According to Nayaritenlínea.mx, data has been obtained from the Delegación Federal de la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Ministry of Communications and Transport) in Nayarit and confirms that the highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is under construction and is currently in the first of three stages of the national highway…

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Road Closures in and around Jaltemba Bay

So far this month, we have already received 386 mm (15.2 inches) of rainfall, which has surpassed the September total for both 2011 and 2012 combined... and we still have six more days to go. The Jaltemba Bay area received substantial amounts, however rainfall varied considerably from one location to another. Streets were flooded in…

Storm Sewer Project in Guayabitos is Completed

The storm sewer project that caused major detours in Rincón de Guayabitos last season has finally been completed. The huge holes have been filled in and the roads are now covered with street pavers. The new drains that were installed are covered with nice heavy-duty steel grates, and the andadores (walkways to the beach) have been re-piped,…

Announcing the NEW Jaltemba Bay Dining Guide

For anyone who missed it, we interrupted our regular newsletter schedule to bring you some exciting news last week! We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, have totally revamped our restaurant and dining section. The NEW Jaltemba Bay Dining Guide includes the following categories so you can quickly decide where you want to eat, drink, celebrate that…

Fall 2013 Restaurant Hours & Re-Opening Dates

Even though it's early in the season, our team (actually David) has managed to contact many of the local restaurant owners so we could compile this list of current and upcoming restaurant hours and re-opening dates: Currently Open: Beso del Sol Steak House, Guayabitos Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Dinner menu served Friday-Sunday. View…
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Rob's Ramblings: 2nd Annual Mexi-Can Vet Project Dog Reunion in Victoria, BC

Over 85 humans and 45 dogs enjoyed the great Mexi-Can Vet Project Dog Reunion in Victoria, BC on Sunday, September 8, 2013. This has turned into an annual event organized by Dr. Malcolm Macartney's crew from McKenzie Veterinary Service. (above) JBAR volunteers Deb Tomlinson and Sarah Walker greet Max the Dog, whom they rescued and personally…

Rob's Ramblings: Bug's Summer Part 2

It is still sunny on Vancouver Island, though I’m hearing a lot of talk about going south. The air is cooler, especially in the mornings, and the humidity is getting higher. However, I guess cats can’t talk about bad-hair-days. I just don’t get the concept of shoes for cold, wet grass yet… To read Part 1 entitled Rob's Ramblings:…

Teatro Vallarta Presents Free Conference: Introduction to Opera

The 2013-2014 live opera broadcast season by New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company (The Met) in Teatro Vallarta will begin on October 5, with the screening of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In light of that, and to encourage more locals to get excited about opera, Teatro Vallarta will offer a free lecture, titled “Introduction to…

Butter Tarts

For your recipe this week, I was feeling a little bit Fall-ish... so I made Butter Tarts. Not the ones in the little shells, because we can't get the shells here... and think of the work in a hot kitchen. NO THANK YOU. And if I can bake in THIS TEMP (see photo below)... there is no reason for folks not to cook. LOL! So, I made them…

My Birthday Trip

We just got back from nine days in the Maritime provinces. We live in Grimsby, Ontario and were visiting our daughter who is volunteering with WWOOF on organic farms in the Maritimes. The trip was to celebrate my birthday with our family all together. The scenery is spectacular. The pictures are from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia; Mainland,…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill Returns to Guayabitos

"Jaltemba," the juvenile Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued in April 2012, made her way back to the Bay of Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos this past Thursday, September 12, 2013. A fisherman happened to catch Jaltemba in his net just off Isla Coral. He immediately noticed the tracking device and contacted Vicente Peña from Red…
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George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"

The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, are thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peñita, are among those being recognized. The…

Rotary Grant Awarded for Sustainability and Bird Conservation in Mexico

The Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 5110 of Oregon and northern California have awarded a Humanitarian Grant of $12,000 to fund an international capacity building project to be implemented in partnership with San Pancho Bird Observatory in Mexico and Ashland-based Klamath Bird Observatory. The Rotary Club of Ashland, collaborating…

Avocado Cheesecake

Here is the recipe for Avocado Cheesecake. But what I didn’t know, and I’m guessing neither did you, was what do you do when you want to make something with an avocado and it’s not ripe? I needed to have this recipe made and a picture sent in for this newsletter... and my avocados were still hard as rocks! What to do? I went online…
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Clavellina: Nicknamed "Shaving Brush Tree" for Obvious Reasons

The Shaving Brush tree is native to southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It is one of the first trees to bloom in Jaltemba Bay early February and March. This deciduous tree with succulent stems is a member of the Hibiscus family (formerly BomBax family) and is called Clavellina in Spanish. The blooms of the Shaving Brush…