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Dia de los Muertos Glossary

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a 2-day holiday in which relatives celebrate the lives of those who have passed. November 1st is All Saints' Day, when Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children and November 2nd is All Souls' Day, when the souls of those who died in adulthood are honored. Relatives gather at cemeteries…
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Dia de los Muertos Altars in Tepic, Nayarit 2013 / Tribute to Franciscan Fray Pascual Duran Rosales

In Mexico, there is a holiday for the dead called “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead, which is held every year in the month of November. The first day of November is the day we celebrate those who died as children (Day of the Little Angels/All Saint’s Day), and the second day of November is for the adults (All Souls’ Day). Families…
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Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs Volunteers for upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs your help at our next free spay and neuter clinic which is soon approaching on November 13-16, 2013. To date, we have sterilized over 3,300 animals in our area! So many people have commented on the incredible difference these clinics have made to the overall health of our community. There are fewer…
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3rd JBAR "Paws for the Cause" FUNdraiser Announces Hawaiian Theme

Our upcoming JBAR "Paws for the Cause" FUNdraiser on December 8th is going to be a wonderful event, and we now have a theme. Think pineapple drinks, grass skirts and leis, because we're getting into the Aloha spirit! Start rounding up your HAWAIIAN shirts, dresses, sarongs and other attire... the same for the DOGGIES. I can see the COCONUTS…

Atole de Masa

Atole (pronounced ah-TOH-lay) is a warm corn masa drink found throughout Mexico and Central America. Mexican atole is traditionally served during Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and its chocolate version, champurrado, is popular at Christmastime. The consistency of atole varies from almost porridge-like to a thin, pourable drink depending…

Guayabitos Hat Men

I have great admiration for the vendors who ply their trade on the beaches of Mexico. But the ones I affectionately call the Hat Men are very special to me. Their stamina and determination seem to know no bounds as day after day they make their way up and down the beach selling their wares. 1) The first hat man that I photographed (above)…

5th Annual Playa Lo de Marcos Surf Fishing Tournament

This year's tournament will take place October 26-27, 2013, in Riviera Nayarit with the participation of fishermen from Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. The Tepic Surf Fishing Club and the Gobierno de la Gente, headed by Roberto Sandoval Castañeda, extend an invitation to sport fishing aficionados and to the general public to participate…

American Legion will hold Meeting in La Peñita

Attention La Peñita, Guayabitos and Lo de Marcos Veterans: The American Legion Post 14 Puerto Vallarta is have a meeting at 11am on Friday, October 25th at Hinde y Jaime's Bar & Restaurant in La Peñita. All Veterans are encouraged to attend. Items to be discussed include Veteran Benefits, Foreign Medical Program and Medical Coverage.…
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Rob's Ramblings: Make Sure Your Vacation Counts

Many of us have taken our first trip to a new country under the great deal of an all-inclusive resort. Plenty of sun, a sandy beach, and lots to eat and drink for a week. For those that don't leave the gates of the resort, you really don't get a chance to see the new country or area, or knowledge of the people and culture of this new…

Donations for Vicky’s Dispensary are Desperately Needed

PLEASE CLEAN OUT THOSE CLOSETS AND DRAWERS!!! Then bring everything to the very, very poor here in our area of Mexico. It is needed. Did you know a comb... a comb... is a luxury in a small mountain village! How many old pairs of glasses, reading, vision, out of prescription, do you have? Don't know what to do with them? Please bring them…

The Incredible Mexican Torta

For anyone who hasn't tried a torta, you are missing out on one of Mexico's most popular dishes. This traditional sandwich is made with a cut telera roll that is packed with a variety of fillings and toasted to perfection on a flat-top grill. Like most Mexican street food, tortas are inexpensive, fast and filling. Adan Lopez, owner…

Isla Multicolor

Atardecer desde el malecón de La Peñita de Jaltemba. Esta fotografia esta dedicada a todas aquellas personas que valoran las riquezas naturales con las que contamos en nuestra región. Los invito a seguir conservando limpio nuestra comunidad depositando la basura en el contenedor que corresponda. Hoy les comparto…

Betty Vázquez Added to Mexico’s State Department List of Top Chefs

Nayarit’s culinary offerings were recognized by the Federal Government’s State Department, which singled out this prestigious chef as one of the country’s best. The many flavors of Riviera Nayarit are the destination’s calling card to the world, especially now that Mexico’s State Department named the renowned Betty Vásquez,…

Sarah's Survivors: Victor & Victoria's "Tails" of Two Cities

It was April 13, 2013, the final day of the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Free Spay & Neuter Clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos, Mexico. Over 200 dogs and cats had already been cared for in 3 days. I had been feeding a street dog I named Corona, waiting for my chance to get him to the clinic and hopefully adopted (which did happen),…

Calling All Writers and Photographers (Amateur or Professional)

Each issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter contains photos, stories, articles and information that we gather throughout the year. Our newsletter has become so popular in part because of our fabulous and dedicated contributors and readers. However, we are always in need of fresh material. Please send us your photos, personal stories,…
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Volunteers Needed for December 2013 JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser

The next JBAR "Paws for the Cause" fundraiser will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2013, so mark your calendars and get ready to spend a fun-filled afternoon with some four-legged friends - and raise funds for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). Sarah Walker will once again be organizing and hosting the event, but needs a committee and…

Kids’ Stuff

“We are always the same age inside.” - Gertrude Stein Photographing children enjoying the beach is one of our favourite pastimes. There's nothing as delightful as watching the Mexican kids on the beach as they simply have fun. It always makes me wonder where we as adults have lost the magic of our milk-and-cookie days, when the world…

Impossible Coconut Pie

What do we have in abundance in Mexico? Well... sunshine, great people, good food, the freshest and best veggies in the world and the fruit?? OMG... soooo good. Who doesn't love that? But we also have coconut.. all kinds of coconut... and the shredded coconut can be found everywhere. And what makes a great last minute dessert? One with…