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10th International Migratory Bird Festival in San Blas

The 10th Annual International Migratory Bird Festival will take place from January 26 through February 2 in San Blas. The Riviera Nayarit is at the top of the list for birdwatchers around the world. According to the Board of the International Migratory Bird Festival of Nayarit (Pafiam), the region is home to 546 species of birds, 428…

Maintenance on the "Bridge of Life" is Progressing

Phase 1 of the "Bridge of Life" maintenance was completed on Tuesday, January 21 as planned. Ten volunteers showed up to help and they successfully replaced the cables that run along both the top and bottom of the side fencing, as well as almost all of the vertical cables that attach to the main supporting cable under the wood planks. The…

Nayarit EATS: What Makes a Fajita Sizzle?

Fajitas are a popular Mexican dish and are served throughout Jaltemba Bay and Riviera Nayarit. Some of the most authentic fajitas can be found at La Piña Loca Restaurante in Rincón de Guayabitos. They start by marinating and grilling your choice of shrimp, chicken or beef (or a combination of all three), and sautéing chunks of onion,…

La Peñita and Rincón de Guayabitos Showcase Cultural Tourism

The magic of the Riviera Nayarit’s coastal towns is one of region’s many highlights. Part of that magic is generated by the cultural tourism that takes place in La Peñita de Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos, namely the Art Walk and the 9th Annual Cultural Arts Festival, which draw locals as well as national and international tourists. The…

Rob's Rambling: Bug's Endless Summer #3

Hi. Bug here again. Rob and Heather are busy messing around with horses and other dogs and cats again, so I am getting more time alone to hang out with my friends. My old salvaje friend Taxi was still here when we get got back to La Peñita. Adriana let him have some dog food and he kept up his regular circuit of other sources of food…

The Busy Feliz Navidad Season

The numerous Christmas beach tourists in Los Ayala creates an ebb and flow of attention-grabbing human mass that is further enhanced by the numerous vendors hawking their wares. As one gazes upon the horizon, the hard working peddlers trudge the sandy playa vigorously working to sustain a living. I realize some tourists do not appreciate…
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6th Annual La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament

La Casa de los Niños is an after-school enrichment program for the children in and around Lo de Marcos and was established in December 2005. On any given day, 40-50 children from the age of 6-15 participate in the variety of activities offered. It is a US based nonprofit charity dependent on financial, material and volunteer support…
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Los Amigos Fiesta 2014: 50’s-60’s Rock ‘n Roll Rerun

We had so much fun last year we are doing it again – only bigger and better. Come and party to the music of the 50’s and 60’s with the great music of Adan at the beautiful Zapata 32 on the main avenue in La Peñita. Zapata 32 gives us oodles of room to Rock ‘n Roll. You'll enjoy classic rock and oldies music – no need…
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2nd Annual Oscar Night "Great Gatsby Gala"

"Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!” − F. Scott Fitzgerald The Academy is announcing their nominations for this year's Oscars and we are getting ready! This year's theme is Great Gatsby Gala, and it will be remembered as the GREATEST Gatsby Gala! The event is at 5:00 pm Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at Zapata 32…

It's No Mystery Now - 4 More Scholarships!

The Las Tres Amigas "Under Wraps" Dinner and Mystery Auction at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria on Wednesday night provided a full evening, in many ways. The tables were full, our tummies were full, the auction table was full and even the moon was full. Everything on the menu was "under wraps:" samosas, shrimp crepes, beef Wellington,…

Daybreak

Successful day fishing in Puerto Vallarta... better than working! Fishing for marlin, sailfish and dorado on a 40-foot boat called Dos Amigos. The captain took us out 45 miles to sea. Three dorado were caught - largest 22 pounds - fresh ceviche on board. Great day with great friends.    by Jane Fellows Click here to view more Photos…

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is Making a Difference

The Jaltemba Bay/La Peñita Rotary Club makes a difference in the lives of our coastal communities every day. It does so thanks to local community support and participation at the club's annual dinner dance fundraiser coming up this Saturday, January 25. What does your donation do? The Jaltemba Bay/La Peñita Rotary Club is one of…

Bridge of Life: A Crucial Link Between La Peñita and Rincón de Guayabitos

Approximately 11 years ago, some of the Guayabitos Residential Zone dwellers decided that they had heard of and/or watched too many locals getting injured and/or killed along Highway 200. Vendors and workers who lived in the neighboring towns of La Peñita and La Colonia and worked at restaurants, hotels or on the beaches in Rincón de…

Three Regional Special Needs Schools Travel to La Peñita as part of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P)

Over 100 children, parents, teachers and school directors from three special needs schools visited the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita this past Thursday. George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.), and his team of volunteers are working hard to turn the Hilltop Refugio into a safe, fun and educational place…

Nayarit EATS: The Local Art of Making Authentic Mexican Tamales

We were thrilled when we finally got the opportunity to watch the Valdivia-Muñiz family make tamales at their home in La Colonia a few weeks ago. My husband David discovered "Tamalería La Autentica" last season, and quite honestly, they make the best tamales we've ever tasted. We quickly learned that the family's goal is to…
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Real Mexican Vanilla

The unseasonably rainy days have given me time to complete some research on vanilla that I started some time ago. I explored vanilla and its many uses as well as some authenticity issues. I have provided some links for those who are interested in learning more. I’m sure you’ll agree, it is a very “delicate” subject. The vanilla…
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Storage Wars is Coming to La Peñita

The owners of El Monteón Storage are getting creative. They are donating four of their abandoned lockers and a fishing boat to a local cause. The contents of each 5'w x 10'd x 12'h locker will be auctioned off to the highest bidder sometime in February and all proceeds will be donated to Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). More…
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Las Tres Amigas "Under Wraps" Mystery Unveiled!

Las Tres Amigas indicated in an earlier article that our January event was going to involve a mystery - and it is, just not what a lot of you expected! We're having an "Under Wraps" Dinner and Mystery Auction on Wednesday, January 15 at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria in La Peñita. The proceeds will support student scholarships…

Stitching Señoras Activities

Most of you have probably never heard of us. We are a group of quilters who get together once a week throughout the winter to work on our projects and share ideas. We usually start in November with 5-6 ladies and swell to 20 or so in January and February. We come from all over Canada and the USA and the common bond is our love of stitching…
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5th Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Dinner Dance

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is proud to announce its 5th Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Salon Real de Peña’s in La Peñita. The fundraiser will include dinner, floor show, silent auction, drawings and dancing. Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014 Time: Doors open at 6pm Place: Salon Real de Peña’s,…

Barbed Wire and the Beach

This photo was taken on the beach, near the south side of the river separating La Peñita from Rincón de Guayabitos, behind the barbed wire fence separating the vacant lot on Golondrinas from the beach (near the rockery that is fisherman's memorial). I like the contrast of the roughness of the fence post and barbed wire with the sublime…

Jaltemba Bay Life Announces Readers' Top Recommendations for 2013

Last year, our readers submitted 135 fabulous reviews for local restaurants, businesses, hotels and vacation rentals. If you haven't participated yet, please take a minute to write a review for your favorite places. It's fun, it's fast and you will not only help promote our local businesses, but you will also help other locals and visitors decide…