The 2014 La Peñita Tropical Charro Carnival is Ready to Go!

La Peñita de Jaltemba is ending the month of February on a high note and starting March off with a bang with its 2014 La Peñita Tropical Charro Carnival, which runs Friday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 4. This Carnival is quite special thanks to its unique combination of attractions - this coastal village is known for its love…

Nasty Neighbors... Going, Going, Gone

When we arrived in October, a couple of new neighbours had moved in. Over the summer some squatters decided that the river next to us might be kind of a nice place to call home, so they put up these two lovely shacks.   They also built this beautiful outhouse (yes, right in the river). And at some point, while we were back…

Announcing the San Pancho Music Festival 2014

San Pancho has announced their annual 3-day Music Festival will be held Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 2nd in San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico. The Music Festival is celebrating its 14th year, and as always there will be no charge to the public due to the gracious contributions of the performing artists. The Music Festival…

Live Theatre in San Pancho: "Bessie and Her Mark Twain"

Announcing "Bessie and Her Mark Twain," a sweet and nostalgic story about one of American's true heroes told by the woman closest to him. This one-woman play portrays 13 important characters of this period, sharing the story of humanitarian and poet Mark Twain/Samuel Clements. This is a benefit performance for the new performances space…

Local Toddler Begins Long Medical Road (and Update)

Kaely’s mother contracted chicken pox during her 1st trimester of pregnancy so her baby was born with the Rubella virus, which causes severe birth defects such as blindness, deafness, mental retardation, heart problems and other learning disabilities. Approximately half of the children who are born with rubella-induced blindness also…

Meet Javier Carrillo: Artist and Teacher to Nayarit Youth

Tepic artist, Francisco Javier Carrillo Núñez, is helping local students express themselves through art and is uncovering exceptional talent. He currently teaches children and adults via his Grupo IMPULSARTE program. Classes are held at public schools in Tepic, Las Varas and La Peñita. Some of the children have intellectual disabilities,…

Crocodiles up Close at "Cocodrilos del Nayar" near La Peñita

Crocodiles are not only native to Mexico, they are prolific along the Nayarit coast including the fishing villages of Rincon de Guayabitos, La Peñita and La Colonia. Here, crocodiles thrive in the warm and balmy climate eating the tropical plants and sea-life that inhabit the fresh or salt water marshes along the inland waterways. According…

La Vita Condominiums: Luxury Beachfront Condos For Sale in Guayabitos

Over the past 16 years, vacationers have enjoyed staying at the popular Villas Buena Vida resort with its lovely rental suites and large swimming pool surrounded by manicured lawns and tropical plants. The two 3-story complexes are being transformed into the new La Vita Condominiums project, the first condominium resort in Rincón…

I Now Know Where the Smart Birds Go!

Buenos Dias Amigos. Well we did come back... finally. Three weeks in Mexico. I am trying to recollect the "there" highlights. There are so many that I will have to consult the photo bank. Let's see now... oh yes. Let's start with the weather just to break the ice. Hmmm. Come to think of it, ice there you have for keeping fresh shrimp…
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Cancer de Mama... Three Emotion Filled Days

As she entered the La Peñita RV Park's Clubhouse, location of the bright pink curtained dressing rooms, she peered over the top of her glasses, timidly greeting us with a wave and a smile. I responded with, "Bienvenidos... eres la primera (welcome... you are the first)." The nine dressing rooms were quickly filled with weary, anxious…

Side-Saddle Lessons at Hilltop Refugio and Calling All Gardeners!

Many of us enjoyed the Escaramuza, or Lady's Charra, event last year at the bullring, as well as recall their colourful costumes in the local parades. Many of you may also remember that local Charra, Bertha Cueva, offered side-saddle lessons as a silent auction item at last year's Jaltemba Equine Education Project's Pony UP! for J.E.E.P.…

2014 Guayabitos Tennis Tournament Update

The Guayabitos Tennis Club hosted its 2014 tennis tournament in three days of hot action under the searing February Mexico sun. A total of 48 players squared off, 16 players in the men's "A" division, 16 in the "B" division and 16 in the women's. The women's "A" final winners were Tracy Schlegel and Annie Scholton, defeating Helen…

The Island of Mexcaltitán: Riviera Nayarit's Hidden Gem

The Island of Mexcaltitán is without a doubt one of the Riviera Nayarit’s hidden gems. A tiny island in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla with only 1,800 inhabitants, its name comes from the Mexcalli Náhuatl words “mezcal” and “titlán,” which mean “riches and abundance.” According to legend, Mexcaltitán is the birthplace…

Frommer's Includes the Riviera Nayarit in its List of “Top Destinations” for 2014

The American tour publication Frommer's included the Riviera Nayarit in its list of “Top Destinations” for 2014. Taking second place right after Hawaii’s Big Island, the Riviera Nayarit is clearly among the best of the 14 recommended worldwide destinations for travelers next year. During their participation in the East Coast…

A Squabbles Thank You

After a very successful run of four performances, the Peñita Players would like to thank all of you who came out to support us at our recent production, ?Squabbles?. As the director, it was a privilege for me to work with such a talented and enthusiastic troupe. To those of you who were unable to get tickets, we apologize, and urge you…
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Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014

Dealing with cancer of any type is a horrible ordeal. Being a poor woman complicates the physical aspects due to lack of available options or assistance. For many women in Nayarit, just surviving the breast removal surgery is not enough, there is still a huge uphill battle for regaining self-esteem and feeling like a woman again. Statistics…

Oasis Trailer Park's Fish of the Week

The best fishermen in the Oasis Trailer Park in Rincón de Guayabitos, according to Francine, are Francois, his brother Just and a friend Sergio who caught this 175 pound Blue Marlin. They caught him 40 miles out at sea and it took 1 hour to bring him in the boat. by Francine Saint-Jean, 20 January 2014 Click here to…

Cement Pad at J.E.E.P.'s Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita is Complete

Some of you might recall an article I wrote before Christmas about a proposed cement pad at the Jaltemba Equine Education Project's (J.E.E.P.) Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita. Funds from various donations and other sources allowed a crew to spend four days completing the horse-wash station and approximately 90 square meters of pad in front…
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Date Change for 6th Annual La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament

The La Casa de los Niños Golf Tournament date has been changed! It will now be held on Saturday, March 1st, 18-hole scramble format. Enter as an individual and the tournament committee will choose the teams! February 23rd is the entry deadline. Date: Saturday, March 1 Time: 8am Check-in / 9am Shotgun Start Location: Campo…
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Women to Women Fashion Show 2014: An Afternoon of Surprises

Not only did the volunteer models look mysterious and dashing in Mardi Gras masks, but many of the 400 attendees joined in the fun by donning beautiful masks.   The five designers wowed the crowd with gorgeous original outfits, hats and purses.   The surprise intermission entertainment by the Columbian dancers…

PV Sleep Well: Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Sleep apnea and its main symptom - loud snoring - have long been viewed as an annoyance. Just ask someone who has to share a room with a loud snorer if sleep apnea is a problem. But there's growing evidence that sleep apnea isn't just annoying; it can be bad for your heart, too. Untreated sleep apnea is one risk factor for heart disease.…
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Meet Gema Marquez: A "Wheely" Nice Lady

Her name is Gema (pronounced Hemma). If you drop the 'a' from her name, you have a pretty accurate description of what she's like. She is indeed a 'gem' and a one woman wonder. Born in Guadalajara, she married Jack, her Canadian husband in 1994. Over her 30 years in teaching, she taught mostly elementary and kindergarten children,…

Hiking "The Easy" Trail from Los Ayala

The dawn of a bright sunny Sunday morning motivated Doreen and I to leave our bungalow and hot coffee early to hike “The Easy” trail located above Los Ayala. This was our second exploratory hike of the season to determine which of the jungle trails were clear and suitable for forthcoming group hikes. With perspiration dripping from…

Our First Quad Adventure: Rincón de Guayabitos to San Pancho

As the swirls of dust cling to your clothes, and dirt crusts your skin, the beautiful sights of the off-road experience hold you captive. Fields of pineapple, corn, various vegetables you pass, as you travel through the valleys. Then you pass through the small towns, where the children greet you with their big smiles and waves; their…

Quirks of Nature

In addition to photographing birds, this year we became intrigued with the large numbers of butterflies and to date have photographed and identified more than fifty species. Their colours and flight patterns are mesmerizing. Some of these small delicate butterflies are merely two inches long and their erratic flight presents a huge challenge…

Platanitos Amongst "Five Beaches to Discover on the Pacific Coast" of Mexico

The recommendations for the Riviera Nayarit keep on coming! This time the kudos come from SocietePerrier.com, an international website which focuses on music, art, travel, nightlife, cocktail culture, mixology, fashion and global interests. The article, written by Edna Pedraza - designer, fashion coordinator, contributor to MEOW and…