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Rob's Ramblings: Helping "Pets for Life" at the San Blas Spay/Neuter Clinic

Heather and I made a pact, as well as a promise to our friends at "Pets for Life," that we would help out with their other local spay/neuter clinics as time allowed. Following this promise, we made the trip to San Blas, Nayarit last week to help with their second clinic this season held on March 19-22. San Blas is a historic, seaside…

Hike from Los Ayala to Punta Raza (North Beach) #2

This Los Ayala/Punta Raza trail update was submitted by Lori Schneider-Wood from Sicamous, British Columbia. Lori leads this hike nearly every Tuesday between January to mid-April. On average, she has 6-20 hikers who join her each week. The group meets promptly at 8:30am at the south end of Los Ayala Beach, before the trail begins,…

Nayarit EATS: My Quest for the Best Fish Tacos in and around Jaltemba Bay (Part 1)

I am a fish taco junky. For me, they are the quintessential hand-held Mexican comfort food. I am especially fond of the traditional baja-style tacos... you know, those beer battered, deep fried morsels of goodness wrapped in warm corn tortillas, topped with crisp cabbage and served with a mayo-based sauce. With that said, I am certainly…

Travels with Charlie

Some of you will know either me or Charlie, others won't, but that doesn't matter. What is important is the amazing, crazy journey that we had. Now if you do know Charlie, you will understand; otherwise, you may want to meet this crazy guy. Well it all started out as innocent dinner conversation. Friends of ours were discussing going…

The Secluded Marieta Islands

The half dozen fishermen, conversing and patiently waiting for customers, suddenly were out of their seats at our arrival at the Cooperativo de Pescadores (Fishermen's Cooperative) in Punta Mita. The closest one to me asked, "Quiere pescar o tour de Las Islas?" (Do you want to fish or a tour of The Islands). I noticed a look of disappointment…

Taste of Lo de Marcos was an Unbridled Success!

Over 75 people attended the Taste of Lo de Marcos event this past Sunday, March 16 at the El Centro de Fiestas de Los Delfines in Lo de Marcos in the Riviera Nayarit. The event was organized to raise funds for the Amigos de Lo de Marcos organization which supports local causes including the recycle center, spay and neuter clinics, medical…

Guayabitos Double Header

My wife Sherry and I were staying at the Decameron Los Cocos in Rincón de Guayabitos for 2 weeks in December. One evening at dinner, we met Rick and Allie, who coincidentally live only a few miles from our home in Canada. Rick talked about being an avid fisherman and his plans of chartering a boat while in Mexico. The next morning while…

59 Locals Can Hear Better Thanks to Hearing Aid Clinic in La Peñita

Nearly 60 adults and children were fitted with free hearing aids during a recent Hearing Aid Clinic in La Peñita. The clinic, the first of its kind in our area, was conducted under the watchful eyes of our own Dr. Martin Nuñez at his Central Medico La Peñita office. The purpose of the clinic was to furnish and fit hearing aids and…

1st Annual Chacala Village Music Festival

Welcome to the 1st Annual Chacala Village Music Festival featuring six days of music, singing, art, dancing and creativity. We invite you to join us to celebrate a new beginning for Chacala, a place of beauty, culture and friendship. This is our inaugural festival. Our team includes many people that have already given time and energy…

Guayafest 2014: The Volks are Coming

Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite in Rincón de Guayabitos to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models, many of which are souped up, painted up, modified or restored. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are in pristine condition, while others are well-traveled…

A Cleaner Playa Los Ayala

If you have visited or walked the cleaner playa in Los Ayala this year, you may have noticed that the beach is very clean. Twice a week, for the past six months, a group of 30 locals have been raking the sand and picking up litter. This was initiated and is spearheaded by a local fisherman, Rigo Hernandes. Three teams of ten people…

In Season: Tomatillos / Salsa Verde

Tomatillos (pronouned toe-mah-tee-yos) are native to Mexico and are available year-round in Jaltemba Bay. The tomatillo is a member of the nightshade family along with tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. And while this small (1-2 inch) round fruit resembles a green tomato, it has an inedible papery husk and a sweet, yet tart flavor completely…

Nature's Changing Palette of Color

Swimming in the sparkling waters of Bahia de Jaltemba interspersed with early morning jungle hikes comprise much of our group’s weekly activities, with the weekends reserved for downtown dining. The challenge being to determine just what our dining experience might be. Will the evening’s restaurant selection feature Italian, Mexican…

Meet Jane Maroni, Lo de Marcos Artist & Sculptor, and her Medium in Motion

Spending an afternoon with Jane Maroni and Chris Nielsen at their Organic Design Studio in Lo de Marcos is an awe-inspiring experience. Their "eco-motion sculptures" are like nothing you've ever seen before. They are a combination of art, engineering and design, and they will either draw you in or you won't understand them at all.…

Announcing Mr. Ribs Restaurant's 15th Anniversary and Party

Next month, Mr. Ribs Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos will celebrate their 15-year anniversary. This family-owned business is well known for their unique wood-fired meats and flavorful mesquite-barbeque ribs and chicken. Delia y Jose Luis, the owners, would like to invite all of their American and Canadian friends to join them…

Circo de los Niños returns to San Pancho

Since their inaugural sold-out show in 2011, everyone in the Riviera Nayarit has been waiting for the return of “Circo de Los Niños.” Now, after two years of workshops and training, 50 kids will once again bring the circus to San Pancho in a 2-day event on March 21-22. The “Circo de los Niños” is the result of a generous…

Magical Los Ayala

This week's "Photo of the Week" is a series of beautiful wide angle shots taken by Brett Chambers during his recent visit to Jaltemba Bay. Thank you for sharing Brett! These photos were taken from my trip to Los Ayala, which is in the Nayarit Riviera of Mexico. I visited my parents who had a nice little place right on the beach. I…