NEW Monthly and Long Term Rental Options on Jaltemba Bay Life

During the past 6 months, we have received a number of requests from our clients asking us for a way to advertise monthly and long term rentals... and when you ask, we listen. We have not only added a NEW Long Term Rental category to our Hotel & Rental Directory, but we've also added monthly rates, a room description field…

Flying Manta Rays

Earlier this season, a group of us set out on a day trip to the secret beach at the Marieta Islands. We hired Salvador in Rincón de Guayabitos to take us. While en route to the islands, we did some whale watching until the captain spotted some splashing going on. We headed that way to explore and got a chance to see these manta rays…
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Another Successful JBAR Clinic!

We had yet another hugely, successful Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic in Rincón de Guayabitos. Here are the final totals during the 3.5 day clinic: Female Dogs Sterilized: 134 Male Dogs Sterilized: 58 Female Cats Sterilized: 32 Male Cats Sterilized: 20 Total Animals Sterilized: 244 Total…

Rob's Ramblings: Semana Santa - Good Friday

11am, Good Friday, April 18 - The weather is great and the crowds have arrived for Semana Santa. In discussions with a few vendors and restaurant owners, they expect Friday night and Saturday to be the busiest days. It is quite a contrast to the quiet beach in Rincón de Guayabitos a few weeks ago. (below) Rincón de Guayabitos…

Rob's Ramblings: Run-Up to Semana Santa - Wednesday

10am Wednesday, April 16 - The tents are arriving as vacationers stake out their space on the playa, and the banana boats are already giving rides. There are a lot of out-of-town vendors setting up their wears along the street and in the intersections in front of other businesses on the main Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos.…

Rob's Ramblings: Run-Up to Semana Santa

As of 8:30am Tuesday morning, April 15, the crowds were already arriving in mass and many people were up early to stake out beach space, reserving their spot in paradise for Semana Santa. Footnote for those setting their canopies at water’s edge: later this week, the tide will rise until mid-afternoon, so it might be hard to keep…

El Molote Hot Springs

As our Mexican holiday season slowly draws to a close, the desire to be on the road again beckons. Our destination was to visit the source of El Molote hot springs, a rustic spot to enjoy an amazing soak in a natural setting without the hustle and bustle of commercial enterprises. The hot springs are located in a picturesque fertile valley…

Iguanas, Come on Down!

I was motivated to write this follow-up article after reading “The Almost Invisible Iguana” by Conrad Stenton from Midland Ontario in last week’s Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter. Having observed the iguanas close up for a few years, we have learned a few interesting facts about them. Yes, they are almost invisible to the untrained…

Rob's Ramblings: How Your Mexican Vacation Can Actually Pay for Itself

I was just checking a few of my regular websites, and a quick look provided some interesting ideas. I think everyone from up north has seen what can happen to northern industries that are no longer compatible with competitors around the globe, whether it be forest products, auto manufacturing and many other money sources. The travel…

Explore Mexico via Esri's Online "Story Maps"

Have you ever wondered how many time zones there are in Mexico? Where Mexico's historical sites are located? When the Mayan civilization collapsed? Or how long it takes a Monarch butterfly to migrate to Canada and back? We just discovered a wonderful online tool that answers some of these questions, and we are excited to share it with…

Cancer de Mama Clinic 2014 Annual Report

Mexican, Canadian and American women working together – oh what we accomplished! Our 2014 La Peñita Cancer de Mama Clinic fitted 425 breast cancer survivors of all ages from all over the state of Nayarit with custom-made bras and prostheses. Many visited the wig and hat/scarf shop and the “look good-feel good” tent. We sewed bras,…

Little Friends

This photo was taken either in Los Ayala or Lo de Marcos (I can't remember which). I like the action of the beautiful little girl and the dedicated look the dog is giving her... is it love or food? by Robert Koch, Seattle, WA Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Email us your photos (at least 500 pixels…

Brody's Unexpected Meeting with a Crocodile in El Monteón

It would be silly to say it was a beautiful day... all days in Mexico are beautiful. What it was however, was our housekeeper’s day at our home and we prefer, as does she, to clean without us under her feet. So we packed up our chairs, some cold beverages and snacks (I had made sauerkraut buns. Yummy!) and loaded the truck with our…

California Gallery Features Artwork by Roberto Gil de Montes, La Peñita Resident

Local artist, Roberto Gil de Montes, unveiled his new series of paintings and chalk pastels at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, California yesterday. The show, entitled "Hecho en México," runs through May 17. The Los Angeles Times writes, "The 62-year-old artist - whose first solo show in nearly 10 years opens at Bergamot…

Quadding Over the River and Through the Woods, to an El Capomo Coffee Plantation We Go

Some friends invited my dad and I to join them on a quad ride a few weeks ago. Their plan was to visit a coffee plantation near the town of El Capomo, Nayarit, Mexico. We packed a small cooler, lubed up with suntan lotion, grabbed our sunglasses and cameras and we were ready for our afternoon adventure. George and Donna Steensma arrived…

Day Trip to El Cora Cascades

When first arriving in the Riviera Nayarit, contentment is achieved by enjoying the sun’s warm rays and splashing in the sparkling Jaltemba Bay waters... while listening to the Zac Brown Band sing “I got my toes in the water, a_ _ in the sand. Not a worry… life is good.” After two or three months of sun and surf, it’s time to…

Announcing New Music Appreciation Lecture in San Pancho

Puerto Vallarta-based music enthusiast Paco Ojeda has accepted an invitation to present his very successful music appreciation lecture, “Ten Great Songs and Their Stories,” at EntreAmigos on Thursday, April 10, 6-8pm. The one-time event will be offered in English. “This will be a different kind of journey,” commented Ojeda,…
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Next JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic: April 23-26 in Guayabitos

The last Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic of the season will be held on April 23-26 in Rincón de Guayabitos. The two vets and vet tech from Mexico will be joined by a team of 10 medical volunteers from Canada to help spay and neuter animals from our area. We expect to have at least 5 operating tables working simultaneously.…

Las Tres Amigas say "Thanks!"

With your help, the Jaltemba Bay community has benefited in many ways: we will have playground equipment, a kiddy corner, nifty and needed school supplies, alternative prostheses for breast cancer survivors, and Community Cultural Center (CCC) programs for women and children. The November Tapas and Sangria Party at El Panorama Hotel…
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The Almost Invisible Iguana

While looking for the crocodile in the marshy area near the entrance to Rincón de Guayabitos, I was fascinated to find some very camouflaged iguanas. It was my first time seeing iguanas in the wild and I was amazed at how difficult they are to see with their camouflage outfits. Someone told me they are often on the top of palm trees…

Spring/Summer 2014 Jaltemba Bay Dining Guide

Updated July 30, 2014 – Summer has arrived, and many of our local cafes and restaurants adjust their hours to accommodate the annual dwindling of expats throughout the summer months. We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information about restaurant hours and seasonal closings, so check back often. *Restaurant…