Entries by Christina Stobbs


Breaching Humpback Whale

Guests on the Gilligan’s Island Party Cruise, a fundraiser for the streets of Los Ayala, were treated to the spectacular site of breaching Humpback whales. Yes, you should’ve been there!Photographed off the coast of Chacala, February 2012.by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted by one of our regular contributors. To […]


Little Martin enjoying a special moment with one of his pet goats. Indeed the little goat looks like he his smiling, too! Photographed June 2012 in Los Ayala by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted by one of our regular contributors. To learn more about the author/photographer, click […]

Mother’s Day in Mexico: An Extraordinarily Special Day

What a special and grand celebration Mother’s Day is in this beautiful country called Mexico! The beach, restaurants and streets are overflowing with families celebrating Mother’s Day. The local stores are packed with colorful flowers, especially roses. I wonder where they get all the roses from and how expensive they must be for those families […]

Los Ayala Legends and Folklore

The following legends and folklore of Los Ayala were translated from the book “Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo” written by J. Jesús Carranza Diaz. This little gem of a book is filled with history and charming stories about Los Ayala. Sr. Carranza is a lawyer, a professor at the Instituto de Estudios del […]

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 2)

I soon learn that this bird watching adventure includes climbing over, or through several barbed wire fences. Rather, Bea has perfected the art of rolling under barbed wire fences, with grace. Ken gets through any way possible, and I try vainly to follow Bea’s lead. Soon we spot several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and indeed these […]

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 1)

The other day, I had a really interesting experience, and met two extremely interesting and kind souls… Resulting in this story and a suggestion for a day trip from Los Ayala to… The Gravel Pit in La Peñita – Why? – For Bird-Watching of Course! Ken and Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay’s renowned bird photographers invited […]

That Special Little House

Having traveled to Mexico for over 20 years and having talked about moving to Mexico for almost as many years, my husband Robert, likely because he was tiring of the same conversation, finally came up with a plan. Here is exactly what he said to me, “Alright, here is the deal, we will take one […]

Meet Ken Snyder & Mary Alice Ranta, La Peñita

If you enjoy living or vacationing in Jaltemba Bay, it is very likely that you have already met Ken and Mary Alice and know that they are a very dynamic and special couple who are dedicated to making a huge difference in our community. Ken is co-president of Los Amigos de Jaltemba which he says […]

Meet Ken & Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay Photographers

Ken and Bea’s love affair with Mexico started in 1992 when they won an all-Inclusive vacation at the Holiday Inn in Puerto Vallarta. It was their first visit to Mexico. They liked the people, enjoyed the weather and went home thoroughly hooked. For the next few years their job and family commitments kept them from […]

San Sebastián del Oeste and Mascota: Part 1

One of many reasons for my lifelong love affair with Mexico is the sheer diversity of the country. I am continually amazed that one can be cavorting on sandy beaches in warm blue ocean waters or hiking through tropical rain forest, yet within a few hours’ drive one is seemingly transported to a completely different […]

Meet Los Ayala’s Beloved Juez, Romy Mora

When Romy Mora, was offered the opportunity to serve as “Juez of Los Ayala” (Judge) she decided within three minutes flat that her answer would be yes! She had no hesitation because she knew that she would be able to make a difference to the community of Los Ayala. She knew she could make a […]

Meet Elizabeth Gómez Nuñez, La Peñita

Elizabeth, or Betty as she prefers to be called, is from Guadalajara. Being a single mother with four daughters, she moved to La Peñita de Jaltemba in September of 2002 in part to fulfill her father’s wishes. Her father Heliodoro Nuñez Casilla, who was separated from his wife, lived alone on a ranch in La […]

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay

Check your shoes for scorpions… and while you’re at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you […]

A Well Deserved Break in El Monteón

Lori Schneider Wood, aka Los Ayala’s Pippi Longstocking, leads an informal group on hikes to Punta Raza during the spring months. The group typically includes myself, Linda Jeannotte and other women enjoying vacation in Los Ayala who are up for a little adventure. We typically bring along a few bags to pick up any litter […]

Meet Tom Plattenberger, La Peñita

Tom’s journey to Mexico began 25 years ago with his partner Bruce. The winters in Alaska are long and cold, and like the majority of folks from that state they chose to escape for a little while by enjoying vacation in Hawaii or Mexico. They liked Hawaii, but something about being confined to an island […]

Surviving the Summer Heat in Jaltemba Bay

It’s hot and dusty in Los Ayala. Just how dusty you ask? Well, I dust our home every single morning and by mid-afternoon it looks like I have not dusted for at least a week. What’s the point? During the few weeks before the torrential downpours of the rainy season arrive, my husband, Robert, has […]

Meet Nadia Cuevas, Rincon de Guayabitos

Nadia was born in the city of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacán. She moved to Rincón de Guayabitos with her family at the ripe old age of three years because her parents yearned for a simpler life. Her parents, Beto and Laura, envisioned an idyllic lifestyle bringing up their family in a small […]

Meet Hala Hazzi, La Penita

Hala’s journey to La Peñita de Jaltemba began in 1989 when she worked for Canadian Holidays in Destination Services. At the time, Canadian Holidays was looking for new “off the beaten path” vacation destinations, which were located close to major tourist centers, and Rincon de Guayabitos fit the bill perfectly. Hala was stationed at the […]

June in Jaltemba Bay

June marks the beginning of the dizzyingly hot weather with temperatures often rising above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C) in the shade. However, the heat of June is not that uncomfortable, as the humidity is nowhere near the levels experienced in August and September. The days are for the most part hot and dry, and because […]

Meet Senora Teresa Garcia, Los Ayala

At the time of publication, Teresa Garcia was 83 years of age. Teresa attributes her good health to a healthy diet consisting primarily of fish, fresh fruits and vegetables; daily walks and regular vacations in Los Ayala. Teresa is from Guadaljara, Jalisco and has enjoyed the luxury of owning a vacation home in Los Ayala, […]

Los Ayala Infrastructure Report

On Wednesday, January 11, 2011 a community meeting was held in Los Ayala’s Town Plaza to discuss the the plan, to raise the funds needed to replace the existing sewage piping, for the transfer of waste from Los Ayala to the pumping station located in the area of Vista Guayabitos. The meeting was called by […]

Meet Manuel & Maria, Los Ayala

Manuel and Maria first visited Los Ayala on vacation, twenty years ago. They were immediately smitten with the abundance of nature, the tranquility, the very pretty beach and welcoming small town feel. Shortly thereafter they moved to Los Ayala from Guadalajara. They have live here for twenty years now, and have one child and three […]

Meet Robin & Henry Fremont, Los Ayala

Robin and Henry Fremont purchased their Los Ayala vacation home in 2006, and have been enjoying their winters here ever since, along with their seventeen year old faithful dog, Bear. Summers are spent at McPhee Lake in north-central Saskatchewan where they enjoy visiting with friends and family, including four children, and two grandchildren. Robin and […]

Meet Terri & Garry Kurchirka, Los Ayala

Garry and I started vacationing in Puerto Vallarta about ten years ago. We fell in love with Mexico, and especially the people that we have met over the years. We have thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent exploring the coastline of Pacific Mexico, especially the Riviera Nayarit which is truly a paradise for beach lovers! In […]

Let’s Go Dad!

Life’s Special Moments in Los Ayala. Christina Stobbs is a writer and photographer and lives in Los Ayala, full time, with her husband Robert. As a photographer she feels fortunate to live in an area so rich in flora and fauna, and abundant in natural beauty. She enjoys landscape and wildlife photography, and has a […]

Meet Bos & Margaret, Los Ayala

Our home base is on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia. Our activities there include boating, fishing, gardening, yoga (for Margaret) and lots of walking with our beloved dog Jake. We can enjoy our outdoor activities for about six months of the year but in the winter months, grey skies, […]

Girl Talk

Two little girls chatting in La Peñita de Jaltemba, before getting ready for the Independence Day Parade. Mexico’s Independence Day is a National Holiday and a colourful and festive day!

Meet Elaine & Morris Smith, Los Ayala

Many people have the dream of owning a home on the beach in a tropical paradise. That dream began for Elaine and I in the early 1970s when we flew down to Tepic, Mexico with a business associate who shared our love of Mexico. At that time the road system in this part of Mexico […]

Meet Lori Schneider Wood, Los Ayala

Lori lives in the small town of Sicamous, which is known as the “Houseboat Capital of Canada.” Sicamous is located in British Columbia, Canada and sits on two stunningly beautiful and pristine lakes; Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake. Sicamous, like Los Ayala is a tourist town and from the end of June to early September […]

Magical Wedding

The very special wedding of Cristina & Martin at Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church in Los Ayala on May 7, 2011. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala.

Los Ayala’s Elementary School 2011 Fundraiser

We want to thank everyone who helped to make this years Dessert Buffet/Elementary School 2011 fundraiser a great success. Thank you to all who brought all the fabulous desserts, and all who tirelessly served the desserts, and all who came to eat all the delicious desserts. Thank you to Christina Stobbs for all the advertising. […]

Meet Judy, Walter & Chiquita, Los Ayala

Mexico has been our favourite winter holiday destination for many years. Three years ago Walter and I came to visit friends who were vacationing in Rincon de Guayabitos. As we had been considering building a home in Bucerias or near there, during our visit we casually looked at several homes in Jaltemba Bay to get […]


In Bloom: Shaving Brush Tree

The “Shaving Brush Tree” is native to Mexico and a large deciduous tree which is coveted for its unique brush-like flowers which bloom just once a year, usually in February or March. The leaves are also very unique. by Christina Stobbs (originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala) View more plants in bloom […]

Meet Mama Panchita & Papa Palomo, Los Ayala

A short story about our love for Los Ayala… Our first trip to Mexico was on Valentines Day in February 2006. We were on our way to Lake Chapala which we heard was ” A little piece of heaven on earth.” However, we first searched for Los Ayala, to visit our friend Pierre L’Allier who […]