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I Wanna Be An Iguana

This is Iggy, our resident iguana, making whoopee on the roof after jumping down from one roof, running across the fence top and then making a flying leap on to the other roof. I just got this closeup shot from Condos Casa Rey, where we stay in Los Ayala.tutorial android What a surprise when I went to take […]

Wonderful Clouds

Sunset is one of my favorite times of day. We had just arrived, and headed to the beach in Rincón de Guayabitos. when the clouds and sun started playing with each other, and I was lucky enough to get one exposure that was wonderful. The secret to getting a good picture is to underexpose and […]

Sewer Pump Station Beautification in Los Ayala

A couple months ago, Gerti had an idea to cover the chainlink fence around the sewer pump station in Los Ayala. I started to canvass friends and neighbours for financial support for the project, and amazingly fast, we had enough pledges to order the material. Humberto Sandoval, our architect, picked up the material in Puerto Vallarta and gave us instructions […]

Watch Full Movie Pixels (2015)

Pixels (2015) HD Director : Chris Columbus. Producer : Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Allen Covert, Mark Radcliffe, Adam Sandler. Release : July 16, 2015 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Columbia Pictures, Happy Madison Productions. Language : English. Runtime : 105 min Genre : Action, Comedy, Science Fiction. ‘Pixels’ is a movie […]

Watch Full Movie Online Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014) HD Director : Luc Besson. Writer : Luc Besson. Producer : Virginie Besson-Silla. Release : July 14, 2014 Country : France, United States of America. Production Company : Universal Pictures, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, EuropaCorp, Ciné+. Language : 普通话, English, Français, Español, 한국어/조선말. Runtime : 89 Genre : Action, Science Fiction. Movie ‘Lucy’ […]

Watch Full Movie John Wick (2014)

John Wick (2014) HD Director : Chad Stahelski, David Leitch. Producer : Basil Iwanyk, Mike Witherill, David Leitch, Eva Longoria, Chad Stahelski, James McTeigue. Release : October 22, 2014 Country : Canada, China, United States of America. Production Company : Summit Entertainment, Warner Bros., 87Eleven, DefyNite Films, MJW Films. Language : Magyar, English, Pусский. Runtime […]

How You Can Help Needy Seniors in Jaltemba Bay

Snowbirds, high season is just around the corner. Many Mexican seniors (Tercera Edad) are very needy and would greatly appreciate your donations of gently used clothing, shoes, pots and pans, bedding, pillows, toiletries, walking canes, wheel chairs, walkers, materials, craft supplies, etc. If you are coming to Jaltemba Bay, please consider bringing what you can. […]

The Green Volx

The VW bug made this composition just jump at me. I was coming back from the Tianguis market in La Peñita, and there it was staring me in the face saying PLEASE take my picture! Fortunately I had a camera with me. As someone reminded me the other day, the best camera you have is the […]

The Transition of Mexican Tourist Auto Insurance

Jim Lewis of Santa Monica is a pioneer in insurance services for tourists to Mexico. His concern for consumer affairs was fueled by a 1980 internship with Ralph Nader, and this experience led to a revamping of consumer pricing for Mexico auto insurance policies. “When I began my insurance career with Hart and Lewis in […]

Just Another Sunset in Guayabitos

This beautiful sunset photo was taken from the rooftop at Casa Oeste in the Zona Residencial in Rincón de Guayabitos. by Nelly, who resides full time in Rincón de Guayabitos Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description […]

Sarah Somewhere: The Problem with House Sitting

Our first house sitting assignment in La Peñita is drawing to a close. It’s been a truly great experience and we have enjoyed almost every minute. While the humidity of the Mexican summer has certainly challenged us, it is starting to cool down and we are making the most of the fresh mornings and comfortable […]


Hungry Pelicans

This photo was taken early one morning on the Los Ayala beach, after the fishermen came in with their loaded boats. by Robert Koch (Seattle, Washington) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description of what the photo is (the […]

Table for One, Please

A mini-palapa on the Los Ayala beach. by Robert Koch, Seattle, WA USA Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your turn! Email us your photos (at least 500 pixels wide) to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com along with a photo title, the photographer’s name and a detailed description of what the photo is and/or where […]

Bienvenidos a La Peñita de Jaltemba

Try saying that one five times! Welcome to La Peñita de Jaltemba, a small town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, an hour north of Puerto Vallarta. We arrived on a rainy day. The clouds hung thick in the sky like sodden laundry and the streets, made from mud and stone, disappeared into giant potholes […]

IMPULSARTE Program Continues to Help Local Students Thrive

IMPULSARTE “expandiendo mentes” (expanding minds) is a social program funded by teacher JAVIER CARRILLO in order to promote culture and the arts in public school children in vulnerable communities. It is certainly a very important tool that is paying-off highly not only to promote art and make beautiful works by students through their methods, but […]

Guayabitos RV Group Reaches Out to Help Local Kindergarten

The winter guests at Paraiso del Pescador RV Park and Bunglows in Rincón de Guayabitos had been talking about doing some community outreach in a school for a couple of years, but we really didn’t know where to start. In early January 2014, three of our group got serious and meet with Jamie of El Marlin Restaurant as he […]

Balloon Bikes on Guayabitos Beach

On our first visit to Rincón de Guayabitos I was amazed to see these huge stacks of inflatable toys moving about and parked on the beach. Upon closer examination, there appeared to be large tricycles hiding underneath all the smooth shapes and intense blown up colours. They fascinated me and I took way too many photos […]

Shrimping Off Playa Los Ayala

This photo of a shrimp boat was taken near military point (Punto Militares) between Rincón de Guayabitos and Los Ayala. I was hit sideways by a wave after taking this photo and it ruined my camera, but the card was okay. We have been staying in Guayabitos for 8 years and have already booked there for 2015. Looking forward […]

Living in Mexico: A Survival Guide

I have been living in Mexico for a year and a half. In two short weeks we leave to make our way to the Marshall Islands to set up our next base camp. I have valuable insight. Life in Mexico can be amazing. If you approach it the right way. Here is a survival guide […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 experience delayed psychomotor development, as is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

La Peñita Vet with a Huge Heart

I’d like to share my story of warmth and love about a local vet who helped me, a Canadian from British Columbia, to help a local street dog who I call “Si.” Si started dropping by to say hi. After a few interactions, he seemed to know I wanted to help him. He started letting […]

Live Theater comes to San Pancho

Mark your calendars for Live Theater in San Pancho at La Bodega Teatro, a project to build the first ever Performance Arts Center & Theater in the area. Saturday January 18 premiers “Judy… here at last!” – a one woman show about the legendary Judy Garland. Set in the 1960’s, this poignant play tells a dramatic, sometimes […]

Cultural Christmas Bazar and Art Walk in La Peñita

Junta Vecinal Bahía de Jaltemba, our neighborhood council, invites you to participate in the upcoming Bazar Cultural Navideño along the malecón in La Peñita. The event will be held on December 21, 22 and 23 and will feature a Bazar Navideño (cultural Christmas bazaar) from 5-9pm on the malecón. On Monday, December 23rd they plan to have […]

Our Adventure Continues

We had a two week break at the end of September and wanted a bit of a change of pace, so this year we decided we would visit Jaltemba Bay during the rainy season. (above photo) One evening, after supper, as we sat at “La Avenida,” hundreds of small birds raced in overhead and just […]

Nature’s Brilliance

These photos were taken on the beach in Rincón de Guayabitos on one of the days we slowed down enough to share Mother Nature’s paintings. I have taken dozens of images of beautiful sunsets and they consistently remind me of my need to slow down and wonder at the miracle that we can sometimes take […]

What is International Medical Insurance and Why Purchase from International Insurance Group (IIG)?

Did you know that most US and Canadian healthcare plans do not provide coverage for overseas travelers? Did you also know that any medical treatment you receive while on vacation or living in Mexico including doctor visits, hospital stays, medication and emergency transportation are the responsibility of the traveler, and in most cases a patient […]

Our Car Importation Adventure

Last year, on renewal of our immigration status and with changes in the Mexican immigration law, we were required to give up our temporary residency status (old FM3 / new Residente Temporal) and switch to permanent residency (old FM2 / new Residente Permanente). We accepted that change, knowing one of the consequences was that, as […]

Guayabitos Hat Men

I have great admiration for the vendors who ply their trade on the beaches of Mexico. But the ones I affectionately call the Hat Men are very special to me. Their stamina and determination seem to know no bounds as day after day they make their way up and down the beach selling their wares. […]

American Legion will hold Meeting in La Peñita

Attention La Peñita, Guayabitos and Lo de Marcos Veterans: The American Legion Post 14 Puerto Vallarta is have a meeting at 11am on Friday, October 25th at Hinde y Jaime’s Bar & Restaurant in La Peñita. All Veterans are encouraged to attend. Items to be discussed include Veteran Benefits, Foreign Medical Program and Medical Coverage. […]

Isla Multicolor

Atardecer desde el malecón de La Peñita de Jaltemba. Esta fotografia esta dedicada a todas aquellas personas que valoran las riquezas naturales con las que contamos en nuestra región. Los invito a seguir conservando limpio nuestra comunidad depositando la basura en el contenedor que corresponda. Hoy les comparto esta fotografía de un atardecer de Agosto, […]

My Birthday Trip

We just got back from nine days in the Maritime provinces. We live in Grimsby, Ontario and were visiting our daughter who is volunteering with WWOOF on organic farms in the Maritimes. The trip was to celebrate my birthday with our family all together. The scenery is spectacular. The pictures are from Cape Breton, Nova […]

A Spread of Colors

I took this photo at the Tianguis in Rincón de Guayabitos in 2012. I was surprised to see so many beautiful colors that decorate these handmade objects. Mexicans create many beautiful things, and above all they are very talented. I purchased some of these gift items for my friends and family. Mexico has so much […]

Majahua Hotel Selva offers comfort in the jungle at the south end of Chacala Beach

Majahua Hotel Selva in Chacala was featured in a recent article on MéxicoDesconocido.com. The article, entitled “Vive la Riviera Nayarita. Sus playas, sus escenarios… su paz,” was written by Lorenzo and describes the 160 miles of amazing shoreline in Riviera Nayarit. Sr. Armendaris begins his journey at this lovely little hotel nestled into the jungle on the […]

Going Home

This photo was taken from the trail that goes behind Mateja’s Bar & Grill and up into Rincón de Guayabitos. We used it as a shortcut to get to our hotel at the end of our afternoon walk. For some reason, I stopped and turned around and there it was… the perfect photograph. You’ll notice […]

Arrested in Tepic

Hola Allyson, I hopped the Pacifico bus to Tepic, approximately a 2 hour ride through the mountains into Tepic Bus Depot, followed by a taxi ride into Tepic centro, which took about 10 minutes. We toured the major sites in town, art gallery, famous poet’s house, town square, etc. In the Craft building, I bought […]


Butterfly in Our Garden

I love to sit on our patio and enjoy my morning coffee as the sun peeks over the jungle-covered hills behind our home in Los Ayala. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and butterflies flitting around our garden, alighting on the flowers and then zooming away. This beautiful orange butterfly lingered in our garden the other […]

Our First Home on the Bay of Jaltemba

It was late March in the year 2006 and my husband Victor and I had finally made the big move to Mexico. One year earlier, having sold our business in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and spent 3 months driving around Mexico exploring, we were at last actually out of the cold and snow […]

Non-Profit Investours to Host Fair Trade Evening Market in Puerto Vallarta

Investours, a local non-profit organization that supports artisans throughout the Bay of Banderas, will be hosting their semi-annual Fair Trade Evening Market at La Luna restaurant (466 Venustiano Carranza, Puerto Vallarta) on Thursday, November 8, from 6:30-9pm. This is a unique opportunity to sample authentic Mexican cuisine from communities throughout the Bay of Banderas, purchase […]

Los Ayala – A Different Kind of Mexico

Just a forty-five minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta, at the foot of the Sierra de Vallejo Mountains, lies the lovely seaside fishing village of Los Ayala. Easily accessible by rental car, taxi, or bus, the drive there is half the experience, with lush, dense jungle on display alongside the highway, separated by surf towns […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 6

“Do something good, something kind, but don’t tell anyone about it.” My Abuelito, Gentleman Bill Fellows, excelled at this. I believe everyone wants to help, in the best way they know how. I also believe more people would give back, if they had the means for doing so. Writing about my experience volunteering with KinderAide […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 5

I have known Jane for quite a few years so when she posted that there was a position available to help out at KinderAide for one hour a week I thought I was (or should be!) up to the challenge. Off I went to kinder with Kate – an experienced, qualified, exuberant teacher. Now I […]

Bucerias Immigration Office Relocates to Nuevo Vallarta

The National Institute of Immigration (INM) wishes to inform the general public in Bahía de Banderas and Nayarit that the local INM office on Avenida Las Palmas in Bucerias, closed its doors on Monday, September 17, 2012, for relocation. The Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit INM offices can now be found on the second floor (locales […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 4

Hi my name is Renie. My husband and I are from BC and have been coming to La Peñita for about 5 years and love it. Since the first year we came, we have always brought clothes and school supplies with us. We take them up to small villages and we can see the smiles […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 3

The first time I went to La Peñita was in November 2011 and I was struck by how wonderful the people were there. I’ve never been around so many happy, content and grateful people. The children, especially, touched me. So much so, that I felt compelled to do something to help out. When I asked […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 2

I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta and have been visiting La Peñita for a few years. My husband and I fell in love with the people and area so much so that we bought a home there last season. I work at a dental clinic and I knew about KinderAide from my friend Jane. Last […]

My KinderAide Experience: Part 1

I greatly enjoyed my volunteer teaching experience with the KinderAide program in La Peñita this past winter. I had two classes of 5-year-olds once a week. Each class was about 20 minutes in length. During that time we reviewed numbers in English from 1-15, the alphabet, greetings, parts of the body, shapes, names of animals […]

The Rainy Season Has Arrived

The rainy season has arrived. The dusty palms are washed. The jungle and orchards display their splendor of color and fruit. All is fresh again. The large potholes provide the adventure of driving through to find their bottom. So far they all have one. The rainy season has arrived. With it comes the jungle sounds, […]

Girl with Big Brown Eyes

Kids are interesting and the expression on the face of this beautiful, soulful and solemn little girl in a jewelry store in Rincón de Guayabitos captured my attention. Photo by Alexander Pascal About the photographer: I purchased my first camera in the mid 1950’s. It was a Polaroid camera and photography quickly became a much-loved […]

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 3

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May.  This issue features four more stories about well-loved adopted pets from our area. (This photo […]

Nice Catch

This “Toro” was caught by Blaine and Jeff from Blaine’s Hobie 16 near the big island in Jaltemba Bay back in April while Jeff was visiting from Vancouver, WA. The Toro, also known as Pacific Jack Crevalle or Torito, is one of the most common species in Mexican waters, and is known for its strength. […]

Sleeping Beauty

I took this photo of this beautiful horse, ten minutes south of Los Ayala while on a horseback riding excursion to a nearby waterfall for a swim. Photo by Christopher Morse, an avid photographer from Fairbanks, Alaska who enjoys vacationing in Jaltemba Bay. This photo represents a “Magical Moment” in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico.

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 2

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). We are sharing these stories during the month of May. This week, we are featuring two of Sarah Walker’s dogs. Sarah is a familiar face […]

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 1

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). If you would like to submit your story, email it to Tosia@JaltembaBayLife.com. We will share your stories every other week during the month of May. […]

Local Restaurant Owners Attend the Tianguis Turistico in Puerto Vallarta

Roberto Gil de Montes from Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria in La Peñita and Nadia Cuevas from Vista Guayabitos in Rincón de Guayabitos both attended the Tianguis Turistico in Puerto Vallarta this past week. Roberto and Nadia pose with Patricia Quintana, Gastronomic Embassador for Mexico appointed by President Calderon. During the Tianguis Turistico, Mayor Salvador Gonzalez […]

Sweet Kids in Los Ayala!

By Patty Schemenauer & Susanne Richter – Returning Canadians to Los Ayala, Susanne & Bernie along with their two sons, Gabriel & Felix like to become involved with the local families, especially the children. This year Susanne bought 12 white t-shirts and tye-dye kits and proceeded to round up the locals kids for an afternoon of […]

Lone Palm

Lone Palm Set Off by a Simply Stunning Los Ayala Sky. Photo by Heidi Banks, an avid photographer and fan of Los Ayala. Heidi and her family enjoy vacation and spending some time in Los Ayala every winter. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala.

Magical Wedding in Los Ayala

Getting married in Los Ayala surrounded by family and friends was a magical dream come true. The new Mr. & Mrs James & Jaleen Shier will always have a home for Los Ayala in their hearts. Photo by Karla Benitez, a Wedding Photographer from Puerto Vallarta. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala.

Beautiful Vista

Beautiful vista of Los Ayala and Jaltemba Bay as seen from Villas del Tropico. Photo by Beatriz Noguez. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. To view more of Beatriz’s beautiful photos, visit Beatriz Noguez Fotographia.



The Whimbrel is a member of the Curlew family. It is primarily a coastal species found on marshes, beaches and rocky shores, often in flocks, but it forages singly. It feeds more by picking, less by probing, than other Curlews. Photo taken on the beach in Guayabitos back in 2008 by Roger Williams. Roger happens to […]