Entries by Norman Lutgen



  The heart of the Riviera Nayarit, Rincon de Guayabitos, was the host of the first stage of the Mexican Beach Volleyball Circuit 2019 with the participation of teams in children’s and youth categories, riding 10 courts for the development of all matches, as They join 170 teams participating in the sporting event. With the representation […]

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MEXICO’S INDEPENDENCE Mexico was under the dominion of the Spanish crown for about 300 years, during which time its laws were followed and a process of dominance, exploitation and acculturation of indigenous peoples was carried out. In 1810 the Independence of our country in the state of Guanajuato began, the priest Miguel Hidalgo was in […]

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Easter week

Easter week (Rincon of Guayabitos) The last days of Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 of April, Holy Week was celebrated in Mexico, where our beaches were filled with tourists from different places, willing to enjoy the sea with the family. There was quite chaotic traffic, and going out to do the daily shopping […]

New highway

What I found was an almost unimaginable amount of dirt and rock that has to be moved from hills and mountains to valleys on a raised roadbed allowing rivers, streams, and farm-to-market access below the highway’s surface. Glance through the photos and you will notice the northbound lane(s) are being completed first. The southbound lane […]


2019 spring parade

2019 spring parade On March 21, the most colorful season of the year began, the Spring, and was received with the traditional parade, which took place on the main avenue of La Peñita that culminated in the main square. They attended some schools and colleges of preschool, primary and even secondary. There were several allegorical […]


Parade of February 24

This Sunday there were several schools in the community of “La Peñita de Jaltemba” to parade in honor of our national symbol. It was a parade of escorts and bands of war that ended with honors to the flag in the main square of the peñita.


volleyball in Rincon de Guayabitos

volleyball in Rincon de Guayabitos   The 5th V Beach and Juvenile Beach Volleyball Cup was a success. The tourist destination is already preparing to receive the regional stage of the National Olympiad in the last days of March, with selections from Colima, Michoacán, Nayarit and Jalisco. With a total of 106 pairs from more […]

Orchid Sanctuary

We thank our friend for sharing his great adventure, without any doubt he has obtained incredible images of our nature, if you have something that you want to share, do not hesitate to send it.  

Images of the Contest

We are very grateful to the people who participated in the contest of the best image for a delicious pizza, it has been a very difficult decision since they were all images of experts, our final decision was based on the great meaning and importance that activity in the bay, It is one of the […]


Great New Year’s Event

Great New Year’s Event Last Monday, December 31, 2018, the end of the year event took place in the main plaza of Rincon de guayabitos, which began at 9:00 a.m. with a totally family atmosphere accompanied by live music and sound, being 11:50 Pm. on the verge of receiving the new year, we moved to […]


Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade On December 20, 2018 took place on the main avenue of the town of La Peñita de Jaltemba, the commemorative navieño parade, which culminated in the main square with music and shows for children. The parade involved vehicles from the town hall, firefighters, municipal police and without forgetting businesses such as “Fruteria Varillas”, “Comex” […]


Advance of Remodeling in Avenue.

The remodeling project of the main avenue of La Peñita de Jaltemba, is still underway, is already passable for cars, something that has been of great help to avoid road chaos. Now, the new objective is to obtain a more uniform appearance in the established businesses around the avenue, since they have been asked to […]

Emiliano Zapata Progress Photos Dec. 18

Story and photos by David Thompson Here are some of the latest photos of the progress on the Avenida.    As you can see, the sidewalks are one of the last parts of this project to be completed.    And there is nothing like a pinkish orange sidewalk, filled with puppy prints. Look close!    […]

Repair Of Streets

Streets of the Peñita On December 13 of this year, the emptying of cement took place in some streets of La Peñita, we are aware that it is not the best way to repair some streets but the intention is to reduce potholes caused by daily wear and rain . Here we provide the images. […]


December 12, 2018 As usual in our community, a tribute is made within the Catholic religion (religion that predominates mainly in Mexico) which is known as the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, said event takes place on the night of December 11 in the homes of the believers or in the churches of the […]


Affected by the passage of Hurricane Willa

Hurricane Willa Last October, 2018, we witnessed the impact of the hurricane willa north of the state of Nayarit and Sinaloa, leaving villages totally isolated and many families without their family heritage. In Nayarit, the overflow of the San Pedro and Acaponeta rivers caused a great flood in the Nayaritas towns, leaving behind thousands of […]


Parade of November 20, what is celebrated?

Last Tuesday, November 20, there was a parade in tribute to what happened many years ago in the Mexican nation, it is a civic act of great importance, then we will give you a brief introduction of why the celebration. On November 20, 1910 begins the armed conflict in Mexico known as the Mexican Revolution. […]


Event with Cause

Last Sunday, November 11, an event was held with cause, with the objective of raising funds for the victims in the municipalities of the North of the State of Nayarit. It is important to recognize everyone what made this event possible; volunteers, clowns, musical groups, people who donated and prepared the food that was for sale, […]

Avenue is still under construction

  The main avenue of La Peñita de Jaltemba, still continues with the construction work, these images is the part of the entrance, practically the last thing to be finished, without having the repair of all the sidewalks and facades of the businesses , since they will have a tile and some pillars, with the […]


Extortion In Acapulco – Everyone Pays

This is how it works in Mexico.  Acapulco specifically…. In Acapulco there are two new ways to extort: ​​through messages to make deposits in Oxxo stores and with express kidnapping. Organized crime gangs operate impersonally, but if someone does not give their “quota, week, right of flat or protection, pay with life”. The Independent Cartel, […]


Ban Politicians To Eliminate Crime

October 13, 2018  •  Vallarta Daily News As violent crime overtakes Mexico, one small town seems to have things figured out. They discovered that the root of all their problems was the politicians and they kicked them out. Not only that, but they’ve also banned elections and gathered up all political propaganda. Politics have been eradicated and so has the […]

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Making Beer Is Big Business

Anheuser-Busch InBev, not only is a multinational beverage producer, but has just opened Mexico’s largest malting plant, a US $60-million investment in Calera, Zacatecas. It is expected to support its barley production on 140,000 hectares of farm land in the state of Zacatecas. It will require more than 200,000 tonnes of barley per year, most of which […]

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New Liquid Sugar Plant in Mexico

The plant of the Mexican company Sucroliq in Irapuato , Guanajuato , is the only one of its kind worldwide to fully automate all its processes, with which it generates around 150 thousand liters of liquid sugar a day.  To achieve this, the plant implemented Industry leading technology to  convert granular sugar into liquid sugar […]

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FONADIN Announces Toll Road Fees Increased

Here is a partial list of specific stretches of highways that the tolls were announced increased on September 7, 2018. Some of these increases are indicated here and others only show the new rates: Mexico-Puebla, increased from $141 to $165; Mexico-Querétaro, the increase is $18, to $166; Tehuacán to Oaxaca, went from $200 to $233; […]


Sea Turtle Egg Poachers Arrested

Villagers from La Escobilla beach informed the representative in Mexico of the UN for the environment (UNDP), Dolores Barrientos, that the sale of turtle eggs has dropped in the area because there are no buyers. This official toured the coast of Oaxaca during the weekend to promote the elimination of plastic; In his activities he met […]


Where to Vacation In Mexico for the Best 4G Experience

Where to vacation in Mexico for a good 4G experience Posted on August 22, 2018 by Kevin Fitchard Summer may be nearly over, which means Mexico’s biggest national holiday is less than a month away. On Sept. 16, millions of Mexicans will celebrate their country’s independence with festivals and parades while many of them take advantage of the […]


Spencer Tunick’s Nudes In The Seaweed

Famed New York nudes photographer, Spencer Tuncik, decided to take advantage of the huge quantities of sargassum seaweed that have been washing up on the Caribbean beaches of Quintana Roo. He got together a group of willing enthusiasts and proceeded to the beach for a spontaneous photo shoot. His work is geared toward informing the […]


New Mango Processing Plant in Nayarit

Nayarit plans to construct an industrial mango handling plant by 2021 and will process about 2 million tons per season. The intention of the project is that it will initially collect and market the fruit to be packaged and exported to countries in Europe and Asia, with the safety specifications that are required, thus improving the price for […]


AMLO Proposes Building 100 New Universities

One of the proposals announced by the winner of the presidential election Andrés Manuel López Obrador in educational matters is to create 100 public universities in the country during his term. Although the strategy has not been detailed, in no country in Latin America has something similar been achieved. During 14 years of Luiz Inácio Lula […]


Mayan Cave Paintings Discovered in Yucatan

It is the most important cave found so far in Yucatan: it has figures of birds, mammals, a cross, geometric figures, human forms, a warrior and hands. The paintings seem to show extinct animals, daily practices of the warriors and rituals of their Mayan ancestors (EFE) In the middle of the jungle , about 12 meters deep , the […]

The Calakmul Jade Mask of Campeche

The jade mask of Calakmul, one of the main symbols of the ancient Mayan civilization, returns to Campeche after 8 years touring the world as cultural and historical ambassador of Mexico and Campeche. “I think it’s the most beautiful of all, so being the most beautiful of all was the one that was taken to be an […]


Biodegradable Plastic Made From Nopal Juice

Guadalajara (Mexico) .- With the juice of the cactus, a plant of the family of cacti and the basic ingredient in Mexican cuisine, a Mexican academic has created a biodegradable natural plastic that can reduce pollution. Sandra Pascoe, from the University of Valle de Atemajac (Univa) in Guadalajara, western Mexico, developed this plastic after several experiments with this […]

The Trio Will Now Compete for the Hult Prize Global Final

This article is courtesy of El Financiero Three Tecnológico de Monterrey students developed ‘ Harvest ‘, a wastewater purification system that also produces electricity, and now they are on their way to London to accelerate their project. Joel Garzafox and Rodrigo Chinchilla (22 years old) and Jaime García (23) won the national edition of the Hult Prize challenge, one of […]


Thanks From GEMA

On behalf of GEMA, the Project For Abused and Abandoned Women and Children in our community, we would like to thank everyone for their support this season.  It is because of your caring and generosity that we are pleased to announce we are able to start construction of one of the bedrooms for a much […]


All New 100% Mexican Owned Zacua

The all new Mexican owned and produced Zacua will be manufactured in Puebla. The firm intends to produce 80 zero polluting vehicles and with a price of 550 thousand pesos in its first year. Jorge Martínez Ramos, executive president of the firm and the governor Antonio Gali Fayad inaugurated this plant that is located in the Industrial […]


Guayafest 2018 – Guayabitos

They Volkswagens weren’t here for long but they certainly were here. A fine group of folks that simply love their cars.  And their beer, I might add. They also know how to party as testified by the remains from their evening. Here are a few photos taken by numerous folks that also love volks: As […]

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Raining Tequila In Mexico

Will it be raining tequila in Mexico this rainy season? Mexico is stepping up their game to guarantee if a border wall is ever built, there is only one side you will want to be on, the side where it rains tequila! The Mexico Tourism Board rolled out a new machine that creates tasty tequila […]


Alaska Airlines Introduces New Rules

As of May 1st, Alaska Airlines is imposing some new rules governing your taking your support animals with you in the cabin. These new policies are being initiated worldwide as a result of numerous incidents of airline employees and some customers being bitten, both on-board the aircraft and in the terminals. Starting May 1, customers […]


The Hummingbirds Are Coming

Hummingbird Migration Content for this article is courtesy of HummingbirdCentral.com Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring. The first arrivals in spring are usually males. […]


The Journey of a Cancer de Mama Prosthetic

The Journey of a Cancer de Mama Prosthetic  begins when I receive an email from the owner of a lingerie store.  She tells me she has several large boxes of prosthetics that she’d like to donate to our next Cancer de Mama Clinic. I’m thrilled to get this news, but it means a two hour […]


Cancer de Mama Clinic Update

Over the next year, many more breast prosthetics will happily be making their own journeys to La Penita – in time for the 2019 Cancer de Mama Clinic on February 1st, 2nd and 3rd! This year, almost 450 women attended the CdeM Clinic at the La Penita Senior Centre. Support and care was provided to them […]

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Fake Tequila Is Being Scrutinized by the CRT

Fake Tequila being produced, is fostering unfair competition and potentially dangerous situations. Real tequila producers have charged that lax regulation and corruption are fostering unfair competition from these rogue manufacturers. The Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) says low-cost spirits sold as agave beverages are backed by a chain of fraud, corruption and bribery. “There’s a huge […]


Of Doctors and Computers

Of Doctors and Computers Scottish Wife and I have been in Guayabitos for three weeks now. Rincon, as it’s also known, lies about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta and considerably further south of the fog bound Comox Valley. Please don’t think I’m being smug here: smug is a term more properly applied to our […]


Watching Your Money by Jasmine Hohenstein

Watching  Your Money  So you’ve just bought a few things at the local supermarket or department store,  made your way to the  checkout and  hand the cashier a large bill and wait for your change. The cashier hands you a fistful of change and some paper money and you stick it into your pocket, your […]


Semana Santa 2018

Semana Santa 2018 was what seemed like a continuation of the Easter holidays of years past. Busy, Busy. The southbound traffic on 200 went on for days as the seemingly endless numbers of cars and buses filled to the brim with impatient vacationers arrived at their destinations. As witnessed by myself on a drive into […]


They Do Things Different Here!

Only in Mexico… 22012013 “The past is another country: they do things differently there.” I’ve loved this quote – the opening sentence of L.P. Hartley’s novel ‘The Go Between’ – ever since I first read it. At the risk of being somewhat simplistic, I love Mexico for much the same reason – they do things […]


Musings of Bagger Dave

The Musings of Bagger Dave are written by Dave Brooker Well, it’s our last full day in Guayabitos so it’s not surprising that I’m thinking about the four weeks we’ve spent here – and anticipating with some trepidation the weather that awaits us back in Comox. Tomorrow will be the last morning for quite a […]

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Gary W. Wietgrefe – Ancient Culture

Sioux Falls, South Dakota (PR MediaRelease) February 6, 2018 South Dakota provides storyline of ancient norms to identify an evolving culture. Electronics Aid Memory Loss Can’t remember phone numbers like you used to? You are not alone. “Why are we losing our memory? Its impact on society” is one of several presentations by South Dakota author […]


Resident Documents Advice

Obtaining a Mexican resident card is not a simple one day task; rather, it is a multi-step process that begins at a Mexican Consulate in your home country and ends (sometimes months later) when you finally pick up your resident card at an immigration office in Mexico. Once you finally get your resident card (temporary […]

Mexico and the EU Discussions Turn up the Heat on the Jalepeño

Trade talks heat up over jalapeño chiles Mexican chile growers want to prevent other countries from using the names jalapeño and chipotle, just as the tequila producers do. The term Mariachi music is another tradition that deserves its singularity with Mexico Mexican producers of chile peppers want protection for fresh jalapeño chiles and those that […]

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Monarch Butterflies In Mexico

Monarch Butterflies in Mexico Every autumn, one of the most spectacular natural phenomena can be observed in the forested mountains west of Mexico City: wintering Monarch Butterflies. Learn about these marvelous insects, their 3,000 mile journey from the U.S. and Canada, and how you can experience and be witness to the presence of the wintering Monarch […]

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Mexico’s Frequent Traveler Pet Program

México has just recently introduced a new “Frequent Traveler Program for Pets” called Programa Mascota Viajero Frecuente.  The aim of the program is to speed up the entry process into México for frequent visitors with pets. For now, it appears as though that only dogs and cats are eligible for the program and it is only for air […]


A 1,000 Year Old Stone Structure May Depict the Creation of Earth

A 1,000-year-old stone structure in Mexico may represent how some people in ancient Mesoamerica believed the Earth was created, an archaeologist suggests. Located on the foothills of a volcano in the middle of a pond, the “Tetzacualco” (a name that can mean “stone enclosure”) has been known to explorers since the 16th century. Since that time, both […]


Taste of Lo de Marcos

Get ready for the 5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Each year this annual Fundraising Events gets more and more popular and its time to get the party started! The Taste of Lo De Marcos will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 3:00 until 8:00 pm at Luis Echeverria #9, Lo de Marcos, […]

What Probably Killed the Aztecs?

In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally followed in three or four days. So what killed the Aztecs? Within five years as many as 15 million people – an estimated 80% of the population – were […]

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Starting a Tradition

While walking through the many colonias, which together, make up what most of us call La Colonia, I realized just how poor many of the folks living there really are. I decided to see what I could do to help them better manage their holiday season and began starting a tradition, I hope. I asked […]

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Astronomical Phenomena for 2018

Check out these Astronomical Phenomena, as 2018 brings special events in the field of astronomy. The total eclipse aroused interest as it left, in the dark, part of the United States last August. This new year will be dominated by superlunas, star showers, moons of blood and even solar eclipses. Some of these phenomena are […]

Exotic Fruits of Mexico Part 3

Tuna (Prickly Pear) By sight, you would think the tuna is a vegetable, or if you only heard the name you would assume it was the fish. (Language note: the fruit is called tuna; tuna fish is called atun.) Tunas come in green or purple, both the skin and flesh, and they have different flavors — purple […]


Exotic Fruits of Mexico – Part 2

Pitahaya (Dragon Fruit) Pitahaya is a fist-sized flaming pink or green fruit that grows on a cactus native to the Sonoran desert in Mexico. A ripe pitahaya has a strong flavor and a kiwi-like texture. In Mexico I’ve always seen some that are white inside, but in Guatemala they can be purple and much stronger. Unfortunately […]

The Vaquitas May Be Doomed For Extinction

The rescue efforts to save the tiny Vaquita porpoise from extinction have been terminated by Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The few Vaquita that were captured did not survive, so the efforts were abandoned with the estimated number still surviving in the Gulf of California, it’s only habitat, at approximately 30. Actor […]


Military Checkpoints! To Be concerned or not?

Among the most prominent differences between traveling in Mexico and the USA and Canada are the military checkpoints set up throughout the country. For a first time traveler, the sight of freshly graduated soldiers with military rifles can be quite unnerving. Military Checkpoints have been built and manned as an effort to stem the tide […]


Delta Air, Aeromexico & Habitat For Humanity Team Up

Delta and Aeromexico join Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Mexico Thanks to Puerto Vallarta Daily News  November 7, 2017  Last week, Delta and Aeromexico airline workers reached a more earthly but equally high-flying goal: to build the 250th house in Mexico in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, which was delivered in the community […]


Cancer de Mama Clinic – February 2nd-3rd-4th

The Cancer de Mama Clinic is an exciting and important event which happens each February in La Penita. Over 100 volunteers (primarily but not solely women), contribute their time, energy and financial support at our three-day Clinic, where Mexican breast cancer survivors are provided with free breast form prosthetics and bras following mastectomy. In addition, […]


Internet Speeds On The Rise

This article is presented here in its entirety, courtesy of Mexico News Daily. Internet speeds are showing improvement Netflix identifies Totalplay as fastest fixed broadband supplier; Telcel, AT&T in close race for mobile Mexico is not generally known for breathtaking internet speeds, but indications are that the situation is improving. Data gathered by the streaming […]

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Puerto Vallarta Is Changing Their Cruise port

This article on the ever changing face of the Puerto Vallarta Cruise ship Port, has been copied in its entirety from TravelPulse.com. Puerto Vallarta’s Changing the Cruiseport Game OCTOBER 20, 2017 PHOTO: Cruise ship docked in Puerto Vallarta. (photo via Flickr/Brian Holsclaw) Puerto Vallarta has long been known as the smiling face of Mexico’s friendly coast. […]


Please Do Not Destroy Our Livelihood

Among the poppies, a plea to the soldiers ‘Heartbreaking’ message asks soldiers to spare the crop. Fifteen kilometers from the municipality of Guachochi, in the heart of the mountain range known as the Sierra Tarahumara in Chihuahua, 30 soldiers pull opium poppy plants out of the ground with their bare hands. For the past month, the […]


There Are Four Time Zones In Mexico

Baja California [North] (Zona Noroeste) The northeastern-most time zone begins in the northern reaches of Baja California (the northern area of the peninsula). This area adheres to Pacific Time (same as Los Angeles, CA) and is therefore one hour behind Mountain Time (e.g. Los Cabos, Mazatlan) and two hours behind Mexico City. The official name for this time […]

Virgin Mary To Be the Tallest Statue In the World

Guadalupe, Zacatecas is proposing the building of what will be the world’s tallest statue of the Virgin Mary The proposed statue will be the world’s tallest statue and is expected to be a tourist attraction adorning the City of Guadalupe. Estimated cost will be near $80 million pesos ($4.3 million US). Funding is coming from various sources, […]

Traffic Detours In Puerto Vallarta Near the Malecon

Changes to vehicular traffic in the Central area of the city, will be undertaken from Thursday October 5 and until Saturday October 21. Reconstruction of the roadways, the repair of potholes and speed bumps, as well as the rehabilitation of nine pedestrian crossings where the pavement will be replaced by stamped concrete. Also, the completion of the […]

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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

Having a loyal pup… in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave […]

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Securely donate to the relief efforts in the 5 affected states in Mexico

This is Courtesy of Pam Thompson-Webb – http://www.healthcareresourcespv.com I now have a 100%, completely reliable, confident and trustworthy donation source for Oaxaca, Chiapas and Morelos (a personal one). Maru Rodriguez, a friend of mine for many years has friends and family located in CDMX. We have been discussing how to get donations/monies to the people that most […]


Playa Canalan Is Now Restricted – For Paying Tourists Only

The following is the Google translation of an article recently published by Realidades, Tepic. Local residents are no longer allowed to use the Playa Canalan in El Monteon. Tourist developers privatize another beach in Nayarit, they do not want the “rabble, metiches or onlookers”(Local residents) to disturb the guests, under the pretext that visitors require privacy and […]

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6 Month Tourist Visas Are Just That – Please Read

INM Continues to Increase Enforcement of Restrictions on 6 Month “Tourist” Visas For people who do not track multiple expat forums from around Mexico, there are some real-world updates from around Mexico that are worth noting. Since their 2012 rule changes, INM has been gradually cracking down on foreigners’ abuses of “tourist” 180 day Visitante visas.   […]


Temporary Vehicle Import Permits Regulations Are Updated

Temporary Import Permit regulations are being changed again. Sept. 10, 2017 Aduana agents at various US-Mexico border crossings are shifting their stance on whether the US state registration paper is sufficient to get a Temporary Import Permit for US-plated vehicles.  In the past, US state registration paperwork was sufficient, but now many Aduana agents are […]


Was Your Credit Information Given Up by Experian / Equifax?

143 Million Credit Information Accounts Hacked at Experian – What to Do Sept. 9, 2017 Public Service Announcement: 143 Million Credit Card Accounts Information Stolen The folks at the Equifax credit reporting agency have again allowed hackers to steal our names, addresses, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, and credit information. Equifax executives have known of the thefts since July, […]


Hand Gestures Part II (Non-Verbal Communications)

 This is one that most of us know about. It gets used more than we would like to admit. It is used to describe someone that is cheap in their bargaining tactics, spending habits and / or tipping tendencies. Yes, we all know someone that probably deserves and receives this gesture, but doesn’t get the message. Just rub […]

Mexico Seizes Largest Ever Shipment of Fentanyl Drugs

The pure Fentanyl by itself would have a street value of $1.2 billion, according to Drug Enforcement Agency numbers reported by El Financiero. A kilo of Fentanyl costs about $2,000 to produce and can reach a street value of up to $20 million. The pure fentanyl by itself would have a street value of $1.2 billion, […]

Guayabitos Theme Song

Click here to listen to Eddy Lang and his song, Guayabitos…      Voice_170822_10 Clicking on this link will download the song to your download file. Click on that download to listen. Sorry for the complicated routing.


Mexican Hand Gestures

Mexican Hand Gestures Here is something I have been meaning to do for a vary long time and I hope you all find it amusing, interesting and of some value as you stroll the streets of Mexico. While Mexican hand gestures can be strange and intimidating, they are also very utilitarian.I will start out with this […]


New Highway Progress

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – According to the North Coast Regional Director of Tourism, José Ludwig Estrada Virgen, the Secretary of Communication and Transport (SCT) has announced that the first stretch of the Jala-Compostela highway, in the state of Nayarit, will open in time for the Semana Santa holidays.streaming Despicable Me 3 film Budget cuts and […]


6 Examples Why Mexico Is Not As Unsafe As the Media Would Have You Think

We want to thank Mexperience for this informative article… We occasionally receive questions from people asking about the current situation regarding safety and security in Mexico.  To provide some perspective, listed here are six reasons which demonstrate how Mexico’s drug-related issues, which remain a body of work to address, do not make Mexico wholly unsafe. […]

Sayulita Named “Pueblo Mágico”

The announcement came this past Friday, September 25, 2015 in Puebla during the 2nd Ferial Nacional Pueblos Mágicos, setting the stage for the tourism potential of this town to take off. The designation of Pueblo Mágico, awarded by Enrique de la Madrid, head of the Mexico Tourism Board, and received by the head of Nayarit Tourism, Catalina […]

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Damage in La Peñita

The Jaltemba Bay area has experienced very heavy rains this week, which caused flooding as well as damage to homes and roads in several colonias in La Peñita. The flooding occurred without warning on Monday night. This morning, Sergio Galicia and I visited with people living near the police station in La Colonia, as well as homeowners near the transito station on […]

In Bloom: Clavellina (Shaving Brush Tree)

While driving through the residential zone in Rincón de Guayabitos on May 13th, I was surprised to see a Shaving Brush Tree tree prominently displaying these large cotton-like puffs. The bright pink flowers had already bloomed and fallen off, and the puffs seemed to have taken their place.   Upon closer inspection, the cotton fiber appears to start out tightly packed before opening into […]

Nurse Vicky Delivers Donated Items to Schools in Las Lomas, Nayarit

Nurse Vicky Flores Ramirez, her assistant Erica Santiago Joachin and I drove to the small town of Las Lomas, near San Pancho, to deliver donated items to the poor children there. Our first stop was the preschool, Prescolar Comunitario Niños Heroes. There were 15 students and their maestro (teacher), Anselma Judith Espinoza, who is originally from Cuastecomate, Nayarit. […]

Guayafest 2015 Photo Update

The 16th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, fondly known as Guayafest 2015, rolled into town for this weekend’s event. Earlier today, the plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was bumper-to-bumper with VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models. The northbound lane of Avenida del Sol Nuevo was closed so participants and spectators […]

Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway to be Built by Carlos Slim Partnership

A dream long cherished by thousands of residents and visitors to the region started becoming a reality back on January 29th, when the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) gave its approval for the construction of the Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway. This past Thursday, the Reforma website announced that this project grew out of a unsolicited proposal presented by Desarrollo […]

In Season: Cuastecomate (Calabash Tree) / Fruit Used to Make Huichol Maracas

I have always been enamored by the native Huichol Indian artwork sold here in Nayarit, Mexico – from the intricately beaded jewelry and masks, to the colorful yawn paintings. I have purchased several pieces over the years and display them throughout our home. Many years ago, I met a lovely old Huichol woman who was selling handmade purses, dolls, beaded jewelry, carved […]

Watch Full Movie Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War (2016) HD Director : Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Producer : Kevin Feige. Release : April 27, 2016 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Studio Babelsberg, Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Vita-Ray Dutch Productions (III), Deluxe Digital Studios. Language : Română, English, Deutsch, Pусский. Runtime : 147 […]

Watch Full Movie Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016) HD Director : Morten Tyldum. Writer : Jon Spaihts. Producer : Stephen Hamel, Michael Maher, Ori Marmur, Neal H. Moritz. Release : December 21, 2016 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Columbia Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, Original Film, Company Films, Start Motion Pictures, LStar Capital, Wanda Pictures. Language : English. […]

Watch Full Movie Online One Piece Film: GOLD (2016)

One Piece Film: GOLD (2016) HD Director : Hiroaki Miyamoto. Writer : Tsutomu Kuroiwa. Release : July 23, 2016 Country : Japan. Production Company : Fuji Television Network, FUNimation Entertainment, Toei Animation, Toei Company. Language : 日本語. Runtime : 120 min Genre : Action, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. ‘One Piece Film: GOLD’ is a movie genre […]

Christmas Wedding in Lima de Abajo

For the past two years, I have been invited by George and Donna Steensma to join them on their annual clothing giveaway in the small town of Lima de Abajo, Nayarit, Mexico. For me, it is one of the highlights of the entire year. The giveaway ended around 5:15pm on Saturday, December 20 (see link below for full story), and […]

Announcing the 1st Annual Best of Jaltemba Bay

With this year winding down and the new year quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to announce Jaltemba Bay Life’s 1st Annual Best of Jaltemba Bay. This is an opportunity for you to vote for your favorite local restaurants, businesses, hotels, vacation rentals, community groups, beaches, activities and more. There are 19 categories (all of which […]

New Book Features the Rodriguez Family from La Peñita

Manuel Rodriguez, a builder from La Peñita, is the subject of a new book entitled “Manuel Of The Americas, Historia de Fuertes Amores.” The book is about his family’s love, commitment and survival. We want to thank Jane Miller (Fellows), KinderAide founder, for bringing this book to our attention and for sharing her personal relationship with […]

La Peñita Malecón One Year Later

It’s hard to believe that the Malecón in La Peñita unofficially opened to the public one year ago. During the past year, the new malecón has become a popular gathering place and well-used destination for both locals and tourists alike. Many events have already taken place here – including art shows, the staging area for […]

Pet Travel Tips & Regulation Updates

You may not automatically think of Jaltemba Bay Life when you think of pet travel, but perhaps you should. We have relationships with several government offices, pet rescue organizations and local vets – and we update our Pet Travel Tips & Regulations page on a regular basis. Regardless of whether you cross the border by land, air […]

In Bloom: Lluvia de Oro (Golden Shower Tree)

Up until last week, I had only heard rumors about the infamous Lluvia de Oro tree. While driving from La Peñita to Rincón de Guayabitos, I noticed three bright yellow trees on the west side of the highway. Knowing that the Primavera trees were finished blooming, I suspected I might be in luck. Lluvia de Oro, also known as […]

Jaltemba Bay May 2014 Weather Update

The official Jaltemba Bay Weather page was just updated to include all weather data collected through the month of May, and as you can see, summer temperatures are already upon us. I am amazed at the detailed information our weather instrument records for all of us to ponder. Here are a few observations that I hope […]

Guayafest 2014: Bugs and More Bugs

Rincón de Guayabitos was inundated with Volkswagens, music and lots of good energy during this year’s Guayafest. This, the 15th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, appeared to attract about the same number of vehicles, but far fewer people. The exhibit began to wind down late afternoon, but the streets were still filled with cars and there was no […]

Bomberos Fight Grass Fire near Tennis Courts in Rincón de Guayabitos

At approximately 1:45pm this afternoon, the bomberos received an anonymous phone call stating that an area near the tennis courts in Rincón de Guayabitos was on fire, specifically the intersection of Avenida del Sol Nuevo and Avenida Los Flamingos. They responded immediately, and had the flames totally under control in less than 1½ hours (by 3:15 […]

J.E.E.P. Rescue Horses Hoping to Get Shelter from Sun and Rain

Earlier this week, I drove up to the Hilltop Refugio in La Peñita to see what was happening. While I was there, I decided to help muck-out the stalls and share some love with the horses. Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, continue to provide the rescue horses with necessary medical care, food, water and much needed […]


In Season: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)

Nopal cactus are members of the Opuntia genus from the Cactaceae family, and are commonly known as the Prickly Pear cactus. There are dozens of varieties and well over 200 species. They grow throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States and are known for their nutritional and medicinal properties. It is interesting to note that there are two fresh […]

Jaltemba Bay Life is Helping their Clients Make a BIGGER Statement on the Web

We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, want to help our advertisers make a bigger and better statement on the web – and our new enlarged slideshow photos, smaller watermarked logo and other recent improvements will do just that! Last week, we introduced you to the NEW Long Term Rental category in our Hotel & Rental Directory. We also informed you about a new monthly rate option and sort […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 unlike that […]

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, autism, down syndrome and other special needs, and being able to […]

Maintenance on the “Bridge of Life” is Progressing

Phase 1 of the “Bridge of Life” maintenance was completed on Tuesday, January 21 as planned. Ten volunteers showed up to help and they successfully replaced the cables that run along both the top and bottom of the side fencing, as well as almost all of the vertical cables that attach to the main supporting cable under the […]

Nayarit EATS: What Makes a Fajita Sizzle?

Fajitas are a popular Mexican dish and are served throughout Jaltemba Bay and Riviera Nayarit. Some of the most authentic fajitas can be found at La Piña Loca Restaurante in Rincón de Guayabitos. They start by marinating and grilling your choice of shrimp, chicken or beef (or a combination of all three), and sautéing chunks of onion, bell […]

Nayarit EATS: The Local Art of Making Authentic Mexican Tamales

We were thrilled when we finally got the opportunity to watch the Valdivia-Muñiz family make tamales at their home in La Colonia a few weeks ago. My husband David discovered “Tamalería La Autentica” last season, and quite honestly, they make the best tamales we’ve ever tasted. We quickly learned that the family’s goal is to produce a product that people […]

In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)

Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peñita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia. The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below… Poinsettias range in price […]

Setting the Stage for the Malecón Dedication Ceremony in La Peñita

The Malecón in La Peñita has a fresh coat of paint and colorful decals on the street side, newly applied varnish on the benches, new stainless plaques attached to the railings, electricity for the fancy new street lights, replacement palm trees for the ailing ones and new garbage containers covered with plastic bags to temporarily discourage their […]


Dia de los Muertos Glossary

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a 2-day holiday in which relatives celebrate the lives of those who have passed. November 1st is All Saints’ Day, when Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children and November 2nd is All Souls’ Day, when the souls of those who died in adulthood are […]

Atole de Masa

Atole (pronounced ah-TOH-lay) is a warm corn masa drink found throughout Mexico and Central America. Mexican atole is traditionally served during Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and its chocolate version, champurrado, is popular at Christmastime. The consistency of atole varies from almost porridge-like to a thin, pourable drink depending on how much masa is used. […]

The Incredible Mexican Torta

For anyone who hasn’t tried a torta, you are missing out on one of Mexico’s most popular dishes. This traditional sandwich is made with a cut telera roll that is packed with a variety of fillings and toasted to perfection on a flat-top grill. Like most Mexican street food, tortas are inexpensive, fast and filling. Adan […]

Storm Sewer Project in Guayabitos is Completed

The storm sewer project that caused major detours in Rincón de Guayabitos last season has finally been completed. The huge holes have been filled in and the roads are now covered with street pavers. The new drains that were installed are covered with nice heavy-duty steel grates, and the andadores (walkways to the beach) have […]

The Malecón in La Peñita is Almost Finished

The long awaited and much anticipated malecón in La Peñita is almost a reality. The deep, below-sea-level retaining wall footings were dug despite the ongoing tides and constant wave action of the sea. Many truckloads of fresh dirt, sand and rock were hauled in and compacted to provide a steadfast base for the malecón’s walkway. […]

Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad

This salad is wonderfully refreshing, light and unexpectedly delicious, just as a summer salad should be. After looking online for hours, and making two trial versions (one with mint and one with basil), I decided that both herbs are equally good… so you decide which is your favorite, or use them both. Watermelon, Arugula & […]

The Plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos Gets a Beautiful Makeover

On Thurdsay, June 6, the plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was a buzz with activity. The crew from Vivero Villanueva in La Colonia planted hundreds of heliconia, ginger, bougainvillea, hibiscus, palm trees, agave and other tropical plants throughout the plaza grounds. According to Rossanna Araujo Silver, Hotel Association president, the plaza project is being funded by […]

Dia de la Marina in Jaltemba Bay

Every year on June 1st, an impressive military display takes place to celebrate the nationalization of the Mexican Navy in 1917. Locally, Dia de la Marina reaches its peak at the Port of San Blas with parades on sea and land; and at the morning parade in Puerto Vallarta with navy ships followed by tour […]

Work on the Malecón in La Peñita Continues

Last week, the malecón construction superintendent informed Tiki, owner of Restaurant Las Brisas, that the entire malecón project in La Peñita, including the roads and sidewalks, would be completed before the end of July. Some of the items that still need to be finished are: Finish construction of the malecón walls Finish the decorative wall caps […]

An Alliance for Responsible Journalism

As Banderas Bay, Jaltemba Bay and the surrounding communities continue to expand, it becomes increasingly challenging to bring you all the news in a clear, concise manner. And while Jaltemba Bay Life might be considered a little fish in the big sea of news and reporting, we are excited to announce that we have recently joined […]

Guayafest 2013: Photo Update

The plaza in Rincón de Guayabitos was literally jam-packed yesterday afternoon for the annual Guayafest 2013, the 14th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen. The northbound lane of Avenida del Sol Nuevo was closed so both participants and spectators could view the bumper-to-bumper VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models in town […]

Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Here!

Volkwagens are starting to roll into town in anticipation of Guayafest 2013, the 14th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, which takes place this weekend (May 4-5) in Rincón de Guayabitos. Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models, many of which […]

In Bloom: Amapa Trees

Amapa trees are only in full bloom for a few weeks between mid-March to mid-April. If you are in the Jaltemba Bay area during this time, one of the best places to view these trees is near the tennis courts on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos. There are approximately a dozen trees […]

In Bloom: Primavera Tree

Primavera (pronounced pree-muh-VEHR-uh) means spring in Spanish, and you know primavera has finally arrived when the vibrant yellow flowering trees by the same name start to bloom. These large showy trees have impressive clusters of flowers that mask their bare branches and create a sea of brilliant yellow against the sky. A great spot to view […]

The “Bridge of Life” Gets a Colorful New Facelift

The phrase is correct… “it is not a piano!” Ken & Bea Rauch used this phrase in their recent post on Jaltemba Bay Folk, and it basically means that the bridge was never expected to be fine-tuned like a piano, but simply kept in useable condition. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bridge of Life received […]

Siesta-ing Mariachi

As I was walking along the beach in La Peñita last week, I spotted this cowboy hat and string bass gingerly set upon a pile of rocks. There was a man dressed in a casual charro uniform standing nearby, and at the time I thought these items belonged to him. I pulled out my camera […]

Free WiFi in the La Peñita Plaza

Regidora Guillermina Dueñas spent part of the afternoon overseeing the installation of the new wireless internet service in the plaza in La Peñita today. Regidora Romy Mora stated that “The internet project was started by Baltazar Urzua who made a deal with Telmex. The project is being funded by the municipality and will be used […]

Semana Santa 2013 in Jaltemba Bay (Last Day)

Today is Easter Sunday. Vacationers are enjoying the last few hours of beach time; vendors are literally lining the beach trying to sell the last of their oysters, ceviche, nuts, fruit drinks and ice cream; and all the restauranteurs I spoke with in Rincón de Guayabitos are happy, but exhausted and ready for a little […]

Semana Santa 2013 in La Peñita (Day 5)

Today is Good Friday and Day 5 of the Semana Santa holiday. It was a beautiful day and as expected, Jaltemba Bay was bustling with people. Families flocked to the beach in La Peñita with their coolers, umbrellas, floaty toys and other beach gear. It was wonderful to see people taking advantage of this normally-quiet […]

Semana Santa 2013 in Rincón de Guayabitos (Day 2)

It’s Day 2 of Semana Santa. The beach in Rincón de Guayabitos was fairly busy this afternoon and the side streets are starting to fill up with buses. And while the entire town seems quieter than in years past, that will likely change over the next few days. As usual, there were numerous vendors selling […]

Primavera Parade in La Peñita

To celebrate spring, which arrived yesterday, the children of La Peñita dressed up for the annual Desfile de Primavera (spring parade). There were lions and tigers and bears, oh my… and even some butterflies, bumblebees and princesses, too. by Allyson Williams This story was written by one of our staff writers. To learn more about […]

Hamaca Maya in La Peñita is So Much More Than Just Hammocks

Hamaca Maya may be known for their incredible selection of genuine Mayan hammocks, air chairs and accessories, but they also carry so much more. Hala, the owner, features a large variety of wonderfully creative and decorative items, whimsical Mexican Folk Art, Talavera tiles, tin mirrors, Mexican vanilla and other specialty gifts from around the country. […]

Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Coming (NEW Dates)

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 suped up, painted up, modified or restored. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are in pristine condition, while others are well-traveled oldies but […]


US Consular Meeting Addresses the New Mexican Immigration and Vehicle Importation Laws

There was a special meeting held in Nuevo Vallarta on Wednesday, February 13th to explain the new Mexican immigration laws and the new Mexican laws regarding the temporary importation of foreign plated vehicles. This meeting was organized and presented by the United States Consular for Puerto Vallarta, Kelly Trainor. Also making presentations were representatives from […]

Malecon Construction in La Peñita Continues

Even on a Saturday morning, there were two cement trucks, at least five backhoes and a crew of a dozen or more people steadily working on the new malecon in La Peñita… not to mention a handful of curious spectators. The first section of the seawall (shown above) currently stands about 5-feet above street level. […]

How The Filly Got Her Name

During the Pony UP! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser two weeks ago, event-goers got a chance to bid in the “Name the Filly” Live Auction. The lucky winner would give this little rescue horse her name, and a new beginning. My dear husband, David, bid on the filly and “won” the naming rights. And bless his heart, […]

El Gigio Italian Pizzeria’s Cooking Classes Return This Season

Ejidio, owner of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita, and his mother Comi Dolores, who is in town from Italy, are offering four special cooking classes in Italian cuisine during the month of February. Last season’s classes were incredibly popular, so these upcoming classes should sell out quickly. Here is the Class Schedule: Class […]

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Jaltemba Bay

Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away! Many local restaurants are offering dinner specials, so why not impress your valentine by making reservations to surprise her (or him). After all, a romantic dinner is the perfect way to say “I love you” (a nice bottle of wine or flowers, and a little chocolate for […]

In Memory of “Chance”

“Chance” was rescued a week ago by George Leavitt and his new large animal rescue group called Hilltop Refugio / Jaltemba Equine Education Program (J.E.E.P.). Chance was a 4-year-old Appaloosa who was literally starving when Donna Brownfield discovered him and the six others in their herd a few weeks back. The seven horses had no […]

The Signs at the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

For anyone who has hiked the petroglyphs at Alta Vista, you’ll remember the distinctive green signs posted along the self-guided trail. These signs provide hikers with interesting information about the archeological site, the petroglyphs (rock carvings), as well as a little history of the area and its people. There are 15 signs in all and […]

Good Night Jaltemba Bay

The sunset this past Wednesday was truly spectacular even though it only lasted for a moment. The colors were like a painting in the sky with clearly defined brilliant stripes ranging from the most intense of oranges to the darkest of navy blues, which created shadows on the waves lapping onto the shore below. In […]

2012 Was a Busy Year for Our Readers & Advertisers

The past year was a busy one, not only for us, but for our readers as well. We published 40 email newsletters during 2012 in which we shared a whopping 227 articles and photos via our new blog, and our newsletter subscribers grew from 1,015 to 1,500 during the year. The most popular articles were […]

Volunteers are Keeping the Beaches Clean in Jaltemba Bay

Over the last few days, you may have noticed a group of volunteers cleaning our area beaches. This group of 40 locals call themselves “Grupo de Voluntarios de La Peñita” and their goal is to clean the beach in La Peñita, as well as the rivers, creeks and some of the streets in town. Each […]

Things You’ve Always Wanted to Do!

The other day, five of us drove to San Pancho for a late lunch. After lunch, we casually walked along main street to do a little window shopping. Along the way, we couldn’t help but notice a street sign that read, “You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do […]

Hiking the Petroglyphs at Alta Vista

The petroglyphs at Alta Vista are well worth visiting. They are located about 35 minutes north of Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita. There, one can hike the ancient trails of the Huichol Indians at the archeological site of La Pila del Rey (The King’s Fountain) along the Las Piletas Creek and El Copo Volcano. […]

New Toll Road from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is Well Underway

Almost 30 kilometers of the new toll highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta have been completed, as announced by Federico Días Avalos, Nayarit’s delegate for Mexico’s Communications and Transportations Secretary, and published in an article written by Rafael Delgado for the Vallarta Opina. This new stretch of highway, that has been on the drawing board […]

Glassworks Studio Open House Update & New Class Schedule

Glassworks Studio had a wonderful turnout for their Open House held this past Sunday, December 2 in La Colonia. In addition to several stained glass windows on display, attendees could also view samples of the beautiful handmade stepping stones, fused glass jewelry and pottery pieces that have been designed by Jo and her very creative […]

Artist Mara Diaz is Adding a Little Color to Vista Guayabitos

Nadia Cuevas, the manager at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos, has good reason to be excited. She decided she wanted to create a fresh and more colorful atmosphere, so she went to Puerto Vallarta to interview several artists. She decided to hire Mara Diaz, a young painter and PV native. Nadia says, “Her […]


Old Cemetery in La Peñita

The old cemetery in La Peñita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when Hurricane […]

How to Adjust Email Spam Filters for JaltembaBayLife.com

It has come to our attention that some email servers may be filtering emails from JaltembaBayLife.com to your “Spam,” “Junk Mail” or “Bulk Mail” folder; or they could possibly be blocking them completely. Increasingly, email companies use filtering systems to keep unwanted spam out of your email Inbox. But sometimes, they accidentally filter emails that […]

Preparation Begins for the Malécon in La Peñita

The prep work for the new Malécon in La Peñita started this morning, namely tearing up the streets to reconstruct the sewer and water lines. Here are a few photos taken earlier today. Feature photo (shown above): Looking north on Circuito Libertad near Restaurante Guty. Looking west down La Avenida (towards the ocean) at the […]

Hammock in the Sala

A hammock in the sala??? How can this be??? I am sure these were the words of our dueña Alcira when we first moved into #60 Calle Mazatlan. I had just arrived in Mexico and a (kinda like) family member took us right to this little doll house and we rented it… I loved it […]

Día de la Revolución Parade in La Peñita

Día de la Revolución (Mexican Revolution Day) takes place on November 20th and commemorates the Mexican revolution of 1910 led by Francisco Madero. To celebrate, there is always a mid-morning parade along the Avenida in La Peñita starting at 9am. Many of the local school children are dressed in costumes, plus there are bands, dancing […]

Pet Travel Update

July 2014 Author’s Note: Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below.   Last week, I flew from the US to Puerto Vallarta with my pups for the first time since the new regulations were implemented. Anyone traveling with pets is […]

Watermelon-Jalapeño Paletas

I love the sun, but not so much the heat… especially the dripping-wet-too-hot-to-do-anything kind of heat one experiences in Jaltemba Bay from July to mid-October. I arrived almost 3 weeks later than normal this year and thought surely I would escape some of that heat and humidity. That my friends was only wishful thinking! I […]

Enchanting Little House in La Peñita: The Intro

It turns out that the house at Calle Mazatlan #60 in La Peñita has quite an intriguing past. This charming little two-bedroom house has been rented by a number of interesting and influential local folks, many of whom have become longtime residents of the Jaltemba Bay area after staying there. In mid-June when Christina Stobbs […]

Congratulations to Egidio and Mary

Egidio and Mary, owners of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peñita, just announced the birth of their precious baby girl, Citlali, born 2.4 kilos (5.29 lbs.) on October 4. Her name, “Citlali,” means star in Nahuatl. Mary and the baby are doing well, but because there were complications, Mary had to deliver via caesarean. […]

What’s NEW & Happening Around Town (updated weekly)

There is so much going on in the Jaltemba Bay area. We update this section each week to include business openings and closings, new menu items and specials, updated class and music schedules, new hours and even changes in location. Also visit our Community Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming and ongoing events and […]

Jaltemba Bay Life Numbers are UP

Between January and August 2012, Jaltemba Bay Life received more visits and pageviews than all of 2011 combined. So far this year, the number of visits are up a whopping 96% and pageviews are up 73% over last year, and the average number of new visitors is 43%. The majority of our visitors come from […]

David’s Deliciously Simple Shrimp Ceviche

While surfing the net the other day for a recipe to bring to a party, I decided to make something with a little Mexican flair that would be reminiscent of the ceviche we often order in La Peñita and Guayabitos. After checking out many websites, I combined a few different recipes to come up with […]

Dia de la Independencia Celebration in Jaltemba Bay (Mexican Independence Day)

Independence Day (Dia de la Patria) is indisputably Mexico’s most important National Holiday. It celebrates the day that Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule. Independence celebrations take place starting at 11pm on September 15th, when the President of the Republic shouts […]

Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of Three Locals

Ramón Ibarra Gutierrez, age 68, passed away of a heart attack on Saturday, August 18 while in Mexico City. His funeral was held near his birthplace in Michoacan shortly thereafter. Ramón owned and operated the large Helados Michoacan ice cream store on the south side of main street in La Peñita. For 27 years, he handcrafted […]

New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico

July 2014 Author’s Note: Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below. Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you are likely getting ready to head south to spend the winter in Jaltemba Bay or other […]

Mexican Gazpacho with Corn & Cilantro Salsa

It’s been an incredibly hot summer… and when it’s this hot, no one wants to cook. I had never made gazpacho before, but the heat and all the fresh summer veggies inspired me to try it. I combined two recipes to come up with this tasty no-cook Mexican-inspired cold soup. And the good news is […]

Casa Cooking Announces Class Schedule for 2012-2013

Debra Triplett and Betty Nuñez are excited to announce this season’s schedule for their Casa Cooking Classes. In addition to their regular Thursday classes which include exciting new menus, they are offering Monday classes featuring traditional favorites. They have also added three Monday Market Overview Classes to the mix. The classes run from November to […]

Timeline Released for New Malecon in La Peñita

The following timetable was recently released for the bidding and construction of the new Malecon in La Peñita: August 16 – Solicitation for bids began August 20 – CompraNet (Department of Public Service) to visit site August 21 – Board of Clarification meets August 28 – Presentation and opening of bids September 17 – Estimated […]


What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

You might remember our recent story about “Jaltemba” the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn’t get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of […]

How Awesome Life Is

While my husband, David, and I were in Sayulita recently, we decided to take a leisurely walk toward the south end of town. A few minutes into our walk, David noticed an old worn piece of wood attached to a handrail leading to the beach. On it, someone has written… “For one minute, stand here […]

Jaltemba Bay Event Calendar for 2012-2013 Season

(Updated August 25) – To help you plan for the upcoming winter season, we have compiled a list of major fundraising, charity and local events that will take place in La Peñita, Rincón de Guayabitos and Los Ayala during the 2012-13 season. Please keep in mind, it is still early so some events may not […]

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparisons for July

The official Jaltemba Bay Weather Station celebrated its one-year anniversary in June, which means you can now compare temperature, wind, rainfall and other weather data for 2011 and 2012. Here are a few weather comparisons for the month of July: Of particular interest, is that the temperature highs and lows are the same for both […]

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“Jaltemba” the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow researchers to track […]

Watermelon, Feta & Basil Appetizer

Being that sweet juicy watermelon is pretty much the essence of summer, I decided to try this new recipe at our 4th of July celebration last week. This no-cook appetizer is easy to make so you don’t have to sweat the details – and because the flavor is light and refreshing, it’s perfect for any […]

Albercas de Vallarta Has Moved

On June 20, Albercas de Vallarta moved into their newly constructed store in Rincón de Guayabitos. This larger space has allowed them to increase their inventory. In addition to pool supplies and equipment, they now carry hardware items, including tools, nails, brushes, garden supplies and more. They are currently running a special on 50 kilo […]

IMSS Insurance Application Procedure Cleared-Up

There has been some talk lately of new regulations governing the application process and the documents required when applying for IMSS insurance. Actually, Mexico is following the Hague Convention directives in its documentation requirements. What is IMSS IMSS (Instituto Mexicano de Seguro Social) is a low-cost health care option and is available to all foreigners […]

Vista Guayabitos Has a New Look

Vista Guayabitos Restaurant reopened last Wednesday after being closed for two weeks. During this break, they completely remodeled their restaurant. The lower balcony is now the main dining area and has seating for up to 40 people. They will be offering a smaller menu filled with chef’s specialties, which we will unveil in a few […]

In Season: Ciruelas (Mexican Plums)

Updated June 1, 2014 – Ciruelas, or Mexican plums, are abundant during the month of June. If you drive through any of the towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, you will likely notice small bare trees with smooth and shiny egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. You can typically find green, yellow, red and purple varieties at markets and roadside stands […]

New Malecon in La Peñita is Coming to Fruition

Last Wednesday, Romy Mora, Regidora of the Jaltemba Bay area, stopped by the weekly Rotary Club meeting to announce that the contracts and paperwork for the new malecon in La Peñita were signed and that work is set to begin between September and November of this year. We will update you as we receive additional […]

New “No Pets In Cabin” Policy Could Change the Way We Travel to Mexico

July 2014 Author’s Note: The article below outlines the detailed transition to the new Mexican pet travel and aviation requirements back in 2012. Please view our Pet Travel Tips for up-to-date regulations and required documents for Mexico, the United States and Canada. Have questions? Feel free to leave a comment or question below. Many foreigners bring their beloved pets with them to Mexico each […]


New Hospital Opening in La Penita

The Real Nayar Hospital is set to open in La Peñita on June 17th. I was given a tour of the new facility yesterday by owner/director Dr. Roberto Roblez Gomez. The hospital will offer the following services: gynecology, internal medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, general and laparoscopic surgery, anesthesiology, endocrinology, cardiology, urology, proctology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, traumatology and […]

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 2)

Updated May 6, 2014 – After posting In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1), I discovered this gorgeous, albeit very dusty, bright pink Plumeria (shown above) in the hills of La Peñita. It is one of the tallest varieties I have seen, measuring at approximately 12-14 feet tall. I spotted these two beauties (shown above) while on a tour of […]

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1)

Updated May 6, 2014 – Plumera, also known as Frangipani and Flor de Mayo, is native to Mexico. In the Jaltemba Bay area, they bloom in the spring and their beautiful fragrant flowers range from white and yellow to pink. They are deciduous plants so they drop their leaves in the fall and winter months. […]

Blackened Jalapeño Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is no longer a national holiday here in Mexico. Regardless, guacamole is one of those appetizers that everyone loves – and this recipe […]

The “Bridge of Life” is a Work in Progress

The Bridge of Life, as most of us call it, is the suspended walking bridge that connects Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincon de Guayabitos with Calle Bahia de Banderas in La Penita. It was originally constructed by the residents of the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos back in 2003 as a means of providing residents […]

Fisherman’s Memorial

I took this series of photos of the Fisherman’s Memorial on Easter Sunday. This particular photo captures La Penita in the background. Getting a good shot of the front is a bit challenging because there isn’t much ground to stand on between the cross and the crashing waves below. The memorial, for anyone who doesn’t […]

Download and Watch Full Movie 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) HD Director : Dan Trachtenberg. Producer : Lindsey Weber, J.J. Abrams. Release : March 10, 2016 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot, Spectrum Effects. Language : English. Runtime : 103 min. Genre : Science Fiction. Movie ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ was released in March 10, […]

Restaurant Seasonal Closings and Summer Hours

Here is a list of restaurant hours and seasonal closings for the upcoming summer months… Open All Summer  Beso del Sol Steak House Open year round from 7:30am-9:30pm.  More Info El Rodeo Open daily from 6pm-midnight until April 14. After that, they are open Thursday through Saturday from 6-10pm. Las Brisas Closing from May 20-June 21 […]

Semana Santa in Rincon de Guayabitos – Part 2

David and I strolled down to the south end of Guayabitos Saturday afternoon to see how many holiday beach-goers there were compared to past years. We were surprised to see a less crowded beach and a more calm and controlled atmosphere due in part to the Marines who walked the beach and manned the lifeguard […]

Health Care in Mexico

Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta was the featured speaker at the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club meeting this past Wednesday. She touched on many facets of the insurance conundrum for foreigners who wish to have some form of coverage while visiting Mexico. Here is an overview of the topics she discussed: The […]

In Bloom: Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree)

Orchid Trees have fragrant flowers that come in shades of magenta, lavender and white with five irregular and slightly overlapping petals that bloom abundantly from February-March. While the flowers resemble orchids, the Arbol de las Orquideas (genus Bauhinia) is not actually part of the orchid family, but rather from the pea/bean family (Leguminosae). In Mexico, it […]

Italian Cooking Classes are a Delicious Success

This week on Monday and Wednesday, El Gigio Italian Pizzeria held two Italian cooking classes at our casa in Guayabitos. Egidio’s mother, “Mama Dolores” in fresh from Italy, conducted the classes with the able assistance of Fabio, one of Egidio and Marie’s long-time friends. On Monday, there were 15 participants; a nice mix of folks […]

Toñita’s 26th Anniversary Celebration and Mexican Fiesta

Sam, Toñita and their family and staff invite you to celebrate the 26th Anniversary of Toñita’s Restaurant. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6-10pm Toñita III in La Peñita There will be live Mariachi, Ballet Folkloric and dancing horses. Dinner is either Chicken Breast with Mole or Chiles en Nogada. The party runs from 6-10pm and tickets […]

Xaltemba’s 5th Year Anniversary Dinner Celebration

Xaltemba Restaurant Cordially invites you to the 5th Year Anniversary Dinner Celebration Date: Tuesday, February 28 Time: 5-10pm Guest Chef: Betty Vásquez, Hotel Garza Canela, El Delfin Restaurant, San Blas, Nayarit Music: Los Frixoleros An Alumni of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where She learned from great masters, Chef Betty Vázquez has twenty-five years experience in […]

Guide to Mexican Cheese: Part 1

With all the talk about cheese on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum lately, I decided to enlist my good friend Rosalva to enlighten me about what types of cheeses are available in our area, where the best places are to purchase them and how they are most often used by the locals. What I discovered was […]

Need a Car Wash? WashanWear Will Come To You!

WashanWear provides a mobile car washing service in the Jaltemba Bay area. They clean taxis, cars, vans, pickup trucks and all kinds of RV units including trailers and motor homes. They provide a reliable, courteous and economical service to our customers and Martin speaks English. For hours, location and more information, visit the WashanWear webpage.

In Bloom: Llamarada

A few weeks ago, we packed up the pups and went on a short day trip. Towards the end of our excursion, we decided to explore the road to Loma Alta just south of Las Varas. We drove for nearly 20 minutes, but the rough and very narrow road didn’t seem to be headed anywhere […]

Little Cutie in La Penita

While I was strolling through La Peñita today, I spotted this precious little girl playing with her inflatable ball near the plaza. Luckily for me, she was willing to pose with a little encouragement from her Dad. If you think she could she be any cuter, check out the rest of the series below…

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story

On December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat “Poca Madre” with his son Jaimillo and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga “Freedom” with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in […]

Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Jaltemba Bay

If you haven’t already made plans for the upcoming holidays, here’s a list of what’s going on. Be sure to make your reservations soon! Christmas Eve (Dec. 24): Beso del Sol Steakhouse Dinner (choice of Filet Mignon, Roasted Pork Loin or Roasted Turkey) served with mashed potatoes, fresh veggies with basil, entree salad and glass […]

Casa Cooking Classes Really “Cook”

I played hookey on Friday afternoon to attend my first Casa Cooking Class. The class focused on different types of tacos and the many salsas that accompany them. As Betty said, “Some people eat at a taco stand just because of the salsas they serve.” I happen to be one of “those” people. Since I […]

Meet Our Little Panchito

I would like to introduce you to Panchito, our new rescue pup. I saw his photo online and knew right then and there that he needed to be part of our family. We lost our beloved Tucker unexpectedly over the summer, and Taco (our second rescue pup from Mexico) had made it abundantly clear that […]

Spiritzito: The Come Back

Last week, I shared a recipe and some history about fish tacos (if you missed it, you can read it here). The recipe included the phrase “spritzito of lime”, and I commented that I had no idea what that phrase meant. Well low and behold, I got an email from my dear old friend Bert […]

Arnie’s Silver Shop Reopens

We are happy to report that Arnie’s Silver Shop, located on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, reopened its doors on October 1st. If you follow the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum, you may remember us reporting that Arnie’s store was robbed on the evening of June 3rd. Three burglars broke in through a window in […]


Monster in the Zona

One afternoon in June when David and I were driving through the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, we spotted an enormous male Green Iguana sunning himself along Flamingos. This big boy was the largest Iguana we had seen up close and personal in a long time. He must have measured in at a good 4-5 feet […]

Michelada: Cure for the End-of-Summertime Blues

Nothing says lazy days in Mexico more than the Michelada. This popular Mexican cocktail (pronounced “me-chel-LA-da”) is made with beer, tomato juice or Clamato, fresh lime juice and hot sauce. It is similar to a Bloody Mary or Bloody Caesar and there are endless variations. According to Wikipedia, the word Michelada is the combination of […]

Adios Parasitos!

I haven’t been feeling like my normal perky self lately, and my tummy has been a bit out of sorts. That usually means one thing: parasites. For some reason, they like me. Let me assure you, the feeling is not mutual. And while I am careful to take every precaution – I only drink purified […]

Watermelon Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca

Let’s face it. It’s HOT out there. And anything cool, fizzy and fresh is right up my alley (no pun intended) – especially when it combines all the best flavors of summer: mint leaves, cucumber and watermelon. Agua fresca (which translates to “fresh water”) is a common drink found throughout Mexico. Not only can you […]

Dog Days of Summer

Hi, this is Taco the Dog. My Mom told me I had to write something because we’re in the Dog Days of Summer. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m really excited to introduce myself and tell you about my summer. In case we haven’t met, my name is Señor Taco el Valiente (which […]


In Season: Mango Madness / Mango Salsa

Mangoes are plentiful during the summer months. Just drive down the street and you can’t help but notice that the mango tree limbs are literally weighed down to the ground with hundreds, if not thousands, of this incredibly sweet and delectable fruit. You will find many different varieties at every mercado, fruteria and minisuper around […]

In Bloom: Tabachín

It’s nearly impossible not to notice the absolutely gorgeous brilliant reddish-orange flowers of the Tabachín trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area. The flowers start to bloom near the end of May and have five petals, one of which has distinctive white and yellow markings. The Tabachín is also known as Royal Poinciana or Flamboyant Tree. During […]

In Season: Pitaya

On the afternoon of May 4, while David and I were driving through La Peñita, we noticed a woman sitting on the corner of main street with a table overflowing with Guamúchil (which I featured last week–click here to read the article). I asked David to stop the car so I could take some more photos. […]


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A Semana Santa Tradition

During Semana Santa, generations of families come to our area for their once annual vacation. The Meza, Saldaña, and Escobedo Families from Guadalajara are no exception. They have made Guayabitos their Semana Santa destination tradition for several years. Normally, they camp on the flat stretch of beach in front of our house, but because of […]

Tour of Coffee Plantation in Mesillas

My husband David and I have been wanting to visit a local coffee plantation for years, and we just never seemed to find the right time. So when one of our guests asked if we could arrange it, we jumped at the chance. David called Esteban at Piña Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos, and we were […]

Coconut Grove

Photo taken on a day trip to Playa Las Tortugas last week. Playa Las Tortugas (Turtle Beach) is located on the south side of Platanitos, approximately 80 minutes north of Jaltemba Bay. You can read more about these and other nearby beaches and towns here.

Chicken Pozole with Cumin-Lime Tortilla Chips

Many of you may not know this, but before David and I moved to Mexico and opened our B&B back in 2004, we owned and managed an upscale Brewpub and Brewery in Minnesota. I mention being in the restaurant biz, because we both thoroughly enjoy a good meal and a cocktail now and then. A […]