The Tianguis in La Peñita de Jaltemba is a large open air market, full of colour, culture, tempting aromas and shopping at prices that will make you grin from ear to ear! Definitely, a must see if you are on vacation in Jaltemba Bay, Nayarit!

Year round, merchants in the market at La Peñita offer an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, tempting baked goods including delectable sugar coated churros, and local organic coffee for sale. An abundance of shoes and clothing are for sale at the market; including a wide variety of undergarments and colourful, generously padded bras. Also available are every day essentials such as plastic ware, dishes, pots, assorted hardware, mops, brooms, hair accessories, eyeglasses, sunglasses, clocks, radios, CDs, movies, minerals, vitamins and herbs, and a few “Sometimes Hard to Find in Jaltemba Bay Items” such as cotton balls and Q tips.

During the winter tourist season, the market in La Peñita expands tremendously, both in size and in the variety of wares offered for sale. You will find unique silver, turquoise and leather jewelry, pretty hand woven baskets, rugs from Oaxaca, exquisite blankets and table linens, colourful Mexican pottery and beautiful glass ware. There is also a wide variety of authentic Mexican artisan items and crafts available for sale. The market selection also expands to include a wide selection of tempting baked goods, candies, dried fruit and nuts, including the ever popular sweet roasted, caramelized pecans and almonds. To complete the shopping experience make sure to stop by Hala’s Hamaca Maya to shop for an authentic Mayan hammock and Mexican folk art; or simply for the experience of meeting the very personable, Hala, in person!

Shopped out? Take the time to enjoy a meal with friends at one of the local restaurants. Treat yourself to eggs benedict at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria; a delectable cup of espresso or cappuccino at Soley’s Argentinean Steak House; or shrimp tacos at Hinde & Jaime’s. Work off the extra calories with a stroll along the beach in La Peñita.

You can learn more about the town of La Peñita here.

Still have energy to burn? Stroll up and down both sides of the main Avenida in La Peñita, stopping at Armando’s Jewelery for silver and turquoise jewelery. Continue on your way and shop for striking jeweled sandals, colourful inexpensive purses, casual fashion items and some very feminine and charming fashion items for women.

The Tiangus is held every Thursday in La Peñita’s town plaza which is located at the end of the main Avenida, about one block from the beach.

Tianguis is open from 7am-1 pm
La Peñita de Jaltemba

You can read more about the Tianguis in La Peñita here, including a map and directions.

About the Author: Christina Stobbs is a writer and photographer who lived in Los Ayala year round with her husband Robert. As a photographer, she feels fortunate to have lived in an area so rich in flora and fauna, and abundant in natural beauty. She enjoys landscape and wildlife photography, and has a fondness for pelicans. Most recently, she starting selling her photos with stock companies Dreamstime and Big Stock Photos. As a writer, she states that living in Mexico is perfect because each and every day is full of surprises. To view more of Christina’s work, click here.

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