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Jaltemba Bay Life is a community website for Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peņita, Los Ayala, and La Colonia, which are all located in the heart of the beautiful Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Our goal is to provide the most up-to-date information for the entire Jaltemba Bay area. If you have news or information you want to add, or a story you'd like to share, please email us!
  April 4, 2011
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 728 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.

Daylight Savings Clock

Daylight Savings Time went into effect yesterday morning at 2am (Sunday, April 3) in Mexico, so be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour. All three countries (US, Canada, and Mexico) have now "sprung" ahead.   


The Guayafest 2011--12th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen was held this past weekend.  

On Sunday afternoon, the Plaza in Guayabitos was jam-packed with VW Bugs, Things, and Buses in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Avenida del Sol Nuevo (main street) was shut down for a part of the day to accommodate all the extra traffic. If you missed the show, click here to view some of the entries. 


While on the hike from Los Ayala to El Monteón a few weeks ago, I discovered a beautiful Bottle-Brush Tree with bright pink plumes (shown above). I had never seen one of these trees up close before. It is native to Mexico and blooms in late winter or early spring. Currently, the tree is completely leafless (apparently the leaves come in after the flowers bloom), allowing passers-by to view the numerous maroon-colored buds and incredible pink flowers. This particular tree is located at the entrance to El Monteón in front of the restaurant on the north side of the street if anyone wants to go see it.


Speaking of daytrips, be sure to click on Alex Kerekes' link below. He has just written another book and created four more videos of his adventures in Mexico -- and we have links to all of them on our site.  


Check out the information listed below, and take a peek at our online Community Calendar for even more local happenings. Also read through the updated list of businesses that will be closing or changing their hours for the summer months.


We are always looking for people to write articles for us and/or submit photos for our banner or Photo of The Week feature. If you are interested, please email Allyson at 




Allyson Williams and David Thompson


If you enjoy taking pictures, send us one of your favorite photos taken in the Jaltemba Bay area. Simply email us the photographer's name, a brief description of the photo and/or where it was taken, and a title for the photo. We will feature photos as we receive them. 


"Hummingbird Heaven"
by Kuno Jensen

Hummingbird Heaven
This photo features the honeysuckle at Bungalows Las Gaviotas, Guayabitos. Kuno and his wife Judy stayed next door at the Anai and spent many hours watching the hummingbirds feast.

From a Volunteer's Perspective

By Allyson Williams, Proud JBAR and PEACE Volunteer


Taco Then

Taco when Young

Taco Now 

(Top Photo) Me and little Taco when he arrived at the clinic on March 19, 2009 / (Middle) Taco on May 12, 2009 after a blood transfusion, nearly two months of a strict medication regime, special food, and some much needed recovery time / (Bottom) Our dear sweet Taco today


I have yet to divulge much about who I am or what I do, other than the fact that my husband David and I have lived here in the Jaltemba Bay area for 7 years, we run a Bed & Breakfast, and we operate a community website called I don't particularly like to be the center of attention or in the public eye, but because of the upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic, it seems like the perfect time to tell you a little more about myself.


I have been volunteering at the free Spay & Neuter Clinics in the Jaltemba Bay area for the past 5 years. These Clinics are organized by PEACE Mexico and Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). I have witnessed firsthand the dramatic change in the attitude of the local people because of what they've learned at these Clinics: how to take care of their animals, how to bathe them, and what to feed them (not just a few tortillas). They are now proud to bring in their "pets". They have names, they have collars, and they are well loved. And if you walk the beaches, you can't help but notice that there are far fewer stray dogs in the area. This too, is due to the great work of the Clinics. It has been an incredible transformation and in such a short period of time. This is one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of. I am so proud to be able to give my time to this wonderful project, with these amazing people all dedicated to helping change the lives of the animals!  


I would be remiss if I didn't also mention that I am the very proud adoptive Mom to Seņor Taco el Valiente (which translates to Sir Taco the Brave). Taco has earned his name, and has clearly shown his will to live. When Taco was brought into the clinic back in March 2009, he had been beaten, was extremely thin and weak, covered in ticks, had internal parasites and a minor case of mange, and was severely anemic from Ehrlichia, a tick-borne disease. After a blood transfusion (from a Rottweiler no less); overcoming seizures; months of antibiotics, liquid vitamins, and a special diet; and lots of tender loving care (and sleepless nights for his parents), Taco has made a miraculous recovery and is now the picture of health. He is one of the lucky ones. 


I have decided to share this story with you now, not only because it's a wonderful story with a happy ending, but more importantly because a life was saved -- as countless lives are -- at every JBAR Clinic.  


These Clinics are only possible because of the devoted, hard-working, selfless volunteers who give their time for the sake of the animals. And while I hate to single out one individual, Dr. Malcolm Macartney's partnership with JBAR is definitely worth sharing.


In February 2010, Dr. Macartney and his vet team from Victoria BC flew to Mexico for the first time. They had one goal in mind: to volunteer their time and talents at the JBAR clinic. During that Clinic, 144 animals were spayed and neutered. In November 2010, Dr. Malcolm returned. Because of the additional help from him and his team, the numbers increased to a whopping 203 animals. This was a new PEACE and JBAR record.  


One of his staff created an amazing video during that last Clinic. The video features Dr. Macartney's partnership with PEACE and JBAR, and is called The Mex-Can Vet Project. Please watch it, and then share it with everyone you know!


Dr. Macartney and his team are here once again to volunteer at the JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic being held this week from Wednesday-Saturday, April 6-9. The Clinic will be located at Avenida Libertad #51 in La Peņita.  


If you are interested in volunteering or if you are just curious about what the clinics are all about, stop by to see us. Keep in mind that the volunteers are often times busy attending to the animals, so please be patient. When we get a moment, one of us will be happy to give you a tour, answer any questions you may have, or put you to work if you so choose.  


For more information, check out these links:

JBAR (Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue 

PEACE Mexico 

McKenzie Veterinary Services 


I think I can speak for the entire JBAR Team when I say, we are grateful for each and every volunteer who walks through the Clinic doors, and for each and every donation that comes our way. It is because of these combined efforts that these Clinics are a success and that countless lives continue to be saved. THANK YOU! 


Low Season Hours & Closings


It is fair to say that during Low Season (April 1 - October 31), the entire area quiets down to a dull roar -- mostly because the vacationers from the US and Canada head back north. During this time, businesses typically cut back their hours or close for the season. In order to keep you informed of which businesses are doing what, we have added this section. We will continue to update it as we receive information.


Sesaonal Hours:


Beso del Sol Steakhouse -- Starting April 2

Open Daily: 7:30am-10pm with new breakfast service


Teriyaki Time Restaurant -- New hours now in effect

M-Tu and Th-F: Noon-8pm (no breakfast service)

Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm (breakfast service and regular menu)

Wed: Closed


Salvadors on the Beach

Open Daily: 8am-6pm (Dinner by reservation only)

Semana Santa Hours: Same hours as above, with added items like pizza and burgers, plus seafood and lunch menu  

May-June: CLOSED Tuesdays


Salvadors on the Highway

Open Daily: 12-9pm 

Closed Temporarily from April 7-21


Seasonal Closings:


Los Compadres Restaurant

Closed March 31-October 31



Los Amigos Meeting Update

By Dave Easby

Los Amigos Logo


Instead of a Los Amigos general meeting on Monday, April 11 (the next regularly scheduled meeting), Los Amigos will be having the first meeting of the new Management Council. The Management Council is comprised of the Executive plus the Chairs of all the Committees but the meeting is open to anyone who wants to sit in. Given that the meeting after that would normally occur on April 25 (the 4th Monday), a final decision will be made at the Management Council Meeting on whether or not to proceed with another general meeting this season.


Click here to view the Minutes of the March 28 Meeting


Events are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in, and learn about, the Mexican culture. Here is a list of upcoming holidays, festivals, events, and activities worth planning around. Also check out our Community Calendar for a complete list of what's going on in the Jaltemba Bay area. If you have information about an event, please email us so we can include it in our next issue.


This Week


April 6-9JBAR Logo

JBAR Spay & Neuter Clinic --  

La Peņita

The next Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) Spay & Neuter Clinic will be held at Rodger Murphy's home at Avenida Libertad #51 in La Peņita. For more information, email Lin Chimes or view the new JBAR page on Jaltemba Bay Life. And while you're there, please print some posters to distribute in the area. Thank you!   



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.




*April 17-24

Semana Santa  (Holy Week)

Semana Santa is Mexico's second most important holiday season of the year next to Christmas, and runs from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, celebrates the Christian holiday of Easter. For Mexico, the Easter holiday is a combination of Semana Santa and Semana Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday). For most Mexicans, this 2-week period is the time of year for holiday vacations. If you are planning to visit Mexico during Semana Santa, make sure you book your reservations well in advance... and be prepared for big crowds in town and along the beach! 



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices

    are closed during these Mexican National Holidays.





Los Amigos Logo

Los Amigos de La Peņita

Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Restaurante La Palapa de Guty located at Circuito Libertad #4 in La Peņita (on the street along the waterfront). There is a social gathering at 6:30pm, with the formal meeting starting at 7pm. All meetings start on time and are limited to an hour and a half. The agenda will be posted in advance on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum. Everyone is welcome to come and find out what Los Amigos is all about.



Rotary Logo

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos. Members enjoy social time over breakfast with an official meeting beginning promptly at 8am. Various community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists are invited as guest speakers to give members a better understanding of the region they serve.



Tianguis in La Peņita

Tianguis in La Penita

The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday in and around the Plaza in La Peņita (map) from 8am-1pm or so. It is "the" place to be and be seen on Thursdays... and to shop for silver jewelry, pottery, linens and tableclothes, glassware, Talavera plates and sinks, Huichol Indian artwork, and Oaxacan rugs and black clay pottery. You can buy everything from dried chiles, fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads, and locally-produced honey and coffee beans, to new and used clothing, kitchen accessories, blender and stove parts, and just about anything else you can think of. The market in La Peņita is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the entire area.




Breakfast Brunch at Tiffany's Cafe

Now - April 17, 2011

Join Tom and Paul for Brunch every Sunday at El Panorama B&B Villa Hotel in La Peņita (map). Brunch is served at 10am on the back terrace and includes your choice of homemade quiche or savory omelet, bacon, toasted bagel, fresh fruit, granola & yogurt, glass of juice, and a cup of coffee for $120 pesos per person. We've added a new Continental Menu with toasted bagel, granola & yogurt, fresh fruit, coffee and juice for only $90 pesos. 10% of the proceeds go to the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). RSVP only before Sunday. To make your reservation, call (327) 274-3499 or email. Please include your menu choice.


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Alex Kerekes

NEW Alex Kerekes 

Books by Local Author  


Alex's collection of books and videos about the journeys he took with his father each time they visited Mexico. 


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NEW Casa Siestas y Olas  

B&B/Rental Home, La Colonia   


This welcoming family vacation "home away from home" sits at the edge of an estuary and overlooks the ocean beyond. 


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Guayabitos, Residential Zone 


Classic two-story Mexican Colonial Villa, which is now an operating business. Enjoy the income, or just relax and enjoy life in paradise. 


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Casa de Shoe  

San Franciso (San Pancho) 


An artist's retreat nestled on the hillside with a 180-degree view of the mountains. Priced to sell.   


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Casa Tequila   

Guayabitos, Residential Zone  


Spectacular beachfront home with large oceanfront pool, five spacious bedrooms, six private baths, and immaculately maintained property. 


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Villas Marenas Condos  

Los Ayala  


Five beachfront condominiums: Studio to 2 Bedroom Suites are available. 


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