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  July 11, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 845 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our sponsor site, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.

It's official: Rainy Season has begun, although we certainly haven't received much rain so far. Here are the statistics for July:


Highest Temp:  30.4 C / 86.72 F (July 6 at 5pm)

Lowest Temp:  23.4 C / 74.12 F (July 1 at 9:30pm and

Lowest Temp:  July 9 at 5:30am)

Heaviest Daily Rainfall:  74.9 mm / 2.95 inches (July 9)*   

Total Monthly Rain:  128.8 mm / 5.07 inches* 

Yearly Rain:  306.6 mm / 12.07 inches*


*For some reason, the rain total for July 9th did not register correctly on the Weather Page. The rain totals listed here are accurate and include the missing data. We hope to be able to adjust this data on the Weather Page later today once we speak with technical support.


We will continue to include these statistics in upcoming issues of our newsletter. To view the current weather conditions, go to the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


To find out what's going on in and around Jaltemba Bay, read the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.  


We want to remind you that the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter is now being published bi-weekly. The next issue will arrive in your InBox on July 25th just in time for your morning coffee.  



Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week

Golden Sunset
by Lyle Brown


Golden Sunset


This photo captures the gorgeous golden sky as the sun set in Guayabitos on Sunday, July 10th.


   Featured Articles 
New Requirements for Bringing Foreign Plated Cars in to Mexico


The Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) has issued a new decree affecting expats bringing foreign plated cars into Mexico. Beginning on June 11th, 2011, anyone applying for a temporary import permit for vehicles must make a deposit based on the age of their vehicle. Import permit rates are as follows:

Vehicle Year Model -- Permit Rate
2007 and later -- $400 USD*
2001 until 2006 -- $300 USD*
2000 and earlier -- $200 USD*

*Amount to be paid in Mexican Pesos based on the applicable exchange rate.    


To read the complete article along with other important information and links, click here >

   From Our Readers 
Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico -- Part 2 

by Camille


Sun Set 

Last night was magical on the rooftop!


We try to do our daily chores around this huge Casa: dust the floors, water the numerous plants until the rainy season and then that is taken care of, as well as the dust; or so we are told. We do our daily food shopping down the hill (everything is "down" the hill here although that is getting easier as we get in better shape), go to the gym, check out a new restaurant and generally keep our senses open to life in small-town Mexico. We feel very happy and fortunate to have this opportunity to live here in La Peņita.


La Peņita is the 'business' and living locale for mainly Mexican people though many expats find their way back year after year and love it. You can find most necessary items and services in La Peņita: groceries, hardware, clothing, etc. and all manner of services from medical, dental, massage, vehicle repair, beauty salons, restaurants; you name it and, with a little work, you can usually get your needs met.


So, as we continue to walk the same streets, we are getting to know some of the people even though its still only a "Hola, Buenos Dias" type of greeting. The people are friendly and happy. Many people have rudimentary English and try to help us with communication as best they can. We continue to work on our Spanish lessons on the computer.


The other two towns in the area are Rincon de Guayabitos, more upscale 'ish' and touristy, and Los Ayala, which is the smallest of the three towns. Both are right on Jaltemba Bay as well and have their own special charms.


But I digress... magic on the rooftop. After "the chores", the gym, and the errands in the town, we head back up the hill (a VERY steep final two blocks), for a long, lazy afternoon, relaxing, reading, listening to music on iPad, sun-bathing, in and out of the pool, enjoying the ocean breezes, drinking cool jamaica tea which is made from dried hibiscus flowers. I love it with added pineapple or mango juice to sweeten it up; sometimes with an added splash of tequila!


The sun sets here between 7 and 8 throughout the year, or so I read. An advantage to being on the east side of Jaltemba Bay is that we get the most incredible sunsets right out our windows overlooking the ocean with the island smack, dab in the middle. Previously we had spent time in Los Ayala, where the sunsets, while still beautiful, are over the hills - not the ocean. This is due to the curvature of the bay and where Los Ayala is situated on the bay.


Last night, while we were again marveling at the glory of the big fireball of orange making its final decent into the ocean depths, I glanced over my shoulder to the east, and to my wonder a brilliant full moon was glowing over the darkened hills. Wow, the glorious sun setting over the water and the equally glorious full moon rising over the mountains - two joys in one moment - truly magical!




Camille, who wishes to remain anonymous, just moved to La Peņita and has been writing about her experiences. She is using the pseudonym (nom de plume) Camille -- just because she likes it -- and has titled her stories "Camille's Conjectures". According to the Cambridge Dictionaries On-line, the definition of conjecture is "(the forming of) a guess about something based on how it seems and not on proof", which seems to fit her muses quite nicely, seeing that these are her impressions and not necessarily based on "facts".  


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Where Does The Money Go? 


So where does all the money go that Los Amigos raises through Fiesta La Peņita and the sale of T-Shirts and prints at its weekly booth at the Tianguis? Now that the books are closed on our fiscal year -- which ended at the end of March, we thought it was appropriate to report back to the community.

  • Our Education Committee spent $215,000 pesos last year, primarily on five construction and maintenance projects -- Luis Pasteur Kinder (leveling the lot, repairing the retention wall and replacing the front fence); Plan de Ayala (making emergency repairs to the outer wall); Justo Sierra (upgrading and repairing the perimeter wall); Guadalupe Manautou Kinder (replacing the entry cupola), and Patria Kinder (building a new kindergarden). Of this amount, $101,000 pesos was donated by a number of Rotary Clubs, $43,000 was donated by a number of individuals and businesses, $24,000 was donated by the parents, $17,000 was raised by the parents through their own fundraising (primarily the Gran Bazar) and $30,000 came from the Los Amigos General Fund.

  • Our Recycling Committee spent $177,000 pesos largely on making the final payment on the equipment at our recycling facility, the general operation of the program and the making of new baskets. $173,000 came from the Los Amigos general fund and $4,000 came from the Committee's own fundraising (largely the sale of baskets).
  • Los Amigos spent $27,000 pesos on scholarships for local high school age students to help them further their education and to help develop community leaders.

  • The Jaltemba Economic Development Initiative Committee spent $14,000 -- the majority of it on the Buy Local campaign, with $9,000 coming from the general fund and $5,000 coming from the sale of Buy Local Bags.

  • Los Amigos also spent $6,000 pesos on a number of smaller community projects and $8,000 pesos on general administration.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the Fiesta, bought a T-Shirt or a Buy Local Bag or contributed in any other way to make all this activity possible. A full accounting will be posted on the Los Amigos website shortly.



Los Amigos Logo

Los Amigos de La Peņita (Los Amigos)  

is a community service organization comprised of residents and members of the local community, and exists to serve and advocate for the people of La Peņita, the surrounding Colonias, and the community at large. To learn more,  

visit the Los Amigos community page  

                                   or email Dave Easby.


Rotary Jaltemba Bay La Pita wins  

yet another Rotary International Grant

Rotary Jaltemba Bay La Pe
ņita Club has created a successful model for partnering with other Rotary and service clubs. Last year it partnered and won a grant with 12 international Rotary clubs for the extensive remodeling of the Zacualpan Prepa high school project. In the same year, it partnered with Kalispell Montana Rotary club, La Peņita's Los Amigos and Chacala's Cambiando Vidas in the winning of a grant for scholarships and leadership training. The program will roll out this year, benefiting 80 students. The latest partnership involves a grant between Los Amigos and the Jaltemba Rotary club, expanding the existing La Peņita Recycling program. Success begins with a dream, evolves into a plan, followed by tenacious action. Many hours of work are clocked before the project begins. We thank all those dedicated souls whose motto is "service beyond self". If you would like to participate in either the recycling project or the leadership program, please email Susana Connors


Rotary Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Reflects on its Past Year's Accomplishments  


Out-going Jaltemba Bay La Peņita president, Eddie Dominguez, presented an overview of last year's projects, goals and financial accounting. The club's successful projects rank it in the top one per cent of the district's sixty-two clubs. Quite an accomplishment for a three year old club! Goals were met and exceeded. Financial stability was obtained under the direction of treasurer Carlos Rendo. A big applause is in order for Eddie and his hard working members. Looking forward to the new Rotary year, under the leadership of Dr. Lidiana Flores, projects and goals are being considered. Some of the projects and programs under consideration are: kindergarten, secondary school, Conalep high school, recycling, prenatal, dengue, mammogram, scholarships and books. Members are being asked how they can best participate. Rotary Jaltemba Bay asks you to look into your heart and choose a service project as well. A small, yet mighty club, needs to grow its membership and encourage visitors, residents and Rotarians from a far, to lend a helping hand.



Rotary Logo

Rotary Club Jaltemba Bay La Peņita was initiated in November 2008. To learn more about its projects and programs, visit the Rotary community page, email Susana Connors. You can also register for the Rotary Bulletin


Shop for a Cause!  


Children Inspire Design


Long time PEACE partners Children Inspire Design and Fresh Words Market will donate 50% of online purchases to PEACE from Wednesday, July 6 to Monday, July 11. By typing "PEACE" in the memo box with your purchase of their modern, eco-friendly and culturally diverse art, half of your money will go to fund PEACE community programming. 


Children Inspire Design (CID) is a product line of wall art, wall cards and posters, full of whimsy, and designed to help children learn compassion for our earth and all who inhabit it. Fresh Words Market (FWM) is a collection of inspirational art which donates 20% of sales year-round to initiatives that assist women and children. All CID and FWM products are created from hand-made, recycled materials under fair trade practices. Your purchases reflect your values -- these are products you can feel good about buying!


Click below to start shopping...

Children Inspire Design 

Fresh Words Market  


PEACE Mexico Logo

PEACE Mexico focuses on education, entrepreneurship, ecology, animal well-being, and community engagement.To learn more, go to the PEACE Mexico

community page.   

   Jaltemba Bay Life Updates + Reminders
Sponsor the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page


Since announcing the new Jaltemba Bay Weather Station a few weeks ago, we have been presented with two great suggestions:


1) Allow users to toggle from Celsius to Fahrenheit. While this can be done, it will take programmer time and expertise, and a handful of pesos.

2) Add a field to show what the rainfall was yesterday. This will pull archival information from the station itself.    


In order to make these kind of changes (and make the data more user-friendly and informative for our users), and to help cover the ongoing expenses to maintain the station, we are looking for a sponsor(s) for the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.   


But before we make any changes, we want everyone to have an opportunity to share their two pesos worth. If you have suggestions about what you'd like to see added or changed on the weather page, or are interested in being a weather page sponsor, please email us.  


What will sponsorship look like? Well, we will create an incredibly eye-catching ad and place it smack dab on top of the weather page* where it will be viewed by every person that checks the weather. Pretty intriguing, huh!? 


*Note: The sample ad currently shown on the Weather Page is not in the correct location. Once we secure a sponsor(s), the programmers will need to program it so the ad appears directly under the "Official Jaltemba Bay Weather" page title.  


Jaltemba Bay Life: Reaching Beyond Mexico 


We have recently received several emails from rental owners who mentioned that they are looking for a place to advertise to Mexican locals and travelers, as well as to Americans and Canadians.  


Well, look no further. Jaltemba Bay Life is viewed in 98 cities throughout Mexico, and about 21% of our viewers find us using Spanish websites (which is a good indication that they speak Spanish instead of English).


Please continue to use our site to find maps, travel tips, tours & activities, events, restaurants, and hotels & rentals; share our site with friends and family; but also join our list of great advertisers who allow us to reach far beyond the Jaltemba Bay community and an English-speaking audience.



Rental Statistics: June 27-July 10 


People are already searching for "that perfect place to stay"  

this coming winter. The number of pageviews and reservation inquiries on our site clearly illustrates that... 


Pageviews of Rental Section: 2,217

Reservation Inquiries: 20


So, what are you waiting for?  Get Listed NOW!


All listing fees have a 100% Money-Back Guarantee so you have absolutely nothing to loose... and because our rental section has so much activity, there's no better time!



Writers and Photographers Wanted 


Our website, forum, and newsletter have been up and running since mid-November. During that time, only a few of our readers have submitted articles and photos to be featured in our newsletter. This really surprises us, because we know there are writers and bloggers amongst you, and even a few photographers too.  


While we don't mind being your roving reporters, we think it would be a lot more fun and interesting if we included other peoples' points of view as well. You could write about anything from local hangouts, food, surfing, fishing reports, birding and sea life, to interviews and personal stories. I guess what we're trying to say is that it doesn't matter "what" you write about, just that you participate in some way, shape, or form. And you certainly don't have to submit something every week, although we'd be thrilled if you did. Come on folks... join us in making our community website, forum and newsletter the best they can be!


   Calender + Events

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.



July 14-16 

5th Annual International Riviera Nayarit Marlin  

and Tuna Fishing Tournament

Competitors strive to catch "the big one" at this annual tournament held at the Marina in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. The Bahia de Banderas Fishing Club recently disclosed the details of the tournament, which will offer prizes for the largest marlin and tuna, as well as for the largest number of fish caught in a "catch and release" mode and a "fish in one" for the first marlin that breaks the current tournament's record of 322 kilograms. There are one million pesos in prizes being offered, including four new cars, a 4-stroke 60 HP off board motor, professional fishing gear, free hotel stays, cash, and much more. 


August 6-15  

Sweet Corn Fair in Jala 

Jaripeos (bull-riding exhibitions), fireworks, and a fair devoted to corn-related products, and of course a prize for the largest ear of corn, which sometimes exceeds 16 inches. 


August 15

Dia de la Asuncion de la Virgen Guadalupe  

(Ascension Day)

This nationwide holiday is one of Mexico's most important religious events. The Virgin Guadalupe is extremely important and revered by Mexican Catholics -- her image, almost without exception next to a crucifix, is everywhere in Mexico. Special masses and processions take place nationwide, with a huge mass at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City (where the original image is hosted).


August 30-September 9  

International Mariachi and Charro Festival

The 17th Annual "Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria" is slated for August 30 through September 9, and includes more than 100 events organized by the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce. The festival agenda revolves around music workshops on techniques that will bring together mariachi troupes from across the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries.  



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Nationwde Holidays -- Schools, banks, post offices, and other public government offices are closed during these Mexican National Holidays. Often times these and other major holidays include the nearest Monday to create a 3-day weekend.





Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Logo

Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning 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 and handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, 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. (Note: While the Tianguis continues year-round, many of the artisans do not participate during the summer months.) 

2011-12 Fundraising and Charity  

Event Schedule 


We realize that many of you plan your vacations around the local fundraising and charity events in town, so we have emailed the event organizers to gather information. We will include additional events and dates as soon as we are notified.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

9th Annual International Margarita Challenge

Place: Piņa Colada Restaurant, Guayabitos 

Details: Doors open at 4:30pm


Friday-Sunday, February 3-5, 2012

4th Annual Cancer de Mama Clinic 

Place: La Peņita RV Park, La Peņita

Clinic details to come.  


Saturday, February 4, 2012

14th Annual / 5th Memorial "El Famoso"  

Horseshoe Tournament 

Place: David's Palapa, Guayabitos.  

Details: Check in is at 8:30am. Participants must pre-register on Thursday, February 2 at 4pm at Mateja's.


   Featured Businesses + Vacation Rentals

We are proud to promote these businesses, vacation rentals, and real estate listings on the Jaltemba Bay Life site. Please support these and the other local businesses that make our website possible through their advertising. Thank You!


Casa de Los Amigos


Casa de Los Amigos  

La Peņita


This Moorish-style Villa and Guest House offer the ultimate in relaxation in a tropical setting and sweeping views of the Bay.  more >

Alex Kerekes


Alex Kerekes   

Local Author  


Alex has added two new videos to his collection. Follow his journeys through Mexico here.  more >

Los Compadres Ad


Los Compadres Resort 

La Peņita


Beautiful resort with 7 spacious and private suites and stunning views of the entire Jaltemba Bay. Stay for a week or month.  more >

To see our complete directories, click the links below...   


> View all Businesses   

> View all Hotels and Vacation Rentals  

>  View Map of Businesses, Hotels and Vacation Rentals


Add your business or vacation rental (hotel, bungalow, rental home, bed and breakfast, condo, apartment or RV park) to our directories, and be seen by people who are specifically interested in the Jaltemba Bay area -- VRBO and other rental sites can't offer that or our 100% Money-Back Guarantee. And because you list "By Owner", you can change your information, pricing structure, discounts, photos, and availability as often as you like. For more information, click the links below or email us.

> List your Vacation Rental or Hotel

> List your Business 


   Featured Real Estate

Listing your Real Estate By-Owner on our site is easy, affordable, and runs until you sell. And for a limited time, we will also include an ad for your property in our weekly newsletter like those shown below. Click here to find out how.  

Hacienda La Penita

Hacienda La Peņita   

La Peņita



This picturesque estate is one of the most incredible properties north of Puerto Vallarta, and has been featured in many magazines. more

Casa Tequila Ad

Casa Tequila   

Guayabitos, Residential  



Spectacular beachfront home with large oceanfront pool, 5 spacious bedrooms, 6 private baths, and immaculately maintained property.  more >

Casa de los Pelicanos AdCasa de los Pelicanos

Guayabitos, Residential  



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

Casa Maria CondoCasa Maria Condo    

Guayabitos, Playa Linda 



One of only 6 oceanfront condos in the Playa Linda Condo complex, making this a rare opportunity for buyers.  more >

Villas Marenas Condos Ad

Villas Marena Condos  

Los Ayala



4 beachfront condos left: 1-Bedroom+Den to 2-Bedroom Suites available.  more >

Villas Marenas Condos Ad


Villas Marena #7    

Los Ayala



This charming 1-Bedroom Studio is located on the 2nd floor and was recently remodeled.  more >  

   Thank You / Gracias
We want to THANK YOU for taking the time to read this issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter.

We are very proud of our new website, Jaltemba Bay Life, and have been working hard to provide you with the most up-to-date and informative site for both locals and visitors to the area. We stand by our product and our commitment to the community -- that's why all fees are 100% money-back guaranteed! If you own a business, hotel or vacation rental, and/or have real estate to sell, we hope you will consider advertising on our site. You'll be listed in our directories and be seen by hundreds of locals and visitors each and every day.

We value your opinions and feedback. Please email us or post on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum if you've enjoyed this issue of our newsletter or if you have comments or suggestions about how we can make our community website even better!


David & Allyson (and Taco the Rescue Dog, too)

Owners, Jaltemba Bay Life