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 August 22, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 858 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our website, Jaltemba Bay Life, and our forum.


I'm not sure if it's because we've reached the end of the Dog Days of Summer or if it's just coincidence, but this issue seems to have gone to the dogs (and cats). Read on and you'll see what I mean.  


We have had some good soaking rains during the last three weeks, but the last few days have been especially heavy. This past Thursday and Friday, we had a whopping 174 mm (6.85 inches) of rain which caused major flooding in Guayabitos as you can see from the photos below. You can keep an eye on the weather by checking the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


In case you missed our last issue, we unveiled our new and very complete "Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay" where you'll find all the necessary travel information and documentation you need for safe and hassle-free travel to and from Mexico. Be sure to check it out!   


The Jaltemba Bay area was mentioned in the Simcoe online newspaper. You can view the article about a Orillia-area couple entitled "Volunteers in Mexico" on our forum. 


Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) has just announced that the next Spay & Neuter Clinic will be held on November 16-19. They are still looking for a location and volunteers. JBAR also 

currently has several loving animals in need of good homes; see below for photos, information and a report from Tom Plattenberger.


To find out what else is going on, 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 still being published bi-weekly. The next issue will arrive in your InBox on September 5th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Forum Photo Contest Winner


New Forum Banner  

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos for our forum photo contest. The winning entry (shown here) was taken by Ken Rauch and was chosen by our faithful forum readers. To see all the entries from this contest, and to view the winning photo in action, click here.


Photo contests are a fun way to feature some of the great photos our readers take while vacationing and/or living in the Jaltemba Bay area. Watch the forum for the next contest in a month or so!  

   Featured Articles
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Guayabitos




According to the Jaltemba Bay Weather Station, we have received rain all but two days this month and the total rainfall for August so far is 467.6 mm (18.4 inches). The heavy rains this past Thursday night and into Friday morning (August 18-19) caused some major flooding in Guayabitos. Thanks to Arq. Octaviano Figueroa for these photos. See more photos on our forum.   


   From Our Readers 
Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico -- Part 5 

by Camille 


Before the Rains   

Here I sit. Here I sweat!


My mom always insisted that girls/ladies/women/females don't 'sweat'. Sorry mom, but you have not been to Mexico in the summer. And guess what? It is sweat! When every pore on your body begins oozing water - it can no longer be referred to as 'perspiration'! But what is truly amazing to me is that it seems to be only us 'northerners', and not the Mexican people who consistently display this unsightly, sticky, salty phenomenon - no matter what we are doing or wearing! Unless we are wearing 'white', those unsightly sweat demarcations leak through our clothes and then we truly do appear 'hot and bothered'. It's hard to hide it. 


To be fair, we were questioned and then warned repeatedly. "Have you been to Mexico in the summer? No? Well, just you wait!".  Read full article > 



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".  


Reporting in from Jaltemba Bay

by Tom Plattenberger


La Peņita life in the Jaltemba Bay summertime is good; good and hot, good and quiet. In the afternoon heat of the day, the streets are all but deserted.


The dogs that we are used to seeing, laying out in the streets and across the sidewalks, are more reluctant than ever to move for the occasional passing car or pedestrian. 


The grand tradition of siesta is alive and well at this time of year.


I must say, outside of the residential zone, the action in Rincon de Guayabitos does not seem to have slowed down much. It looks to me as if the hotels, restaurants, vendors, and shops are doing quite well over there. In the evenings, it seems very much like the height of the winter season; Avenida Sol Nuevo is clogged with traffic and the sidewalks are full of strolling families. 

Read full article > 



Tom Plattenberger and his partner Bruce are full time residents of La Peņita. Tom founded Jaltemba Bay Folk in year 2000 and retired from that pursuit in 2010. Art, design, photography, biking, and writing are the blurry focus of Tom's life of leisure. He sometimes escapes his cluttered home studio in his Jeep, exploring the backroads, inland of Highway 200.    


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Animals for Adoption   


Rescue and adopted animals make the best pets! Starting this issue, we are featuring some of the dogs and cats available for adoption in the Jaltemba Bay area. Here are just a few of the animals looking for good loving homes...


Orso Orso

Do you seek a guard dog? Orso is part Chihuahua and very obedient. At about 3 years old, he is fully grown, house trained, and neutered. He is very attentive and affectionate, but not so with strangers. He would definitely sound an alarm of intruders. Orso would do best in a household without small children. This alert little guy would do very well as a mostly indoor pet.




Adorable? This little charmer was just neutered; that might explain the look on his face. He reminds me of "Ben, the Talking Dog" (an iPad Ap) but his name is Paco. Paco is mellow and well behaved. He is about 4 years old. There are many advantages to adopting a mature dog, and Paco seems to have them all.  








> View ALL Animals for Adoption 


Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) was established in 2003 by Lin Chimes of Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico. Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue advocates humane and healthy practices for animals in the Jaltemba area by promoting health, education, spay and neutering, adoptions, foster care and positive relationships with animals and their owners. JBAR also works to find homes for street dogs and cats. For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community page.


Barbies Needed for Children's Christmas Party 

by Geri de Moss 


GeriThere are only 4 more months until the holidays, and Geri "The Barbie Lady" is on the look out for Barbies. So far, she has only collected 25 Barbies. She will be arriving in late November, and will arrange for a drop-off site shortly thereafter. 


The Barbies are given out to the local children by the Guayabitos Homeowners Association on Christmas Eve each year. Next time you are down for a visit, bring a Barbie! If you want to participate in an upcoming party, or would like more information, email Geri de Moss.   


   Jaltemba Bay Life Updates + Reminders

Writers and Photographers Wanted 


Do you like writing, blogging or taking photos? Then why not submit an article, story or photo to be featured in our newsletter. It doesn't matter "what" your subject matter is -- local hangouts, food, surfing, fishing reports, birding and sea life, interviews or personal stories -- what's important is that you participate. You can write one article, an article every once in a while, or an ongoing feature... the choice is yours. It's a great way to express yourself, to share your experiences here in Mexico, and it's fun (and seeing your name in print is pretty cool, too).  


   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.


These 2 Weeks 

August 25 to September 4   

International Mariachi and Charro Festival

The 17th Annual "Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria" is slated for August 25 through September 4, 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. Here is a link to the complete program 


September 1   

Día del Informe Presidencia 

(President's State of the Union Address)

The President delivers the hard copy of his State of the Union Address to the Mexican Congress.




September 15-16   

Dia de la Independencia Mexicana** 

(Mexican Independence Day) 

Indisputably Mexico's most important and most revered National Holiday is Independence Day. During this time, fiestas take place nationwide. Parties begin the evening of September 15th. At 11pm, the President of the Republic shouts the Cry (El Grito) of "Viva Mexico" from the balcony of the National Palace -- an event televised and broadcast on radio to every corner of the nation, as Mexicans cry back with "Viva!" in an emotion-packed traditional annual ritual.  


September 26 to October 4 

Patron Saint's Festivities of San Francisco
This celebration revolves around a fair in the main square of San Francisco (San Pancho) with popular dancing and parties.  


October 14-31    

XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara 

For more information, visit the official Guadalajara Pan American Games 2011 website  



* 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.  


Sunday, November 13, 2011

5th Annual PEACE Race for Change 

Place: El Tigre Golf Course, Nuevo Vallarta 

Details: Peddle for PEACE in a variety of runs, walks and bike events, plus contests, games, food and drink. Registration is only $200 pesos and all proceeds benefit community programming. To register, email Nicole Majewski at 


Wednesday-Saturday, November 16-19, 2011

JBAR Free Spay & Neuter Clinic 

Place: TBD. They are still looking for a location.  

For more info, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community page. 


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.  

For more info, visit the Cancer de Mama community page. 


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 the following 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!


Los Compadres Resort


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. And because you list "By Owner", you can change your information, pricing structure, discounts, photos and availability as often as you like. Your business or rental will be shown on our interactive maps, and we offer a 100% Money-Back Guarantee, so you have absolutely nothing to loose. 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.   


To view our entire Real Estate directory, click the links below...   

> View all Houses and Condos

> View Map of all Real Estate    


Condominios Paraiso Tropical


Condominios Paraiso Tropical   

La Peņita



Five newly remodeled condos  located just 1 block from the beach and 4 blocks from town.


> Condo #8 -- First Floor Studio with street view

> Condo #9 -- First Floor Studio overlooking the pool

> Condo #12 -- Second Floor Studio with mountain view

> Condo #13 -- Second Floor 1-Bedroom with mountain view

> Condo #14 -- Second Floor 1-Bedroom overlooking the ocean 

Casa Tequila


Casa Tequila   

Guayabitos, Residential  



Spectacular beachfront home with oceanfront pool, five bedrooms and immaculately maintained property.  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