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 September 5, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 872 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on our website, Jaltemba Bay Life, and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Today, the United States and Canada celebrate Labor Day -- and that folks is the unofficial end of summer. For those of us who live in the Jaltemba Bay area (or those planning a vacation here), the end of summer means we should start experiencing cooling temperatures, lower humidity and the rain should start to taper off... as long as the Rain Gods will cooperate. For us at Jaltemba Bay Life, it means we will once again publish our newsletters every week instead of every other, starting with this very issue.   


Speaking of rain, the Jaltemba Bay area has been inundated with rain this summer. The southern end of Guaybitos had some major flooding in mid-August; and this past week, a combination of Tropical Storm Eight-E, higher than normal tides and an Antarctic storm brought high waves our way causing boats, sand and water to wash into the streets of La Peņita (see photos on our forum). We created a weather chart so you can actually see just how much rain we received (see article below). You can keep an eye on the weather by checking the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


There are a few articles and photos recently posted on our forum that might be of interest to you. If you haven't already done so, you can view them here: Antarctic Storm May Be Causing Waves: the likely cause of the recent high waves. New Pemex in Guayabitos: shows the progress of the new station. Minor Changes to the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum: includes information about the new Facebook and Twitter share links, as well as email and print options for each post, and more. 


For those of you who are getting ready to travel to Mexico, check out our new and very complete "Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay" where you will find all the necessary travel information and documentation you need for safe and hassle-free travel to and from Mexico... including up-to-date information on entry and exit documents, customs regulations, medical and travel insurance, and what you need to bring a vehicle into Mexico.  


To find out what else is going on, read the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.     


And be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your InBox on September 12th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
The Charm of Small Town Living

by Christina Stobbs


Girl with Pig


Local Los Ayala Girl & the Family Pig 


Christina Stobbs is a photographer and writer from Los Ayala.   

To view more of her work, click here


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 the words "mix" and "chela". The word "chela" is a popular way to ask for a beer in Mexico. It comes from the English word "chill". When you ask for a chela you are asking for a cold beer. "Mix" comes from the mix of sauces added to the beer. Therefore putting the two words together mix-chela sounds like Michelada. Others argue that it stands for "Mi Chela Helada", meaning "my cold beer".


No matter what the explanation, Micheladas undoubtedly make perfect sipping on a hot summer afternoon, or just about anytime for that matter. Salud!  Read full article and get the recipe



If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share, email it to us.  


   Featured Articles
Why We Love Jaltemba Bay


We started a new topic yesterday on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum called "Why We Love Jaltemba Bay".


Since we have been talking about flooding non-stop for the last month, we figured everyone could use a little something positive to focus on, and Jaltemba Bay is the perfect subject matter.


Simply click here to submit your story (long or short). We will also be featuring some of your posts here in upcoming issues of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter to spread the word.


Here's your chance to let the world know why YOU love Jaltemba Bay.


Get ready, get set, get writing!


Summer Weather Overview


Jaltemba Bay Weather Chart


As most of you know, the Jaltemba Bay Weather Station was installed back on June 9th of this year. Rainy Season started a few days later. Although you don't need a chart to see that the area had a whole lot of rain, we have created one for your viewing pleasure anyway. We have plotted the daily temps and rainfall, as well as the number of rain days and a few other interesting statistics. We will continue to update this chart at the end of every month. Click here to view the full size chart posted on the Jaltemba Bay Weather Station


   From Our Readers 
Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico -- Part 6

by Camille



My daughter's worst nightmare - right here on the shores of La Penita!


Those of you of an age to remember Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds, can possibly relate to this strangely reoccurring phenomenon. Everyone knows that shorebirds abound along coastal waters and that they hang out awaiting the spoils thrown back into the water by the local fishermen. But these Jaltemba Bay birds are truly uncanny. They absolutely 'know' when to arrive for the daily feast. They seem to come prepared to 'do battle' because they 'know' it won't come easy. I do believe that each species (the gulls, the high flying frigates, and the pelicanos) make a point of telling all their friends to come and join in the battle (the old 'safety in numbers' theory). They show up by the hundreds (well, so I embellish a bit), waiting, waiting, waiting.  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".


A Report from Sarah

by Sarah Walker


Sarah Walker has rescued and nursed many injured animals back to health so they could be adopted out to good homes. This is how Sarah's summer is going so far!  


The white puppy had been dumped on the street 3 days earlier. At the request of a friend that had been feeding her through her open window and dropping kibble out on the street, I was asked to foster "Parche" until they returned for the season. saying they would adopt her then... this was a huge request as I have 6 doggies of my own. I had no idea that in 3 days everything would change.


I volunteer with a wonderful group of people that form JBAR. Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue, and that is what we do, RESCUE! But our rescue station in La Colonia... IS FULL. So I thought Parche could stay with me for a little while.  Read full article


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Animals for Adoption


Rescued and adopted animals make the best pets! Below are some of the dogs and cats available for adoption in the Jaltemba Bay area that are looking for good loving homes...




The shelter has two young, but fully grown neutered males. They are both very nice looking cats who seem to get along with each other and seem to tolerate the puppies and other pets who share these close quarters. 








> 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 Bay 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  

by Geri de Moss 


GeriThere are less than 4 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.   


First Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Conference


The First Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Conference is scheduled for January 18-21, 2012 in beautiful La Peņita-Guayabitos and will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay, District #4150, Mexico.


The goal is to invite US and Canadian Rotarians of Clubs that have participated already or are considering doing a project in Mexico so they can gain knowledge of the local Rotary Club and this area of Mexico, and to promote projects identified by the Jaltemba Bay communities. While the event will be held in La Penita, the conferece includes the towns of La Peņita, Rincon de Guayabitos, Los Ayala, Lo de Marcos, Chacala, Platanitos and as far south as Sayulita.  Read full article


   Jaltemba Bay Life Updates + Reminders
Minor Changes to the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum


You may have read the notation above indicating that we are in the process of making some minor changes to the forum. We recently added share links for Facebook and Twitter, as well as email, download and print buttons to make it easier for you to share and save information you are interested in.  


In the next few days, we will be upgrading to the newly released version of the IPBoard software which offers an easier-to-use text editor for adding and editing posts; an improved Gallery where members can post and share photos; and other great features. We have also hired a programmer to make a few format changes which should take place in the next few weeks.... all to make the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum better, faster and more user-friendly for all the JBay Folks out there! 


If you have any comments or suggestions about additional features or changes you'd like to see, simply email us and we'll do our best to accommodate your requests. 


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. And don't forget to add your event... it's FREE! 




September 15-16 

Dia de la Independencia Mexicana** 

(Mexican Independence Day) 

Independence Day is indisputably Mexico's most important and most revered National Holiday. During this time, fiestas take place nationwide. At 11pm on September 15th, 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 12

Dia de La Raza (Columbus Day)*

This day commemorates Columbus' discovery of the new world.


October 14-31    

XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara 

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


October 31 


Although Halloween is not a Mexican holiday, you will still find costumes, parties, tricks and treats.



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Indicates 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 Special Events 


We realize that many of you plan your vacations around the local fundraisers and special 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.


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-Saturday, January 18-21, 2012

1st Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Conference

Click here for more information and to view the complete conference schedule.  


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 >

Casa Ana


Casa Ana  

Guayabitos, Zona Residencial 


3 bedroom home on the beach in Guayabitos. For rent by the week or month.  more >



Salvador's Restaurant  



Their daily specials for the upcoming season were just announced, as well as event details for Christmas and Valentine's Day.  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 Real Estate    


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 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