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 September 12, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 878 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.


Luckily, the Rain Gods listened and decided to give us a break this week. If you missed last week's issue, you might want to take a peek at the new weather chart showing daily highs, lows and daily rainfall for the area since June. It's posted on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page and will be updated at the end of each month.


This has been a busy week for us at Jaltemba Bay Life. We made some minor changes to the forum, plus we added several new businesses, vacation rentals and real estate to our site. Be sure to check them out below. 


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 new procedures on 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 19th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


Margarita Pie

Submitted by Ellaine Spiva


Margarita Pie


While planning a dinner for our friend and contractor Norman and his wife Romy, Martin, and his wife Christina, all dear friends, I wanted something different to serve as a dessert. It's hot here as we're in the summer/rainy season. So, what to make? I got a letter from a cousin of mine in Alabama and she had been entertaining, and it's hot there too... and she made a Margarita Pie. She assured me it was easy, and cold and wonderful. I begged for the recipe and got it. And I will share it with all of you.

Read full article and get the recipe



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


   Featured Articles


Emergency Phone Numbers   

& Who You Should Call 


Today, we are starting a new series here in our newsletter called "Jaltemba Bay Info" to introduce you to some handy and helpful information included on the Jaltemba Bay Life site.  


Who You Should Call 

No matter if you live or vacation in the Jaltemba Bay area, you should know who to call in case of an accident or emergency. We have compiled a full list of emergency phone numbers, as well as an outline of who exactly you should call. 


> State Police (Policía Judicia) -- Contact for emergencies only. 

> Federal Police (Policía Federal) -- Contact if there is an issue involving drugs or firearms, or to report an accident on the highway.  

> Transit Police (Policía Transito) -- Contact about roads and traffic, including to report an accident. They will notify the Federal Police if necessary. 

> Tourist Police (Policia Turistica) -- For those who live near Guayabitos, it is best to call the Tourist Police first for most matters because their office is nearby and usually attended.  

> Fire & Ambulance (Protección Civil) -- Call in case of fire or if you need an ambulance, and also if you do not get a response from other agencies. There is always someone there to answer the phone and they are more than willing to do their best. 


Emergency Phone Directory

Our directory includes phone numbers for the Police, Ambulance, Hospitals, Local Doctors, Consulates and Embassies, Utilities, Tourist Office, Traffic Police, Green Angels and more. View the entire list here:


> Emergency Phone Numbers for Jaltemba Bay 


You can find this and more on JaltembaBayLife.com under the "Jaltemba Bay Info" tab. No other site is more complete! 


Minor Changes to the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum


As you probably know, we are in the process of making some minor changes to make the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum better, faster and more user-friendly for all the JBay Folks out there!  


We successfully upgraded to the newly released version of the software this past week, and it looks fabulous. Users can now add a profile photo and so much more. We are introducing the new features, one by one, so check the forum daily so you don't miss anything. Here's what we've posted so far...


> How to Add a Profile Photo 

> What the New Icons Mean 

> Two Ways to View Posts & New Content   

> Photo Gallery (How to View and Upload Photos)  

> Sorting Posts and Hot Topics 


If you have any comments or suggestions about additional features or changes you'd like to see, post on our forum or email us and we'll do our best to accommodate your requests... after all, this forum is for YOU! 


Why We Love Jaltemba Bay


Last week, we started a new topic 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 living or vacationing in Jaltemba Bay.


Get ready, get set, get writing!


   From Our Readers 

Cancer de Mama: How You Can Help  

by Wendy DeBoer 


Cancer de Mama

Wendy with proud recipient of new prosthesis & bras. This lovely woman is a mother of 10 and has a supportive husband in her cancer journey.



Our Mission: Helping Women in Mexico Survive Breast Cancer with Comfort and Dignity    


The first weekend of February last year, I had the opportunity and extreme pleasure to be a part of the Cancer de Mama clinic in La Penita. The project is a gathering of volunteers that come together for a concentrated weekend of service with a mission to help women of Mexico who have been tossed into the breast cancer arena. Last year we helped over 350 women. Women came on foot, by car, or by bus to attend the clinic where they were treated very special for a day, and went home with necessary items completely free, to help them with their journey.  Read full article >    



Wendy DeBoer is a breast cancer survivor who commutes her life between Rincon de Guayabitos and Kingston, Washington, with husband Chuck. A mother of 2 and retired from the Mortgage & Escrow field, she now volunteers in the Breast Cancer Specialty Clinic at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, The "Casting Call" Fly Fishing group through the Northwest Hospital, and the Cancer de Mama Clinic.


Camille's Conjectures: Learning to Live in Mexico 

by Camille 


Camille has decided to take a hiatus for now. If you would like to hear more from Camille email us to let us know, and we will in turn pass the word on to her.



Camille, who wishes to remain anonymous, just moved to La Peñita 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 

Animals for Adoption


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


> View ALL Animals for Adoption


Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) 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 


GeriThe holidays are rapidly approaching, and Geri "The Barbie Lady" is on the look out for Barbies. 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 or would like more information, email Geri de Moss.    


Sept. 5 Update: So far Geri has about 150 barbies/brats + 75 beanie babies collected and more promised as my procurers make the rounds of their local thrift shops and yard sales. They are coming from Winnepeg, Calgary, Seattle and San Jose, California. We had 685 last year and I'd like to see if we can top that this season. I have made a box full of crocheted outfits plus many of the dolls come with usable clothes. If anyone has dolls or clothes and need transportation, please contact me. Bless all of you for your contribution to this most worthy cause. All of the girls who receive the dolls will bless you too. Thanks. Geri, The Barbie Lady. 


PEACE Home Tours are Back!   


PEACE Home Tours 

PEACE Home Tours will be offered again this season. They will run every Tuesday from November 22, 2011 through March 27, 2012. Tour proceeds are used to support PEACE programs in Puerto Vallarta. We will update you here when we have more information. 



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

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! 


This Week


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 El Grito (the cry) of "Viva Mexico" from the balcony of the National Palace -- an event televised and broadcast on radio to every corner of the nation.




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 25-30

Butterfly Festival at Vallarta Botanical Gardens

To take advantage of the abundance and diversity of butterflies in the area during the end of October, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens will be offering daily tours at 1pm. They will walk you through their favorite viewing spots of these fluttering friends, and help you identify certain species. 


October 31 


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


November 1-2  

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

During this 2-day holiday, relatives celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. November 1st is All Saints' Day, when Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children who have passed. November 2nd is All Soul's Day, when the souls of those who died in adulthood are honored. Relatives of those who died, gather at cemeteries throughout Mexico, bringing bread, fruit and decorated sugar skulls, along with candles and the favorite food of the people they are remembering. The mood is far from morbid: it is lively, upbeat and is intended to be a celebration of life!



* 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 Piña 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 Peñita

Tianguis in La Penita

The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday in and around the Plaza in La Peñita (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 Peñita 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

PEACE 5th Annual 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: Piña Colada Restaurant, Guayabitos 

Details: Doors open at 4:30pm


Friday-Sunday, February 3-5, 2012

4th Annual Cancer de Mama Clinic 

Place: La Peñita RV Park, La Peñita

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 Peñita


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 >

Las Cabanas del Capitan


Las Cabañas del Capitán  



This beachfront hotel has bungalows and suites with air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens, and swimming and wading pools.  more >

The Lofts


The Domes    

Guayabitos, Zona Residencial 


6 furnished townhomes with full kitchen, dining and living room, loft, garden courtyard and pool.  more >

Paintings by Karen Rose


Paintings by Karen Rose  


Minnesota artist who enjoys painting the awesome tropical beauty that Mexico has to offer, including the "Kissing Beach" near Los Ayala shown here.  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 >

Sol Tierra Residenital Park


Sol Tierra  

Residential Park  

La Peñita  


14 RV Sites with full hook-ups, solar-heated pool, 24-hour on-site security, laundry facilities and WiFi.  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 >

Casa de los Pelicanos Ad


Casa de los Pelicanos  




You could own this classic 2-story Mexican Colonial Villa, which is now an operating business more >

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


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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