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 December 5, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos   


Welcome to all 981 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


As you can see, this issue is chock full. It might even be one of the largest issues yet. Because it is so long, you may notice a message near the bottom of your screen that reads "Message clipped. View entire message." Be sure to click on the link so you can view the entire newsletter.  


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


Remember, you can check the current weather conditions and view the high and low temps and rainfall for the area on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.  


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




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Afternoon Siesta: Iguana-Style
by Allyson Williams

Afternoon Siesta: Iguana-Style

I had yet to capture a great shot of a Green Iguana on camera... until now. I spotted this little guy sunning himself in our courtyard earlier today. To view another shot of him (or her), click here >

Do you have a favorite photo you took in the Jaltemba Bay area? Email it to us so we can share it!

   Jaltemba Bay DISH: 

    Ally's inside scoop on where to find seriously good food 

Chipotle Turkey Pozole
by Allyson Williams 

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This fabulous sounding recipe is ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers -- I just wish I had seen it a few days earlier so I could have included it in last week's issue. It is made with turkey stock, leftover turkey, a little tomato, lots of hominy, and seasoned with smokey chipotle chile peppers in adobo.  View entire recipe >
   Featured Articles + Event News
Details Announced for the 9th Annual Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show 2012
by Fashion Show Committee

Fashion Show Logo


This is the 9th Mujeres y Mujeres (Woman to Woman) Fashion show in La Penita. Funds raised through the Fashion Show support the Cancer de Mama initiative (which supplies prosthesis for breast cancer survivors), student scholarships, and other projects assisting women and children in the Jaltemba Bay area. Read entire article >


Barbie Update
by Geri de Moss

Volunteers gathered at the Barbie Lady's house on Friday, the 2nd of December. In a couple of hours, they were able to get 89 dolls bathed, coiffed and dressed. The next dressing parties are scheduled for December 5, 7 and 9, Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week at 10 am at the Barbie Lady's house: #34 Flamingos in Guayabitos, pink two story house, across from the park. We have 260 more to dolls to get ready for the upcoming Christmas parties. Any and all are welcome to come and help, NO experience needed, we will train you!!! Hope to see some of you next week. For further info about the Children's Christmas Party email me at gd1935@wildblue.net. Thanks, Muchas Gracias, Geri the Barbie Gramma

Grilled Oyster Bar at Los Compadres... and much more!

Los Compadres Oyster Bar

In case you missed the first Oyster Bar at Los Compadres Restaurant on Friday, don't worry. You can head up the hill every Friday night from 4-9pm during the season. As you can see, Bill and Char were enjoying themselves while grillin' up the all-you-can-eat Oysters and Peel & Eat Shrimp!

Dust off your singing voice because Karaoke with Carla starts this Thursday at 5pm in the Bar. Happy Hour (half price well drinks and beer) and snacks will be available. And from here on out, the Bar at Los Compadres will be open Thursday-Saturday from 4-10pm. Saturday night is Ladies Night and ladies drink for half price. Come on up! 


Afternoon Tea at Latitude 21
by Jeffrey

Every Wednesday starting December 14th we are enjoying Tea Time hosted by Azelia Temple. Enjoy a spot of Tea on the upper deck including, scones, cucumber sandwiches, etc... with the delicate tea ware to match the occasion! Of course if you boys want to come we still have fine whiskey available on the side. Starts 1pm to 430pm

RSVP but not required. Azelias cell (322) 192-0009 or leave message. If no answer call Latitude 21 hotline (322) 106-0101.

Quick Links to Recent Articles  

Meet Our Little Panchito -- November 28

Casa Cooking Classes Really "Cook" -- November 28  

Restaurant Reviews now on Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum -- November 28  

Photos of New Malecon in PV -- November 24  

Labor Laws for Household Employees in Mexico -- November 23

Jaltemba Bay Life's "Giving is Good" Project -- From October 24-November 30, Jaltemba Bay Life is donating 20% of all revenue generated to local charitable causes -- October 18 

Riviera Nayarit's Rincon de Guayabitos -- An article recently published in Mexi-Go, a Canadian magazine -- October 6   

Emergency Phone List: Printable Version -- Everyone should have a copy of this directory next to their phone... just in case.   

Travel Tips Guide to Jaltemba Bay -- Everything you need for hassle-free travel: entry and exit documents, customs regulations, medical and travel insurance, and information about bringing a vehicle into Mexico.  

Traveling with Pets to Mexico -- Updated guidelines for bringing your pets to Mexico by land, air or sea.  

Historical Weather Data -- View the daily high and low temps and accumulated rainfall since June. 


You can read these and other articles featured in the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page under the Newsletter tab on Jaltemab Bay Life. 


   From Our Readers

The Incredible Journey of the "Skinny Little White Dog"

by Anonymous 


Serape Rescue Dog 

My life was a sad one. Neglect, abuse and starvation were the "norm" for me. Fortunately, the kind volunteers of the JBAR Animal Rescue Program were on the lookout for candidates for the Spay and Neuter Clinic. I was lying on a gravel pile too weak to resist when they approached... a little white dog covered in open raw sores, severely infested with lice, ticks and fleas. Anxiety, fear and pain were always present.  Read entire story > 


Tell Us Why YOU Love Jaltemba Bay

This is your chance to let the world know why YOU love living or vacationing in Jaltemba Bay. We want to thank Jeffrey, Lilianne, Barenda and Bea for starting us off on the right foot. Now let's see what the rest of you have to say... get ready, get set, get writing!


To submit your story (long or short) or to view what others are saying, click here


Calling All Writers and Photographers


Do you like writing, blogging or taking photos? Then why not submit an article, story or photo for 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. 


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Los Amigos Announces Upcoming Events for 2011-12 Season
by Dave Easby

Two fundraising events are planned this year. A Food and Music Festival is being organized for February 25 at "La Cancha de Futbal". Local restaurants will be invited to provide food and the event will feature a range of musical groups. The entry fee will be set at a level designed to appeal to the whole community.  Read entire article >


Los Amigos Meeting Update
by Dave Easby

Los Amigos de Jaltemba, formerly Los Amigos de La Penita, held it's first ever meeting on Monday, November 28. A new set of bylaws, reflecting the increasingly complex nature of the organization, was approved by the members and a new Executive was elected.  Read entire article >


Rotary: Women Helping Women 

by Susana Connors


When a woman loses her breast to cancer, she loses a part of her self esteem. When she can look normal in her clothes, much of that lost esteem returns. What would be simple to accomplish in the U.S. and Canada, buying a bra designed to imitate the missing breast, is not always so simple in rural Mexico. Enter Cancer de Mama, a group of North American women who care. Read entire article

JBAR: Animals for Adoption


We have just finished creating a new album on the forum for all the JBAR animals up for adoption.  View ALL 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.  


For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.


Quick Links to Recent Community Corner Articles

Rotary Club News -- November 28

Los Amigos Announced New Website -- November 26  

Why I Love Jaltemba Bay  by Bea Rauch -- November 21 

Why I Love Jaltemba Bay  by Barenda -- November 8, 2011 

New "Mexi-Can Vet Project 2011" Video -- October 24

Cancer de Mama: How You Can Help  by Wendy DeBoer -- September 12 


You will find many more articles about community groups and events here on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page under the Newsletter tab on Jaltemba Bay Life. 


   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  


December 1-12 

Patron Saint's Festivities of Our Lady of Guadalupe  

The church in Sayulita is dedicated to the Our Lady of Guadalupe (the Virgen Morena). Pilgrimages and an enormous devotion are part of this celebration.

December 5, 7 and 9  

Barbie Dressing Parties

Join Geri de Moss at 10am at Flamingos #34 in Guayabitos to help dress 260 more to dolls for the upcoming Christmas parties. Any and all are welcome to come and help. For more information, refer to the article above or mail Geri de Moss at gd1935@wildblue.net  

Be sure to also read through the "Ongoing Events" listed below.  


If you have information about an upcoming event or activity, please email it to us at Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com so we can include it in the next edition of the newsletter. And be sure to add your event to the Community Calendar as well.

Next Week  


Monday, December 12 

Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe* 

(Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe)  This important religious holiday marks the day the Virgin Guadalupe, Mexico's Patron Saint, made her miraculous appearance to a peasant in Mexico. It is celebrated with special masses and processions.


December 16-24 

Las Posadas de Navidad 

(Pre-Christmas Week & Festivities)  The Christmas holiday is one of the biggest fiestas of the year and is celebrated nationwide. During these 9 days, there are parties, processions and nacimientos (nativity scenes). The parties, known as posadas, re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. The main Christmas celebration is a traditional family dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass.




Special Events for 2011-12

Click here (or on the left sidebar) to view a list of upcoming Fundraising, Charity and Special Events, as well as information on how you can participate and/or help.  



* Indicates possible non-working holidays.

** Indicates Nationwide 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.





Tianguis in Guayabitos 

The Tianguis (open-air market) in Guayabitos is held every Monday during high season from 8am-1pm in the Guayabitos Plaza (map). While slightly smaller than the Thursday market in La Peņita, the atmosphere is lively and the location is charming.  


Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

Guayabitos Yoga

Work on strength, flexibility, core power and balance during these outdoor yoga classes. Classes start at 7:30am (9am class will be added in January).  More Info >



PEACE Home Tours 

Explore traditional-style Vallarta casas to graceful haciendas and multi-million dollar ocean-front villas during this 3-hour tour. Tickets are $35 USD and all proceeds support PEACE projects.  More Info >



Rotary Club Jaltemba Bay

Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info >


Afternoon Tea at Latitude 21

Enjoy a spot of tea on the upper deck including, scones and cucumber sandwiches. Wednesdays from 1-4:30pm. RSVP to (322) 192-0009.  More info > 


Manuel & Friends Play at Las Brisas Restaurant 

Eat, drink and dance to Manuel & Friends every Wednesday night at 5pm.  More Info >



Tianguis in La Peņita

The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday from 8am-1pm or so around the Plaza in La Peņita (map). It is "the" place to shop for silver and handmade jewelry, tablecloths and linens, glassware, Talavera pottery, Huichol Indian artwork and Oaxacan rugs. You will also find fresh fruits and veggies, homemade breads and locally-produced honey and coffee. This is one of the largest and most well-known markets in the area.   


Karaoke with Carla at Los Compadres
Join Carla in the Bar starting at 5pm. Half price well drinks and beer, and snacks will be available.  More info > 



Casa Cooking Classes

Each class focuses on a traditional Mexican meal using the freshest local foods with information on ingredients, utensils and techniques. Classes are Fridays at 2pm in Guayabitos. Registration starts now!  More Info >   


Grilled Oyster Bar at Los Compadres 

All you can eat Grilled Oysters or Peel & Eat Shrimp for only $200 pesos every Friday from 4-9pm.  More Info > 



Jazz at Xaltemba 

Scott Webb jazzes things up at Xaltemba Restaurant every Saturday night from 7-10pm.  More Info >



Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Enjoy brunch on the back terrace at El Panorama Hotel in La Peņita every weekend from 8am-noon. 10% of the proceeds go to Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). Reservations are required.  More Info > 


You can view a full list of events and activities on the  

Community Calendar


   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!  

Indicates businesses, rentals and real estate that advertised and/or renewed their listing during our "Giving is Good" project, in which 20% of the proceeds were donated to local charities.  


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 >

Hotel Bahia


Hotel Bahia  

La Penita  


This 38-room hotel is situated in the heart of La Penita. It is clean, quiet, secure and ideal for budget-conscious travelers.  more >

Taxistas Unidas


Taxistas Unidos  

La Penita / Guayabitos 


Taxistas Unidos currently has 63 members and serves six towns. Each member is licensed, insured and certified.  more >

   Featured Real Estate

Listing your Real Estate By-Owner on our site is easy, affordable and it runs until you sell. Click here to find out how. You can view more Home and Condo Listings here.


Casa Tequila


Casa Tequila  

Guayabitos, Residential
$1,350,000 USD


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

Casa Vista Tranquilo


Casa Vista Tranquilo  

Guayabitos, Residential  

$373,000 USD 


The construction and work- manship of this home, built by Mariano Sanches, are beyond compare. Must see!  more >

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


The team at Jaltemba Bay Life works hard to provide you with the most up-to-date and informative site for both locals and visitors to the area.  


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 stand by our product and our commitment to the community -- that's why all fees are 100% money-back guaranteed!  


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 & Panchito the Rescue Dogs, too)

Founders, Jaltemba Bay Life