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 December 12, 2011 

welcome / bienvenidos   


Welcome to all 992 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


Christmas is less than two weeks away. To make your shopping and gift-giving a little easier, we have put together our 1st Annual Holiday Giving Guide. You can check it out (while you check gifts off your list) below. 


The Santa Ana winds came and went during the last week of November. Everyone I spoke with said the timing seemed later than normal, but since we don't have any way to track it (until now), I can't tell you when they usually occur. I finally got a chance to update this weather data, and I think you'll find it quite interesting. You'll find a link to this information below. 


To find out what is happening this week, read through 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 December 19th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week
Beautiful Bahia de Los Ayala
by Christina Stobbs

Los Ayala Bay
This crazy beautiful photo of the Bahia de Los Ayala now graces the Los Ayala town page on Jaltemba Bay Life. We want to thank Christina Stobbs, writer, photographer and full-time resident of Los Ayala, for allowing us to use this photo. To view more of Christina's work, click here.

   Featured Articles
Jaltemba Bay Life's 1st Annual Ornament
Holiday Giving Guide
by Allyson Williams

Christmas is nearly upon us and we know how hard it is to find that "perfect" gift. We have searched around town to find a few Giftunique and thoughtful gift ideas to give to your friends, family and neighbors -- and the best part is that all these holiday gifts "give back" to our community. Click here to view our Holiday Giving Guide 
November Weather Update...
Better Late Than Never

The Santa Ana winds blew through the bay during the last part of November signaling the end of rainy season and bringing with it cooler temps and lower humidity. We have documented this archived data on the updated Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.

Quick Links to Recent Articles


Due to the growing number of stories in our newsletter, we no longer have space to include quick links to recently published articles. However, you can find all of our past articles here on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page. You can read these articles anytime by clicking on the Newsletter tab on Jaltemba Bay Life.  


And if you don't read the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum every day (or at least every other day), you should. Here are just a few things you may have missed:  

Tonita III: Holiday Special Events 

Vista Guayabitos: New Hours 

Beso del Sol Steakhouse: BBQ Rib Night 

Las Brisas: Surf & Turf Special 

Fitness Pad: Winter Promotion and New Kick Boxing Class 

Total Lunar Eclipse 

New Emmissions Permits Required for Permanently Imported Vehicles 

List of Gluten-Free Products in PV


   Featured Events + Event News
6th Annual Festival Sinergiarte 2011
by San Pancho Colectivo


The San Pancho Colectivo (CSP) is an independent organization that produces and promotes artistic projects, both individually and collectively, in and around the town of San Pancho. The festival Sinergiarte was born in 2006 when some of the artists came together to share their work, as well as to promote and disseminate art, culture and traditions among the people of the community and its visitors.  Read entire article >

   From Our Readers

Letter from Teriyaki Time
by Mike Kurtz

In appreciation to all who have eaten breakfast, lunch or dinner at Teriyaki Time, THANK YOU! The community has been very, very supportive of our efforts and our appreciation is heart felt.
I cannot speak for other business owners in the area, but I am quite sure that many of them are experiencing the same challenges as we at Teriyaki Time are experiencing. Our costs of doing business have risen dramatically.  Read entire article >

   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Los Amigos Open House
by Dave Easby

Los Amigos de Jaltemba is pleased to welcome the members of the Jaltemba Bay community to an Open House to learn all about Los Amigos. Come meet the Chairs of our Committees and learn about their plans for the upcoming season. This is your chance to become involved in helping to better the community that we have all grown to love.


The event will be on Tuesday, December 13 at Restaurante La Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4, commencing at 7pm.


For more information, visit the Los Amigos de Jaltemba community webpage.

3rd Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club Dinner Dance 

by Susana Connors


Look for a Rotarian and you will find tickets to the third annual La Penita Rotary Club dinner dance. It will be held at Tonita III on Saturday, January 21st from 6:00 to 11:00 pm. There will be music, both in a floor show and gala dancing. There will be the famous silent auction and prizes of all kinds. There will be Rotary fellowship all around.  Read entire article >


Rotary Dinner Dance: Silent Auction Preview 

by Marilyn Miller 


Be sure to save the date January 21 for Rotary's Dinner Dance & Auction! The list of auction items donated by local area businesses and Rotary supporters is growing. Here is a sample of the Silent Auction items...  Read entire article > 


Rotary: Costs and Benefits of  

a La Penita Kinder  

by Susana Connors


The Jaltemba Bay La Peņita Rotary Club has built three kindergarten schools and has partnered in a fourth. The total cost, per school, is approximately $20,000 USD (including the bathroom, plumbing, storage and septic system running $5,000USD). Sometimes all that is needed is a bathroom or a fence.  Read entire article >


La Casa de los Niņos Wish List

by Dave Martinez 


If you or your friends are visiting Lo de Marcos, we would greatly appreciate if you could bring some of these items with you... glue guns, glue sticks, scissors, white glue, pens and pencils, color crayons, acrylic paint, art brushes, coloring books, white construction paper, beads for making bracelets, table games, inexpensive toys for Birthday gifts, computer speakers and Scotch (clear) tape. Gracias por su apoyo!


For more information or to contact Dave, visit the La Casa de los Ninos community webpage. 


Casino Night Follow-Up  

by Kathy Olivas 


Thanks to all the generous support of attendees, vendors, service providers and volunteers, the "Vida Reavivida" Women's Center will receive nearly $52,000 pesos for their construction fund. Walls are already going up at the location and with this funding and more to come from several other scheduled events in Puerto Vallarta over the next few months, hopes are that it will soon be completed.  Read entire article >


JBAR: 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. You can view the new JBAR Adoptee Photo Album here. 


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


   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


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.


Tuesday, December 13  

Los Amigos Open House  

This is your chance to learn about Los Amigos, meet the Chairs of our Committees and learn about their plans for the upcoming season. Everyone is welcome. The event is at Restaurante La Palapa de Guty, Circuito Libertad #4, commencing at 7pm.


Friday, December 16   

Posada Navideņa (Christmas Party) for Children   

La Penita Plaza

This event is sponsored by Unidos de Bahia de Jaltemba A.C. in hopes of providing a party and gifts for poor and disabled children in La Penita.  More Info


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.


December 17-29

6th Annual Festival Sinergiarte 

San Pancho

This annual art festival includes painting, film, photography, dance, theater, circus, music and food. This year's event will run from Saturday, December 17 at 7pm until Thursday, December 29 at 10pm. Admission is free. See above for more information. 


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


Saturday, December 24  

Noche Buena  (Christmas Eve)  


Sunday, December 25  

Dia de Navidad  (Christmas Day)



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! 


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 >

Glassworks Studio


Glassworks Studio    

La Colonia   


Stained glass mosaic and fused glass workshops. Plus custom stained glass windows and light fixtures.  more >

Green Parrot


Green Parrot S.A.   

La Penita


We are not real estate agents. We buy and sell interesting properties for great investments.  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 serves six towns, and each member is licensed, insured and certified. 

La Penita >

Guayabitos & Los Ayala > 

   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 >

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 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