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 December 19, 2011 

merry christmas / feliz navidad    


Welcome to all 1,001 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


We, at Jaltemba Bay Life, would like to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a safe and happy holiday, no matter where you are. 


There will be a lot of parties, posadas and dinners going on this week. To find out when, where and what time, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.     


Don't forget to check the current weather conditions 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 26th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   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 
In the Spirit of Giving
by Allyson Williams

Casa Hogar

Last week, I received an email from Geri the Barbie Lady asking if someone could deliver 100 small crocheted drawstring bags to Casa Hogar. I emailed her back and offered to do so as David and I were heading to Puerto Vallarta to do some shopping anyway. We expected to drop off the bags and be on our way. Instead, we were overcome by emotion and awed by this amazing place.  Read entire article >

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring -- Caramba! Que pasa?
Los niņos were tucked away in their camas,
Some in long underwear, some in pijamas,

Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Jaltemba Bay

If you haven't already made reservations for Christmas or New Year's Eve, here are a few great ideas...

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24):

Beso del Sol Steakhouse
Dinner (choice of filet mignon, roasted pork loin or roasted turkey) served with mashed potatoes, fresh veggies with basil, entree salad and glass of wine. Great service and soft music. 5-10pm. $179 pesos.  More Info >

El Rincon del Arabe
Traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, 1 glass of wine, 1 cocktail or beer, and dessert. 7pm. $250 pesos. Please reserve by December 19th by coming into the restaurant (behind Hamaca Maya in La Penita).

Dinner & Dance on the Highway. Dinner (all you can eat BBQ ribs, fish filet and garlic shrimp), dessert and drinks. Mariachi music, Mexican piano, dancers, bingo and more. Free transportation with advanced reservation. Starts at 5pm. $340 pesos ($380 pesos after Dec 20).  More Info >

Christmas Day (Dec. 25):

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Closed.  More Info >

Christmas Dinner on the Beach. Turkey dinner with vegetables, mashed potatoes, 2 drinks and dessert. Live music. Starts at 6pm. $250 pesos.  More Info >

Teriyaki Time
Closed.  More Info >

Tonita III
Traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, free drink, DJ music. 6-10pm. $200 pesos.  More Info >

Boxing Day (Dec. 26):

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Celebrate Boxing Day with breakfast at El Panorama. Choice of cheese, pepper and mushroom quiche or poached eggs with mushroom dijon sauce. 8:30am-1pm. $120 pesos.  More Info >

New Year's Eve (Dec. 31):

Paradise Sports Bar & Grill
(Formerly Crazy Nelly's)  New Year's Eve Party featuring the "LA Connection" Dance Band. Dinner and 3 drinks for $400 pesos. Advanced tickets available.  More Info >

New Year's Eve Party on the Highway. All you can eat & drink: BBQ ribs, fish fillet, and garlic and coconut shrimp. Mariachi music, Mexican piano and dancers. Free transportation with advanced reservation. Starts at 5pm. $340 pesos ($380 pesos after Dec. 25).  More Info >

Tonita III
New Year's Eve Dinner & Party. Pork Loin with Plum Sauce or Stuffed Chicken with Feta Cheese and Peppers and free drink. Live music. 7pm-Midnight. $300 pesos.  More Info >

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 this information here on the "Archived Articles & Photos" page. You can also read past articles anytime by visiting JaltembaBayLife and clicking on the Newsletter tab.


And if you don't read the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum every day (or at least every other) you should. You just never know what someone will post. 


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Final Barbie Update
by Geri de Moss

Well done ladies, another 65 dolls were completed on our fourth and final barbie dressing party last Friday + the 35 that Lynne did at home. As a thank you, all volunteers in attendance were treated to a mole lunch cooked and served by our very own nurse Vicky Flores.   Read entire article >

Los Amigos Open House Update
by Dave Easby

The Los Amigos de Jaltemba Open House on Tuesday, December 13 attracted more than 100 people. Three presentations focused on the major initiatives that will be the focus of the organization's work over the next few months. Zobeida Barrera gave an overview of the Scholarship Program. 
Read entire article >

Los Amigos Meeting Schedule and Basket-Making Workshops
by Dave Easby

The General Meetings and the Management Council Meetings - as well as our Basket Making Workshops have been added to the Jaltemba Bay Life Calendar. The General Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month (except for December, which would fall on Boxing Day). The Management Council Meetings are the second Monday in every month. The Basket Making Workshops will be held every Saturday in January and February. 

Rotary: December 19 Update
by Susana Connors 

There are three articles in this week's Rotary Update:
  • Rotarian Architect, Considered Citizen, Octaviano Presented an Update at the Last Rotary Meeting on the Municipal's Plan to Sell Guayabitos Greenbelt Area
  • Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Meetings
  • Rotary Dinner Dance

Read all articles >   


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


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.  More Info >


Wednesday, December 21

Christmas Party in La Colonia  

The party will be held at Calle Lerdo de Tejada and is scheduled from 4-6pm. They are expecting about 500 children to attend, and everyone is welcome.  More info >

Christmas Party for Children of Los Ayala
Featuring games, candies and a whole lot of cute! Tamales and Atole will be available for purchase. Remember to bring your camera! Starts at 6pm.  More Info >

Saturday, December 24 

Noche Buena  (Christmas Eve) 


Sunday, December 25

Dia de Navidad**  (Christmas Day)


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


Wednesday, December 28 

Dia de los Santos Inocentes

(Holy Innocent's Day)  This is the Mexican version of April Fool's Day, so don't believe everything you see or hear! 


Saturday, December 31 

Aņo Viejo  (New Year's Eve) 


Sunday, January 1 
Aņo Nuevo**  (New Year's 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.



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.  


View more Homes & Condos here. Or let one of the local Realtors & Real-Estate Companies help find your perfect place. 


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