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 February 20, 2012 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 1,099 subscribers of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, and many more who view it on Jaltemba Bay Life and the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum.


We have had cloudy skies, rain and slightly cooler temperatures this week. On Saturday, a stunning double rainbow hovered over the bay as shown in our Photo of the Week.

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


To help plan your upcoming trip or your day in the Bay, 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 February 27th just in time for your morning coffee.  




Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter


   Photo of the Week

Stunning Double Rainbow 

by Allyson Williams


Double Rainbow


Just before 6pm this past Saturday, the Jaltemba Bay area was graced by an amazing double rainbow. Click here to see a few more photos 


   Featured Articles
Equipale Furniture: What Is It and How It's Made

by Allyson Williams 


Sergio Equipale 

Let me start out by saying that I feel blessed to be able to live here in Mexico. I love all that this place has to offer... the food, the culture, the music and most of all the wonderful people I get to interact with each and every day. I also feel fortunate that I am able to share experiences like the one I had today with you via this website.


Since 2006, I have organized a small group order of Equipale furniture for friends and neighbors. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Equipale (pronounced eh-kee-pah-ley) is crafted from tanned pigskin and Mexican cedar strips.  Read more 


Recent Articles You May Have Missed

Guide to Mexican Cheese: Part 1 

Tickets for Fiesta 2012 - A Taste of Jaltemba Available This Thursday 

461 Survivors Attend This Year's Cancer de Mama Clinic  

Gilligan's Island Party Cruise  

The Volkswagens are Coming! 

Need a Car Wash? WashanWear Will Come to You!  

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story   

And much more...


You can read these and other articles featured in our newsletter on the "Current News, Event Info & Photos" page located on JaltembaBayLife.com under the Newsletter tab.


Important Links   

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. 


   Event News + Updates
Fiesta 2012: A Taste of Jaltemba -- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

by Dave Easby


The lineup of local Fiesta 2012 Logorestaurants that will be featured at Fiesta 2012 is impressive indeed: El Pollito, Vista Guayabitos, El Rodeo, Teriyaki Time, Rockys, Chasite and Marios Tortas will all be there with more fine eateries still to be confirmed. You'll have an opportunity to sample fare from all these places at the event.  Read more 


Cruising Jaltemba Bay -- Sunshine and Good Times

by Christina Stobbs  


Gilligan's Island Party Cruise


You'll enjoy spectacular scenery, great entertainment, humpback whales and fun! Tickets are just 300 pesos per person, including two drinks. Plus, you'll help raise funds to make much needed infrastructure improvements in Los Ayala.  Read more 


There Will Be Bingo at La Casa de Los Ninos Golf Tournament

by Dave Martinez


During the La Casa golf tournament there will be BINGO! On Friday after the golfers come in from the first round we will have Folklorico dancers from Lo de Marcos and on Saturday, Friends of the Beach playing dance music.  Read more 


KinderAide Street Dance Was a Huge Success

by Jane Fellows 


KinderAide Team 

Kinder Aide's Street Dance was a HUGE success. Everyone had such a good time. The music by Enrique, Mimi and John, and Manuel and Friends was fantastic! The weather held for us, the food was great and the people attending...  Read more

   Restaurant + Business News
3rd Annual Glass Expo

by Jo Lorimer


Glass Expo 2012


Glassworks Studio proudly presents the 3rd Annual Glass Expo. Over 30 artists represented at the show with their stained glass mosaics, fused glass and stepping stones. You have got to check this out, it is truly amazing... sparkly, colorful and creative!  Read more

Toņita's 26th Anniversary Party and Mexican Fiesta

Tonita's LogoJoin Toņita and her family for their 26th Anniversary Party on Tuesday, February 28 at Toņita III in La Peņita. There will be live Mariachi, Ballet Folkloric and dancing horses. Dinner is either Chicken Breast with Mole or Chiles en Nogada. The party runs from 6-10pm and tickets are only $250 pesos. There are still a few tickets available so if you haven't already purchased one, head to any of the Toņita Restaurant locations soon. Read more and see event poster here.

For more information or locations, visit any of Toņita's Restaurant websites: Toņita I, Toņita II or Toņita III

Xaltemba's 5th Anniversary Dinner Celebration
by Roberto Gil de Montes 


Xaltemba Restaurant Cordially invites you to the 5th Year Anniversary Dinner Celebration on Tuesday, February 28th with Guest Chef Betty Vásquez from Hotel Garza Canela, El Delfin Restaurant, San Blas, Nayarit.  Read more 


Third Italian Cooking Class Added


Dolores' Italian Cooking Classes 

Due to the overwhelming response, Ejidio, owner of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peņita, and his mother, Dolores who is in town for a few weeks from Italy, have added a third cooking class.  Read more 


   Why We Love Jaltemba Bay 

    Tell us why YOU love living or vacationing here! 

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.  


   Community Corner:

    Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

Community Culture Center - Progress is Moving Forward

by Susana Connors


"There are many reasons why the La Penita area would benefit from a Community Cultural Center", says Johan Nielsen and Vicky Robelo, at a presentation to the members of the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary club. Read more

Doing It, The Lady Smith Way!

by Susana Connors


Rotarians, John and Mary Muirroney, from the Lady Smith Rotary Club in Canada, were present at the last Wednesday meeting of the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club. "Matching grants are the key", says John.  Read more

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    


February 16-21
Carnaval (Carnival)
Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before Catholic Lent begins. The festival of Carnaval is celebrated as a last indulgence of carnal pleasures that Catholics must give up for 40 days of fasting during Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Carnaval is celebrated exuberantly with parades, floats, costumes, music and dancing in the streets.  View schedule here

Monday, February 20

Italian Cooking Classes

Ejidio, owner of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peņita, and his mother, Dolores who is in town for a few weeks from Italy, are offering two days of cooking classes in Italian cuisine.  Read more 


Tuesday, February 21
9th Annual Mujeres a Mujeres Jaltemba Bay
Fashion Show

The 9th Annual Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show takes place this year on February 21st in an extraordinary new location - Hacienda La Penita, home of American designer Thomas Bartlett. The beautiful garden setting alone makes it worth the $300 pesos price, which also includes a luncheon and the viewing of fashions created by a select group of Jaltemba Bay designers.  Read more

Wednesday, February 22
Italian Cooking Classes

Ejidio, owner of El Gigio Italian Pizzeria in La Peņita, and his mother, Dolores who is in town for a few weeks from Italy, are offering two days of cooking classes in Italian cuisine.  Read more   


3rd Annual Glass Expo

Glassworks Studio proudly presents the 3rd Annual Glass Expo. Over 30 artists represented at the show with their stained glass mosaics, fused glass and stepping stones. You have got to check this out, it is truly amazing... Read more  


Friday, Saturday 24

Dia de la Bandera (Flag Day)

This day commemorates the Mexico's current flag as well as previous ones.  


Friday-Saturday, February 24-25
4th Annual La Casa de Los Ninos Golf Tournament
The 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit La Casa de los Niņos in Lo de Marcos will be held on Friday-Saturday, February 24-25 at 8am (Nayarit time) at the Campo de Ensueņo Golf Course. There will be a blind draw format, 9-hole scramble each day and the event is limited to 105 players!  Read more

Saturday, February 25
7th Annual Rincon de Guayabitos Festival

This will be the last night of the 7th Annual Rincón de Guayabitos Festival, courtesy of the Asociación de Hoteles del Municipio de Compostela AC. The arts and cultural activities will begin at 8pm in the Guayabitos Plaza and admission is free. Click here to view the schedule of events.




For more upcoming and ongoing events, restaurant specials, music, classes and more, visit the Jaltemba Bay 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

Los Tulipanes


Los Tulipanes  



Offering the best flavors in Guayabitos with specialty dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Fajitas, Surf & Turf Filet and their famous omelets.  more 




La Peņita 


One-stop service center for your packing and shipping needs, whether local, national or international. Bi-lingual and friendly staff.  more 

Perla del Mar New


Perla del Mar

La Peņita


This luxury beachfront vacation home has 7 bedrooms and is available for weekly or monthly rental.  more 

San Lucas Apartments


San Lucas Apartments 

La Peņita 


These brand new deluxe 1 and 2 bedroom apartments are located in the heart of La Peņita.  more  

Tequila Villanueva


Tequila Villanueva 



Their newly remodeled restaurant is on the south end of the beach (where Tequila Willy's used to be). Come in, you're family!  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.  


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 >

   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