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May 1, 2012 

welcome / bienvenidos


Welcome to all 1,155 newsletter subscribers!


May brings a wave of holidays and activities. We want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to moms everywhere (May 10 in Mexico and May 13 in the US and Canada) and to give a gold star to all the hardworking teachers out there (Teacher's Day is May 15). To find out what else is happening during the next two weeks, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.

This issue features important information regarding destructive palm beetles in our area. We have several JBAR adoption stories to start off our celebration of National Pet Month. Angelina's Casa construction is moving right along. We have received a birding initiative letter from Luis Morales of the San Pancho Bird Observatory. And treat yourself to a Cinco de Mayo favorite Allyson has included in this issue; a Guacamole recipe that already has my mouth watering just thinking about it!


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.  


Like many businesses here in the Bay, we are switching over to summer hours. Rather than publishing our newsletter every week, you will now receive it every other week instead. Be sure to watch for the next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter, which will arrive in your Inbox on Tuesday, May 15, just in time for your morning coffee.   



Tosia Archer  

Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter  


Photo of the Week 

Iridescent Bug in My Garden 

by Tosia Archer

 Iridescent bug in flower


This lovely, large (about 1.5 inches long) and iridescent bug caught my eye as it quickly flew into one of my flowers several weeks ago. It was moving about quite erratically and I only managed to snap this one photo of it. If you think you may know what it is, please let me know by clicking here.  


Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life

All Palms are in Danger  

by Sarah Walker


Bismark Palm Tree


I am writing this to all of you who have palm trees on your property and especially the blue fan palm known as the "Bismark Palm". Many of you have been on Thomas Bartlett's property and have been impressed with the most beautiful Bismarck Blue Palm, and hundreds of you have...  Read more

JBAR Adoption Stories: Week 1 

by JBL Readers


machu and orange peel 

May is National Pet Month. To celebrate, we have asked our readers to submit photos and short stories about the pets they have adopted from Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR). If you would like to share your story, please email it to us by May 6th. Here are the stories and photos we received this week.  Read more 


Project Angelina: Construction Begins
by Donna Steensma

Agneta's Book

We made great headway this past Friday and Saturday. We prepared the footings for the walls. At one point there were 17 men working, and some volunteers. Many of the Mexicans are working on this project at reduced wages.
  Read More 


The Jaltemba Bay DISH:
Food and recipes from around the Bay

Blackened Jalapeņo Guacamole

by Allyson Williams 


Blackened Jalapeno Guacamole


Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) takes place this Saturday and celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is no longer a national holiday here in Mexico. Regardless, guacamole is one of those appetizers...  View the recipe

Gracias! to our New Advertisers
Punta el Custodio 


Punta el Custodio is located on a point near the small town of Platanitos, just 55 minutes from Guayabitos. This remote gated resort community is comprised of 13 beautifully designed homes set amongst immaculately maintained gardens and spectacular panoramic ocean views. Here are a few of the beachfront villas at Punta el Custodio that are currently listed on our site.

Casa Iguana


Casa IguanaCasa Iguana, with its unique two-story bedroom palapa and views of the ocean, is perfect for two couples or a small family. The comfortable shaded living areas and kitchen combine a sense of intimacy with the natural environment of sea and tropical breezes.  Learn more

Villa Sonrisa


Villa SonrisaVilla Sonrisa is a private luxury, beachfront villa with a stunning setting and incomparable views. The house has two master suites with private bathrooms that open onto ocean and jungle views. The main living area has a breathtaking view of the river mouth.  Learn more

If you've been thinking about listing your hotel or vacation rental on our site, now is the time to do so. Why? Because the majority of bookings for next season will be received between now and October. Promote your property on our high-traffic website and get more bookings than ever before. Contact us today!

Why We Love Jaltemba Bay 

Tell us why YOU love living or vacationing here! 

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) and to view what others are saying on the Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum, click here.  


(Please note that these posts are quoted exactly as our readers write them on our forum)


From Our Readers

San Pancho Bird Observatory Initiative   

by Luis Morales 


Streaked-back Oriole


Our team of educators, naturalists and scientists is pleased to present you with an exciting, long-term initiative that we are developing for San Pancho and nearby communities, of course including the Jaltemba Bay area...  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, and there are numerous ways you can help. For more information, visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage.


Calendar + Events

Tuesday, May 1

Dia de Trabajo (Labor Day)
This is equivalent to the US Labor Day and is celebrated with
parades, marches and union events. This is a national holiday, so all schools, banks and government offices are closed.

Thursday - May 3
Tianguis, La Penita Plaza
Weekly open air market.  Read More
Cinco de Mayo is the official anniversary of the country's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 (it is not Mexican Independence Day like many people think, which is on September 16th). This day is typically celebrated with bands and parades with re-enactments of the final battle. While Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in the US, it is no longer a national holiday here in Mexico, but rather a banking one.
Sunday, May 6
Annual Altruism Festival, Puerto Vallarta
The Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta will benefit over 25 charitable organizations in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. This extraordinary gastronomic event will feature food and drinks from the best restaurants of Puerto Vallarta and Riveria Nayarit, as well as music, entertainment and information about area charitable organizations and volunteer opportunities.  Read More
Thursday, May 10
Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day)
Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday. Families gather around the most revered member of the Mexican family to celebrate and shower her with gifts and attention. Nayarita Youth and Unidos por Bahia de Jaltemba are organizing an event in La Penita that evening (you can read more about it here).
Thursday-Sunday, May 10-20
Patron Saint's Festivities of Our Lady of the Rosary in La Penita (Nuestra Senora del Rosario de Talpa)
Tuesday, May 15
Dia del Maestro (Teacher's Day)
This holiday honors teachers and professors, and classes are usually suspended for the day so teacher's can have the day off. In Jaltemba Bay, the celebration is part of the Patron Saint's Festivities (see above).



For more upcoming and ongoing events, music, classes and more, visit the Jaltemba Bay Community Calendar


Recent Articles You May Have Missed

The "Bridge of Life" is a Work in Progress  

Project Angelina: Demolition   

In Honor of JBAR, We Are Celebrating National Pet Month     

Three-In-One Center -- Possible Rotary Project 

Featured Rental: Casa Luna at Playa Las Tortugas 

Featured Rental: Casa Maria at Playa Las Tortugas

Featured Rental: Villa Las Mananitas at Playa Las Tortugas

Photo of the Week: Fisherman's Memorial  

You've Got to Love Pemex Gasoline  

Updated Emergency Phone List 

And much more...


You can read these and other articles featured in our newsletter on the new Jaltemba Bay Life BLOG.  


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David & Allyson (and Taco & Panchito the Rescue Dogs, too)

Founders, Jaltemba Bay Life  

Owners, Jaltemba Bay Folk Forum