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August 21, 2012 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 1,282 newsletter subscribers!


Summer vacation is over and it's back to school for local students this week! The Jaltemba Bay Life Team wishes them a fun and productive school year.


In our last issue of the newsletter, we published a list of all the major upcoming events scheduled for this season. In it, there are many fundraising and charity events organized by or held for local community groups like Cancer de Mama, Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue, Los Amigos, Rotary and more. You can support these great causes by attending and/or volunteering during your winter vacation. View the 2012-13 Jaltemba Bay Event Calendar


And to find out what's happening this week and next, 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.


During the summer, we publish the Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter every two weeks. Be sure to watch for the next issue, which will arrive in your InBox on September 4th just in time for your morning coffee.



Tosia Polomski-Archer 

Jaltemba Bay Life Team 


Photo of the Week 
Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons
by Ken and Bea Rauch
RKB Great Egret
The Great Egrets in their La Peņita rookery provided us many hours of entertainment several mornings in April. Photos were not easy to take (sitting on a tree branch is not very comfy). Getting the right exposure for the white birds is always a challenge.
Read More and View Additional Photos


Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Timeline Released for New Malecon in
La Peņita
by David Thompson
DT La Penita Malecon timeline

The following timetable was recently released for the bidding and construction of the new Malecon in La Peņita -- August 16: Solicitation for bids began; August 20: CompraNet (Department of Public Service) to visit site; August 21: Board of Clarification meets; August 28: Presentation and...  Read More 


Rob's Ramblings: Daily Hurdles
by Rob Erickson
Rob's Ramblings: Daily Hurdles LPTP
I've often had friends from Up-North ask about my days here in small town Mexico. In retirement, the old line Up-North of "you don't do the post office and bank on the same day" can be turned into "I woke this morning with nothing to do, and went to bed only half done." Actually, that is sort of...  Read More

La Tovara National Park: An Endless Adventure
by Riviera Nayarit CVB
La Tovara from Riv Nay story
The La Tovara National Park is located just 1― hours from Rincón de Guayabitos near the town of San Blas, and offers the largest collection of birds in Mexico, a clever film set and adventures in the jungle. Chencho, our tour guide, has a pet word that explains everything... Read More


My KinderAide Experience: Part 2
by Sharon Schmidt
KinderAide Experience2
I live in Grande Prairie, Alberta and have been visiting La Peņita for a few years. My husband and I fell in love with the people and area so much so that we bought a home there last season. I work at a dental clinic and I knew about KinderAide from my friend Jane. Last year I arrived in Mexico with...  Read More


What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?
by Allyson Williams
AW Jaltemba Hawksbill Simithsonian
You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does.The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago.  Read More


Where to Live
Condominios Paraiso Tropical, Unit #14
La Peņita
$150,000 USD

Condominios Paraiso Tropical This spacious 1-2 bedroom condo is on the 2nd floor of the Condominios Paraiso Tropical complex and overlooks the Bay of Jaltemba. It is located just 1 block from the beach and 4 blocks from the center of town.  Learn more

To view other homes and condos for sale in the Jaltemba Bay area, click here.

Meet Local Folks
Meet Tom Plattenberger, La Peņita
by Christina Stobbs
CS Meet Tom P
Tom's journey to Mexico began 25 years ago with his partner Bruce. The winters in Alaska are long and cold, and like the majority of folks from that state they chose to escape for a little while by enjoying vacation in Hawaii or Mexico. They liked Hawaii, but something about being confined...  Read More


Restaurant + Business News
Casa Cooking Announces Class Schedule for 2012-2013
by Allyson Williams
AW Casa Cooking Class
Debra Triplett and Betty Nuņez are excited to announce this season's schedule for their Casa Cooking Classes. In addition to their regular Thursday classes which include exciting new menus, they are offering Monday classes featuring traditional favorites. They have also added...  Read More

Where to Stay
La Peņita

La Peņita de Jaltemba is the largest of the three towns and provides the commercial and public services for Jaltemba Bay and the surrounding area. There are many businesses and restaurants dotted throughout town, as well as some small hotels and bungalows, a couple of trailer parks, and a few lovely Bed & Breakfasts, rental homes, condos and apartments. Locals congregate along La Avenida (main street) and in the plaza, which sits at the center of town. Its paved walkways and concrete benches are shaded by large ficus and palm trees. This charming fishing village is quiet, friendly and the epitome of "real" Mexico.

Click here to learn more about La Peņita, including the population, beach, photos and more.

We want to help you find your perfect place to stay. No matter whether you're looking for an upscale resort, all-inclusive hotel, beachfront vacation rental home, quaint Bed & Breakfast or RV park for your rig -- here at Jaltemba Bay Life, there's something for everyone and every budget. Here are three great options when staying in La Peņita...


El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B
La Peņita

El Panorama Villa Hotel El Panorama is a beautiful retreat with 3 guest rooms. It offers breathtaking views of the mountains, sea and entire town of La Peņita. Guests can relax on the roof top pool and patio, or head to the beach just blocks away.  Learn more

View El Panorama's location on our interactive Map of La Peņita

Hotel Bahia
La Peņita

Hotel Bahia This charming old-style Mexican hotel is situated in the heart of La Peņita and is perfect for the budget-conscious traveler. The hotel itself is basic, but it is very clean and the staff is friendly, accommodating and bilingual.  Learn more

View Hotel Bahia's location on our interactive Map of La Peņita

Sol Tierra Residential Park
La Peņita

Sol Tierra Residential Park Sol Tierra is for people that are looking for a lifestyle without the complications of moving their trailer or RV every year. Enjoy worry- free vacationing with the ability to "lock and leave" your casa at a moment's notice.  Learn more

View Sol Tierra Residential Park's location on our interactive
Map of La Peņita

Jaltemba Bay Life Statistics
Congratulations to the following advertisers who received the most views since our last issue:

Most Popular Rentals:
Casa Contenta: 75 views
Ocean Breeze Inn:  70 views 
The Domes:  62 views  
Most Popular Businesses:
Casa Cooking Classes:  83 views
Sergio's Tours:  26 views

Most Popular Real Estate:
Casa Maria Condo:  50 views 

When you promote your home or business on our high-traffic website, you'll be seen by hundreds of locals and visitors to our area. Click here to learn more.


Community Corner

Updates on groups, organizations and other good works 

If you have information about a community group, organization or project, post it on Jaltemba Bay Folk and we will include a link in the next issue of our newsletter. If you have information about an upcoming event, email us the details along with any photos, and we will gladly promote it as well.
PEACE Mexico:
Calendar + Events

Saturday, September 1

Dia del Informe Presidencial (Annual State of the Union)
The president of Mexico delivers a hard copy of his State of the Union Address to the Mexican Congress.
Every Wednesday
Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club, Guayabitos
Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant.  Read More 
Every Thursday
Tianguis, La Peņita Plaza
Weekly open-air market featuring silver jewelry, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan rugs, Huichol Indian artwork, fresh produce and much moreRead More

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

Recent Articles You May Have Missed

In our Newsletter: 

Loving Nature in Two Countries 

Surviving the Summer in Jaltemba Bay - The Rewards & Challenges 

"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

My KinderAide Experience: Part 1

Jaltemba Bay Event Calendar for 2012-2013 Season

Jaltemba Bay Weather Comparisons for July 

Photo of the Week: How Awesome Life Is 

Featured Rental: Casa Contenta  

Featured Real Estate: Casa Maria Condo 

On Jaltemba Bay Folk: 

Travel Channel's "Top Spot" Filmed in Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit invites you to enjoy the Sweet Corn Festival

Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Fare Well in Travel + Leisure 2012 Awards

Puerto Vallarta New Malecon Promotion

2nd Annual Vallarta Bird Conservancy and Festival Announced

Everyone Living in Mexico Should Read This  


Thank You / Gracias
We want to thank you for taking the time to read this issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter. Our team works hard to provide the most up-to-date and informative site for both locals and visitors to the area.  


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

Owners, Jaltemba Bay Life