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September 4, 2012 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 1,291 newsletter subscribers!


My, how this summer has flown by! It's time to start packing my "go to Mexico" totes and arranging for my pet's travel health certificates. I still have lots to do and not much time left to do it before heading south. In all this rushing around, I have to remind myself that each day in paradise (aka Jaltemba Bay) is precious... we never know when it will be the last one. With that in mind, Allyson Williams has sadly written about the recent loss of three well-known and beloved local people. Please see below.


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. 


To find out what's happening this week and next, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.


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 18th just in time for your morning coffee.



Tosia Polomski-Archer 

Jaltemba Bay Life Team 


Photo of the Week 
A Well Deserved Break in El Monteon
by Christina Stobbs
CS Romy Mora potw
Lori Schneider Wood, aka Los Ayala's Pippi Longstocking, leads an informal group on hikes to Punta Raza during the spring months. The group typically includes myself, Linda Jeannotte and other women enjoying vacation in Los Ayala who are up for a little adventure. We typically bring along...  Read More

Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss of
Three Locals
by Allyson Williams
Ramon Becky Ginger
Jaltemba Bay lost three wonderful local folks in the past few weeks: Ramón Ibarra Gutierrez, Becky Kemery and Ginger Payne. We send our sincere condolences to all their families and friends.  Read More

New Requirements for Bringing Pets to Mexico
by Allyson Williams
New Pet Travel Info
Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you are likely getting ready to head south to spend the winter in Jaltemba Bay or other parts of Mexico. If you are traveling with pets, we want you to be aware that the document requirements have recently changed.  Read More

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay
by Christina Stobbs
CS Wildlife Encounters scorpion
Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice...  Read More


My KinderAide Experience: Part 3
by Laurie Poizer-Higginson
KinderAide Experience3
The first time I went to La Peñita was in November 2011 and I was struck by how wonderful the people were there. I've never been around so many happy, content and grateful people. The children, especially, touched me. So much so, that I felt compelled to do something to help out.  Read More


My Lime Trees Give Me More Than Fruit
by Tosia Archer
TPA Limonada
Every time I return to Jaltemba Bay, the first thing I like to indulge in is... an ice-cold limonada. This thirst quenching bebida (beverage) is simply made; lots of ice, a spoonful of sugar, your choice of mineral or natural water, and the juice of several freshly squeezed limes.  Read More

Chelsea's Mexican Musings: My First Vacations in Mexico
by Chelsea Swanson

I was just six years old the first time I came to Mexico. My parents decided that for our first trip to Mexico it would be best for my brother and I if we stayed at all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta - just so it was not such a big change for us.  Read More


In Chelsea's Mexican Musings, a Canadian teen reflects on her life experiences in Los Ayala, Nayarit, Mexico.


Where to Live
Tropical Manor House
Los Ayala
$434,000 USD

Tropical Manor HouseThis modern Mexican-style dream home captures the breathtaking ocean and mountain views. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home has a plunge pool and fountain, 5 terraces, a rooftop palapa patio, and is located just one block from Los Ayala's idyllic swimming beach. It is fully furnished and move in ready. It could also be operated as a Bed & Breakfast if desired.  Learn more

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

Where to Stay
Casa Raymundo
Rincón de Guayabitos, Residential Zone

Casa Raymundo Casa Raymundo is located on the north end of the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, just 1½ blocks from the beach. It has three Rental Rooms and a separate Casita, a large swimming pool, jacuzzi, barbeque grill and outdoor kitchen.  Learn more

View Casa Raymundo's location on our interactive Map of Rincón de Guayabitos

The Jaltemba Bay DISH:
Food and recipes from around the Bay
Mexican Gazpacho with Corn &
Cilantro Salsa
by Allyson Williams
AW Mexican Gazpacho2
It's been an incredibly hot summer... and when it's this hot, no one wants to cook. I had never made gazpacho before, but the heat and all the fresh summer veggies inspired me to try it. I combined two recipes to come up with this tasty no-cook Mexican-inspired cold soup.  Read More


Restaurant + Business News
Vista Guayabitos is Taking a Well Deserved Break Until November

Vista Guayabitos Restaurant & Bar in Rincon de Guayabitos will be closed for the rest of the summer. They will reopen on November 5th for locals and tourists to feast on their new menu and enjoy their spectacular view. Visit the Vista Guayabitos Restaurant website for more information.

Where to Stay
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 Playa Las Tortugas...

Playa Las Tortugas


The hidden world of Playa Las Tortugas lies 80 minutes north of Rincon de Guayabitos and La Peñita, near the small town of Platanitos. The 5 miles of a warm sandy beach, tropical waters, clear blue skies and colorful sunsets are all lined by a stunning working coconut palm plantation. The quiet beach is shared with a sea turtle conservation camp, where guests can participate in the preservation of endangered sea turtles. Playa Las Tortugas is also a world renowned birding area. The beach is perfect for walking, running or riding horseback, as well as surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing and kayaking. View the featured rentals below to learn more about Playa Las Tortugas.  

Casa Luna
Playa Las Tortugas

Casa Luna Lovely Casa Luna offers a marvelous tropical Mexican beach experience with panoramic views of the ocean, palm grove and garden areas. This can be your "home away from home."  Learn more

View Casa Luna's location on our interactive Map of Platanitos.

Casa Maria
Playa Las Tortugas

Casa MariaCasa Maris is the perfect place to sun, swim and relax. Inside, you can enjoy the unusual and luxurious finish materials, artwork and furnishings -- outside, you'll hear the tropical birds and sound of the waves.  Learn more

View Casa Maria's location on our interactive Map of Platanitos.

Villa Las Mananitas
Playa Las Tortugas

Villa Las MananitasThis luxurious, private beachfront oasis has a wet bar, rooftop palapa, barbeque grill and its own infinity pool and jacuzzi... all surrounded by palm trees and lush tropical vegetation.  Learn more

View Villa Las Mananitas' location on our interactive Map of Platanitos

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

Most Popular Rentals:
Hotel Bahia: 72 views 
Ocean Breeze Inn & Villa Corona del Mar (tie): 71 views

Most Popular Businesses:
Sergio's Tours: 54 views
Casa Cooking Classes: 51 views

Most Popular Real Estate:
Villas Marena Condos: 62 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

Friday-Saturday, September 7-8
Mexi-Go Travel & Trade Expo
If you are in Vancouver, BC this week, be sure to stop by the Vancouver Convention Centre to find out how Mexi-Go is connecting Mexico to Canada. The beautiful Riviera Nayarit is just one of the locations being promoted. Visit the Mexi-Go Expo website to learn more.
Friday, September 14
Dia del Charro (Charro Day)
More than just cowboys and rodeos. This is truly a spectacular time to observe equestrian events at their best and in all their finery at various locales throughout the country.
  Read More
Sunday, September 16
Dia de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day)
Mexico's most important national holiday that celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule.  Read More
Every Wednesday
Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club, Guayabitos
Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30am at Piña Colada Restaurant.  Read More 
Every Thursday
Tianguis, La Peñita 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: 

Timeline Released for New Malecon in La Penita  

Rob's Ramblings: Daily Hurdles

La Tovara National Park: An Endless Adventure

My KinderAide Experience: Part 2

What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

Meet Tom Plattenberger, La Penita

Casa Cooking Announces Class Schedule for 2012-2013  

Photo of the Week: Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons 

Featured Real Estate: Condominios Paraiso Tropical, Unit #14  

Featured Rental: El Panorama Villa Hotel B&B

Featured Rental: Hotel Bahia

Featured Rental: Sol Tierra Residential Park

On Jaltemba Bay Folk:  

New International Mobile Calling Plan from Vonage

Mexico Now Has Universal Health Care

Budget Travel: Mexico's Next "It" Destinations

Warning from the US Consulate General in Guadalajara

19th Annual Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara (Aug. 29-Sept.9)  

Visit Jaltemba Bay Folk, our community forum, to read these stories and more. Most often, this kind of information is posted under the General Information sub-forum.


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.  


We value your opinions and feedback. Please let us know 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)

Owners, Jaltemba Bay Life