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November 28, 2012 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 1,437 newsletter subscribers!


With the Thanksgiving celebrations behind us, our thoughts now turn towards the upcoming Christmas time festivities. Whether you plan to vacation here during the holidays or entertain your friends and family, we have some ideas of what to do and where to go. Keep checking our restaurant, business and rental listings for holiday events and specials. Check back often as we will update holiday details in upcoming issues of our newsletter.


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. 


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


Be sure to watch for the next issue, which will arrive in your Inbox on December 5th, just in time for your morning coffee.



Tosia Polomski-Archer 

Jaltemba Bay Life Team 


Photo of the Week 
Old Cemetery in La Peņita
by Allyson Williams
AW Cemetery in La Penita
The old cemetery in La Peņita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when...  Read More 

Top Recommendations
Congratulations to the following advertisers who received the most recommendations since our last issue:

Click on the above links to see what people are saying! The reviews for each business are posted on the bottom of that business' webpage.

Take a minute to write a recommendation for your favorite restaurant, business, hotel or vacation rental now! Click on the restaurant or business you patronized, or the hotel or vacation rental you stayed at, and write your review.

Jaltemba Bay Life News
How to Adjust Email Spam Filters for JaltembaBayLife.com

by Allyson Williams

It has come to our attention that some email servers may be filtering emails from JaltembaBayLife.com to your "Spam," "Junk" or "Bulk Mail" folder; or they could possibly be blocking them completely. Increasingly, email companies use filtering systems to keep unwanted spam out of your email Inbox.  Read More 

Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
The House on Mazatlan
by Hala Hazzi
HH The House on Mazatlan

It was one fine day back in 2003 when a friend and I were on our way to drop someone off at one of the nearby condos beside "The House on Mazatlan." As we approached it, with its flaming bougainvillea tree virtually ambushing the front entrance, I was drawn to it with such...  Read More  


This story is the fourth in a 5-part series. Click here to read "Enchanting Little House in La Peņita: The Intro" to learn how this story came to fruition, along with other stories in this series.


JBAR Las Varas Clinic November 2012
by Rob Erickson
RE JBAR Las Varas clinic1 2012
Rob Erickson regularly contributes stories about his daily life in Mexico in a series entitled "Rob's Ramblings," which we publish in our weekly newsletter. Rob and his wife, Heather, are dedicated volunteers at the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinics and these...  Read More 

Featured Real Estate By Owner
To view other homes, condos and lots for sale in the Jaltemba Bay area, click here. Listing your Real Estate By-Owner on our site is easy, affordable and it runs until you sell. Click here to learn how.

Casa Tequila
Casa Tequila  
$1,000,000 USD

Casa Tequila's open design allows for an unparalleled 180-degree view of the entire bay from nearly every room. This fabulous home has a large master suite and 4 guest rooms; a spacious kitchen, living and dining areas perfect for entertaining; and an incredible oceanfront pool.  Info and Map
Villas Marena Condos
Villas Marena Condos 
Los Ayala
$219,000-$249,000 USD

Only 2 condos left in the Villas Marena beachfront complex. These 1BR and 1BR+Den units have newly remodeled kitchens and bathrooms with granite counters and Huanacaxtle wood cabinets, new ceramic flooring and moreInfo and Map 
Salina Cruz Penthouse Condo
Salina Cruz Penthouse  
La Peņita
$194,000 USD

This two-story penthouse boasts a 360-degree view of the mountains and the ocean. There are granite countertops and stainless appliances in the kitchen, marble finishes in the bathrooms, a large master suite, spacious living and dining rooms, and an upper level game room and balcony... and at this price, it won't be on the market long.  Info and Map 

Local News
Preparation Begins for the Malécon
in La Peņita
by David Thompson
DT Malecon Prep
The prep work for the new Malécon in La Peņita started this morning, namely tearing up the streets to reconstruct the sewer and water lines. Here are a few photos taken earlier today. Feature photo (shown above): Looking north on Circuito Libertad near Restaurante Guty.  Read More 

New Code of Ethics in Jaltemba Bay
by Romy Mora

Romy Mora, Regidora of Jaltemba Bay, has just announced that the Cooperativa of Rincón de Guayabitos, which includes the owners and operators of the pangas and banana boats as well as other vendors in the Jaltemba Bay area, have agreed to modify their manners...  Read More   


Jaltemba Bay Mourns the Loss
of John Gow, Guayabitos Resident
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team

John Gow It is with deep sadness that the family of John William Gow announce John's passing at age 78 on Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Calgary, AB. John was born in Medicine Hat, AB on November 12, 1934. He was the only son of three children...  Read More  

The Jaltemba Bay DISH:
Food and recipes from around the Bay
Mexican Turkey Stew
by Ellaine Spivak
ES Turkey Stew
This is a wonderful use for your leftover turkey... and it's rich and comforting. No one will guess it's made from your leftovers, and you can bet this will be a family favourite! You can make this... sit down and watch the game... curl up and watch a movie... or after go for a long walk...  Read More 


Restaurant + Business News
What's NEW & Happening Around Town

High season is rapidly approaching, and that means businesses are starting to announce their grand re-opening dates, new menu items and specials, new hours and/or changes in location. We will update this section as we receive information. Be sure to read the previous weeks' happenings as well.

El Gigio Italian Pizzeria: Egido & Mary are reopening their pizzeria in La Peņita this Thursday, November 29 at 10am for breakfast during the Tianguis. Stop by to say hello and to enjoy their wonderful fresh salads, pastas, pizzas and other Italian dishes. Reservations are recommended.  More Info, Menu and Map

SPECIAL RATES: El Sueņo de Los Ayala: Book a 1-week stay at El Sueņo de Los Ayala between now and the end of December to take advantage of their Christmas special rate of $600 USD per week.  More Info, Rates and Map

Glassworks Studio: Jo Lorimer invites everyone to an Open House this Sunday, December 2. Stop by between 3-7pm to see her studio in La Colonia and learn what Glassworks Studio is all about. Live music by Manuel & Friends.  More Info and Map

International Margarita Challenge 2013: Event details were just announced for this year's challenge. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos. Tickets are only $200 pesos and will be available soon. Watch here for more details.  More Info

Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show: Tickets go on sale as of this Thursday, November 29 both online and at the Tianguis in La Peņita (in front of Soley Restaurant) and sell for $40 USD/CAN or $400 pesos. This year's Fashion Show will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. More details to come.  More Info

Las Alejandras Restaurant: Stop by Las Alejandras after the Tianguis in Guayabitos every Monday to have lunch and take advantage of their new Happy Hour from 12-2pm. On Tuedays, they offer dinner specials and live music by Manuel & Friends from 6-9pm.  More Info, Menu and Map

Mateja's Bar & Grill: Celebrate Mateja's 9th Anniversary this Saturday, December 1. Tickets are $20 CAN/USD or $250 pesos and include all the beer and margaritas you can drink, chicken dinner and live music by the Rhythm RoostersMore Info, Menu and Map

MotoFiesta Guayabitos 2013: The dates are set... over 500 bikers will roll into Guayabitos on June 7-9, 2013 to enjoy a weekend full of concerts, contests, adrenaline and a whole lot of fun. Watch for more details here. For more Info about last year's event, click here.

SPECIAL RATES: Perla del Mar B&B: Stay at Perla del Mar B&B in La Peņita between now and December 20, 2012 and pay only $100 USD/night for any 1 bedroom guest room (or $200 USD/night for their 2 bedroom Casita).  More Info, Rates and Map

Soley Argentina Steak House: Daniel will open his new Argentinean restaurant this Thursday, November 29. He will be open from 9am-1pm for breakfast during the Tianguis and then again at 6pm for dinner featuring steak and other barbeque specialties. For reservations, call 274-2602. Website and menu to come. 

Also visit our Community Calendar for detailed information about upcoming and ongoing specials, classes and events.

Event News + Updates
JBAR "Paws for the Cause"
by Sarah Walker
JBAR fundraiser Dec 2012

In response to Lacy Brunetti's recent article, "Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue Needs YOUR Help," I think we should have a big PARTY FOR THE DOGGIES at Thomas Bartlett's Hacienda!!! Bring your dog on a lead and let's have some fun and food and make a little... LOT of money to keep the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) GOING!  Read More   


The Barbie Lady has Arrived in Guayabitos
by Geri De Moss
Barbie Lady Back 2012
Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Lady," has just arrived. I am located at Calle Tukan #7 in the Zona Residencial of Rincón de Guayabitos. To get there, drive north on Avenida del Sol Nuevo. Go 2 streets past the tennis courts to Tukan (across the street from the park) and turn right.  Read More 

Las Tres Amigas Christmas Stocking Campaign Launches with Wine Tasting & Appetizers
by Las Tres Amigas
LTA Xmas Stocking Campaign
Las Tres Amigas are sponsoring a Christmas Stocking Campaign to gather school supplies, and pesos to purchase supplies, for the Teacher Resource Centre, a new initiative of Los Amigos de Jaltemba, located in the Community Cultural Centre in La Peņita.  Read More

Christmas Posada 2012 in La Peņita
by Jorge de Jesus Ortega Espinoza
JE Christmas Posada

The Christmas Posada is for all the children of La Peņita de Jaltemba and the surrounding communities. It will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 3pm in the Plaza in La Peņita. We need candy, toys, piņatas as well as financial donations to prepare a snack.  Read More   

Featured Businesses + Vacation Rentals
We are proud to promote the following businesses and vacation rentals on Jaltemba Bay Life. Please support these and other local businesses that make our website possible through their advertising. Thank You!

Los Compadres Resort
Los Compadres Resort  
La Peņita

This quiet resort has 7 spacious suites, swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and stunning views of the entire Jaltemba Bay. Stay for a week or month.  More

** SPECIAL RATES for stays through December 2012 ** 
Backstreet Italian Restaurant
Backstreet Italian Restaurant 

Charming bistro-style restaurant offering authentic Italian dishes and service with a smile.  More 
Clinica Renteria
Clinica Renteria 
La Peņita

Offering 20 years of experience and open 24 hours. Emergency and general consult, pharmacy, x-ray, lab, electrocardiogram and ultrasound services.  More
Hamaca Maya
Hamaca Maya
La Peņita

Hamaca Maya specializes in handmade hammocks, vanilla, mirrors, crosses, hearts, Talavera tiles and other unique and decorative items!  More 
Las Alejandras Restaurant
Las Alejandras Restaurant

Serving traditional Mexican food in Guayabitos for 23 years. Happy Hour, dinner specials, live music and $30 pesos breakfast specials.  More
Mateja's Bar & Grill 

Specializing in home cooking, friendly and bilingual service, $15 pesos beer all day and a darn good time for 9 years running!  More
Jaltemba Bay Life Statistics
Congratulations to the following advertisers who received the most views since our last issue:

Most Popular Rentals:
Most Popular Businesses:
 Backstreet Italian Restaurant: 153 views
Sergio's Tours: 123

Most Popular Real Estate:
Salina Cruz Penthouse Condo: 66 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.

Barbie Angel Project: 

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue:


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.   


Calendar + Events

Wednesday, November 28

Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club
Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info
Thursday, November 29
Tianguis in La Peņita
The Tianguis (open-air market) is held every Thursday around the Plaza in La Peņita and features silver jewelry, Talavera pottery, Oaxacan rugs, Huichol Indian artwork, fresh produce and much more. More Info and Map    
Friday, November 30
!Viva Jaltemba! Music and Dancers
The Scholarship Committee of Los Amigos de Jaltemba and local teachers invite you to come enjoy our talented group of young people perform. Join us from 5-8pm in the plaza in La Peņita.  More Info
Saturday, December 1
Mateja's 9th Anniversary
Join Mateja and help her celebrate this milestone! Tickets may be purchased in advance for $20 CAD/USD or $250 pesos. Includes all the beer and margaritas you can drink, dinner and music by the Rhythm Roosters.  More Info, Menu and Map 
Sunday, December 2
Glassworks Studio Open House
Jo Lorimer invites you to visit Glassworks Studio in La Colonia between 3-7pm to see what her students are creating... it's much more than just stained glass! Plus, live music by Manuel & Friends.  More Info and Map 
Monday, December 3
Tianguis in Guayabitos
The Tianguis (open-air market) in Guayabitos is held every Monday during high season from 8am-1pm in the Guayabitos Plaza. While slightly smaller than the Thursday market in La Peņita, the atmosphere is lively and the location is charming.  More Info and Map    
Tuesday, December 4
Writers Who Love Mexico
This session will feature a poetry workshop with Steve Jones. Meet upstairs at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria at 11am. Lunch and conversation afterwards. $150 pesos.  More Info

For more upcoming and ongoing events, music, classes and more, visit the Jaltemba Bay Community Calendar. And don't forget to add your event... it's FREE!


Recent Articles You May Have Missed

In Our Last Newsletter: 

On Jaltemba Bay Folk:  

  • What is the Meaning of Life? FREE Alpha Course
  • Choosing a fishing charter 
  • International Margarita Challenge
  • Here is the Latest Update on the New Immigration Rules
  • Jamurca Hot Springs 
  • La Peņita's old cemetery   

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