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December 5, 2012 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 1,465 newsletter subscribers!


I am really looking forward to having house guests over the Christmas holiday and I am already planning day trips to take them on and which beachside restaurants to go to. Ah, it's lovely living in paradise. I hope you get a chance to join us and experience the delightful Jaltemba Bay area, too -- either in person, or vicariously through the stories and photographs we enjoy sharing with you every week.


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 12th, just in time for your morning coffee.



Tosia Polomski-Archer 

Jaltemba Bay Life Team 


Photo of the Week 
Hummingbirds Take Final Sips as Sun Sets into Jaltemba Bay
by Tosia Archer
TPA Sunset with hummingbird
Combining my favourite view of Jaltemba Bay (which happens to be from my front deck in El Tonino) with photographing my favourite bird, has given me this unexpected though welcome photograph, taken on November 28, 2012. Lately, the days have been fairly hazy, which has resulted in...  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" or "Junk 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
That Special Little House
by Christina Stobbs
CS That Special Little House

Having traveled to Mexico for over 20 years and having talked about moving to Mexico for almost as many years, my husband Robert, likely because he was tiring of the same conversation, finally came up with a plan. Here is exactly what he said to me, "Alright, here is the deal, we will take one month...  Read More  


We are thrilled to announce that Linda Youcha will also be submitting a story about this little house. We will publish it in the next issue, making this the fifth in a 6-part series. If you stayed in this house and want to share your story, please email us.

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.


Sarah's Survivors: Her Name is Motitas
by Sarah Walker
SW Motitas

The call came in at 8:30am. "Sarita, a little Chihuahua has been hit!" It was my assistant Antonia on her way to work. "Where are you?" I asked. "By the bus station." Came the reply. "I'll be there in 5 minutes!" I grabbed my keys and away I went! It had rained the night before, and the night before that and that!  Read More   


In a word Chacala is...
by Hal Arnest
HA Chacala beach

Hmmm... one word can't say it... not a sentence or a paragraph. It takes a few images to let you see. Chacala is rich in natural, human and ecological history. It's a lush tropical jungle cozying up to a perfect sandy beach in a geothermic-volcanic region of a series of intensely pristine mini bays...  Read More   


KinderAide Volunteers Return
by Jane Fellows
JF With Donations
My first day back to school was great! I arrived with a car load of donations. The teacher at Jardin de Niņos: Luis Pasteur in La Peņita, was thrilled with the posters, note books, paint and brushes, dry erase markers and erasers and more! Some of the children remembered me and...  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
Jesús Carranza Díaz, Los Ayala Native, is Recognized at Tepic Book Fair
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team
JD Book Fair
J. Jesús Carranza Diaz, a lawyer and writer from Compostela, presented his book "Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo" at the third book fair "Gran Nayar" at the Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit. Jesus was invited by City Hall to participate in this fair. He accepted with great pleasure...  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.

Annie's Watercolor Class: Due to a scheduling overlap, Annie is moving her free watercolor classes in Guayabitos from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. Classes will be held from 9:30am-noon beginning December 12.  More Info and Map

Glassworks Studio: Jo has just announced two new classes: Introduction to Pottery and a special Dichroic Jewelry Class. Both classes start in December. For more information, view our featured article below or click here to read "Glassworks Studio Open House Update & New Class Schedule."

Salvador's Restaurant: Celebrate Christmas and/or New Year's Eve at Salvador's Restaurant in Guayabitos. All 4 parties include dinner and live music. Reservations must be made in advance.  More Info and Map

Toņita III Restaurant: Julio just announced the details for their Christmas and New Year's parties at Toņita III in Guayabitos. They will also be offering Tianguis Specials on both Mondays and Thursdays beginning December 15.  More Info, Menu and Map

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

Glassworks Studio Open House Update & New Class Schedule
by Allyson Williams
AW Jo Glassworks
Glassworks Studio had a wonderful turnout for their Open House held this past Sunday, December 2 in La Colonia. In addition to several stained glass windows on display, attendees could also view samples of the beautiful handmade stepping stones, fused glass jewelry and pottery pieces that...  Read More 

Artist Mara Diaz is Adding a Little Color to Vista Guayabitos
by Allyson Williams
AW Artist Mara Diaz Vista Guayabitos
Nadia Cuevas, the manager at Vista Guayabitos Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos, has good reason to be excited. She decided she wanted to create a fresh and more colorful atmosphere, so she went to Puerto Vallarta to interview several artists. She decided to hire Mara Diaz...  Read More 

Event News + Updates
VirtualVallarta.com's Guide to Peregrinaciones
by Paco Ojeda at Virtual Vallarta with an Introduction by Tosia Archer 
VV Perigrinaciones
When I first moved to Guayabitos in 2007, one of the things I noticed shortly after settling in, were the loud booms that seemed to go off at all hours of the day and night during the first week or so of December. I finally learned that the local churches set off loud firecrackers during times of celebration.  Read More 


Sponsorship Opportunities for 10th Annual Women to Women Fashion Show
by Fashion Show PR
Once again, the Women to Women Charity Fashion Show Group is offering local businesses and individuals the chance to sponsor our event on January 29, 2013. It is a wonderful opportunity to support an organization that funds many highly worthwhile projects.  Read More   


"El Famoso" Horseshoe Tourney 2013 Details Announced
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team

The 15th Annual / 6th Memorial "El Famoso" Horseshoe Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at David's Palapa in Rincón de Guayabitos. Check-in time is between 8:30-9:30am, and the games will begin at 10am.  Read More     


JBAR "Paws for the Cause"
by Sarah Walker
JBAR fundraiser Dec 2012

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! For those of you who don't have a dog, please join us for this fun event anyway.  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 ** 
Clinica Dental Abraham's
Clinica Dental Abraham's
La Peņita

Offering professional and personalized service, state-of-the-art technology, and ethical and efficient solutions for all your dental needs.  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
Las Alejandras Restaurant
Las Alejandras Restaurant

Serving traditional Mexican food in Guayabitos for 23 years. Happy Hour, dinner specials, live music, $30 pesos breakfast specials and more.  More
Mateja's Bar & Grill
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
Tonita 3 RENEWAL
Toņita III Restaurant

Stop by Toņita III's beachfront restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They offer fresh fish and shrimp and other incredible dishes.  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:
Tony Tequila's Restaurant: 104
WashanWear: 102
Mateja's Bar & Grill: 101

Most Popular Real Estate:
Salina Cruz Penthouse Condo /
Villas Marena Condos: 36 (tie) 


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:

Las Tres Amigas:


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, December 5

Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club
Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info

Las Tres Amigas Christmas Stocking Campaign
Launches with Wine Tasting & Appetizers

Join Las Tres Amigas for wine and appetizers at Xaltemba Restaurant from 5:30-7:30pm. All funds raised and school supplies donated will be used to stock the Teachers Resource Center in La PeņitaRead More
Thursday, December 6
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   

JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Planning Meeting
Sarah Walker invites everyone to come and bring your thoughts and ideas to help brainstorm for this fun event. The meeting will be held at 1pm at Thomas Bartlett's home at Circuito Libertad #65 in La PeņitaMore Info
Monday, December 10
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   

Los Amigos Open House &
Management Council Meeting

Come find out what Los Amigos de Jaltemba does for our community. The Management Council oversees the operations of Los Amigos. Everyone is welcome to sit in. There will be a Meet & Greet at 6:30pm, followed by a formal meeting at 7pm. Palapa de Guty, Cirquito Libertad #4 in La Peņita.  More Info
Wednesday, December 12
Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe
(Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe)

The most important religious holiday in Mexico honors the day the Virgin Guadalupe made her miraculous appearance to a peasant in Mexico, and is celebrated with special masses and processions. There will be special masses on December 11 at both churches in La Peņita and Rincón de Guayabitos.

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:  

  • How to get a basket for plastics recycling
  • Quads zooming on the beach of La Peņita
  • So is it Rincón or Guayabitos or Rincón de Guayabitos
  • Last Night's Full Moon in La Peņita
  • Tamales and a Christmas, Long Ago
  • Recycling/Reusing/Repurposing Cardboard  

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