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December 12, 2012 
welcome / bienvenidos

Welcome to all 1,477 newsletter subscribers!


I attended the JBAR "Paws for the Cause" event Monday afternoon. I can honestly say I haven't seen so many people together with their dogs (and even some without) enjoy themselves so much! It just goes to show that dogs truly do influence people's happiness, and the fact that it was the first ever fundraiser for JBAR made it even more special. Read my story below to learn more and see all the smiling faces -- both humans and dogs!


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 19th, just in time for your morning coffee.



Tosia Polomski-Archer 

Jaltemba Bay Life Team 


Photo of the Week 
Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)
by Allyson Williams
AW Nochebuenas
Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December at the Tianguis market in La Peņita and both viveros (nurseries) in town. Earlier this week, I drove by Vivero Las Palmas on the east side of Highway 200 just north of La Colonia and saw hundreds...  Read More 


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

This Week's Recommendations:
Glassworks Studio: 1
Los Compadres Restaurant: 1

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
Sort by Price Option is Now Available for Hotel & Vacation Rental Listings

JBL Sort Function When researching hotels and vacation rentals on Jaltemba Bay Life, you can now sort properties by price range (either high to low or low to high) in addition to location, number of recommendations and by alphabetical order. This makes finding the perfect place to stay a whole lot easier.  Try It Now!

Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Releasing Sea Turtles in Rincón de Guayabitos is an Experience of a Lifetime
by Allyson Williams
AW Sea Turtle Release
I will never forget the first time I released a baby sea turtle. It was magical. It was back in October 2004, and we had just moved into our newly remodeled home in Rincón de Guayabitos a few weeks earlier. We had finished dinner and as we were about to leave the restaurant, the owner...  Read More 


Our First Home on the Bay of Jaltemba
by Linda Youcha
LY Little House

It was late March in the year 2006 and we had finally made the big move to Mexico. One year earlier, having sold our business in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. and spent 3 months driving around Mexico exploring, we were at last actually out of the cold and snow and living...  Read More 


This is the last 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.


JBAR "Paws for the Cause" Fundraiser was a Huge Success!
by Tosia Archer
TPA Smiling Sarah
As Sarah Walker's big smile indicates, it was an incredible afternoon for the cause... JBAR "Paws for the Cause" that is. Sarah's fundraising event for Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue could only be described as a barking good time! Held Monday, December 10th on the manicured grounds of...  Read More

Vancouverites to KinderAide's Rescue
by Jane Fellows
JF Vanacouverites to the Rescue
My daughter, Annilee, is a high school art teacher in Victoria. She also works for a fundraising company that promotes students selling magazine subscriptions to raise money for their schools. At one time, super sellers were rewarded with stuffy toys. The system had changed and my daughter...  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 
Local News
New Toll Road from Jala to Puerto Vallarta is Well Underway
by David Thompson
DT Jala to PV toll hwy map
Almost 30 kilometers of the new toll highway from Jala to Puerto Vallarta have been completed, as announced by Federico Días Avalos, Nayarit's delegate for Mexico's Communications and Transportations Secretary, and published in an article written by Rafael Delgado for the...  Read More 


Meet Local Folks
Meet Daniel Calluso & Miriam Martinez, Jaltemba Bay
by Christina Stobbs
CS Meet Daniel
Daniel and Miriam moved to La Peņita from Reno, Nevada in 2002. Miriam loves Mexico, her birth country, and wanted to move back so she could provide her children with a good life where they would grow up with a strong sense of family. Miriam grew up in Mexico City but she wished to live in a small Mexican town...  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.

Clinica Renteria: On December 15-16, Clinica Renteria will have a visiting specialist in Pterygium (Surfer's Eye) and an Ophthalmologist from Guadalajara. Call their office to schedule an appointment (Spanish and English).  More Info

El Rincon del Arabe: Join Lucy & Haitham for Christmas Dinner. They will be serving lamb, turkey, tabouli, tajine, Arabic-style potatoes, pann nan, dessert and an apertif. Dinner starts at 7pm and reservations are required.  More Info

FOR SALE: Fitness Pad: Del Dilkie has decided to sell Fitness Pad, including all the equipment, mirrors, mats, locker stand, clothes rack, their client list and more. Health nuts don't fret; they will remain open through the end of February.  More Info

Hamaca Maya: Hala will be receiving a new shipment of clay and ceramic nativity sets in various sizes and colors. She is also offering free Christmas gift wrapping with any purchase through December 24.  More Info

Las Brisas Restaurant: Tonight will be the last "Party on the Beach" at Las Brisas this season. Stop by between 5-8pm for dinner (choice of Ribs, Surf & Turf Shish Kabobs or Kahlua Shrimp) and live music by Manuel & Friends. After this week, the party will move inside because they are beginning work on the Malecon.  More Info

Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant: Their first event of the season is scheduled for Thursday, December 20. All you can eat BBQ Ribs plus regular menu and live music by the Rhythm Roosters. Reservations are recommended.  More Info

Los Compadres Restaurant: Loretta will be serving a special Christmas Dinner with turkey, ham, homemade dressing, mashed potatoes and more. Tickets are $300 pesos and only 75 tickets will be sold.  More Info

Mateja's Bar & Grill: Mateja has just announced her music line-up for the season, which includes live music by Roosters Unplucked, Dos Bertos & Las Musas, Jeff, Geno's Jam and Black Diamond daily from 2-5pm.  More Info

Photo Exhibition by Miguel Antonio Pérez Cardenas: Miguel Pérez, the owner of El Espejo de Agua in La Colonia, has 37 photographs on display at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria. You can view them until Sunday, December 15.  More Info

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

Event News + Updates
Christmas Posada 2012 in La Peņita
by Jorge de Jesus Ortega Espinoza
Childrens Posada 2012
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
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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
Soley Argentinean Steak House
Soley Argentinean Steak House
La Peņita

We are now open! We serve a variety of Argentinean roasted and grilled meats and other specialty 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:
 Las Alejandras Restaurant: 146 views
Tonita III Restaurant: 101 views

Most Popular Real Estate:
Villas Marena Condos: 45 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.

Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue:

  • The latest JBAR newsletter brings season's greetings to all of you by sharing some of the wonderful moments which have occurred as a result of your support. Please read it and enjoy! A special thanks to the 4 generations of the Lavergne family who have donated $1,000 by selling their knitting at craft fairs and businesses in Victoria! Everyone from Mildred, who is a great-grandmother down to the grandchildren are involved! How wonderful! This money will be used to purchase medical supplies for our next free spay and neuter clinic in April. Visit the Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) community webpage for more information. 


Las Tres Amigas:

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay/La Peņita:

Women to Women Charity Fashion Show  

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 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.

Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club
Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:30am at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Guayabitos.  More Info  
Christmas Posada 2012
This Christmas Posada is for all the children of La Peņita de Jaltemba and the surrounding communities. It will be held at 3pm around the Plaza in La Peņita.  More Info
Thursday, December 13
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, December 14
Singer Contest
Taking place at the Salón Real de Peņas, La Peņita. Open to everyone! Starts at 4pm. Tickets are $10 pesos plus $20 pesos if you participate in the contest. Prizes! Organized by the Parents Association from Escuela Primaria Juan Escutia to raise funds to fix classrooms.  More Info   
Sunday, December 16-24
Las Posadas (Pre-Christmas festivities)
The Christmas holiday, one of the biggest fiestas of the year, is celebrated from Dec. 16-24 (9 days) with parties, processions and nacimientos (nativity scenes). Parties, known as posadas, re-enact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. The main Christmas celebration is a traditional family dinner on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass. 
Monday, December 17
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   

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:  

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