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It's hard to believe that Semana Santa is less than three weeks away. For some reason, the majority of expats seem to pack their bags, close up their homes and head north instead of enjoying the festivities and influx of exuberant vacationers, bands and beach vendors this Mexican holiday brings.
Daylight Savings Clock
If you are heading north, keep in mind that the US, Canada and the ten northern border municipalities in Mexico will turn their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10 at 2am for Daylight Saving Time. The rest of Mexico will spring ahead on Sunday, April 7. 

During the Gran Noche Mexicana in La Peņita last week, J. Jesús Carranza Diaz, a local writer and native of Los Ayala, presented his book "Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo." The book is filled with history, photos, myths, legends, recipes and more, and we have 20 copies available for sale. See details below.

Guayabitos resident Jeanette Johnstone is an avid blogger. Last week, she visited the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peņita with some friends and George Leavitt, founder of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). You can read her story entitled "Starving Horses" which includes several photos showing the rescued horses' slowly improving health and the progress of the new stables being built on the refuge site. 
To find out what else is happening, 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 Page


The next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter will arrive in your Inbox on Wednesday, March 20th, just in time for your morning coffee. In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog as we post information, stories and photos there on a regular basis.   




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Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter     


Photo of the Week 
Exploring On Our Own
by Brian Betts
Brian Exploring On Our Own
What do you do when it's cloudy in paradise? You go for a hike in the back country where you have never been before. Four amigos headed up the back roads behind La Peņita looking for the road to La Rosa. We didn't really know where we were going and didn't care if we got there or not.  Read More
We love sharing photos from our readers. Please email your photos (at least 500 pixels wide) to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com along with a photo title, photographer's name and a description of what the photo is and/or where you took it. We can't wait to see what you've been up to lately!

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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.

Featured Articles
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Los Ayala Legends and Folklore
by Christina Stobbs
Playa Los Ayala Book The Goblins of The Old Fig Tree: 

It has always been commented that where a fig tree is born, there is water, and where there is water, there is life, but... what kind of life? It is said that small goblins exist, good or bad, but they exist and the small town of Los Ayala could not be without a fig tree when it is surrounded by so much water, the sea, the estuary, the underground rivers and all the springs.  Read More 


The legends and folklore of Los Ayala were translated from the book "Playa Los Ayala: Memorias de mi Pueblo" written by J. Jesús Carranza Diaz. This little gem of a book is filled with history and charming stories about Los Ayala. The book costs $100 pesos and we now have 20 copies available for sale (click link to learn more).
Tosia's View: Day Trip Adventure
to Playa Naranjo
by Tosia Archer
Tosia Playa Naranjo
One of the local beaches we love spending time on is Playa Naranjo, located about 6 kilometers northwards, as the crow flies, up the coast from La Peņita. But, to reach it by vehicle one must access it via Lima de Abajo, a small village that is a quick 5-8 minute drive north of La Colonia via Highway 200.  Read More


Rob's Ramblings: The Most Bang For Your Buck? Speak English!
by Rob Erickson
KinderAide English
Many of us from up-north sign up for Spanish classes so we can live a little easier while enjoying life here. Locals appreciate our efforts, and are usually quite willing to correct anything we are having a problem with. We can also be a great source of entertainment to locals as we make mistakes...  Read More


Guayabitos School Director Expresses Appreciation for Margarita Challenge's Support
by Allyson Williams
Margartia Challenge 2013
After 10 years, Margarita Challenge organizers Jim and Bonnie Williams have decided that this year's challenge, held on February 6 at Piņa Colada Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos, will be their last. Shortly after the event, Jim wrote "What started as a idea is now history except for the many changes...  Read More


Chacala is... "Paradise with Purpose"
by Hal Arnest
Cambiando Vidas 2013
Nothing says "We Care" like a big night of generous giving at Chacala's Annual Cambiando Vidas Annual Fundraising Banquet held on February 15, 2013. It was Auction-&-Raffle night. It was Thank-You-Volunteers-&-Contributors night. It was Awards-to-Our-Brightest-&-Best night. And it was...  Read More


Jaltemba Bay Life Welcomes the Barbie Angel Project
by Allyson Williams
Barbie Lady Back 2012
We are excited to officially welcome the Barbie Angel Project to our ever-growing list of community groups. Readers can now learn more and keep up to date with this worthwhile project. For more information, contact Geri de Moss, aka "The Barbie Grandma," via her new Barbie Angel Project community webpage.  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
Restaurant + Business News
Hamaca Maya in La Peņita is So Much More Than Just Hammocks
by Allyson Williams
Hamaca Maya
Hamaca Maya may be known for their incredible selection of genuine Mayan hammocks, air chairs and accessories, but they also carry so much more. Hala, the owner, features a large variety of wonderfully creative and decorative items, whimsical Mexican Folk Art, Talavera tiles, tin mirrors, vanilla...  Read More


Calendar + Events

What's Happening Around Town: 

Upcoming Events: 


For a complete listing of upcoming and ongoing events, music, classes and more, visit our Community Calendar. And don't forget to add your event... it's FREE! 


Also visit Jaltemba Bay Folk, our community forum, for detailed information about dinner specials, meeting updates and more posted by business owners and event organizers.  


International Women's Day Luncheon Tickets Still Available
International Women's Day Ticket sales for this event will continue until Thursday afternoon. Join us on Friday, March 8 at 1 pm at Latitude 21. Minimum donation of $200 pesos includes lunch: (choice of chicken or shrimp, wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, yummy dessert) and entertainment by Sue MossRead More


Los Amigos de Jaltemba Announces Fiesta 2013: 50's-60's Rock 'N Roll Party
Los Amigos Fiesta 2013 Los Amigos de Jaltemba invites you to an end of the year "50's and 60's Rock 'n Roll Party" on Tuesday, March 19. Pull out those white t-shirts, rolled up blue jeans, poodle skirts, scarves and bobbie socks. Slick back your hair guys or girls poof up your hair because you're in for a rockin' good time at the 50's-60's Rock 'n Roll party and some good old fashioned fun. There will be rootbeer floats, dance and...  Read More


Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Coming
by Allyson Williams
Guayafest 2013
Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen owners reunite in Rincón de Guayabitos to show off their beloved VW Beetles, Things, buses, pickups, sedans, fastbacks and other models, many of which are suped up, painted up, modified or restored. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are in pristine...  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 
International Insurance Group 2
International Insurance Group, Inc.  

Providing travelers, snowbirds and expats with the best Mexico home, auto and watercraft insurance coverage since 1999. Click for an online quote.  More 
Armando's Joyas
Armando's Joyas 
La Peņita

Selling fine gold and silver jewelry as well as watches, watch batteries and authentic Talavera for over 30 years. Friendly bilingual staff.  More 
Arnie's Silver Shop
Arnie's Silver Shop 

Offering a large selection of silver and semi-precious stones at reasonable prices and excellent, friendly and bilingual customer service.  More 
Beso del Sol Steak House
Beso del Sol Steak House 

Known for their Angus beef steaks, barbecue ribs, shrimp, fish and more. Quality food and great service.  More 
Hinde y Jaime's Restaurant
Hinde y Jaime's Bar & Restaurant 
La Peņita

A favorite local hangout for live music, cold drinks and their famous and incredibly tasty Fish & Shrimp Tacos!  More  
PakMail Riviera Nayarita 
La Peņita

A one-stop service center for copies, fax, office supplies and packing and shipping needs whether local, national or international.  More 
Paraiso del Pescador
Paraiso del Pescador Bungalows & RV Park 

Oceanfront hotel, bungalows and RV park with pool, grills, internet, parking and friendly bilingual staff.  More 
Perla del Mar New
Perla del Mar B&B 
La Peņita

Oceanfront B&B with 5 guest rooms and a 2BR casita, pool, outdoor kitchen and dining area, and spa offering massage, manicures and more...  More 
San Lucas Apartments
San Lucas Apartments 
La Peņita

9 deluxe 1-2 BR apartments located 2 blocks from the beach. Weekly, monthly and yearly rentals available.  More 
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