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March 20, 2013

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Welcome to all 1,641 newsletter subscribers!


Today is the first day of spring! To celebrate, we are sharing stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers currently in bloom (see below).

And with the arrival of spring, comes change. The Tianguis in Guayabitos has ended for the season, several RVers have pulled out and are already heading north and Semana Santa is just five short days away. Let the festivities and hoopla begin! Watch for photos in the next issue. 
Daylight Savings Clock 
Remember that the US, Canada and the ten northern border municipalities in Mexico turned their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10 for Daylight Saving Time. The rest of Mexico, including Jaltemba Bay, will spring ahead on Sunday, April 7 at 2am.
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, April 3rd, 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.   




Ally's Signature  

Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter     


Reservations, Reservations for 2013-14
During the past month and a half, we have already received over 100 reservation inquiries for next season. The majority of them are for December 2013 through March 2014 and they range from a few days to up to 6 months. If you own a hotel or vacation rental in our area, there is no better the time to advertise on Jaltemba Bay Life. Find out how to list your hotel or rental today and get more reservations than ever before... we guarantee it.

Need a photo shoot? No problem. We can arrange one if you advertise before May 15, 2013.

Spring and Summer Hours for Local Businesses

It's that time of year when local businesses start to slow down, reduce their hours, and some even close for the summer. We will continue to update this list as we receive more information from business owners.  Read More

Photo of the Week 
Morning Sky
by Wendy DeBoer
Wendy DeBoer Sunrise
I caught these this morning as the sun was coming up, on each side of our house in Rincón de Guayabitos. My cup of coffee in hand, it was lovely! Thought I would share!  View More Photos
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, the 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!

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

Top Recommendations
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.

Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Rob's Ramblings: Jaltemba Bay
Semana Santa -- Stay or Go?
by Rob Erickson
Rob's Ramblings Semana Santa
Since our first winter in Jaltemba Bay, we have always heard chatter among those from up-north about heading back to the US or Canada prior to Semana Santa or Easter Week. As Semana Santa is in late March this year, we are already seeing some folks hitting the road, to spend some time...  Read More


An Unexpected Adventure
by Brian Betts
Brian Betts Unexpected Adventure
While staying in our hotel in Guayabitos, we were lucky to get to know one of the staff members. Juan was a likeable and helpful Mexican that had lived in California for several years. He said he liked to practice his English and we enjoyed learning more about this area and his life. One day he told us he was...  Read More


In Season: Mamey
by Ken & Bea Rauch

Now selling from a wheelbarrow near you... For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to encounter a vendor selling mamey out of his wheelbarrow. Last year I met him on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, and this year, on the Avenida in La Peņita. With my limited Spanish, I asked him if these...  Read More 


In Bloom: Springtime Blossoms
Spring In Bloom
Ahhh, springtime... when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, which officially arrives today, we have decided to share a few stories and photos from past issues to feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers currently in bloom...  Read More

J.E.E.P. Horses Move into their New Stables in La Peņita
by Jaltemba Equine Education Project
JEEP New Stables
Monday, March 18 was a special day for the Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) team. During the past few weeks, George and Loretta Leavitt and their dedicated volunteers have been busy constructing stables at the new Hilltop Refugio in La Peņita. This donated 3-acre property is being...   Read More

Proceeds from Art Cards will Support KinderAide
by KinderAide
KinderAide Art Cards
These original art cards will be available for sale tomorrow at the Tianguis market in La Peņita. They are $40 pesos each and are original photographs on acid-free paper with envelope. Capture your memories of La Peņita and Rincón de Guayabitos, or for framing purposes. 100% proceeds go towards...  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
Calendar + Events

What's Happening Around Town: 

  • If you are traveling, be sure to read the recent Serape Road Reports submitted by La Peņita RVers 
Upcoming Events: 

Just Announced:

  • Jan. 28, 2014 - 11th Annual Women to Women / Mujeres a Mujeres Fashion Show 


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.  


Details for Upcoming JBAR Spay and Neuter Clinic in Guayabitos
by Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue
JBAR Clinic Guayabitos
The next Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) spay and neuter clinic will be held on April 10-13 at the home of Sue & Del Moss in the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos. There will be a volunteer training session at 8am on Wednesday, April 10th for all volunteers. JBAR has been offered lunch by Bobi...  Read More

Guayafest 2013: The Volks are Coming (NEW Dates)
Guayafest 2013 (2)
Event organizers just informed us that they have changed the dates, so be sure to change your calendars to May 4-5 when Guayafest 2013, the 14th Annual Reunion de Amigos del Volkswagen, will roll into town. This 2-day event is free and open to the public. Each year, enthusiastic Volkswagen...  Read More


Luncheon in La Peņita with Thomas Bartlett and Margrit Mondavi Raises Funds for Scholarships
by Las Tres Amigas
Las Tres Amigas Bartlett Mondavi Luncheon
Twelve guests of Thomas Bartlett spent a pleasant afternoon on Wednesday, March 13 at his Hacienda in La Peņita. The group was honoured to meet Mrs. Margrit Mondavi, the matriarch of the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley and a very talented artist and chef. The very best of Mondavi wines...  Read More


Fellowship Abounded at International Women's Day Luncheon at Latitude 21
by Las Tres Amigas
International Women's Day 2013
On Friday, March 8, 2013 close to 80 women ranging in age from less than a year to 92 gathered together to celebrate International Women's Day at Latitude 21 Restaurant in Rincón de Guayabitos. Good food and fellowship abounded. To start the afternoon, Las Tres Amigas invited everyone to toast...  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 
Latitude 21
Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant 

This beachfront restaurant offers great food and excellent service, and is the best live music venue in the area.  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 
Villa Corona del Mar
Villa Corona del Mar 

The largest, most luxurious private villa in Guayabitos with 7 guest rooms and 3 bungalows, a swimming pool, tennis court and more.  More 
Jaltemba Bay Life Statistics
Congratulations to the following advertisers who received the most views since our last issue: 

Most Popular Rentals
Los Compadres Resort: 232 views
Paraiso del Pescador Bungalows & RV Park: 132 views
Perla del Mar B&B: 118 views

Most Popular Businesses
Most Popular Real Estate
Casa Tequila: 66 views

When you promote your home, hotel or vacation rental, restaurant or business or real estate on our high-traffic website, you'll be seen by hundreds of locals and visitors to our area. Click the links to learn more.

Letters to the Editor
Arrested in Tepic
by Carole Sheaves
Arrested in Tepic

On occasion, we get emails from our readers that make us chuckle, and this one did just that. Thank you Carole for making our job just a little more fun! Readers, keep the letters coming.  


Hola Allyson. I hopped the Pacifico bus to Tepic, approximately a 2 hour ride through the mountains into Tepic Bus Depot, followed by a taxi ride into Tepic centro, which took about 10 minutes. We toured the major sites in town, art gallery, famous poet's house, town square, etc. In the Craft building, I bought...  Read More 


Recent Articles You May Have Missed

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Also visit Jaltemba Bay Folk, our community forum, to read information, questions and classified ads posted daily by locals, visitors and business owners. Everyone is invited to post! 


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