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welcome / bienvenidos  

Welcome to all 1,841 newsletter subscribers!


Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means many of you will begin thinking about packing up and heading south for a much-needed vacation or extended winter stay. 


August temps were consistent with the last two years, however the rainfall was significantly less than normal with only 336 mm (13.2 inches) compared to 436 mm (17.2 inches) in 2012 and 615 mm (24.2 inches) in 2011. Let's hope September brings us rain! View current weather conditions and additional archival data on the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page.    


A sincere congratulations to George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peņita, for being recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." Read more below.

To find out what else is happening, read through the information below and take a peek at our online Community Calendar.


The next issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter will arrive in your Inbox on Wednesday, September 18 just in time for your morning coffee. In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog and forum, 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 
Clavellina: Nicknamed "Shaving Brush Tree" for Obvious Reasons
by Ken & Bea Rauch
Shaving Brush Tree (Ken & Bea Rauch)
The Shaving Brush tree is native to southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It is one of the first trees to bloom in Jaltemba Bay early February and March. This deciduous tree with succulent stems is a member of the Hibiscus family (formerly BomBax family) and is called Clavellina in Spanish.  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, 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!

Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
George and Loretta Leavitt, J.E.E.P. Founders, are recognized in the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico"
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team
2013 Real Heroes of Mexico Cover
The MEXICO Report just announced the "2013 Real Heroes of Mexico." This year's book showcases 
30 profiles of those making a difference in Mexico. We, 
at Jaltemba Bay Life, are
thrilled to announce that George and Loretta Leavitt, founders of Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) in La Peņita, 
are among those being recognized.

The Real Heroes of Mexico project was created in 2012 by Susie Albin-Najera, the creator and editor of The MEXICO Report, an internationally recognized blog showcasing everyday good news about Mexico. The project was launched in order to showcase the true champions of Mexico, the unsung heroes...  Read More


Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay
by Christina Stobbs
CS Wildlife Encounters scorpion
Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice that should...  Read More


Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs Volunteers for upcoming Spay & Neuter Clinic
by Lin Chimes
JBAR Clinic Volunteers April 2013
Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue (JBAR) needs your help at our next free spay and neuter clinic which is soon approaching on November 13-16, 2013. To date, we have sterilized over 3,300 animals in our area! So many people have commented on the incredible difference these clinics have made to the overall health...  Read More


Changes + Upgrades 
Lots of Changes to Jaltemba Bay Life
and Jaltemba Bay Folk
Our programmers are back from vacation and have been busy working on our remaining annual summer website changes and updates. Here is what we've completed since the last issue:
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UPDATE: Recommendations & Reviews 
People have been able to recommend their favorite restaurants, businesses, hotels and vacation rentals on Jaltemba Bay Life since October 2012. Not only have we made it easier to write a recommendation, but now you can also read the most recent reviews and see which businesses are in the running for the 2013 Most Recommended Places in Jaltemba Bay.

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Read the Latest Reviews
Read the most recent reviews submitted by you, our readers.

Write a Recommendation
Take a minute to write a recommendation for your favorite restaurant, business, hotel or vacation rental now!

In case you missed it, we have also implemented these new features, updates and improvements over the past few months:
UPDATE: Improved Deals & $pecials 
We have totally overhauled our Deals & $pecials options. Users can now sort current deals and specials by price (low to high), expiration date, location, recommendations and name of rental. Hotel and rental owners can now add up to two deals at once and they can be offered for a longer period of time. If you haven't already booked a place to stay this season, our Deals & $pecials page is a great place to start.  View current Deals!

NEW: Live Forum Chat
Forum members can now interact with one another instantly via the new real-time chatroom on Jaltemba Bay Folk. In addition to the public chatroom, members can also initiate a one-on-one private chat with other online members on our forum. Click on the "Chat" tab to get started.  Read More

NEW: Home and Business Owner Discussion Forum
Based on an abundance of feedback, we have gone ahead and created a private subforum on Jaltemba Bay Folk for residents, homeowners and business owners. This is a place where residents and owners can have open and productive discussions about the sewer, water, healthcare, press and other issues that affect those of us who have a vested interest in our community.  Read More

NEW: Translation Tool
Users are now able to translate the entire Jaltemba Bay Life website from English to Spanish or French. Yep, you asked and we listened!

UPDATE: Weather Station and Rental Buttons
You may have noticed that the rental and weather station buttons have disappeared from Jaltemba Bay Life. You can now find our Hotel & Vacation Rental Directory under the grey "Where To Stay" tab. The new weather button will move to it's new location in a few weeks. In the meantime, you can access our live local weather page via the "Weather" tab.

There are even more changes to come. If you can think of anything else you'd like to see implemented, please let us know!

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

Casa Tequila 2
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 3rd floor master suite and 4 guest rooms; a spacious kitchen, living and dining areas perfect for entertaining; and an incredible oceanfront pool.  More
Salina Cruz Penthouse Condo
Salina Cruz Penthouse Condo #7  
La Peņita
$269,900 USD

This two-story penthouse condo has an incredible 360-degree panoramic view of the mountains and ocean. Granite countertops and high-end stainless appliances in kitchen, marble finishes in bathrooms, large master suite and so much more. Just one block from beach. Priced to sell.  More 
Local News
Chef Betty Vázquez is ready to shine in Toronto with Riviera Nayarit's gastronomy
by Riviera Nayarit CVB
Chef Betty Vazquez

After presenting a successful press luncheon, she will participate in the Harbourfront Centre's International Iron Chef, part of the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

In Riviera Nayarit luxury is our flavor, and the flavors of Mexico will promote our destination in the Canadian market...  Read More


Rotary Grant Awarded for Sustainability and Bird Conservation in Mexico
by Rotary of Jaltemba Bay
Rotary Bird Conservation
The Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 5110 of Oregon and northern California have awarded a Humanitarian Grant of $12,000 to fund an international capacity building project to be implemented in partnership with San Pancho Bird Observatory in Mexico and Ashland-based Klamath Bird Observatory.  Read More


The Jaltemba Bay DISH:
Food and recipes from around the Bay
Avocado Cheesecake
by Ellaine Spivak
Avocado Cheesecake

Here is the recipe for Avocado Cheesecake. But what I didn't know, and I'm guessing neither did you, was what do you do when you want to make something with an avocado and it's not ripe? I needed to have this recipe made and a picture sent in for this newsletter... and my avocados were still hard as rocks!  Read More

Now it's your turn! Email your favorite Mexican-inspired summer  recipes to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com and we'll feature them in an upcoming issue of our newsletter and blog. Please include 1-2 photos (at least 500 pixels wide).

Restaurant + Business News
Summer Restaurant & Business Deals
Vista Guayabitos Restaurant: Head to Vista Guayabitos Restaurant & Bar in Guayabitos and take advantage of their Summer Discount. Just show them a local ID (indicating that you live here) and you'll get 10% off your check. Valid until November.  More Info

If you own a restaurant or business and are currently offering a Summer Special, please email us. Be sure to add it to our community calendar as well.

What's Happening

Upcoming Holidays & Events: 

Seasonal Re-Openings:



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.  


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 
Condo Paraiso
Condos Paraiso
La Peņita

Two newly upgraded and comfortably furnished condos in the popular Condominios Paraiso Tropical complex. Located just one block from the beach.  More 
Posada Las Flores
Posada Las Flores
Los Ayala

Spacious bungalows with full kitchens, private patios, internet cafe, library and pool. Located close to beach, restaurants and shopping.  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: 120 views
Most Popular Businesses
Most Popular Real Estate
Tropical Manor House, Los Ayala: 67 views

Reservation Inquiries
804 inquiries (so far this year)

Business Inquiries
428 inquiries (so far this year)

When you promote your 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.

Recent Articles You May Have Missed

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Visit the Jaltemba Bay Life Blog to view more articles, photos, local news and information. Be sure to check back often, as we post several times a week.  


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