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December 27, 2013

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happy holidays / felices fiestas

Welcome to all 2,055 newsletter subscribers!


Christmas Ornament We would once again like to wish all of our readers, advertisers, families and friends, a joyous holiday and a healthy and Happy New Year! 


If you haven't already made plans for New Year's, our annual Holiday Dining Guide can help you decide where to eat, drink and celebrate this season. View our Holiday 2013 Dining Guide now!


Riviera Nayarit was recently named as one of Frommer's Top Destinations. They say, "The so-called Riviera Nayarit, a blessedly undiscovered (for now) 192-mile stretch of Mexico's mid-Pacific coast from San Blas to Sayulita, is positioning itself to become Mexico's next big (tourist) thing." Read more in their newly published Top Destinations for 2014.


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. By the way, we have already received 96 mm (3.8 inches) of rain so far this month... and it looks like more is on the way.


The next regularly scheduled issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter will arrive in your Inbox on Wednesday, January 8 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.


Happy Holidays!


Ally's Signature  

Editor, Jaltemba Bay Life Newsletter     


Photo of the Week 
In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)
by Allyson Williams
Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peņita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia. The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below...  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 it was taken. We can't wait to see what you've been up to lately!

Recommendations + Reviews
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It's not too late... 
to Give a Gift of Holiday Cheer!

Take a minute this holiday season to 
write a recommendation for your favorite restaurant, business, hotel or vacation 
rental now! 
It's a wonderful way to say thank you, 
it's FREE and you will make their holidays 
just a little brighter!
Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Setting the Stage for the Malecón Dedication Ceremony in La Peņita
by David Thompson
Malecon La Penita

The Malecón in La Peņita has a fresh coat of paint and colorful decals on the street side, newly applied varnish on the benches, new stainless plaques attached to the railings, electricity for the fancy new street lights, replacement palm trees for the ailing ones and new garbage containers covered with plastic bags...  Read More


Hiking in the Nayarit Jungle amongst Naranjilla, Cacao and Flor de Jamaica
by Allyson Williams
Higuera Blanca
You never know what you'll discover when you hike through the jungles of Nayarit, Mexico. On this particular day, we decided to explore the towns of El Monteón and Punta Raza. We were curious to see what was happening at the new Punta Raza development. The entire property was fenced off a few years ago and there are usually...  Read More


Rob's Ramblings: A Christmas Gift that Keeps on Giving
by Rob Erickson
Rob J.E.E.P. Christmas

Are you having trouble deciding on a Christmas gift for someone? Maybe it's a spouse that really doesn't need anything or a child that really loves animals? Here's a gift idea that will keep on giving for years to come.

Many people in the Jaltemba Bay area have heard of the new Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) and Hilltop Refugio.  Read More


Announcing the 1st Annual Trail Ride and 2nd Annual Pony Up! for J.E.E.P. Fundraiser
by Jaltemba Equine Education Project
JEEP Special Needs
Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.) founders, George and Loretta Leavitt, their dedicated volunteers and junior trainers work year-round to care for their rescue horses. J.E.E.P. is holding two fun events to raise funds to build a shade structure at the Hilltop Refugio in La Peņita and to pay for the ongoing cost of feed, medication...  Read More
Geri de Moss "The Barbie Lady" is Retiring, but the Barbie Angel Project will Continue
by Geri de Moss
Geri de Moss and Lynne Mourot, Barbie Angel Project
With regret, I wish to announce that this is my last year coordinating the Barbie Angel Project. It has been such a rewarding 10 years for me - from the inception helping a friend make hand-crocheted barbie doll outfits for a dozen dolls - to this year's banner year of 1,100 dolls. Our annual average over the years has been between 400-800 recycled...  Read More


Christmas Magic Comes to Lima de Abajo
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team
Christmas 2013 Lima de Abajo
When George and Donna Steensma invite you to tag along on their annual clothing giveaway, you jump at the opportunity. Shortly after we arrived in Lima de Abajo, we began unpacking nearly a dozen large suitcases filled to the brim with donated clothing and attempted to neatly organize the items on tables to give away to the people there.  Read More


La Peņita Vet with a Huge Heart
by Carroyl Taylor

Carroyl Vet Letter

I'd like to share my story of warmth and love about a local vet who helped me, a Canadian from British Columbia, to help a local street dog who I call "Si."


Si started dropping by to say hi. After a few interactions, he seemed to know I wanted to help him. He started letting me pet his head and then he'd leave. Little by little he stayed longer and longer, and eventually he began to eat the dog kibble I offered him. I gave him his deworming pill with meat that a neighbor gave me to give him....  Read More


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
Vista Encantada Eco-Club
Vista Encantada Eco-Club
El Divisadero/Chacala
$69,000-349,000 USD
This gated community offers ocean view lots, homes and condos at affordable pre-construction prices. Amenities include a golf course, day spa, yoga retreat, swimming pools, restaurant, event center, helipad, botanical gardens, seasonal waterfall and jungle walking paths.  More 
Hacienda La Penita
Hacienda La Peņita
La Peņita
$2,190,000 USD

This stunning estate is the largest single-owned property in La Peņita and is surrounded by lush gardens and rows of royal palms.  More 

Jaltemba Bay DISH:
Food and recipes from around the Bay
Tequila Christmas Cookies
by The Cisco Kid
Tequila Christmas Cookies
We thought we'd share this classic holiday cookie recipe with our readers to get us all through the holidays... with a smile. A big thank you to "The Cisco Kid" for submitting this recipe to us. Directions: Sample the tequila in a large glass to check quality. Take a large bowl, and check the tequila again, to be sure it is of the highest quality.  Read More
Now it's your turn! Email your favorite Mexican-inspired 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).

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 hilltop resort has 7 spacious suites, a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and offers stunning views of the entire bay. Stay for a week, month or longerMore 
Condos Casa Rey
Condos Casa Rey
Los Ayala

8 spacious oceanfront condos with granite countertops, stainless appliances, marble details in bathrooms, satellite TV, WiFi, maid service, laundry and pool.  More 
International Insurance Group 2
International Insurance
Group, Inc.

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

Professional and personalized service, state-of-the-art technology and ethical and efficient solutions for all your dental needs including root canals, implants and orthodontics.  More
Clinica Renteria
Clinica Renteria
La Peņita

Offers over 20 years of experience in the medical field and guarantees high quality health care services. General medicine, emergency room, pharmacy, x-ray, ultrasound and more.  More
Las Fuentes Restaurant
Las Fuentes Restaurant

(Formerly Salvador's on the Highway) Special daily buffet and Dinner Dance & Live Music every Friday night. Available for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions.  More 
Marco Ojeda
Marco Ojeda Dog Behavior,
Rehabilitation and Training

Works with dogs with behavioral and emotional issues, while helping their humans to better understand and communicate with them.  More 
Mr. Ribs Restaurant
Mr. Ribs Restaurant

This family-owned and operated restaurant has been in business since 1864 and is well-known for its unique wood fired mesquite-barbecued ribs, chicken and sausage.  More 
Sergio's Tours
Sergio's Tours
La Peņita

Offering group and private tours throughout Mexico. From day trips to La Tovara, Altavista and Jamurca hot springs to overnight tours in Mexico City, Copper Canyon and more.  More
Servicios de AutomatizaciÃģn
Servicios de Automatización

Specialize in energy-saving devices for home and business, as well as video cameras and recording equipment for security, and complete wiring projects for your home or business.  
Villa Buena Vista del Mar 3
Villa Bella Vista del Mar Suites 
& Bungalows

5 fully-equipped oceanfront suites with private beachfront, swimming pool and lovely gardens. Available for short or long-term rentals.  More
Jaltemba Bay Life Statistics
Congratulations to the following advertisers who received
the most views since our last issue: 

Most Popular Rentals
Condos Casa Rey: 166 views

Most Popular Businesses
Guayabitos Yoga: 123 views

Most Popular Real Estate
Vista Encantada, El Divisadero/Chacala: 105 views

Reservation Inquiries
1,386 inquiries (so far this year)

Business Inquiries
658 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.

What's Happening

Upcoming Holidays & Events: 

Live Theater comes to San Pancho
by Glades at Bistro Organico
La Bodega Teatro in San Pancho

Mark your calendars for Live Theater in San Pancho at La Bodega Teatro, a project to build the first ever Performance Arts Center & Theater in the area. Saturday January 18 premiers "Judy... here at last!" - a one woman show about the legendary Judy Garland. Set in the 1960's, this poignant play tells a dramatic, sometimes funny-sometimes sad...  Read More


Jaltemba Bay Event Calendar
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Visit our Community Calendar to view event details for all upcoming and ongoing events, classes, music, dinner specials and more posted by business owners and event organizers.


Don't forget to add your event... it's FREE!

Community Corner
Updates on groups, organizations and other good works

Due to the increasing number of community groups, organizations, projects and special events in our area, we have created a NEW Community News page. It includes a list of popular annual events and organizations, links to the most current community news and updates, information about how to submit event information and links to several community webpages. You can find it under the "Community" tab on Jaltemba Bay Life.


Recent Community Updates:   

Cultural Christmas Bazar and Art Walk
in La Peņita
by Our Readers

Art Walk Poster 2013 Junta Vecinal Bahía de Jaltemba, our neighborhood council, invites you to participate in the upcoming Bazar Cultural Navideņo along the malecón in La Peņita. The event will be held on December 21, 22 and 23 and will feature a Bazar Navideņo (cultural Christmas bazaar) from 5-9pm on the malecón. On Monday, December 23rd they plan to have jazz music. but they are still looking for an artist to play.


The Art Walk will begin Wednesday, January 8 and will continue every Wednesday from 5-9pm. Different musicians and/or performance artists...  Read More


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Owners, Jaltemba Bay Life