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January 8, 2014

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happy new year / feliz aņo nuevo

Happy New Year to all 2,095 newsletter subscribers!


The sun is once again shining over Jaltemba Bay after 10 straight days of rain and stormy weather during the holidays. Visit the Official Jaltemba Bay Weather Page to see how much rain actually fell last month!


The new year has brought several new advertisers our way. Please help us welcome these businesses:

  • Anahi's Restaurant, Guayabitos
  • Chasite Coffee House, La Peņita
  • Las Fuentes Restaurant, Guayabitos
  • Marco Ojeda Dog Behavior, Rehabilitation and Training, Guadalajara
  • Prefabricados Jaltemba, Guayabitos
Their support, along with our renewing clients, helps cover some of the time and costs associated with producing this FREE newsletter. If you own a business, restaurant, hotel or vacation rental please consider advertising to support our community website.


To find out what 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, January 22 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 
Barbed Wire and the Beach
by Robert Koch
Barbed Wire and Beach Robert Koch
This photo was taken on the beach, near the south side of the river separating La Peņita from Rincón de Guayabitos, behind the barbed wire fence separating the vacant lot on Golondrinas from the beach (near the rockery that is fisherman's memorial). I like the contrast of the roughness of the fence post and barbed wire...  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!

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Featured Articles
You'll only find these on Jaltemba Bay Life
Nayarit EATS: The Local Art of Making Authentic Mexican Tamales
by Allyson Williams
Tamales in La Penita

We were thrilled when we finally got the opportunity to watch the Valdivia-Muņiz family make tamales at their home in La Colonia a few weeks ago. My husband David discovered "Tamalería La Autentica" last season, and quite honestly, they make the best tamales we've ever tastedWe quickly learned that the family's goal...  Read More


Real Mexican Vanilla
by Bea Rauch
Real Mexican Vanilla Bea Rauch

The unseasonably rainy days have given me time to complete some research on vanilla that I started some time ago. I explored vanilla and its many uses as well as some authenticity issues. I have provided some links for those who are interested in learning more. I'm sure you'll agree, it is a very "delicate" subject.  Read More


Discovery Channel Showcases Birding Adventures in Riviera Nayarit
by Riviera Nayarit CVB
Riviera Nayarit CVB Chachalaca

The Riviera Nayarit is kicking off the New Year with a world-class promotion: on January 1st and 8th, the very international Discovery Channel will air two programs on birdwatching filmed on Isabel Island, declared a Mexican National Park in 1980. At precisely 7am on New Year's Day, the second episode of...  Read More


Storage Wars is Coming to La Peņita
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team
Storage Wars La Penita JEEP
The owners of El Monteón Storage are getting creative. They are donating four of their abandoned lockers and a fishing boat to a local cause. The contents of each locker will be auctioned off to the highest bidder sometime in February and all proceeds will be donated to Jaltemba Equine Education Project (J.E.E.P.). More details...  Read More


Jaltemba Bay Life Announces Readers'
Top Recommendations for 2013
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team

Recommendation Banner Last year, our readers submitted 135 fabulous reviews for local restaurants, businesses, hotels and vacation rentals. If you haven't participated yet, please take a minute to write a review for your favorite places. It's fun, it's fast and you will not only help promote our local businesses, but you will also help other locals and visitors decide where to dine, what to do and where to stay. Congratulations to all the winners! And a drum roll please...  Read More


Calling All Writers and Photographers (Amateur or Professional)
by Jaltemba Bay Life Team
Guayabitos Sunset
Each issue of the Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter contains photos, stories, articles and information that we gather throughout the year. Our newsletter has become so popular in part because of our fabulous and dedicated contributors and readers. However, we are always in need of fresh material. Please send us...  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 
Casa de los Pelicanos Ad
Casa de los Pelicanos
$485,000 USD

This classic 2-story Mexican colonial villa has 4BR and is just steps from the beach. Currently operating as a Bed & Breakfast.  More 

Jaltemba Bay Dining Guide
Jaltemba Bay Dining Guide 

No matter what you're in the mood for -- casual 

or fine dining, mild or spicy, jazz or mariachi, 

in town or on the beach -- you'll find it here in 

Jaltemba Bay and the surrounding area.

to decide where you want to eat, drink or dance 
the night away.
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 
Anahi's Restaurant
Anahi's Restaurant

Serving delicious baked potatoes, grilled meats, steak, tacos, fajitas and chiles rellenos. Our street presence may be small, but our interior is large and so are our hearts.  More 
Chasite Coffee House
Chasite Coffee House
La Peņita

Our new location has indoor and outdoor seating -- and we're just steps from the malecon. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee drinks and smoothies.  More 
Las Fuentes Restaurant
Las Fuentes Restaurant

(Formerly Salvador's) Offering a 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 
Prefabricados Jaltemba 2
Prefabricados Jaltemba

We manufacture, sell and deliver construction materials including cement, mortar, steel beams, rebar, sand and gravel, blocks and bricks, roofing tile, piping and tinacos.  More 
Villas Marenas Condos Ad
Casa Theresa El Sueņo de 
Los Ayala
Los Ayala

1BR beachfront condo in the popular Villas Marena complex. This spacious first floor unit overlooks the pool and is just steps from town.  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.  More

Tonita 3
Toņita III Restaurant

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out our NEW Weekly Specials including daily dinner specials at great prices, and live music by the Perez Brothers.  More 
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 during the last 30 days: 

Most Popular Rentals
Condos Casa Rey: 426 views

Most Popular Businesses
Sergio's Tours: 254 views

Reservation Inquiries
151 inquiries received

Restaurant & Business Inquiries
111 inquiries received
17 reviews posted

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: 


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.


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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:   

Las Tres Amigas "Under Wraps"
Mystery Unveiled!
by Las Tres Amigas

Las Tres Amigas Under Wraps Logo

Las Tres Amigas indicated in an earlier article that our January event was going to involve a mystery - and it is, just not what a lot of you expected! We're having an "Under Wraps" Dinner and Mystery Auction on Wednesday, January 15 at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria in La Peņita. The proceeds will support student scholarships at Conalep. You will be treated to an elegant gourmet meal...  Read More


Stitching Seņoras Activities
by Karin Marchant
Stitching Senoras Jaltemba Bay

Most of you have probably never heard of us. We are a group of quilters who get together once a week throughout the winter to work on our projects and share ideas. We usually start in November with 5-6 ladies and swell to 20 or so in January and February. We come from all over Canada and the USA and the common bond is our love...  Read More


5th Annual Jaltemba Bay Rotary
Dinner Dance
by Susana Escobida
Rotary Dinner Dance

Rotary Club of Jaltemba Bay is proud to announce its 5th Annual Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Salon Real de Peņa's in La Peņita. The fundraiser will include dinner, floor show, silent auction, drawings and dancing. Proceeds from ticket sales will help fund scholarships, school equipment and remodels...  Read More


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