Discover Small Town Life in Jaltemba Bay
Jaltemba Bay is a down-to-earth vacation spot along the Mexican Pacific Coast, offering recreation and relaxation for tourists who want to escape the larger resort towns of Mexico. This slower paced, easygoing portion of the Riviera Nayarit is known for its relatively undeveloped beaches and abundant marine life.
Located 37 miles (60 kilometers) north of Puerto Vallarta, the bay consists of four authentic Mexican towns: La Penita de Jaltemba, Rincon de Guayabitos, Los Ayala, and La Colonia.
This traditional, working-class Mexican town is the business hub of the four towns and consists of a busy town center and sleepy residential neighborhoods. Although not a tourist magnet, it is recognized for Tianguis, a fantastic Mexican market held every Thursday morning in the town square (zocalo).
This charming town is a planned resort with a small hotel zone consisting of family hotels, restaurants, taquerias, entertainment, and tourist shops, plus a modern residential community. The town’s cobblestone streets border a 3-mile (barely 5-kilometer) beach ideal for swimming and kayaking because of its calm, shallow water.
This quaint town is the smaller next-door neighbor of Rincon de Guayabitos. Built along a nearly three-quarter mile (1-kilometer) section of Pacific coastline, surrounded by rolling hills and tropical plants, this beach is exceptionally beautiful. With consistently calm, clear water, it’s also perfect for swimming.
This rural town north of La Penita is about as authentic as they come. With limited tourist influences, the town streets offer a smattering of unusual shops and items, but La Colonia is most well-known for its long beach on the Bahia de Naranja (Orange Bay) and sea turtle sanctuary.