New Malecon in La Penita Mexico

It was a bright bluebird Riviera Nayarit day when I visited La Penita, Mexico  to get some recent shots of the new malecon, and the newly paved streets a couple of days ago. Standing on the new La Penita malecon and looking out over the ocean viewing Coral Island off in the distance with the pelicans lining the beach was stunningly beautiful!
As it has seemed like forever, the vision that was once a dream for many years is now almost completed.  The La Penita Malecon is finished, and it looks like it has been well worth all of the dust, torn up streets and the long wait.  Old structures were torn down, as well as the streets being torn up during the high season; enduring all of the dust and the mess last year has now unfolded to a new and very beautiful malecon that all will surely enjoy. There is still some work left to be done on the new sidewalks. There are some deep rectangular deep holes for the electrical work that are not blocked off so watch your step! As, one could seriously injure oneself!

The new La Penita Malecon is quite a beauty to behold, with inlaid pebbles in a zig-zag design and the Riviera Nayarit logo painted at both ends.  There are plenty of very comfortable benches for seating with Queen Palms planted next to them that will someday bring the beautiful shade.  The new light posts add to the charm.  Easy wide steps lead up to the malecon, as well as wheelchair ramps making the malecon assessable for everyone.

La Penita, Nayarit, a very authentic Mexican pueblo,  is located between Rincon de Guayabitos and Chacala on the Jaltemba Bay.

La Penita has not seen any town upgrades for quite a while.  Not only is La Penita a family town, but also an industrial town, where you can go and get anything that you are needing to build, create or fix. This Mexican pueblo is a favorite for many visitors and snowbirds that relocate for 6 months out of the year during the high season, from November through April, or until Semana Santa begins!

The beachfront La Penita restaurant, Las Brisas, who use to set up tables on the beach serving ice cold beers and great burgers, looks like they are remodeling and gearing up for high season with the newly built malecon right in front of the restaurant. Hytham and Lucy of El Rincon Del Arabe have moved to their new location which is just up from the malecon on one of the new streets and will be selling all kinds of fun Arabic / Egyptian  items, as well as their awesome menu of delicious delights.

Things are looking up for La Penita Mexico!

The La Penita Tianguis runs all year long, every Thursday, starting at 8 am and ending about noon to 1 pm..during the summer.  It is the largest tianguis on the Riviera Nayarit during the high season.

I am quite sure that everyone venturing to La Penita Mexico will be quite pleased this coming high season, as the locals are already enjoying the ambiance of the La Penita Malecon, right here on the Riviera Nayarit in amazing Mexico!

Visit La Penita Mexico and check out the new La Penita Malecon, and enjoy your time on your Riviera Nayarit vacation! 



A New Hospital in La Penita Mexico

This has been long over-due for the La Penita  residents and part time winter residents, and we welcome the new Real Nayar Hospital to the Riviera Nayarit! Since opening to the public the first week of July, 2012, La Peñita’s Real Nayar Hospital has ran smoothly and efficiently. Built and directed by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., this cutting-edge facility on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico is currently offering emergency medical care, basic health care, and surgical services; including a supporting laboratory, pharmacy, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, and personnel to support 15 patient rooms, nursery, and admitting


Hospital Services

At any given time up to five specialists and four nurses are on staff. Emergency services are available with three ambulances, two modern emergency rooms, and a separate admission’s room. Labor and delivery services include one delivery room and supportive care for complications and treatment of infants; a total of nine infants have been delivered as of August 1, 2012. Besides basic medical diagnostic equipment, Real Nayar Hospital is equipped with Computed Tomography (CT scans), X-ray, and sonography machines, as well as medical monitors, life support equipment, and medical laboratory equipment. In addition to services provided, a blood bank is planned to open in the very near future. Currently, the nearest blood bank in the Riviera Nayarit is in San Francisco, otherwise known as San Pancho, located about half-way between La Penita de Jaltemba and Nuevo Vallarta.

On average, the new La Penita hospital is visited by 15 to 20 patients per day, with 2 to 3 admitted overnight. The main clientele so far have been people of the local community, yet this hospital has been designed to accommodate non-nationals as well. According to Paramedic Arturo Gomez Ortiz, no patient will ever be turned away and the hospital will accept international insurance. Most of Real Nayar’s doctors have come from outside the La Penita de Jaltemba, though local doctors can attend their patients.

Hospital Rooms

During a tour of the entire hospital, given by Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., I was impressed with the cleanliness of every room. There was even toilet paper in the bathrooms! Several of the private in-patient rooms, all located on the second floor, included a private patio with table and chairs, sink and shower, television, and a couch-like bed for the patient’s visitors. An elevator is available for patients and persons with disabilities. These amenities are something I have not seen in Mexico, though I am sure they exist. In addition to the amazing building and services offered, I was surprised by the warmth and friendliness of the entire staff.

As a full time resident of La Penita de Jaltemba, I have had my share of medical issues. With two stays at different hospitals, and assisting friends in the hospital, my experience with the medical care in Mexico has been mostly negative. So, its good to know that the new Hospital Real Nayar in La Penita is here for all of us!

I was reassured that family members would not have to provide 24 hour basic nursing care to the patient, provide basic essentials such as toilet paper and soap, nor run to the pharmacy looking for needed medications that are essential to a patient’s survival. I feel extremely confidant that medical care provided by Real Nayar, located in La Penita de Jaltemba on the Riviera Nayarit, is comparable to the same, if not better than, medical services I have received in the United Sates of America.

Directions to Real Nayar Hospital

Feel free to visit the hospital and say hello to the staff and Doctor Roberto Robles Godinez Jr., specializing in ER, and Dr. Roberto Robles Godinez Sr., (right) who is also Chief of Staff. Real Nayar is located 1 block south of the main avenida and 1 block east of the town plaza on the corner of calles Alfredo V. Bonifil and Bahia de Banderas. The Emergency Room entrance is located on Bahia de Banderas.

Real Nayar Hospital
Alfredo V. Bonfil #18 (corner of Bahia de Banderas)
La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit. Mexico 63720
(327) 274-3794

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Municipal commissioners Rosa Guillermina and Romy Mora were the presenters at the Wednesday morning Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary club meeting.  Dr. Pimienta is making good on his promise to place a greater emphasis on health.  Please come and join workers and volunteers on December 3rd and 4th, as they participate in a huge clean up campaign.  The designated areas are from Los Ayala to La Penita.  The clean-up will focus on the bay, the beaches and the highway.  Divers will work the depths of the bay, while others will clean the beaches while others will concentrate on the highway.  Come be a part of making YOUR WORLD a better place.  For more information contact English speaking, Romy, at: or call Romy at 322-158-2919.  Rosa’s email is or phone her at: 311-122-8474.


Municipal commissioners, Romy Mora and Rosa Guillermina, are actively getting the word out about the improvement of the popular tiangis open market.  One of their stops has been the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club’s Wednesday morning meetings.  They explained to the local Rotary club that a nearby area, originally designed for parking, has evolved into a squatter’s slum, without the proper health structures.  The squatters will be moved to another area which will then make the market a safer, cleaner and more enjoyable experience.


We have a new municipal administration.  They will have an office in your area, how convenient for all!  That is the good news.  The not so good news, they lack basic office equipment (desks, chairs, file cabinets, supplies, etc).  Do not ask “why”.  It is what it is.  The municipal government is combining offices with the federal DIF organization, both to the betterment of our local area.  All of us have an extra table,a chair, or office something to donate.  Please contact Romy Mora.  She speaks perfect English. Romy, at: or call Romy at 322-158-2919.  Rosa’s email is or phone her at: 311-122-8474.


A La Penita Vacation with Ghosts

- By Susan J. Cobb

La Penita Hilltop Ocean View

La Penita de Jaltemba is a charming beach town but not in the touristy sense. Its Pacific Ocean edge is marked by moss covered, wave-battered remains of large houses, victims of Hurricane Kenna, which in 2002, swept away a way of life, along with bricks and mortar. What remains are ghosts: a pair of seahorses atop two pedestals mark the entrance to what was once the malecon, a seaside walkway that residents are assured will be rebuilt “someday.” There is one, and only one, restaurant directly on the beach. The bright parasols of Las Brisas draw locals and tourists on Thursday morning market days. The food is good and they stay.

To walk south along this beach requires climbing up and over the ruins of spacious patios, skirting the footings of what were once walled gardens. Sand-smoothed fragments of tile, stone, and glass provide materials for local mixed media artists. Photographs are best taken at sunset, when light and shadow lend charm and intrigue to what may look harsh and shabby at midday. This is “the real Mexico,” travelers say. The boats drawn up on shore are not for excursions but for local fishermen.

La Penita Hilltop View North

To walk north on the beach is to end up in a place of more ghosts. El panteon viejo, the old graveyard, melts down to the shallow beach at the north end of town. Crypts and stones tilt at odd angles. What secrets are hidden in the sand? The graveyard sits at the foot of a cuesta, an outcropping of black lava rock, a solid base to four or five elegant vacation homes entrenched high above, escaping the waves but not escaping the ghosts. The inn at Casa de los Amigos welcomes paying corporeal guests. Could there be a better place to read a mystery novel or begin writing one?

On the north side there stretches at least 7 kilometers (4 miles) of unobstructed palm-fringed, golden sand beach. At the end, hard up against the base of el cocodrilo, the snout-nosed landmass that crouches at the northern end of Bahia Jaltemba Bay, is Boca de Naranjo. Here there are more ghosts. The frayed and sun-bleached remains of a dozen or so beach palapa restaurants scatter this remote section of beach.  Once a nice place to sit for hours, drinking Pacifico beer and watching whales pirouette and play off shore, a development company evicted the restaurants with plans to build a resort there – someday.

Rincon de Guayabitos Ocean View

If you go by foot, take water, a hat, and sunscreen, since you can easily lose time when ghosts are involved. My teenaged nephew found that out several years ago.  His Sunday morning excursion from our home in Rincon de Guayabitos (I’ll-be-back-in-an-hour-or-so-Aunt-Susan) turned into a rite of passage. Was it ghosts that drew him on and on, enticing him to hike all the way to the base of el cocodrilo? He returned late in the afternoon, sunburned and dehydrated, but as he confided later, with a new perspective on life. Going and coming he had contemplated the ghosts of La Penita.

Things here today can vanish with a breaking wave. Nothing lasts forever except the memories.  Instead of returning to college the next semester, my nephew joined a carnival and traveled through the States for two years, living “full out,” gathering memories that would last a lifetime. Back into his studies now, he still counts that day on Bahia Jaltemba Bay as a pivotal time. Walking with ghosts can sometimes bring the living to life.

For a unique experience, take a La Penita Vacation on the reminiscent shores of Bahia Jaltemba Bay in the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.


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