Fun on the Riviera Nayarit

Hey Everybody! Temperature wise, it certainly has seemed cooler this season here around the Banderas Bay. Many areas in Mexico are experiencing below average temps, unfortunately, making their lives very difficult. Currently, I do not know where to send funds, clothing or food but will keep you posted. If you now of secure fundraiser information please send to Thank you.

Miguel Alemen Public School Fundraiser There’s going to be a Fiesta Mexicana on February 3, 2018 at 7pm to raise funds for the school. Tickets cost $250 pesos and includes: Buffet, live music and dancing folklorico. It will take place at Miguel Alemen school in front of California’s Pizza, located on Estaciones Ave. in Bucerias. email Micaela Flores Gutierrez at: for more information or to purchase tickets.
California Pizza, has expanded their restaurant. I stopped last Saturday to pick up a pizza. I love their pizza – chewy, cheesy and delicious! If you enjoy a crisper crust just ask! Next door, past the shop, at the Rodeo, Banda music was playing, and I must say they were quite good! You may have heard them this week at the Bucerias town fest. The volume was perfect being ‘just’ far enough away!!


The owner Francisco is big on fundraising and is there on Mondays, with his brother Ernesto the rest of the week. Both speak fluent English. Francisco’s daughter Natalie works at the counter. A fun family business that not only creates a delish pizza, but also makes amazing pasta dishes, wings and burgers. YUM!

Entreamigos Fundraiser Gala “Conectamos Historias” Monday, Feb 12, 6-9pm in San Pancho at La Patrona Polo and Equestrian Club at the stunning ‘Centro Gastronomico Y Cultural’. Join the Entreamigos for their 10th Children’s Art Festival and Gala Fundraiser. The fundraiser supports the Entreamigos library and children’s programs. Hor d’ Oeuvres and three course dinner are included. There will be live music, raffles and much more! Purchase tickets at Entreamigos, which is located on the left side of the street shortly after crossing the bridge as you enter San Pancho, or

Its Turtle Time in San Pancho with Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.
Director Frank Smith
writes a wonderful monthly newsletter about the turtles and San Pancho in general. Frank writes for the January 2018 newsletter, “To date, total nests recorded this season are 984, while the number of hatchlings released comes to 83,575.  The poachers made off with 40 nests while 29 other nests were washed out by heavy surf.  On December the 29th, 54% of the remaining 42 nest boxes hatched all at once with the release of over 700 hatchlings, while on the following two day over 1,440 hatchlings were released; very unusual for late in the season.”

Douglas Calert donated heat and moisture instruments that send a continuous data readout to Frank’s computer that provide minute-by-minute updates on how the heat and moisture affect the incubation process. Kudos goes out to the December part-time volunteers: Manuel Murrieta, Julio and America Gonzales, and Juan Flores. For the remainder of the high season kudos goes out to the full time volunteers: Lisa Fisher, Robert Klusmeyer, Gale Greer and Lorren Garlichs.

Frank also writes about the environment, ”The beach in front of the town is beginning to look a lot like Sayulita, cluttered with lights, umbrellas, chairs and tables, etc. Not a good environment for nesting marine turtles.  Otherwise, the river has a good flow of clear water and the lagoon is still open to the sea.” Also adding that over the busy holidays they counted approximately 200 campers on the playa, “All of whom were well-mannered young students from the inland cities.” NICE!

To check out the full newsletter go to: . You may also contact the director Frank Smith at: 311-258-4100. They are nonprofit and always in need of volunteers. Thank YOU!
Thanks so much for checking in! John Pounders photos are available at . What an amazing photographer! John also has the sky cam; perfect for selling your property or capturing parties! For questions or comments please email me at . Have a terrific week everyone..AHO!