It was a bright bluebird Riviera Nayarit day when I visited La Penita to get some recent shots of the new malecon and the newly paved street. 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 complete. 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 holes for the electrical work that are not blocked off so watch your step! Especially after a few beers or margaritas!
The new malecon is quite a beauty to behold, with inlaid pebbles in a large zig-zag design and a 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 cooling 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. It is really adding a nice touch to this pueblo!
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. This pueblo is a family orientated town, but also an industrial type of town where you can go and get anything that you are needing to build, create or fix. It 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 restaurant, Las Brisas, use to set up tables on the beach serving ice cold beers and great burgers, now looks like they are remodeling and gearing up for high season with the newly built malecon right in front of the restaurant. Haitham and Lucy Dlensi of El Rincon Del Arabe have moved to their new location which is 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 Arabic and Mexican cuisine.
Things are looking up for La Penita!
The 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 in the Riviera Nayarit during the high season.
I am quite sure that everyone venturing to La Penita this year will be quite pleased, as the locals are already enjoying the ambiance of the La Penita malecon this summer.
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