Barra de Navidad

We entered the beautiful breakwater into Marina Navidad on January 18.  We were awed by the beauty of the hotel and grounds that surrounded the marina.  Many multimillion dollar yachts and tight quarters, but we eventually found our spot. We entered right in the middle of a fishing tournament.  Lots going on with fishermen carrying 300+ pound marlins to be weighed.  Music was blasting (as is normal for all Mexican special events!) and people were excited.  Fishing boats were on both sides of us offloading their catch.  What a great seat to this event!

We spent the next two weeks exploring Barra de Navidad and the neighboring towns of Melaque and Colima.  There is a special energy in this area that we loved.  We spent time lounging around the beautiful pools on the grounds, eating at the many restaurants in Barra, shopping at the street markets, listening to some fantastic live music and meeting amazing people. We rode the water taxi from “la marina” into Barra.  On our trips to Melaque (for groceries and parts) we rode the water taxi then the bus.  These buses were most likely antiques long since retired from the states.

We were treated each morning with pastries and breads from the French Baker that motored his boat right up to ours.  This was a delicious morning treat!

On our last night here, we enjoyed the Super Bowl at a local cantina with many of our new cruising friends while whales played and spouted in the bay right outside.

Leaving will be hard, but we know that one day we will be back to Barra de Navidad.


Entering the breakwater into Marina Navidad

Double take at the huge marlin!


The French Baker delivers to our boat

Yummy baked goods

Many wonderful restaurants

…with great views!

View from our boat

Enjoying one of the five pools on the grounds

Watching the eclipse from our cockpit

Taxi anyone?

Downtown Barra

Market day



Surfers in the bay

So many small music venues

Tiny tiendas

Hotel and marina

Sunset over Barra


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