The Barra de Navidad area consists of the bay (and neighboring town of Melaque), the laguna, town and is only about 25 miles north of Santiago Bay/Manzanillo which means lots of places to explore and adventure. We were here both before our visit with Trevor’s mom and Step-dad and after so I thought I would sum up our experiences together ; ) We spent almost all of our time in Barra de Navidad with friends from SV Jake (Jake and Sharon and their cat Issy) and SV Elieen May (Ed and Lori) who we meet both vessels in Puerto Escondido during the summer months in the Sea of Cortez.
In the previous post….we mentioned we ran aground coming into the laguna to anchor (opps). No damage to be had but we were told we had joined the elite club!!! The second time we entered the laguna…we made it with no issues.
The cool thing about the laguna, besides the tricky entrance and exit were the water taxis. I hav’nt seen a organized operation like this for a long time! They monitor channel 23 on the VFH radio, 24 hours a day for rides between the town, the “laguna”, the resort, and golf club. Both tourists and workers take the taxi and it only costs 30 pesos per person for a round trip. Maria, who operates one of the water taxi companies even will deliver groceries and water to your boat…all for a reasonable price!
We had been in the laguna for almost a week, waiting for a weather window to head back north to the PV area. We needed water and were NOT going to make water with our precious water maker with the muddy and murky waters of the laguna…nor were we inclined to “ping pong” our way out and back in the laguna with it’s tricky entrance. So we called Maria, on a sunday, to schedule a water delivery on Tuesday.
I didn’t believe when I read it in the cruising guides but it is real…there is a FRENCH BAKER that will deliver delicious french pastries to your boat! He monitors VHF channel 22 at 8 am to get orders for specific boats for delivery on Thursdays. We ordered 1 baguette, 2 plain croissants. However, when he arrived he had little cakes/pies as well and Trevor and I could not pass them up. So 1 chocolate/ginger cake and 1 orange cake…the French Baker’s favorite!
Barra de Navidad…aka “Barra” was one of our favorite spots thus far. The reason being it was a small enough town that you started to get to know people even after a week (the water taxi guys recognized me and said hello when he was off work drinking a beer), all the provisioning you needed (large grocery stores in Santiago to compliment the small tiendas in the local town of Barra), and the food was amazing and cheap!
We had so many meals out it was hard to photograph every one but one place to mention was the “potato place”…. a baked potato with cheese, 3 kinds of meat (or your choice), mushroom, and they would bring out a platter of condiments that included crushed pinapple, different salsas, pico de gallo, and beans. All of this for 60 pesos…just about $3 USD.
The town of Melaque: We ventured off on the bus to Melaque. Here we went to accomplish some provisioning and eat awesome food…again!
Super Bowl, pageants, and “sad monkey”…and a missed opportunity to go to a drag queen show!
We had such a great time reunited with SV Jake and SV Elieen May. It was a breath of fresh air to just hang out and get shown around the town. Trevor got some really cool stuff from Elieen May as Ed and Lori decided to sell their boat while we were in Barra. We even meet some of the potential (but crazy) buyers while we were here and we wish them the best of luck on the transition back to Canada and hopefully on a bigger boat!
Thank you Ed, Lori, Jake, and Sharon for showing us such a great time in Barra and we hope to stay in touch.