1156 – Barra de Navidad

Summer evening in Barra

Evening on the beach, looking towards the entrance to the lagoon

Sunset, first day in Barra

Quiet morning

Morning walk on the Malecon

Malecon Panoramico de Barra

Morning surfers on a small wave

A few moments of fun in the sun

Looking towards San Patricio

Waiting on a wave

Early yet, the beach front cafes and bars are setting up

Blue and Red

A launch sets out on the lagoon

Every town in Mexico seems to have one…

Looking towards the Grand Bay Isla Navidad from the Malecon


Around the point


Barra beach on the ocean side

Pleasant harbor

Lidia’s Restaurant on the lagoon

Restaurant Mary’s on the lagoon

Quiet streets

Fresh fish from the local fishermen

  • Barra de Navidad
  • Jalisco, Mexico
  • AugustĀ  6-7, 2019

I was invited to Barra de Navidad, a beach town and resort in the state of Jalisco, to visit with friends at their hotel there. Summer is not the usual time for going to the beaches of Mexico – it’s hot, humid and slow during the summer – but it is a good time to see the area without crowds of tourists. Tourists generally don’t want to sweat and suffer in the heat, even when there is a whole ocean to cool off with.

Barra is a laid-back, rustic town, without much pretension or false luxury. When you go, you do so to avoid fancy dinners, expensive tours, and packaged experiences. You just let it all go and be yourself. There is plenty to do and see, but no one telling you should do anything more than lay on the beach, play in the water and have another beer. And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that.

2 Responses

  1. Gorgeous place! And just 230 KM south of Puerto Vallarta. I wonder what the drive is like.

    • mike says:

      I’m not sure. I came in from Guadalajara on the bus and that was a long trip because the route they take goes down to Manzanillo and then North to Barra. I can say that from Morelia it took an entire day to get there and two bus lines.