(Barra de Navidad)
There are numerous Aquatic Activities in and around Barra, sports fishing, boat trips, snorkeling & scuba diving, surfing & boogie boarding, swimming & sunbathing plus golfing & tennis.
Barra Tianguis (street market) is on Thursdays after 9am. Located in the Jardín and Calle Guanajuato is blocked off from Avenida Veracruz to Avenida Tampico. Streets are taken over with portable stands and tables with tarps tied across the street for shade.
Birdwatchers can hire a panga to cruise the lagoon. It is a nesting site for roseate spoonbills, artisan stalls and other exotic waterfowl including pelicans.
Drop by "Beer Bob's" to exchange your pocket book, or get up-dated on local happenings.
Rancho Aorora Water Park (balneario con tobogán)
Children enjoy this water slide park with 5 pools, 3 water slides, large wading pool, water sprinklers, Concession stand. Open 10am-6pm daily - Tobogán after 12am - closed Tuesdays. Located between Barra & the Jaluco Junction (beach side).
La Lanchas (Pangas)
There are 5 different Lancha Docks providing ferry service across Laguna Navidad to the Grand Bay hotel, Marina, Golf Clubhouse & Colmillia. You can take a panga tour of the lagoon or a costal ocean sightseeing trip. Longer boat trips are available as far North as Playa Tenacatita.
Ride a lancha across the lagoon to Pueblo Colmillia's beach side restaurants. If you have a group, a panga can take up to 8 or 10 people. Restaurant Fortinos' and Marys' are open 9am to 10pm daily.
Hire a panga (la lancha) to "Isla El Bajito", a small island beside Isla de Los Puerqos (pig island) on the lagoon. In season enjoy Playa Restaurant Bar. Large palapa umbrellas may be rented on the beach for the day. There are no other services here so bring you own snacks and water. Leave from the dock closest to restaurant Veleros. The cost of panga ride is just a few pesos.
An Evening Stroll on the MALECON is the highlight of a relaxing day.
Have your hair braided by experienced local native women. Loiter around the plaza where a good cup of java or glass of cerveza will hit the spot.
If you have access to a marine VHF radio, listen in on the Sailboat Cruisers "discussion net" every morning at 8:30am on channel 22A.
Visit Cihuatlán 19km south of Barra. This large pueblo has two banks, casa de cambios and quite a few non-tourist oriented shops.
Lay back and enjoy the attractive beach and views of the bay, with an occasional dip in the ocean, with a snooze in between. This will take up the largest part of your time during the midday sun.