Barra de Navidad, in Jalisco, Mexico

Barra de Navidad is a population with fishing origins whose founding dates back to the conquest era (although there are remains dating back to the year 542). The town itself is small (the population does not exceed 5100 inhabitants), and thus very advisable to visit, because of its quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The historical past of the area is vast: It served as naval shipyard (port where repairs of various ships are carried out) and many boats left from here towards the Philippines. Another beach nearby called Barra Vieja marks the beginning of the beaches in the Jalisco coast known as Costa Alegre, with a length of approximately 95 kilometers.

The beach is located in the municipality of Cihuatlan: With fine yellow sand, clear water and a variety of recreational activities as well as cheap housing (from $ 350 pesos (average) to $ 2700 in a five star hotel), Barra de Navidad is also known for offering discounts during the low season.

Obviously, the beach is the hub of activity in the area; many people go to Barra de Navidad to practice diving, water skiing or even surfing. Consequently there are a few houses dedicated to renting all the necessary equipment from the boards to the snorkels. It is worth noting that being a surfing beach, the waves can be stronger than in a regular beach and therefore, you need to take precautions. On the other hand, bike and boat rides are a great attraction, as well as the fishing tournament held every year, although it is possible to practice this sport almost year round where you can fish mostly Tuna, Marlin, Sailfish and Dorado.

A visit to the coast would be incomplete without a visit to Isla de Navidad, which lies just off the sandbar of the same name. The cliffs and tranquility of the bay are a contrast to the strong waves. Within the same island, there are several golf courses of 9 and 18 holes. One of the highlights of the place is that people are friendly and respect the tourists. Trying tropical drinks is "a must" for visitors. Nightlife is acceptable, as you will find some bars and a couple of nightclubs to go dancing in the area.

In order to travel to Barra de Navidad, you should fly to nearby Manzanillo airport and then take a shuttle (either taxi or bus) since the journey only takes around half an hour. There are about four airlines offering services during peak seasons, and rental cars are available. If you are a lover of scenic landscapes, especially the ones you can see at the beach, be sure to watch the sunset at Barra de Navidad... we assure you will have an unforgettable experience!

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