POINTS OF INTEREST
(Barra de Navidad)
A walk along the "Malecon"
(sea wall) provides panoramic views of Bahía de Navidad, and
Laguna de Navidad with sailboats anchored in front of the Grand Bay hotel on Isla
Navidad. The jetty at the end of the Malecon has two viewpoints which affords great vistas of the
playa, and a large 400th. year (1964) centennial monument. Pangas and yachts can be seen entering and leaving the
harbor, and locals observed fishing in the evening. When the waves
are high you can watch the
Surfers close inshore.
The "Nereida Triton"
sculpture is located on the ocean side of the malecon in Barra de
Navidad. This monument commemorates the 400th. year centenary
of the discovery of the Philippine islands by a Spanish expedition
that left Barra de Navidad (then called Puerto Xalisco) on November 21, 1554. The
captains of this voyage of discovery were Miguel López de Legazpi
and Andrés de Urdaneta who now have local streets named in their
honor. Nereida is one of the mythical nymphs that personify
the game of the waves, and Triton is one of the mythical gods of
In the downtown core of Barra de
Navidad is a excellent area for shopping in the many small stores (La Tiendas) or just
walking or lounging around mingling with the locals. Avenida López de Legaspi
was once only for pedestrians, but now has been opened to one way
PLAYA BARRA DE NAVIDAD
Playa Barra de Navidad is the
centerpiece of the town and although very beautiful to watch, can
be steep, rough and very noisy. When the
"surfs up", waves pound with such force as to shake the ground
to be felt even in beachside buildings.
It's not a safe place for children to swim without adult
supervision. It is however excellent for surfers at the south end
near the jetty, and
Boogie boarding near the north end of town when the surf is
low. Boards can be rented in town.
The downtown area is a picturesque
gathering place for locals and tourist alike. Planter seats
with miniature palms abound on Calle Jalisco which is red tiled
brick. This area is closed off to vehicle traffic between
Veracruz and Lopez de Legazpi. The church of the cyclone is
located in one corner and there are shops and restaurants along
both sides. There's usually some sort of activity taking
place here, especially in the evenings.
CENTRAL PARK (Jardín)
Barra's "Jardín" (central park)
is located between Avenida López de Legaspi and Avenida Veracruz
at Calle Ganajuato. This park is a tiled concrete square with benches around the edge. There
are food stands here some evenings and is a popular spot to relax
in the afternoon, and for kids
playing games and skateboarding. Many events are performed
on the large stage.
The panga docks are located at
the very south end of Avenida Veracruz on the lagoon side of the
bar. From here open boat ferries (pangas) will take persons
across the bay to pueblo Colimilla or the Grand Bay hotel, both in
Estado Colima. Open ocean fishing expeditions and trips up
and down the coast can be acquired here as well as at the
fisherman's co-op further up the street.
There is no English library in
Barra, but there is a Free Book Exchange called "BEER BOB'S",
started in 1983 by
Robert L. Baham a retired civil servant from
California (now deceased). Bob started the exchange as a
social hub for English speakers and use to hand out free beer to
all who dropped by, hence the nickname. The
Inventory varies, but of the 6000+ volumes Best Sellers take
up the most shelf space. Beer Bob's is open Monday to
Saturday, 12am to 5pm (barring inclement weather) from the new location
on Calle Tampico No.8. If the doors' ajar, it's open.
Remember the rules: Leave a book - Take a book, Borrow a book -
Bring it back. Sadly, Bob passed away in August, 2006. The
buildings new owner is carrying on with the book exchange.