Barra de Navidad


Barra de Navidad (Christmas Sandbar) is a small town located on the western coastline of the Mexican state of Jalisco. This town with a population of 7000+ is a small farming and fishing community north of Manzanillo. in recent years, the Jalisco state government has promoted Barra as a tourist attraction of the Costalegre. 

In the morning after breakfast is a good time to visit Laguna de Navidad (Christmas Lagoon). Here is a major shrimp farm where exquisite dishes are prepared with fish and seafood right next to the lagoon.

Afternoons are perfect for a walk along the calm beach of Barra de Navidad and a swim in its warm and shallow waters.

The downtown area can also be visited, where among other things, you will find the austere Parroquia de San Antonio,

at the main alter of which is a sculpture the natives refer to as "El Cristo de Los Brazos Caicos" (The Christ of the fallen arms).

It is said that one morning in 1971, when hurricane Lily was hitting the coast with force, many dwellers took shelter in this temple. They say that before prayers, the Christ lowered his arms and the strong winds and rain ceased immediately.

At sunset, after eating in the traditional taco zone of the port, or under a palapa at the beach, without doubt the best option is to make a trip out along the Malecon (Promenade). Isla Navidad can be seen from there - not actually an island, but a rocky outcrop- and the spectacular sunset fills the sky with pinkish tones. Sunsets can also be admired from the well known Sunset Bar (by far the best margaritas in town).

Welcome to Barra de Navidad

The history of "modern" Barra de Navidad

Dates back to the mid-16th century when the Spanish used it for ship building, repairs and a jumping off point to the Phillippines. A monument has been erected as a memory to these journeys at the end of the jetty.

The large lagoon behind Barra de Navidad is criss-crossed by small fishing boats gathering scallops and transporting visitors and locals from Barra to Isla Navidad and the Grand Bay Hotel. These boats (panga taxis) also carry passengers to and from the small Colima community of Colimilla where restaurants line the shore.

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