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Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad
is a small town located on the western coastline of the Mexican state of Jalisco. The town of Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad
(Christmas Sandbar) with a population of 7000+ is a small farming and fishing community located on the east end of the Bahía de Navidad, 60 km north of Manzanillo. In recent years, the Jalisco
Jalisco
state government has promoted Barra as a tourist attraction of the Costalegre. The beachfront fronting the sandbar arks toward San Patricio, Jalisco
Jalisco
4.5 kilometers to the west. The history of "modern" Barra de Navidad
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 Philippines. A monument has been erected as a memory to these journeys at the end of the jetty. Ruy López de Villalobos (1500–1544) fleet of six galleon ships, the Santiago, Jorge, San Antonio, San Cristobal, San Martin, and San Juan, left Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico
Mexico
with 370 to 400 men on November 1, 1542. On the early morning of November 21, 1564, armed with five ships and 500 soldiers, Miguel López de Legazpi
Miguel López de Legazpi
and his sail-captain Andrés de Urdaneta
Andrés de Urdaneta
sailed from the port of Barra de Navidad, New Spain, in what is now Jalisco
Jalisco
state, Mexico. The large lagoon behind Barra de Navidad
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, recently voted the Number One hotel/resort in Mexico
Mexico
by the Travel Channel. These boats (panga taxies) also carry passengers to and from the small Colima community of Colimilla where restaurants line the shore. In 2012 many of Barra de Navidad's seaside businesses were left in ruins after Hurricane Jova. The businesses recovered despite the damage and high tide. However, the number of visiting tourists has decreased substantially ever since. External links[edit]

Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad
(official site) Cruiser's Guide to Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad
(for visitors by sailboat)

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