Barra de Navidad, Melaque & Colimilla on the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Barra de Navidad is not the most glamorous place…

A palm tree with red seeds at Barra de Navidad in Mexico…but the people are friendly.Man laughing at me at Barra de Navidad in MexicoThe surf can be quite high on the ocean side of Barra so most families stick to the lagoon side.Boy in Barra de NavidadLagoon side at Barra de Navidad in MexicoLagoon side at Barra de Navidad in MexicoThe view from our inexpensive hotel in Barra de Navidad. in Barra de Navidad at NightAl needed a new hat but he wasn’t keen on these Mexican sombreros. A pile of Mexican sombreros at Barra de Navidad in MexicoHe purchased a Panama hat instead.
Al's new Panama hatFood options are non-fattening tortillas and…Tortillas are not fattening! at Barra de Navidad in Mexicoponche de frutas.The 'Ponche de Frutas' vendor at Barra de Navidad in MexicoBeach umbrellas for rent – here they call them ‘sombrillas’.Bright Beach Umbrellas in Barra de NavidadYou can walk down the beach about four and a half kilometres to Melaque. On our way we passed the turtle vivarium, ‘vivero de las tortugas’. Turtle vivarium at Barra de Navidad on Mexico's Pacific coastA turtle marked out with decorative stones on the sidewalk in Malaque, MexicoIn Melaque the water is gentler for swimming and the fishermen are out. The town is larger than Barra, and has more amenities but I think I liked Barra better.Fisherman Casts His Net in Barra de NavidadThey like to bury their children in the sand in Melaque. We found a local bus that took us back to Barra.In Mexico they like to bury their children in the sand (Malaque)The annotated map!Annotated Google map of Barra de Navidad, Melaque and Colomilla, MexicoAnother fun thing to do in Barra is to take the ‘lancha’ across the lagoon to Colimilla. We walked past a immaculate golf course with an army of gardeners and women sweeping the long brick roadways free of fallen petals and other plant debris – all for only one small party of golfers.
Reflection on a pond in Colimilla across the lagoon from Barra de Navidad on Mexico's Pacific coastColimilla across the lagoon from Barra de Navidad on Mexico's Pacific coastThe town was small and done in two minutes; the walk was hot and I was dying for a cold limonada
Margaritas in Colimilla, a short boat ride away from Barra de Navidadwhich I found at Restaurant Mary’s which is still there and looks much the same.Colimilla watercolour and notes from diary

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