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Barra de Navidad, Cihuatlan, jalisco, near Manzanillo.

Located approximately 200 km south of Puerto Vallarta, Barra de Navidad offers beautiful unspoiled beaches, fabulous restaurants and very friendly people.

Barra de Navidad is a small village on the coast west of the Mexican state of Jalisco

The town of 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 state government has promoted Barra as a tourist attraction of the Costalegre. The beachfront sand bar into the coffers of San Patricio, Jalisco 4.5 kilometers to the west.

The story of "modern" Barra de Navidad goes back to mid-1500 when the Spanish used it for shipbuilding, repair and point of departure for the Philippines. A memorial has been erected as a remembrance of those trips at the end of the pier. Ruy López de Villalobos (1500 - 1544) fleet of six galleons, Santiago, Jorge, San Antonio, San Cristobal, San Martin and San Juan, left Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico with 370 400 men on 1 November, 1542. Perhaps, in the early hours of November 21, 1564, armed with five ships and 500 soldiers, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and his sailing-master Andres de Urdaneta sailed from Barra de Navidad, New Spain in what is now the state of Jalisco, Mexico.

The large lagoon behind Barra de Navidad is 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 by Travel Channel. These boats (pangas taxis) also take passengers to and from the small community of Colimilla Colima, where restaurants line the shore.

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