Barra de Navidad/Melaque
19 January 2011 | Barra de Navidad
We left Tenacatita at 8:35 am on Monday, January 17th and arrived at Barra de Navidad Lagoon anchorage at 11:45 am. The entrance to the lagoon has a number of unmarked shoals and shallow areas and every year (and often every day) boats go aground. We have been using "A Cruiser's Guidebook for Pacific Mexico" by Shawn Breeding and Heather Bansmer and their waypoints were right on so we came in without a hitch.
This is a beautiful anchorage and a friend that we have met, Joe Elliott on Sea 42, says that the surrounding shore looks like we could be in Spain or the Caribbean. The water isn't as clear as other places we've been but it is flat and feels like we are in a marina but with beautiful views. We have been told that it is really buggy here but we have not seen any. Another neat thing about this place is that "The French Baker" comes out every morning with bread and pastries to sell.
We took our dinghy into Barra de Navidad to deliver our laundry to the Lavanderia in the morning and picked it up at 5:00. It is so great to have someone else do the laundry because we get it back smelling so nice and all folded. We had breakfast at the French Bakery and walked all around the shops in town. The next day we decided we needed some more exercise so we walked to Melaque, which is 2-1/2 miles up the beach. It's a quiet town with palapa cafes lining the beach where we enjoyed a drink while watching the boats in the anchorage and people playing in the surf.