Leaving Bahia de Tenacatita, we moved an easy 14 miles south to Barra de Navidad. In 1540 Don Antonio de Mendoza, New Spain’s first viceroy, sailed into this wide bay on Christmas Day, hence the name Barra de Navidad. The area’s hardwoods provided lumber for shipbuilding and Barra’s shipyard provided vessels and repairs for many of Spain’s navigators and exploratory expeditions, including the 1564 expedition to the Philippines. In 1587, Thomas Cavendish, the British explorer, set the shipyard on fire.
This chart shows the Navidad bay and lagoon.
This Albatross’ eye view shows the breakwater entrance to the Barra Lagoon. In the foreground to the right is the Grand Wyndham hotel and marina. After 10 days in various anchorages, we chose to wash down Elizabeth Jean and ourselves at the marina. We entered the breakwater with 22 knots of wind behind us, making for a challenging entry.
From the hills above the red roofed hotel the sand bar that gives Barra de Navidad is clear.
The path to the hotel.
The marina from the hotel’s balcony; the lagoon is in the distance.
Barra’s french baker, Emeric Fiegen, is legendary among cruisers. After a chance winter visit while living in British Columbia, the baker moved his family to Barra. He delivers his baked goods every day except Wednesday. He also has a small restaurant in down town Barra de Navidad.
The hotel’s hot tub . . .
and swim up bar.
Barra de Navidad’s main road.
Eulalie with flowers.
Our destination in town, the Port Captain. Mexican law requires boaters to check in and out of each port district with its port captain. Districts vary on how they implement and enforce the rules.
We found the office in a residential neighborhood a fifteen to twenty minute walk from down town. Any resemblance to Eric being in jail is strictly coincidental.