Introducing Barra de Navidad
The charming town of Barra de Navidad (usually simply called Barra) is squeezed onto a sandbar between Bahía de Navidad and the Laguna de Navidad. Barra first came to prominence in 1564 when its shipyards produced the galleons used by conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi and Father André de Urdaneta to deliver the Philippines to King Felipe of Spain. By 1600, however, most of the conquests were being conducted from Acapulco, and Barra slipped into sleepy obscurity (a state from which it has yet to fully emerge).
In October 2011, Hurricane Jova took a big bite out of Barra’s beachfront, leaving a couple of landmark businesses tilting at queasy angles into the sand. Rebuilding was underway at the time of research.