Monday, February 3, 2014

Barra de Navidad

Today is our last day in Barra de Navidad.  We were here for two or three weeks.  Time really flew.
We didn't plan on spending this long here, but one thing or another happened.
We stayed in the Marina the full time, enjoying the hotel amenities and dock life with friends. We used our paddle boards quite a bit, until Rob dislocated his thumb in a surfing crash with one of the locals. That was followed by a GI "challenge" but no worries, we are all now healthy.  We are also familiar with the hotel doctors, local clinics and labs.  The healthcare resources available to us in Mexico are good and inexpensive.

Getting to town each day was either via our own dinghy or taking the water taxis for 10 pesos a trip. Barra could be called "Venice in Mexico".  There are lots of restaurants lining both the seaside and the lagoon, funky little shops with fun Mexican handicrafts, little tiendas to look for fresh vegies and fruits.
The town grows on you, and after being here for this amount of time, it is actually hard to say goodbye.  We look forward to our return next season.

On our way to the Port Captain.  We check in and check out with him in the town of Barra de Navidad.

View from our boat towards the Grand Bay Hotel
Nancy at Yoga Class 

View from the Hotel balcony.  Sunrise over the Barra Lagoon and marina 
The Band arrives looking for a Shindig - I see one....

Rob's buddy Qunin from Winterlude was always up for a walk.  Quinn's favorite place is the beach.  He is a water dog!

There was a 3 day fishing tournament in the Marina.  Each day the boats would go out by 7AM in the dark and return by 5pm.  It was great people and fish watching.  The biggest marlin was 330lbs.  The three top prizes were Chevy cars.

Birthday girl Pam from Tisha Baby
We had a fun group celebration.  And enjoyed paddle boarding with Pam and her husband Richard.
In the canals on the way to a unique Chinese dinner

XieLi, from China, offers homemade dinner in her home for groups
We feasted on this beautiful buffet and returned for a Chinese New Year shindig

Rob got his cholesterol checked at the lab in the nearby town of Melaque.

The cost for the test is 290 pesos or $23 USD.  Very reasonable and the results were emailed to him that day.
All part of the motivation for healthy 2014.
Rob replaces a high pressure hose on the water maker.  We found a shop in Melaque that could make custom hydraulic hoses.  Water maker fixed!

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