Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Expo in Barra

Everybody is invited to spend one (or more) days in Barra de Navidad during this Xmas holidays ...! 

You will find mechanical games, exhibitors and small traders (arts and crafts, cloth, huaraches, handmade jewelry, typical candy and bread, drinks, etc), music, our traditional restaurants and hotels, and lots of fun...! 

It´s a great opportunity to get your Xmas presents. Dates: From this Friday Dec. 20th to Sunday January 6th, 2014.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

CAM Cihuatlan 2013

Missed the announcement that the fundraiser was yesterday on the Plaza in Cihuatlan.   However you will find more info and how to support them on their Web Site below.   Great bunch of teachers and some pretty special kids.  Two of my friends have kids there.  School is located in Barra de Navidad.

What is the mission of special education?

 To give access and assistance to children and adults that present special educative needs. Giving priority to those with physical disabilities and giving them a sense of equality, quality of life and the ability to develop their capacities to their maximum and allow their integration socially, educationally and in the workplace.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Hotel Bogavante

The hotel website is rather humorous in their bending of the truth. Of course they are talking to people who don't know the history. They say the hotel opened in 1989 and with a recent remodel they are a totally new hotel. The actual fact is it has been an eyesore since I first saw it in 2000. New construction started I don't know when - but nothing done for 8-10 years. Just cement and re-bar with two floors at the most. So they have finally gotten around to finishing the ground floor and one floor of rooms above.  Still lots of cement and re-bar a few floors above that.

Actually what I wanted to post about was the attractiveness of the first floor, the pool overlooking the beach, the restaurant and some occasional music.  A number of people have really enjoyed their varied and upscale menu and of course the food.  They have also had jazz groups in made up of local musicians, which I hear are pretty good.   I don't get out much at night so know nothing about music schedules or restaurant hours. Really sounds like either or both are worth checking out if you are in the area.

Hotel Bogavante lobby - Barra de Navidad

Jazz night

Friday, November 15, 2013

Grand Bay and Rotary fund raiser

This Rotary fund raiser will be held January 14th at Hotel Grand Bay. Prizes from our sponsors - golf rounds at Tamarindo, Las Hadas, Grand Bay and hotel stays at Las Hadas, Grand Bay, Cabo Blanco, Real de Chapala. The prizes will be for longest drive, chipping contest, closest to pin and a silent auction at the end.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Longshore Drift

Is Longshore Drift the reason Barra has so little sand and why Melaque has so much?   Melaque's beach is currently wider than I've ever seen it.

Barra de Navidad beach

Melaque beach

Friday, October 11, 2013

Barra de Navidad a "Pueblo Mágico"?

The mayor of Cihuatlan is asking to have it considered in this YouTube press conference.   Everyone I know seriously doubts it will happen.   Maybe just looking for another source of finance for the troubled town.

To be considered a town needs most of these to qualify

Arquitectura: Consider the harmony and general conservation of architectural, civil or public, that give character and identity to the town. Not necessarily must be populated with historical monuments, but also villages or vernacular architecture of the twentieth century.

Edificios emblemáticos: Highlight buildings, for its style, history and majesty are, by themselves, an attractive element for visitors.

Fiestas y Tradiciones: As part of the intangible cultural heritage, it is worth noting the importance of local festivals as cultural elements that sustain life in the community.

Producción Artesanal: A sign of creation and imagination of the people in its population presents craft as part of the magic that surrounds them.

Cocina Traditional: element of fundamental importance to highlight the nature of identity and its link to cultural tourism traditional cuisine can be enjoyed in its original context.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Free Breakfast?

Looks like Nacho's Restaurant is having free breakfasts this month (all month?) or maybe only on Independence Day the 16th. I somehow think the menu will be limited ... but that's alright.   Check it out.

Restaurant Nacho - Barra de Navidad

Monday, August 26, 2013

Barra under water

Waves on the 23rd with a good sized storm coming up the coast.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Marejadas en la Bahía de Navidad

Marejadas en la Bahía de Navidad - 23 Agosto 2013

Large waves continue to batter Barra de Navidad probably from Tropical Storm IVO that just passed our area. More blah, blah, blah from the mayor of Cihuatlán.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Health Clinic in Barra closes

Poor health services in Barra de Navidad, a tourist destination and they can not guarantee the right of people to basic health services. This weekend the clinic closed by saying that the doctor became ill and no one can replace him.

Barra is a tourist destination on the Costalegre and is promoted for the full holiday season so it's not recommended to get sick or have an emergency because no one can replace the doctor. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SEMARNAT to allow dredging of the lagoon because of "urgency"

JALISCO - The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT),  issued a "waiver" of environmental impact statement (MIA) to dredge the Barra de Navidad lagoon, because of the urgency of removing the silt before of the arrival of a new hurricane and the threat to the local population.

Other proposed projects such as removing the jetty, bringing in sand or building breakwaters will require a environmental impact statement.   The jetty was built in 1986 before Environmental Laws were enacted.

Semarnat permitirá dragado de la laguna debido a “urgencia”

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Or maybe a couple breakwaters

This project is in two segments that are embedded 3.5 meters deep into the seabed, and rise to the level of low water so when low-tide arrives they will be seen. The first section would be one hundred meters long and 50 meters from the pier. The second, 300 meters from the jetty and a length of 60 meters. The separation between the two is 60 meters. They would both be 70 meters from the beach. The breakwaters would be of geobags which are made of geotextile filled with sand.

“Estructura de emergencia” detiene erosión de línea costera

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tear down the Malecon

President of Chihuatlan proposes to destroy the pier jetty in Barra de Navidad

Given the evident lack of funds authorized by federal and state government to help, the mayor of Cihuatlán proposes the destruction of the "breakwater" located on the boardwalk in Barra de Navidad, in order to lessen the impact in the area of on the beach and lagoon.

Mayor Jesús Huerta Aguilar said that the Presidency of the Republic and the Government of Jalisco and are aware of the problems facing the tourist resort of Barra de Navidad, where rough seas have impacted many buildings, the beach and closing businesses,  which has contributed to a decline in the number of visitors and thus has lowered the economic flow.

The mayor's short-term solution "is to destroy the breakwater", the jetty built between the beach and lagoon.

Locals and tourist services of Barra de Navidad agree with the mayor in the sense that since the construction of the breakwater, the swells were taking away beach sand and filling the lagoon.

Presidente propone destruir escollera del malecón en Barra de Navidad

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Waves continue to cause damage in Barra de Navidad

On the boardwalk "Marcelino García Barragán" strong waves caused damage to another restaurant located on Avenida Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The tides continue to cause damage to buildings constructed in the maritime zone without the date is fixed this problem which worsened for at least two years and has caused excessive loss of space on the beach for a decade.
In late June, the restaurant "Popeye" suffered damage from heavy seas. The storm and hurricane rainfall continues, with the latent threat to other buildings.
Federal Deputy Michel Gabriel Gomez before cihuatlense residents of this community, committed to managing resources for oceanographic study, looking for a solution to this problem. The legislature recognized and warned that the final solution will take years to arrive.
For his part, Mayor Jesús Huerta Aguilar promotes the dredging of the lagoon in Barra de Navidad, as an alternative solution.
Last week, in France, was held an international conference on the "dynamics of the coast", in which experts from 27 countries presented two decades ago the dominant idea was to protect the coast, the beaches, with dikes, jetties and cement
In the future should be built along with nature, that is, "the natural way possible." For experts, the future is to strengthen the beaches with sand sediments. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Naval rescue off Barra de Navidad

A shrimp boat that was about to sink with five crew on board, was rescued by members of the Navy of Mexico off the coast of Barra de Navidad, in the Municipality of Cihuatlán, Jalisco.


Elements of the Sixth Naval Region Ministry of the Navy of Mexico ( Semar )  rescued one shrimp boat that was in danger of sinking in the vicinity of the coast of Barra de Navidad, Jalisco .

The official spokesperson on this port Semar Colima, Lieutenant Wendy Murillo Band, announced that the rescue operation was conducted by the Naval Station Search and Rescue Manzanillo (ENSAR) military dependency.

Reported that rescue operations began when he received a call from the Port of Manzanillo, Colima, to report that the vessel "UNICAP XI", belonging to the Cooperative Fish Production Alexander Von Humboldt, SC of RL and CV, based Colima is in this port, had a leak and was in danger of sinking.

In response, immediately Defender sailed a boat type, belonging to the said naval station, to provide the required support to the use of a pump to evacuate water and an expert swimmer, who proceeded to perform subsea work in order to locate the source of the leak and fix it temporarily.

On arrival of the vessel of the Navy, the captain and crew of the damaged shrimp were about to abandon ship at it as lost.

However, the timely intervention of elements of the Sixth Naval Region, and we controlled the situation, the boat with five crew on board was towed to the port of Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, where he was received by their owners.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Carnaval Costalegre 2013

From the 5th to the 9th of March - Barra de Navidad

Del 6 al 9 de Marzo

Friday, January 18, 2013

CAM School and Benefit

Here's some fotos of the CAM (Centro de Atención Múltiple) School in Barra de Navidad where I have been every Friday with a kid for his physical therapy. The exercise pool below was donated by the local Rotary group and will be inaugurated next week along with the benefit. A very good school and worthy cause.  The school is located about 3 blocks past the pavement on Nueva Espana behind the primary school on the right.

Everyone is invited to attend the 4rd Annual Benefit Event for CAM Cihuatlán. This event, which supports local handicapped children will be held at Restaurant Esmeralda in Melaque on January 25th. 2013 starting at 4:00pm. Come out to enjoy delicious food, live music, dancing, auction and much more. Tickets are only $60 pesos and available at these locations.
Barra de Navidad: Hotel Alondra, CAM Cihuatlán
San Patricio - Melaque: Mex-Eco Tours, Restaurant Esmeralda

The school

Lunch and meeting area

The new exercise pool

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Anual Rotary Chili Cookoff

CALLING ALL COOKS - We are looking for cooks that want to join the friendly competition. The entry form (in English and Spanish) is available on our website at: or at MLS Realtors in Barra or Rooster Restaurant in Melaque, Being a chili cook is a great way to put something back - all the funds raised from this event go right back into the local community.

LIVE MUSIC -There will be live music throughout the afternoon and the Ballet Xalixco Folkloric Dancers will be performing as well!

But that’s not all! After the cookoff ends there will be live rock and roll music and Dancing Under Stars well into the evening!

It’s going to be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening!

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