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I feel I lucked out finding this place to stay on my first trip to Barra de Navidad. Some of this may have to do with personal preferences, but for most folks, I’d recommend staying here for reasons I’ll itemize below.
1. Arrival in Manzanillo - You’ll need to hire a cab for at least $40, but you can request that the rental manager, Gustavo, meet you at the airport and drive you directly there for a smaller fee. Gustavo speaks English very well, so during the ride he can answer questions, point out and explain sights, and of particular value to me, provide pointers for driving in Mexico all while demonstrating his skills.
2. Service while at house: While the house is very private, Gustavo can usually be reached by phone where he can drop what he is doing and be over to assist in minutes.
3. Pool: The pool, with a small, green yard is all yours, and not shared with other residents as most seem to be.
4. Cleanliness: Spotless when I arrived.
5. Bed: Two bedrooms. I’m pretty particular, but slept fine.
6. Location: I drove through Barra de Navidad some, but it’s much more suitable for walking, so when I say that this place is on the edge of town, I mean that it is a very short walk to where the restaurants start, and another small block to where the shops start. This means that you won’t hear any of the city noises at night, or have parking problems. Also means that you can drive away from and back to house for short trips to other coastal destinations without having to negotiate Barra’s town traffic. The beach is only a short walk away, and the best feature is the relative privacy of this section of beach.
7. Amenities: You’ve got your air conditioning and washer and dryer that weren’t mentioned in original ad, so nice surprise, as well as flat-screen TV with Canadian cable service. TV’s big enough, but wouldn’t hurt to be bigger, but who goes to Mexico to watch Canadian TV?
Rooftop Bar/BBQ: Nicely furnished with outdoor furniture, small gas BBQ, sink. View of ocean recently obstructed by new construction. It would make a good place to rendezvous later with friends you’ve made while roaming the cantinas in search of companionship.
8. Kitchen: A little smaller than most kitchens, but certainly not a “kitchenette” as it is a full-size kitchen set up and equipped to cook just about anything you want. Grocery shopping not great anywhere in the area, but there is a good butcher shop in the neighborhood away from central Barra, just a couple blocks away