Details for Marina Puerto de la Navidad

Marina Puerto de la Navidad

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 16 reviews

Address Barra de Navidad, SO

Phone+52 335 55050/ 314-33-9016 or 9008

After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


New owners soon, December 2011.

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Cash or credit card.

Payment discounts

Ten days at the daily rate would pay for a month at the monthly rate.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Well marked approach. When entering the breakwater into the lagoon, favor the starboard side, avoiding the submerged, unmarked jetty extension on the port side. After entering the lagoon, follow the channel markers and make the obvious starboard turn to enter the marina.

Fuel dock: unmarked shoal exists directly on the path one would take to the fuel dock. It is suggested that you scout it out before attempting a landing there on the bolt exposed dock.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: 207
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AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Power is metered.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - No additional charge for water. Recommended to filter water before putting it in your tanks. Even after filtering the water it is reported that multiple months of use will result in stains in your stainless steel sink, which are difficult to remove.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Pemex fuel available at the fuel dock beyond the marina to the starboard.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Standard Pemex street price + 13% for docking fee + 3.75% for credit cards.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Call on Ch 23 for pickup - $30 pesos per person round trip, 2016.

Pump out









Yes - Laundry service next door to the harbormaster office.




Yes - 3 excellent restaurants in the adjacent Grand Bay Hotel resort.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi is included. Captive portal and code per device. Internet is slow but steady. 5 bars of 3G Telcel cellular. 2016

Boat ramp availability


Other services

French baker comes by every day but Wed around 8:30 am before the morning net, and monitors VHF 22. Sells pastries, pies, and bagquettes. Not affiliated with the marina. 2016


Nice pool area

Reviews for Marina Puerto de la Navidad
Decent marina in a pretty peaceful area, 2017-05-23
Captain: , Tucson, AZ (60)

Docks are in better shape than many marinas in MX. Dock water is also better quality than many. Electric, at least on our dock-G, was good- no voltage on neutral, indicative of poor connections. Water taxi service is great, but they tend to move fairly quickly generating a lot of wake. Wifi worked very well for us, but we do have an amplifier/antenna. Low rates start in May, earlier than many places. Food and drink at the resort are good, but at US prices. There is good hiking in the hills of Isla Navidad, lots of wildlife- deer, wild boar, coatimundi, chachalaca and many other birds.

Captain: , Portsmouth NH (430)

Spent five weeks here to repair a fuel leak.Found very helpful people with a welth of knowledge. Isabel runs the marina office and is fluent in english as she lived in the US for many years.Thinking christmas in Navidad would be a big deal not really couldn,t even find an orniment anywhere. New years hoever is a diffrent story this was cellibrated as one would expect. Has a great morning net on 68 @0800. Anyone there for xmas is invited to a cruisers bash great time.The marina is pricey but has a great resort attached and a very fun town. Water taxi is avalible 24/7 for 15 peso. To save money you can split your time between the marina and the lagoon. Overall a very pleasent experiance.

Yeah... What They Said., 2017-02-15
Captain: , Seattle, WA (127)

We stayed here for a few weeks in January 2017. The spread between the website pitch and reality is a little disappointing - the reviews below are accurate.
There is no lighting on the docks so be careful coming home late or carry a flashlight. There is no pumpout service as advertised. The advise was (and this is verbatim) "just pump out a little each night".
The wifi was unreliable when we were there and any complaint is met with "it's free" which is code for "I intend to do nothing in response to your complaint".
The pool is great, panga transfers to town are great, views are great, and the dock visiting French Baker is to die for.

Breathtaking setting, 2017-01-09
Captain: , Georgetown, SC (616)

We spent two months here (Nov & Dec '15). The resort is absolutely beautiful. It's difficult to determine a fair rating. The resort is a 5 star, the marina is a 3 star. In all fairness, we arrived a week after the area was hit by Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane in the history of Pacific weather. However, other than the initial damage control, there didn't seem to be any urgency for restoration. A month after it passed, they were still struggling to make permanent repairs to the dockside water.
For us, the biggest downside to being here is being in the middle of nowhere. Minor provisioning can be done across the lagoon in Barra de Navidad in tiendas/abborotes/convenience stores. More serious groceries are available in the town of Cihuatlan (one "supermarket"), about 20km away, reachable by bus or taxi in Barra de Navidad. Large box stores are available in Manzanillo, about 50 km and 90 minutes away. For us, pretty inconvenient.
The reality is, this is the only marina between Banderas Bay (excepting the Med-moor Las Hadas) and Ixtapa. Not a bad place to spend some time. The marina just doesn't reflect the opulence of resort.

5 star resort, average marina, 2016-11-28
Captain: , Lewes, DE (612)

The location in spectacular. The resort is very nice, but with prices to match. The marina facilities are OK, but do not match the quality of the hotel. Easy access to Barra by water taxi. Many funky and fun little bars and restaurants to expore. Enjoyable place to spend some time.

Okay, but not memorable, 2016-05-19
Captain: , San Francisco, CA (203)

The showers are slanted the wrong direction which leaks a river of water into the main bathroom, out the door and into the hallway. That's what I remember most.

Nice but impacted by economy, 2015-08-15
Captain: , Redondo Beach Ca (490)

Marina is very well protected. We spent fourn nights. Good docks good power lots of space , Property is very nice but clearly under pressure from lack of tourists. water taxi over to town very convienient but again very slow in town. We were here in August so of course very hot . Minor bugs. Very nice fuel dock.

Great place to stay, 2015-05-02
Captain: , Visalia, CA (380)

It is a 4 star resort with a marina, several great resturants and an easy water taxi ride to the town. It is expenceive but worth the money. we where there in 2010, and 11. If I was on the west coast I would go back

We liked it, 2014-01-28
Captain: , San Diego (302)

We spent a week at the marina in January 2014 and enjoyed the marina and hotel. Price for a week stay was .70 per foot, typical for the coast here. We had full access to the hotel and pools as well as decent wi-fi in the marina using our external antenna.

The town is very quaint and clean and you can take a $20 peso water taxi round trip to avoid using your dink. We would not take our dink over to the town at night, too many water taxis speeding through the lagoon.

We favor anchorages, but we could "suffer" through a week or two here.

Too Expensive for the services, 2014-01-01
Captain: , Long Beach (983)

The marina is very high priced at $2.70US per ft per night (12/18/13) for under a five day stay. Not much better at $.70 per ft per night for more than five days without a season or yearly contract.
Your services at the resort are limited to the pool, bar, restaurant. No crew/cruisers lounge room/area. The office is hard to contact outside the 1000 to 1700 period by radio or phone. Only two people on the marina staff, so be able to get to the slip without outside help. The heads are limited with showers ranging from hot water maybe to cold water only, to no water. Power is good at a steady 208VAC, some of the larger slips do not have 50 amp service. No pumpout service, some docks show poor maintanence. No WiFi from the marina, all from the resort, very spotty, very slow service. Security is very poor with constant stream of workers asking for work coming from the dock head or by water. No gates to the docks are locked. No checking of workers by marina security.
All the above at a five star price for the US much less Mexico.

Change in pricing., 2013-11-19
Captain: , Guatemala (246)

We arrived at this marina on Nov. 14, 2013 and their pricing had recently been changed. For our 35ft boat we paid 1,335.00 pesos (approx. US$100) incl. electricity for one night. You have to go to the hotel lobby to receive decent wifi. Marina's bathrooms have one shower stall and one bathroom stall.
One can call a water taxi at VHF23 to be shuttled to the village for 20 pesos (round trip). Because we were there outside of the season the French Bakery didn't come to the marina but they will have a panga deliver your order. Great baguettes! The local tienda offers a small variety of fresh produce. There are several ATMs in town. Both pesos and $ are accepted.

Pricing, availability, facility and graciousness, 2013-05-25
Captain: , Alameda Ca (332)

Hands down the best value we have had in a marina anywhere in Mexico or Baja. The new Harbor Master is creating enticing deals to bring in cruisers. Our cost at the time for our 43 foot Hans Christian was under $0.70 per foot daily. Weekly and monthly discounts available. Use of pool, attendance of cocktail parties and Winter film viewings were all inclusive.

Cleanest restrooms in the country.

First Class Resort (1999), 2013-04-17
Captain: , San Rafael (389)

We went aground heading into the lagoon, hit a small rock and bent our prop. So we got to live it up at this beautiful resort for a few days as we made repairs. Lovely pools with slides, tennis courts, golf and simply beautiful grounds. The town of Barra is just a short ferry away and is a lot of fun. Lots of gringos on RVs used to visit this area.

Well maintained and nice resort, 2013-04-08
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We pulled in just before Easter only to find that the entire resort was off limits to marina guests for the 2 week period surrounding Easter due to the entire resort being booked by a Jewish group from Mexico city. No break on rates. The admiral was not happy. We left and came back when it was open.

The docks are well maintained with good power. They only have 3 separate bathrooms with a single shower/head in each which are spread out throughout the marina, so I guess they expect most cruisers to use their own facilities. It would be nice if those who used their own also used their holding tanks....

The pools are the biggest draw of the place. It's a great way to take a vacation from cruising.

The Shawn & Heather guide suggest that you can walk 2.5 miles along the beach to Milaque. I don't suggest it as the beach is highly angled. Take the bus for $6 pesos.

Our favorite restaurant was Ambar which faces the lagoon. Very good Italian. As stated above, Mexico Lindo was good for lunch & had great views. Loco Loco is only open at night, but has good pizza.

There's a market downtown on Thursdays from 10-2.

The port captain is a long walk, but very easy to deal with & spoke OK English. You need to check in/out with him.

Short stay 02/2013, 2013-02-19
Captain: , London (709)

Rates have been lowered to attract in the anchorage boats. We paid 53 cents a foot/night for a 62ft Nordhavn. You stil get use of th hotel, pools etc. The french bakery is good and delivers every morning except Wednesdays.

Marina de la Navidad, 2013-02-12
Captain: , Kirkland, WA (4478)

A very nice stop at discounted rates for 2012/13 season - stay 5 nights or more for big discounts from posted daily rates. Well maintained marina, helpful staff, providing everything needed. The marina is adjacent to the Grand Bay Hotel, reportedly, Mexico's finest 5-stay hotel, and marina guests can use the hotel facilities. Great restaurants at the hotel. A short 20 peso water taxi ride gets you into the pretty little town of Barra Navidad where you'll find nice local restaurants, a couple of tiendas, several coffee shops, and a local bus with a short ride to Melaque. Look for the French Bakery boat in the marina each morning with fresh, excellent baked goods.

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