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Waterfront Penthouse with Pool / walking distance to everything!

Barra de Navidad, Jal., Mexico
  • Villa1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

Water front Villa, 2 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths/pool

This Private 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Penthouse suite in Villa Santa Barbara boasts one of the best views in Barra from from every angle and perfect for 4 to 5 people. It is located one floor up and is divided with a palapa away from the other suites which make very private. You can add one of our other suites for 2 or 6 more people.

The Penthouse is located within an eight minute walk to the beach and ocean, restaurants and shopping, $3 cab ride or a $5 boat ride from the private dock. We also have bikes for your use on a first come first serve bases.

From this gorgeous airy private suite you will watch the lights sparkle from the Grand Bay from every window,see the yachts passing and wake up to have your morning coffee with fresh pastry delivery to your own dock. Just steps away see the local fisherman are going by on the seaway. You can watch the sun sets from your roof top deck.

If you like to cook, the well equipped dynamite kitchen has it all including a indoor/our door bbq, gas stove top and wall oven. The dining room doors open wide onto the deck and a million dollar view. The living room has a king sofa bed, perfect for relaxing and gazing at the water and view. The master suite has a king size bed(or 2 single) and there are shutters that open out to the gorgeous view. The second bedroom has a king size bed (or two individuals)with TV and water views of the canal, pool, palapa,water and out door kitchen. The master bathroom is located between both bedrooms and the other full bathroom is located off the kitchen. The pool is located just above the dock next to the shaded palapa,.

You can find exceptional high end restaurants or have tacos in the village or dinner in one of many sidewalk cafe's. Surf the warm water, or a drink on the beach, splash in the pool, shop the weekly market or nap in the hammock. Spend afternoons relaxing in the shade of the palapa and enjoying your favorite beverage from the built-in bar overlooking the canal. How about a pedicure, manicure or massage? We will bring it to your service.. Enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner cooked for you by locals along with other guests or take a sunset cruise or snorkeling tour in a private ponga. This vacation paradise is close to all the shops,eateries and beach,no need to rent a car,you can walk to everything. If you are looking to get way from business of the big city and want it all in a smaller setting, this is the place is for you. Managers are available 24 hours a day,12 months a year and there to greet you with beverages and snacks upon arrival your arrival Dec 15th through April 1st.

Note: Our place is a licensed business. When booking a rental it is important to find out if the place you rented is licensed. Always ask.


Barbara Durham

Member Since 2007
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 30, 2018
About Barbara Durham

The dream of having a place in Mexico started to come true in 2007 when the decision was made build a wonderful vacation rental on the water to share. After vacationing here,we seen a serious lack of vacation accommodations that were well stocked with all the comforts of home so we decided if we are going to do this it has to be perfect. Having a career in the service industry helped us to think of every detail so everyone could enjoy and have a perfect vacation on this large waterfront property that is accessible by car,bikes,walking or boat.

Barbara Durham purchased this Villa in 2007

Why Barbara Durham chose Barra de Navidad

The lot is one of three situated on the end of the canal,walking distance to the center but far enough away you do not hear noise or cars. The only sounds you hear are boats,breezes and birds!

What makes this Villa unique

Watch the fisherman go by while sipping your morning coffee! From your bed to the pool to the palapa, you can sit on the pool bench and continue enjoying the views from every angle.You know you are in paradise when cooking in the fabulous outdoor kitchen and enjoying the view of the famous Grand Bay lights dancing across the water while your steak is sizzling on the bbq.At around 5:00 each day,the the many different kinds of birds start to sing,then before sunset they all travel in flocks to a nearby island where they spend the nights.This is truly spectacular and we can take you to see this spectacular site in our boat from your own private dock.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • King size beds (2), both can be separated to make 4 single beds. Sleep 2 on King size sofa bed in living room


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
          • Additional third Bathroom and shower by pool

          Location Type

            • Beach View
            • Beachfront
            • Oceanfront
            • Waterfront


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                          included Dec 15th to March 30th Additional $10 a day in the low season
                        • Covered Parking
                        • Garage
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Telephone
                        • Towels Provided
                          we do not provide beach towels but if you forget we will make sure you have one.
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Microwave
                            • Catering Available
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Gormet private kitchen and dining area has views over water
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Oven
                              wall oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Shared Kitchen
                              there is also another kitchen outdoors with a bbq and full oven.
                            • Stove
                              gas stove top
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Not only the private kitchen and dining area in your own space but there is a separate second separate dining area as well as a bar and a shaded palapa out side by pool
                                • Dining Area


                                    • Books
                                      out door library
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Don't miss a game,we get all the sports channels
                                    • Television
                                      one in each bedroom
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Balcony
                                        • Bicycles
                                        • Boat
                                          water taxi or charters available and will pick you up at our dock
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Gazebo
                                        • Golf
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Tennis
                                          pickle ball court nearby


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • smoking allowed
                                              no smoking inside the suite,palapa or out door kitchen. Smoking allowed on dock or sea wall away from doors,windows and other guests

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Communal Pool


                                                    • churches
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • water parks

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • shelling
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • whale watching
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • sailing
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • parasailing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                                • spelunking
                                                                • surf fishing
                                                                • surfing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • During high season Dec 15th to March 30th we provie maid service 2 times weekly. If you want more we can arrange it but more than 2 times a week is paid by guest. April through Dec 14th we provide cleaning once a week.

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: Flexible

                                                                      Check-out: Flexible

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      34 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      The best place we've ever stayed

                                                                      Lynn S.

                                                                      My husband and I have been staying at Villa Santa Barbara every year for the past 5 years. We started with a one week. This year we stayed for 6 weeks and have booked for the same time in 2019.

                                                                      The villa is beautiful and beautifully maintained. We have found the location on the canal to be more fun and interesting (and quieter) than anyplace on the beach. It’s fun to see the fisherman go by. We can see the Grand Bay Hotel, lighted up every night, and the sailboats and cruisers going in and out of the marina. Getting into town is a 10 minute walk or a 30 peso taxi ride. At night, our favorite way to travel is on a water taxi that picks us up at Villa Santa Barbara and drops us off next to the malecon in town, and back again. And each morning the French Bakery boat stops at the villa with all kinds of treats to buy.

                                                                      But probably the best part of VSB are the hosts, Barb and Barry, who happily help with anything you need. They interact with their guests as much or as little as the guests prefer. They are nice, fun people who try to anticipate what you need and are available to answer your questions and offer suggestions, if requested. A nice surprise is finding your first night’s meal, prepared by Barb, in your refrigerator upon arrival, as well as other basic supplies (a few cervezas, snacks, coffee, etc). After a day of travel, all you have to do is relax.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for your continued support,we so enjoyed your laughter and kindness and are looking forward to seeing you on your next visit.

                                                                      Best regards,

                                                                      Barry and Barb

                                                                      Great holiday!

                                                                      HOLLY B.

                                                                      We stayed in the penthouse for 5 nights in February 2018 and had a great time. Barb had drinks and homemade lasagne waiting for us. She organized a large taxi to pick us up at the airport and we stopped for groceries on the way. Everyone was very helpful. We loved the pastry boat that came in the mornings. It was a nice walk, with lots of streets to explore when we went into the busier core of Barra. There were great spots to have sunset drinks, dinner and live evening entertainment. We loved the water taxi's to get us back and forth if we didn't want to walk and they all new exactly where Barb's villa was located. Would definitely go again and consider renting whole villa if more family coming. Pictures accurately reflect the property. The weather was very hot and we enjoyed the pool which was very clean and if we needed shade the palapa was great.

                                                                      Holly & Ray, Edmonton, Alberta

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It was so nice to have you here,thanks for all your help Ray! We hope yo see you again!

                                                                      Warm regards,

                                                                      Barry and Barb

                                                                      First class property with all the comforts of home

                                                                      Frances P.Ontario, Canada

                                                                      This property is amazing, so comfortable and the owners could not be more welcoming,. Everything you need for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.

                                                                      I hope we get to stay again.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Wonderful to have you with us and we look forward to your next visit!

                                                                      Couldn't have picked a better place!!!!!

                                                                      Elizabeth N.West Kelowna

                                                                      We had never used VRBO so we're a little tentative, pictures and people often aren't what they appear. Not so with Barb and Barry! Barb was quick to respond to any questions I had and super pleasant to deal with via email and phone. When our party of 4 arrived we were welcomed with a wonderful meal in the penthouse suite which is very comfortable, has a great view of the surrounding area and gives a little more privacy if desired. Barb and Barry were full of great information, suggestions and so relaxed and comfortable to talk to, they are definitely in the right business. Villa Santa Barbara is conveniently located within walking distance to town or by taking the boat right from the doc. Mornings were spent watching fishermen head out to sea from the canal while waiting on the beautiful sunrise. Then it was fresh pasties delivered every morning to our dock. It was a relaxing, worry free holiday and one I would recommend to anyone. A little more expensive than a lot of places we looked at but the motto " you get what you pay for" definitely applied. Loved it. Thanks for everything.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      It was wonderful having such great fun people around. We very much enjoyed all of you and hope to see you all again in Mexico or on the coast. The pleasure was ours, you were great!

                                                                      Barry and Barb

                                                                      Home away from home

                                                                      Joanne G.

                                                                      This villa is in the perfect location. The 360 degree view from the roof top to the amazing view from pool deck of the hills with the grand bay hotel nestled within is perfect.

                                                                      Having the location right on the end of the Cannel makes for peace and quite all the time and easy to get into town by taking the ponga ( water taxi ) or having the French bakery boat delivery you baked goods every morning.

                                                                      The villa it's self has everything you need for your vacation, fully equipped kitchen, linen for the bathroom. The maid comes in twice a week to change the sheets and clean the floors and bathrooms. they also supply pool towels and beach towels.

                                                                      As for the Barb and Barry they are amazing ,what ever you need or when ever you need anything they are always there for you. They know where the hotspots are to eat and drink and to shop, and if they don't know something they will phone a friend to find it out. They always went above and beyond.

                                                                      I highly recommend Villa Santa Barbara and would only stay here if I returned.

                                                                      Thanks again Barb and Barry for the great home away from home.

                                                                      Joanne and Shawn

                                                                      A perfect spot to just relax and explore

                                                                      Linda & Jim F.

                                                                      This was our fourth year to stay in Barra, we love the "NON- resort" feel of this quaint fishing village. And Villa Santa Barbara was a great place to stay!! Since we are unable to climb stairs, the patio level apartment was perfect for us . We were there for our 34th anniversary and through Thanksgiving. Being able to have local friends join us for swimming, BBQ, visiting and getting on the boat right outside our door was amazing. And our hosts made us and our friends feel right at home. Barb and Barry gave us some great ideas for places to eat and see. Now we have new friends to spend time with when we are in Barra de Navidad. As Barry and Barb finish cleaning up after hurricane Patricia, this destination can get nothing but better. Thank you again and hope to see you for our vacation this year.


                                                                      Barra de Navidad, Jal., Mexico

                                                                      Private panga for fishing,enjoy manicures,message right in your suite. Plan a traditional Mexican dinner prepared in our out door kitchen and seved to you in the Palapa.


                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      These prices are based on four people,there is an additional charge of $25 for up to six. After May 1st there is a charge for air conditioning, you will not need it as there is ceiling fans in each room but if you do it is $12 a day for each bedroom but if you need it we have it.. Electricity in Mexico is very expensive.30 % at time of booking/30 % 90 days before arrival? 30 % balance on arrival 30 % non refundable and the other 30% is refunded if re booked

                                                                      34 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.9/5
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