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Upscale Waterfront Studio/pool/walk to everything! Save big in March!

Bedrooms 1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights

About the property

waterfront,walking distance,pool,view, studio,bikes. 2 Baths, Sleeps 2

This fabulous waterfront studio suite in the up scale canal area of Barra boasts spectacular views of the water, mountains and famous Grand Bay Hotel.

It is one of three suites in a Villa and sleeps 2 people. You can add another suite for more people. Managers are available on site to help need 24 hours 12 months a year and will be there to greet you with beverages and snacks upon arrival your arrival November through April 30th.

The pool is directly in front of this suite and there is another outdoor kitchen adjoining t with gas bbq,fridge and full size stove with out door bathroom and shower.

There is a palapa with bar for shade and a grand terrace with lots of space for lounging on comfy patio furniture. I

Inside the suite there is a comfortable king size bed(not concrete),private bathroom with huge shower and a well equipped small kitchen with full size fridge and two stove top burners.

About 8:am the french baker will come by the dock and you can enjoy fresh baked goods delivered each morning by boat.

Eat Tacos in the village, surf the warm water, enjoy a picnic on the beach, shop the weekly market or nap in the hammock. We also offer painting classes,email for details.

How about a manicure,pedicure or message? Walk eight minutes to centro or take a water taxi to town from your own dock. There is a pickle ball court nearby.

It is perfect for family reunions,friends get away and we have 2 addition suites as well, one for 2 to 4 people and a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom Penthouse suite that can sleep up to six.

There are many different kinds of birds surrounding this beautiful Villa,they start singing around 5:00 pm.

Enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner cooked for you by locals along with other guests or take a sunset cruise or snorkeling tour in our private ponga.You are far enough away from the center of things that you will hear nothing except boats. It is all within walking distance of beaches,restaurants and night life,no car necessary. You can get all you need in the way of groceries and there are many great places to eat, everything from the best inexpensive taco stands to high end dining. 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!

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.

Keywords: ocean,waterfront,,view,pool,beach,two bedroom,2 bathroom bedroom,deck,air conditioning,barbeque,large kitchen

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Barbara Durham
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Barbara Durham

From Gibsons,BC we traveled to many places in Mexico before choosing Barra for the perfect place to build a vacation rental. Barra has everything to offer from music and artizans to friendly,helpful locals,fine dining as well as some of the best Mexican food . Having always been in the service industry,we knew this property was one of a kind with its endless waterfront and everything needed for a perfect vacation.

Barbara Durham purchased this villa in 2007

Why Barbara Durham chose Jalisco

There is only two other unique properties like this on the pacific coast,the two others are private homes and they are both in Barra.This lot became available one day and I bought it the next.There is water on two of three sides,there are no cars yet you can travel by car,boat or walk to everything within eight minutes.There is peace and quiet and beauty surrounding the entire property.

What makes this villa unique

This property has it's own private dock with it's own privite ponga(boat)that most others do not have.There is many different species of birds that fly over head down the canals at dusk,it is beautiful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We found Villa Santa Barbara to be a luxurious Mexican Oasis on a quaint canal waterfront setting. My husband and I came to Barra for a restful fun getaway & we found it here! Barb & Barry are fun, easy going gracious hosts. Every suite is private. One of the best features is the crystal clean pool & patio area. We can envision coming here again & sharing this great place with our family.

Thanks Barb & Barry!

~ Jill & Dennis

Nelson Comax Valley

"We were the first guests to stay in the Penthouse suite - it was perfect! There was lots of room inside and out. Barry & Barb were fabulous hosts - anything we needed, they found it for us. We had a "fiesta" with them and the other guests one night... lots of fun!

Beautiful scenery, an easy walk to Barra, a lovely pool, great weather and accommodation not to mention the awesome company... what more could we ask?

Thanks, Barb & Barry - we'll see you in Gibson's in June."

~ Mike & Sue Ohman

Skip & Judy Stothert &

Sandy Bowell

"We just stayed at Villa Santa Barbra for 1 week Nov. 26/08 to Dec.4/08. All we can say is it was amazing, Barb and Barry made us feel like family, the pictures are amazing but when you get there it is even more beautiful, can't wait to go back -- the best spot yet with all our world travels. Barb and Barry, thanks for a great time!

If you are going to Barra De Navadad, stay with Barry and Barb, the most amazing place."

~ Bill & Pierrett
Nov 2007
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Upscale Waterfront Studio/pool/walk to everything! Save big in March!
average rating of 5.0 based on 32 reviews
Hamilton, ON Canada

Best place, people and food!

  • 5 of 5

This vacation was taken to celebrate becoming 65 years old. What a thoroughly enjoyable time! Villa Santa Barbara in Barra de Navidad, Mexico is an oasis...a gem offering a peaceful, safe and cultural exoerience. Water taxis come to your dock to drop you off at any number of fabulous, inexpensive restaurants. The French Baker brings fresh pastries every morning to the dock as well.. Dora, Erindira, Judy and Norma are 4 of the lovely local women who provide cleaning, cooking, beauty and massage services without you having to leave the premises!!

Some noteworthy restaurants are Senor Froy's, Bananas, Simone's, Marlena's, Ramone's and many more!!

I felt very safe wandering around the streets of Barra de Navidad. The people are friendly and helpful.

The feeling of safety snd security extends into the gated property of Villa Santa Barbara where the sunrises snd sunsets are spectacular from the rooftop. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable and the pool is just the right temoerature! The outdoor kitchen is a great idea to keep the heat out of the suites and to promote camaraderie with the other guests should you choose to make a meal together. Lots of fun!!

Come by yourself, with a friend or a whole group of family or friends to experience true hospitality from the warm, welcoming and wonderful Canadian hosts Barry and Barb. They go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible with lots of good suggestions for places to go and things to do...or stay on the premises for a chat with the hosts and great people you meet at Villa Santa Barbara.. Dinner and your favourite cocktail are waiting for you when you first arrive too!!

Go and experience this "little piece of heaven" for yourself. It's well worth it!!

Thanks Barb and Barry!! I'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you both for making the holidays so much fun,pitching in and great conversation! It was our pleasure to have met you both and we hope to see you again. Kind regards, Barry and Barb
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Lovely home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

This is my 2nd time staying with Barb & Barry. They are fantastic hosts. From having someone pick us from the airport to having our favorite cocktail waiting for us. The fridge also had some lovely food in it so we didn't have to worry as soon as we arrived.

I would stay there again, it is a nice 10 minute walk to town. The view from the Villa is fantastic. There is a Bar/restaurant and big pool, at a Resort 5 minutes away if you want to grab something to eat and don't want to cook! I went one week with a friend and one week alone. Perfect place to stay alone or with someone!

I miss it already! ❤️

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort St John, BC

Little Piece of Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a two week stay at Villa Santa Barbara and enjoyed every minute. Our gracious hosts were very accommodating and went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience! This is a beautiful spot in a great area of Mexico and I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relax and enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

What an absolutely wonderful week away!! After a very long day of travel it was such a welcome surprise to have a full dinner in the fridge waiting for us - lasagna, salad, bread, chips, salsa, beer and wine! It was so much appreciated to be able to unpack and unwind and not worry about getting supplies or going out. That's what we call super hosts (Barb and Barry)!! As for the villa it was just perfect - the pool, the palapa, the kitchen, the bed, the loungers were all excellent. Extremely clean and well kept! The location is on a canal and every morning the french baker comes by with the best almond croissants I've ever had. A nice start to the day - coffee and croissant pool side with a good book. The little town of Barra is charming with lots of great places to eat and wander around. We were easily able to walk to the town or if too tired a water taxi was easily available. We also took the local bus to the beach at La Manzanilla - a great beach not too far away! Villa Santa Barbara was the best place to come back to after a day tripping around the area. Next time we come we will for sure book more than 1 week. Thank you again for sharing your villa and your time as you were always available to answer any of our questions. It was such a help in making our trip a great one!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kamloops, B.C. Canada

Great location and suite

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this junior suite for two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed it as well as the pool and loungers overlooking the canal, a very relaxing location. Barb and Barry are wonderful people and very attentive; she even ordered us the most excellent bread and cheese foccacia!! Whenever they were going out, they asked if they could pick anything up for us, very kind! The walk to the restaurants is approximately 15 minutes, right to the heart of Barra. We never felt unsafe and always walked back to VSB at night.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review and staying with us,really enjoyed our visits in the Palapa and hope to see you both again. All the best, Barry and Barb
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Santa Barbara is a great place to stay while visiting Barra de Navidad. It's quiet, comfortable, close to the village, and it's on the canal where one can meet a boat taxi. The kitchen is complete and the beds are very comfortable. Fans throughout keep the villa comfortable. Lots of outside lounging areas. Even has AC [which we didn't use and it was HOT for November]. The pool is so great. Wonderful way to cool off.

We were there right after a hurricane and everything was getting back in order. Barra is a wonderful village to visit and just down the road or beach is Melaque which is bigger. The hosts are very nice and helpful.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

our Villa is on the end of the canal closest to town with water and 2 sides


Rates & Availability

Barra de Navidad Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 18 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2017 - Oct 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 16 2017 - Nov 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 4 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
2 x week at $25 wk $25

Air conditioning optional/May 1st to Dec 15th $12 per day

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Barra de Navidad Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • bathroom with shower outdoors next to pool
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
During high season Dec 15th to March 30th we provide 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.Also private ponga for charters May 1st to Dec 15th,air is optional at $12 a day. When you are looking book a place it is important that you ask the owner if their place is licensed. If it is not and the owners rent without being licensed and do not pay taxes, authorities are notified you may be told to leave. Always ask. .

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