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Tenacatita Beach

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Address: Barra de Navidad, Mexico

Picturesque beach featured in the movie "McHale's Navy."

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Nice snorkling!

Beach wasn't what I expected. Quite small... a little rocky... some garbage around. But the snorkling off to the sides of the beach was quite excellent. Many varieties of fish... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
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Newmarket, Canada
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167 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a beach in transition. After a prolonged dispute over access to the beach, the public is now free to enjoy this beautiful beach. Unfortunately there are very limited services available. We stopped in during a boat tour and brought our own food and drink. For a modest fee (apparently the cost varies according to the season and seemingly... More 

Thank KevinFromCanada
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Beach wasn't what I expected. Quite small... a little rocky... some garbage around. But the snorkling off to the sides of the beach was quite excellent. Many varieties of fish to see. We hired a boat from Barra and he took us to this beach... and waited for us while we swam. Added bonus... he put his fishing line in... More 

Thank PB8080
British Columbia, Canada
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144 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Was taken here because it is one of the only places to snorkel in the area. It was closed for a number of years and is just starting to allow visitors again. There are no services. It is wild and beautiful. Bring your own everything.

1 Thank Jennifer T
Mexico City, Mexico
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61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I hope the people of the town can go back to put all of his traditional restaurants and small hotels, unfortunately some body kicks out this people suppose the las Governor of Jalisco try to stole his lands I don't know but what ever they deserve the right to work this place its amazing and just need this touch to... More 

Thank Agustin M
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Tenacatita is a great anchorage for boaters. Good swimming and other water sports. Jungle trip at far end a must. Careful with beach landing. Snotty hotel dont like cruisers. Get real. Charming town taxi ride away. Lovely long curved beach .

Thank Margaret T
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Tenacatita has changed over the years. My first visit was in 2007 when a local from Barra de Navidad told me he would take my wife and me to the most beautiful beach. He wasn't kidding. Back then there used to be a number of restaurants all along this beach, but due to some sort of ongoing dispute, the restaurants... More 

Thank vancan
Barra de Navidad
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

One of the best beaches I have ever been too. You can rent an umbrella for 100 peso's. A nice young man will also bring you beer and meals. If you prefer, you can also bring your umbrella (necessary), food and drinks. The beaches and water are clean. Easy swimming and playing for all ages. A short walk over the... More 

4 Thank 490LindaB131
Kitchener, Canada
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I used to love going to this beach. Had the most amazing snorkling and I never feared for sharks or anything. However there was a territory dispute and it wasn't open to the public for a time, and I'm not sure it is yet. But drive over the rocky trail to this small beach and strap on your snorkel and... More 

Thank Nadene R
Dundas, Canada
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We just drove from Manzanillo and planned our day trip based on the ratings of Barra de Navidad on this site as #1 place to go in the area. After going yesterday, we believe that #1 rating is WAY outdated. Perhaps a few years ago it was #1, or perhaps just do not go at this time of the year.... More 

Thank MelissaWorldTravels
Vernon, Canada
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2 reviews
Reviewed 27 May 2016

We were staying in Cuastecomate and took a day tour to the beach out of Melaque. The main reason for the trip was because we were told of good snorkeling at this beach. Knowing it was a "bare" beach, we took coolers, chairs, umbrellas, food, beverages, etc. So, glad we did, especially the beach umbrellas - no other shade!!! The... More 

Thank Stephanie J

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