We stayed 2 weeks and it way to fast. Barb & Barry are really nice and a great help knowing we're eveything is. Really liked Barra. A lot quieter then Melaque. $5.00 or 60 pesos one way taxi from Barra to Melaque. Fun watching the fishing boats going by. Great pool and room. Nice ceiling fans. Didn't need to use air conditioning and it was 86 or warmer some days. The bed is wonderful! Just a really nice place to stay.
We spent a terrific, relaxing week at Villa Santa Barbara. The premiere suite was attractive, clean and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen. Our hostess, Barbara, is a talented artist and her work decorates the walls - in fact, we liked it so much we bought one of her paintings. Barry and Barbara were friendly, hospitable, considerate and accomodating hosts. For example, when we mentioned that we would like to go kayaking in the lagoon but were having trouble finding kayaks to rent, Barbara got on the phone and got us kayaks from some neighbours. Barry also took us and the other guests on a boat ride out to the lagoon and over to the Grand Hotel. And... I can't forget to mention the delicious dinner Barbara had waiting for us in the fridge on the day of our arrival!
The property is about a 5 minute walk to the beach and the village or a $3.00 (30 peso) taxi ride. The Mexican people we met were very friendly and patient with us when we attempted to communicate with our very limited Spanish vocabulary. We also met some couples who are part of the community of Canadians and Americans who spend their winters in Barra. We understand the attraction and will definitely be back.