The Sands Hotel might not be your first choice in Barra if you are land travelling. It is the oldest hotel in town. Thirty or forty years of Mexican heat and rain have taken thier toll, causing it to appear somewhat seedy. But for the cruising community it is a triple A place. I would be willing to bet that almost every cruiser in Mexico has been here at one time or another, as it is the front porch of Barra for yachties. It has a very nice dinghy landing with lots of room for folks coming in from the anchorage. The other day there were twenty or more dinghies tied up. The unspoken deal is that cruisers spend a few bucks at the bar or buy an hour or so of wifi in exchange for the use of the pool, pool shower, and dock. It's a great place to hang out, take a dip or head into town.