Melaque (walking distance from Barra) also has terrific beaches with wide sandy areas, great surf and lots of restaurants where you can eat right on the beach under umbreallas. For those who feel energetic, you can walk along the beach from Barra to Melaque and back (approx. 5kms).
Tenacatita Beach in Barra offers one of the best loctions for snokeling. It is less crowded and also and ideal locations for kids. You get to see the buildings ruined after the 1995 earthquake. This location does not have many hotels or cages. Boating trips, swimming and fishing are the other activities done at this spot.