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Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo is a city, seat of Manzanillo Municipality, in the Mexican state of Colima. The city, located on the Pacific Ocean, contains Mexico's busiest port that is responsible for handling Pacific cargo for the Mexico City area. It is the largest producing municipality for the business sector and tourism in the state of Colima.
The city is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World". Since 1957, it has hosted important national and international fishing competitions, such as the Dorsey Tournament, making it a very attractive fishing destination. Manzanillo has become one of the country's most important tourist resorts, and its excellent hotels and restaurants continue to meet the demands of both national and international tourism.

The city is well known internationally for deep-sea fishing and the green flash phenomenon... Read more

Manzanillo, Mexico

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Manzanillo is a city, seat of Manzanillo Municipality, in the Mexican state of Colima. The city, located on the Pacific Ocean, contains Mexico's busiest port that is responsible for handling Pacific cargo for the Mexico City area. It is the largest producing municipality for the business sector and tourism in the state of Colima.
The city is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World". Since 1957, it has hosted important national and international fishing competitions, such as the Dorsey Tournament, making it a very attractive fishing destination. Manzanillo has become one of the country's most important tourist resorts, and its excellent hotels and restaurants continue to meet the demands of both national and international tourism.

The city is well known internationally for deep-sea fishing and the green flash phenomenon during sunsets, as well as the warm waters of the ocean. The city is a destination resort and has many hotels and self-contained resorts, particularly built on the De Santiago peninsula which juts out into the Pacific north of the city center. Also at the north end of Manzanillo Bay is the resort Las Hadas ("the fairies"), which is the most famous of the city's resorts, having been featured in the movie 10 starring Bo Derekand Dudley Moore. Beach scenes were filmed on La Audencia Bay, just over the hill from Las Hadas. Manzanillo is a popular cruise ship port of call. Many tourists go from their cruise ships on city tours. Excellent swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are found in Santiago Bay, a few miles north of the city where a cargo ship sank in a hurricane in 1959. Other wrecks and reefs plentiful with fish are scattered throughout the bay. Manzanillo is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Since 1957, it has hosted important national and international fishing competitions, such as the Dorsey Tournament, making it a very attractive fishing destination.

​​Manzanillo consists of two bays with crescent-shaped beaches, each about 4 miles in length. Bahía de Manzanillo is closer to downtown and is the older tourist section. Bahía de Santiago, to the west, is the newer and more upscale area. The two are separated by the Santiago Peninsula, a steep outcrop on whose slopes are some of the most beautiful hotels. Ship channels are located at the southeast end of Bahía de Manzanillo where large cruise ships enter the port area. Manzanillo was once the scene of piracy and adventure. Nowadays, its peaceful bays and sophisticated tourist and port infrastructure have made it one of the main tourist resorts and trading centers in the west of Mexico.

​Manzanillo has a tropical savanna climate. The dry season, which is from November to May, has low amounts of precipitation, and temperatures tend to be cooler than in the wet season. The average temperature in March, the coolest month, is 24 °C (75 °F). The wet season, which runs from June to October, has warmer temperatures, averaging 28.3 °C (83 °F) in July, and humidity during this time is higher.


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Manzanillo, Mexico: Port Information


Your cruise ship can moor at a dock specially built for cruise ships next to the city center or in an industrial area.
Lately, most cruise liners dock in the harbor; there is a shopping area, restaurants, etc.
There are taxis available close to the ship and a bus transfer to the center of the town. There is not much to see within walking distance of the liner.

Get around Manzanillo, Mexico


There are many taxis in  Manzanillo, and prices are affordable.
The camionetas (local buses) service is great. 
Also, you can rent a car to explore the city and its surroundings. 

What to see in Manzanillo, Mexico


The city is famous for its beaches.
Other attractions include
  • El Chanal archaelogical site
  • La Campana archaeological site
  • Volcán de Colima
  • El Centro
  • Iguanario Archundia and many other places

What to do in Manzanillo, Mexico


  • Coco Loco Tours (Manzanillo), ☎ +52 44-314-333-3678, e-mail: cocolocotours@gmail.com. For the adventurous, athletic traveler you can hike or walk, depending on your skill set. Along with your journey, you will get to swim in hidden lakes, play beneath waterfalls, and see small villages. Ascend all the way to Manzanillo’s many scenic mountaintops and get a breathtaking, 360-degree view of this Manzanillo and the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Ocean Pacific Adventures, ☎ +52 314-335-0605, +52 44-314-357-0717 (Manzanillo), e-mail: fish@bay.net.mx. If you like to fish or if you want to learn, Manzanillo is the Sailfish Capital of the World and makes is a premium fishing destination. With Ocean Pacific Adventures you can see all types of fish and work with experienced captains. If you are beginner do not worry, you will learn the proper technique to catch a variety of fish successfully, including marlin, dorado, and roosterfish.
  • Rainforest tour, e-mail: crlocalguide@hotmail.com. A hike on trails through the rainforest near Manzanillo led by an expert local guide. See a variety of jungle animals and plants, including sloths, lizards, frogs, spiders, and "walking trees". Bring a raincoat/poncho and good shoes.

What to eat and drink in Manzanillo, Mexico


Eat

  • Café Coral Seccion Audiencia L-1, Peninsula de Santiago, Manzanillo +52 313 331-2200 Serving continental breakfast (5 am - 7 am), breakfast buffet (7 am - 11 am), lunch (1 pm - 5 pm) and dinner (6 pm - 11 pm). A warm, spacious and bright, buffet-style restaurant.
  • La Plaza Esmeralda, ☎ +52 313 331-2200. Seccion Audiencia L-1, Peninsula de Santiago, Manzanillo, located on the beach bay area of La Audiencia. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 7 pm - 11 pm. La Plaza Esmeralda offers a romantic setting with a buffet dinner and live music entertainment.

Drink

  • Nirvana Lounge. Seccion Audiencia L-1, Peninsula de Santiago, Manzanillo +52 313 331-2200. Open from 5 pm to 1 am. Daily. Enjoy a refreshing beverage in one of Tesoro Manzanillo’s world-class lounges.
  • 7/24 Lounge. Seccion Audiencia L-1, Peninsula de Santiago +52 313 331-2200" Open 24 hours. The name says it all. A flash of the wristband is all you need to gain entry into the Tesoro All Inclusive Club any time of the day where you can let your hair down and enjoy a great party!

Shopping in Manzanillo, Mexico


You'll find numerous shops for every taste in ​Downtown Manzanillo, ​beach area of San Pedrito, ​Playa Miramar, ​Plaza Manzanillo, etc. 

Safety in Manzanillo, Mexico


Manzanillo is pretty safe. Just use your common sense as you would do anywhere.
Don't draw attention to yourself. Don't demonstrate your wealth. Respect other people. Avoid remote areas and talking to strangers when you are alone.

Language spoken in Manzanillo, Mexico


Spanish is the official language, but at least some English is spoken by vendors, cab drivers, restaurant owners and shopkeepers in the area near the port.

LOCAL TIME

3:23 am
September 20, 2019
America/Mexico_City

CURRENT WEATHER

26.55 °C / 79.79 °F
overcast clouds
Fri

28.62 °C/84 °F
heavy intensity rain
Sat

28.83 °C/84 °F
light rain
Sun

29.22 °C/85 °F
scattered clouds
Mon

29.42 °C/85 °F
moderate rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

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