Our Opinion of Manzanillo
Manzanillo is a picturesque Pacific coast destination and a great spot for travelers who have done Puerto Vallarta and are looking to try something different. There are some outstanding golf courses as well as incredible deep-sea fishing. The beaches are similar to Puerto Vallarta.
Among the best resorts in Manzanillo are the Karmina Palace and Las Hadas Resort. Tesoro Manzanillo is a well priced and poplular all-inclusive resort, but keep in mind that it is definitely on the lower end of the 4 star scale.
Manzanillo is one of Mexico's major ports, where visitors can admire ships both large and small that come from all over the world. The 16 km of beaches in the city and its surroundings are the envy of the country. They majestically stretch from west to east in the bays of Manzanillo and Santiago and offer ideal conditions for divers, surfers, and jet skiers. The most popular beaches in Manzanillo are Playa Las Brisas and Playa de Miramar, well known for their impressive waves that will delight even the most seasoned surfers.
Approximately one hour from Manzanillo is Colima, the state's capital, founded in 1523. Here, you can admire an architectural style that is unique to the region, as well as a volcano. Downtown Manzanillo offers plenty of shops, good restaurants and evening entertainment, while Colima features a variety of gardens, museums, theatres and shops.
Beaches in Manzanillo are typical Pacific beaches. Waters are rougher, cooler, and darker than their Caribbean cousins. Beaches are very wide, but of a darker sand and rougher surf. As such, beaches are not ideal for swimming but numerous water sports are available.
Things to know about Manzanillo, Mexico Vacations
Activities & Sports
All water sports are practised along Manzanillo's 20 km coast line. Snorkeling is best at the Santiago Peninsula by the rock outcroppings. Diving is more limited but you can explore a sunken cargo ship sprouting coral and marine life. Kayak excursions are organized at the Chamela Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve.
Sport fishing is Manzanillo's main attraction, particularly for sailfish fishing enthusiasts. Every February since 1954, Manzanillo has hosted the International Dorsey Tournament, a famous competition that awards winners valuable prizes. The special, medium-sized boats available for hire in the port of Manzanillo allow sport fishing enthusiasts to sail in the high seas a short distance from the coast.
Manzanillo has several magnificent golf clubs compromising the La Mantarraya Course, the Santiago Country Club, the Isla Navidad and the Tamarindo Country Club.
Dining & Nightlife
The state is renowned for its seafood while its exotic traditional beverages are superb, as are its desserts. Regional candies such as coconut and pineapple paste sweets, coconut confections with honey, pecans and raisins, guava paste, tamarind candies, caramel candies soaked in liqueur and sweet-dried bananas are all sold here.
There are several restaurants in downtown Manzanillo and the port zone where you can savor superb fish and seafood dishes such as camarones a la diabla or shrimp cocktail, crayfish cooked in garlic or chili, or grilled river crab.
Manzanillo is much more quiet in the evening in comparison to more developed destinations but there are a few great discotheques to dance the night away in such as Tropigala, Baby Rock and Vog.
There are many shops and street vendors to be found around the town square, as well as the nearby traditional Tianguis (Open air) market which is the best place to find handmade wares. Handicrafts include hammocks, pottery, and necklaces made from seashells.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Calgary: Approximately 4 hours 45 minutes
Edmonton: Approximately 4 hours 55 minutes
Vancouver: Approximately 4 hours 20 minutes
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average tempuratures of 27C.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licences). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexican consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexican tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents. Contact the Mexican Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.
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