Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo's history as a resort on the Mexican Riviera is brief. But the port's history is as old as the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Cortes first espied the harbour in 1522, when he chose the bay as the site for a shipyard. The city's maritime heritage continues to this day: Manzanillo is the largest commercial port on Mexico's Pacific Coast. What draws travellers, however, is the bay's scenic beauty: jungle-laden mountains rise above rocky coves and golden-sand beaches. The offshore waters offer superb diving - and some of the finest fishing in the world.

For decades, Manzanillo has been a secret destination for fishermen. The offshore waters teem with 70 species of game fish. One can fish for sailfish and dorado year-round.

Top things to do and see in Manzanillo, Mexico: View Excursions

  • 1Manzanillo Beaches

    Offering a splendid combination of warm, golden sand and undulating palm trees, Manzanillo's 40 miles of pristine beaches are said to be the most beautiful on the Mexican Riviera.

  • 2Las Hadas Golf Resort

    A world-class resort on Manzanillo Bay boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, water sports, a 70-slip marina, and a quarter-mile of private beach all in a setting resembling the Arabian nights.

  • 3Zócalo

    Activity in downtown Manzanillo centers on the main plaza or zócalo. Filled with flowering trees, a fountain and view of the bay, locals flock here to throw rice to the palomas (pigeons).

  • 4Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary

    Dedicated to helping endangered species, the Tortugario Ecological Center has the largest turtle sanctuary in Mexico and is home to migratory birds, iguanas and crocodiles.

  • 5Colima and Comala

    These two cities offer looks into Mexico's past: Colima, the capital of the state of Colima is home to 2,000-year-old ruins; Comala is a 500-year-old city living in the shadow of two volcanoes.

  • 6San Luciano Shipwreck

    The San Luciano was a casualty of the devastating 1959 Mexico hurricane. The former cargo ship is 300 feet long and is submerged in only 25 feet of water, with the top of the wreck only four feet beneath the surface, just off the shore of La Boquita Beach. This popular dive site is populated with scores of tropical marine life, in particular adorable puffer fish, hawksbill turtles, octopuses and seahorses.

  • 7Cuyutlan Salt Flats

    Salt has been produced here since pre-Columbian times. In the 16th century, Spaniards used salt in silver production. Today, "saleros" use the same techniques in harvesting salt that have been used for over 600 years.