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.

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Points of Interest

  • Manzanillo Beaches
  • Las Hadas Golf Resort
  • Zócalo
  • Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary
  • Colima and Comala
  • San Luciano Shipwreck
  • Cuyutlan Salt Flats
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  • Manzanillo 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.

  • Las 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.

  • Zócalo

    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).

  • Cuyutlan 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.

  • Colima 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.

  • San 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.

  • Cuyutlan 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.

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Manzanillo City & Shopping

4 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-290
  • Las Hadas Golf Resort

Enjoy a leisurely tour of Manzanillo on a sightseeing excursion that features some of the city's most popular attractions. A few of the highlights include shopping at the famous Miramar Flea Market, a photo stop at picturesque Santiago Peninsula, refreshments, and a stroll through downtown Manzanillo.

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Manzanillo Beach & Shopping

6.5 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-120
  • Manzanillo Beaches

Spend the day exploring Manzanillo's colorful downtown plaza. Marvel at the hilly slopes of Peninsula de Santiago, home to stunning homes and hotels. Shop for bargains on silver, gold and shell jewelry at the famous Miramar Flea Market. Then, relax on the beach at the Beach venue.

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SALT FLATS & COUNTRYSIDE

hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-210
  • Cuyutlan Salt Flats

Live like a local (even if it's for only a day) as you explore Manzanillo's countryside. Discover how salt is processed and harvest salt crystals at Salt Flats. Visit a working farm and taste fruit right off the tree. Learn how bricks are made at a local brick factory.

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Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary

5.5 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-360
  • Cuyutlan Turtle Sanctuary

Travel to the beach front village of Cuyutlan and tour the Tortugario Ecological Center, the largest turtle sanctuary in Mexico and home to iguanas and crocodiles. Then, visit the Salt Museum and learn how the town's salt is mined and distributed all over the world.

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Discovery Family Beach Resort Getaway

5 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-280
  • Manzanillo Beaches

Luxuriate in one of the most scenic and exclusive resorts on the Mexican Riviera. The Resort offers something for the entire family During your pampered stay, indulge in a buffet lunch and open bar.

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Magic Pueblos: Nogueras & Comala with Lunch

7 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-105
  • Colima and Comala

Spend a magical day discovering the spellbinding towns of Nogueras and Comala. Tour the 18th century Hacienda de Nogueras Museum for a glimpse at the area's history. Visit a mystery spot that defies the laws of gravity. Then, explore the old colonial village of Comala and tour its coffee factory.

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Colonial Colima with Lunch

6.75 hours | Manzanillo | ZLO-100
  • Colima and Comala

Adventurers! Embark on a full-day exploration of the spectacular sights around Colima. Stroll through the 450-year-old town of Colima, visit one of Colima's principal museums, behold the ruins of the Pyramids of La Campana and marvel at the awe-inspiring scenery. Memories, photo stops and lunch are all included.

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