Manzanillo is a charming city full of festive streets, friendly people, beautiful landscapes and outstanding tourist facilities. The city’s unique history combined with its modern-day offering makes Manzanillo a one-of-a-kind destination for a variety of recreational activities.
Manzanillo's exciting history, full of old tales, pirate legends and treasure hunts, is an integral part of its enchantment. Several historical figures once used Manzanillo as an unofficial port on the Pacific, including Hernan Cortez, the Nao de China and pirates from Portugal, England, France and Spain. In 1908, following the inauguration of the railroad connection between Manzanillo, Guadalajara and Porfirio Díaz, the city finally became an official port of entry. Today, recent modernizations have made it one of the most important ports and trading centers on Mexico’s west coast.
Recreationally, sport fishing is Manzanillo’s main attraction, particularly for sailfish enthusiasts. Since 1954, Manzanillo has hosted the International Dorsey Tournament, a highly-respected competition among the sport fishing community, held every February and November.
Beach lounging is another popular activity. Manzanillo´s peaceful bays and sophisticated infrastructure have made it one of the Mexico’s main tourist destinations on the west coast. Beaches such as Ventanas, Las Coloradas, El Viejo, San Pedrito, Playa Azul, Las Hadas and La Escondida are some of the most serene destinations on the Pacific coast to commune with nature.
Travelers interested in adventure tourism can enjoy a variety of options in Manzanillo. From kayaking in bay waters and driving through tropical forests, to discovering the hidden secrets of prehistoric caves, the city offers it all. A guided safari into the heart of the Tlacota Tropical Rainsforest is another great option, allowing travelers to get up close and personal with the area’s natural beauty. Snorkeling is also available at Rancho El Naranjo, one of the most beautiful natural reserves in the state of Colima.
The city’s most popular restaurants located downtown and in the port zone, offer tasty fish and seafood dishes such as camarones a la diabla, shrimp cocktail, crayfish cooked in garlic or chiles and grilled river crab. For local shopping, the coastal village of Santiago, between Manzanillo and Miramar, offers handicrafts made from shells found in the area.
From adventurous rides to exciting old tales, the quaint city of Manzanillo offers a recreational world of its own.