Manzanillo Attractions | Things to do in Manzanillo
Manzanillo is so much more than just beautiful beaches and palm trees. It’s a destination that preserves its traditional Mexican charm and offers a variety of activities, such as golf, fishing, scuba diving, archeological sites, museums, ecology, and adventure. There’s something for everyone, including quiet spots where you can kick back and relax.
Salahua Beach – This is a beach with regular waves, a moderate slope, and medium textured sand.
Las Hadas Beach – Peace and quiet characterize this beach which is protected by a cove and has soft waves and a moderate slope. The white walls of the Internacional Las Hadas tourist resort is one of the most iconic images of Manzanillo. Here you’ll find a blend of Mexican, Mediterranean, and Moorish styles.
Miramar Beach – This is the location of the craft market where you can shop for souvenirs at bargain prices. It is one of the most popular beaches for tourists because it has umbrellas, palapa restaurants, and horseback riding.
La Audiencia Beach – Here you’ll find several nightclubs and affordable restaurants.
Playa Olas Altas Beach – Living up to its name (Big Waves), this exciting beach is recommended for people who want to go surfing
Sport Fishing for Sailfish
The deep waters off the coast of Manzanillo conceal great riches, including a large number of sailfish and marlin that reproduce in the region. Since 1954, this characteristic fishing destination has hosted the Dorsey International Tournament each November, and it has been known as the Sailfish Capital of the World since 1957, the same year that 336 examples of this fish were caught in the waters here.
While in other ports it may take up to two or three hours to catch a sailfish, in Manzanillo 10 to 15 minutes is enough. You can fish for sailfish and mahi-mahi all year long, while marlin and tuna are most abundant from November to March.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
A diverse range of plant and animal life in interesting shapes and colors abound in these bays. The main species are sea urchins, puffer fish, and stingrays. For snorkeling, we recommend Playa La Boquita, where there is a coral reef and sunken ship. Take advantage of the tours and excursions that are available and enjoy a fun family outing to learn about the ecosystems of the bays.
Manzanillo is a surfer’s paradise and there are numerous beaches along Manzanillo Bay that attract lovers of this sport. The city hosts several surfing tournaments, especially during the summer months, when professional surfers come to experience the adrenaline rush of riding these big waves. The surfers also meet in the nearby town of Cuyutlan, which is known for the famous “green wave.” There is a thriving surf culture in Manzanillo, and if you want to learn, you won’t have any problem finding places on the beach that offer lessons for beginners.
This sunny tourist destination also offers an impressive array of golf courses with stunning natural scenery. Golfers can take on the challenge of 72 holes of premier golf that players of all levels are sure to enjoy. Each year, hundreds of golfers from all over the world arrive in Manzanillo to practice their technique.
The most spectacular of the courses is the Isla Navidad Golf Course, designed by architect Robert Von Hagge. Nestled between the tropical forest and the ocean, the El Tamarindo Golf Course also offers golfers a similar experience to the Isla Navidad course. The Golf Club at the Las Hadas hotel is another of the most beautiful, with 18 holes overlooking the ocean. Club Santiago is also a popular site with great tropical beauty.
This slice of paradise on earth harmoniously blends reefs, cliffs, and golden beaches that surround the tourist developments, like the Grand Isla Navidad Resort, which is home to an extraordinary 27-hole golf course that’s considered one of the best in Mexico.
Downtown Manzanillo offers cultural attractions for a fun family outing. Take a photo alongside the famous sculpture of the giant sailfish and watch the dancing fountain show in the evenings. Go out for a walk and enjoy a traditional “nieve de garrafa” (home-style sorbet) in the main square. This is also where you’ll find the city’s marina and commercial port.
University Museum of Archeology
This modern space is dedicated to the sharing of information about the cultures of western Mexico. The layout of the museum consists of five halls displaying more than 1,800 archeological artifacts (from a collection of 18,000). It also features the reproduction of two shaft tombs that correspond to the Comala Phase, which date from 300 to 500 AD.
Colima is the capital of the state of the same name. Located just an hour from Manzanillo, this picturesque colonial city is a great place to visit. It is situated in a fertile valley with two towering volcanoes, one of which is still active. The city is home to several beautifully preserved colonial buildings, three plazas, and many interesting museums.
Located less than an hour from Manzanillo, Comala is famous for its traditional outdoor restaurants, its beautiful colonial architecture, and the cultural attractions and archeological sites that are located nearby.
Barra de Navidad
You’ll also have the opportunity to take a boat ride to the fishing and tourist town of Barra de Navidad, located north of Manzanillo, with its charming beachfront restaurants.
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