Manzanillo, 220 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, is set along two sparkling Pacific bays that are separated by a small peninsula. Manzanillo can boast of many beautiful beaches, a friendly population and a real small town atmosphere. Manzanillo is actually a city of many faces - one of a full blown beach resort - one of a busy international seaport - one of a small Mexican beach town. Manzanillo first got put on the tourism map by the 1980's movie "10" co-starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore, the real star was the Las Hadas resort and the golden beaches of Manzanillo. Sunny days, relaxing beaches, beautiful sunsets, all kinds of water sports, two golf courses and some pretty incredible deep sea fishing, especially for Sailfish, await visitors to Manzanillo.
The city stretches for almost fifteen miles along Bahia de Santiago and Bahia de Manzanillo with resorts near both ends and on the small Santiago peninsula that divides the bays. The busy port lies at the southern end of the city, also located here is the, surprisingly typical town square, or zocalo, and further to the north are numerous beaches, resorts and several suburbs. A long malecon brings it all together and is dotted with seafood restaurants, hotels and shopping opportunities.
Water sports of all kinds, from sea kayaking to wind surfing to fishing are readily available. Fresh seafood is of course a local specialty and some really great fish tacos are available all along the beaches and at stands along the malecon. One of the golf courses is located on the peninsula near Las Hadas (18 holes) and the other is near the north end of the bay at Santiago Golf Club which also has some public tennis courts. Las Hadas is also home to an excellent 100 slip marina, for yachts up to 80 feet. Buses run all along the beach every few minutes and offer cheap transportation. A helpful tourist office is located at Playa Azul, next to the Hotel Fiesta Mexicana, they offer maps, can recommend tours and tell you where is to make fishing arrangements.
Manzanillo is also a gateway to the incredible "Costa Alegre" to the north, where there are some incredibly beautiful resorts that are very exclusive, but manage to maintain a very laid back atmosphere. There are some nice, less inhabited and much less exclusive, beaches an hour or so to the south where many of the locals from the state capital of Colima spend their weekends and vacations.