Aerial view of Manzanillo, Mexico
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Cruise to Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo might not be the first place on Mexico's Pacific Coast you think to visit, but its golden beaches, lively fishing harbor and emerald rainforest will leave memories that will last a lifetime. Frolic on Playa Miramar as seagulls dive into the waves in front of you to catch their lunch, or learn from a local expert how to fish for striped marlin, sailfish or tuna in the depths of the Pacific. Head to nearby Barra de Navidad, where you can turn up the thrill with a jet-skiing adventure or simply de-stress beside the bright blue waters.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Mexican Peso (MXN)

Things To Do in Manzanillo

Pelicans diving for fish at Miramar Beach in Manzanillo, Mexico

Reef the Benefits

Pelicans diving for fish at Miramar Beach in Manzanillo, Mexico

Pelicans diving for fish at Miramar Beach in Manzanillo, Mexico

Reef the Benefits

Nestled beside the Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo is home to a lively beach called Playa Miramar. Sunbathing here is only the beginning; Miramar hosts surfers, snorkelers and coral reef divers — anyone looking for a deep-sea adventure. Dip your toes into the lapping waves, or practice your photography skills as you try to catch shots of pelicans diving into the water.

Fishing rods cast from a boat on the waters of Manzanillo, Mexico

Cast Your Line

Fishing rods cast from a boat on the waters of Manzanillo, Mexico

Fishing rods cast from a boat on the waters of Manzanillo, Mexico

Cast Your Line

Home to scores of marlin, yellowtail and sailfish, Manzanillo's waters are the perfect place to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Contact a representative from a sportfishing company in advance of your arrival to see if they can arrange a day tour, or stay close to port when your ship docks and watch as local fishermen in traditional wooden boats unload their daily catches.

Sierra Manantlán Biosphere, a pine and oak forest reserve in Manzanillo, Mexico
Sierra Manantlán Biosphere, a pine and oak forest reserve in Manzanillo, Mexico

Go Green

In the mood for a more terrestial experience? To embark on an inland adventure, take a taxi to massive Natura Camp complex, which sits just 10 minutes outside the city, and hike through lush greenery or zipline over it. If you can commit to dedicating a few hours to eco-pursuit, make an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Sierra Manantlán Biosphere, whose misty "cloud forest" will have you wondering if you're on another planet.

Citrus-marinated raw fish scooped up with pieces of deep-fried tortilla, in Manzanillo, Mexico
Citrus-marinated raw fish scooped up with pieces of deep-fried tortilla, in Manzanillo, Mexico

Local Cuisine

Seafood is king in Manzanillo, and ceviche tostada — citrus-marinated raw fish scooped up with pieces of deep-fried tortilla — is one of the best ways to experience it. If you're not ready to go raw, sample the fish soup caldillo de pescado or pescado a la plancha, a filet of local-caught fish cooked simply over charcoal.

Hanging shell jewelry in a variety of color, for sale in Manzanillo, Mexico
Hanging shell jewelry in a variety of color, for sale in Manzanillo, Mexico

Shopping

Inspired by the vast Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo shopping is centered on the sea. Take a break from the beach and walk through the adjacent Miramar Flea Market, where picturesque shell jewelry jangles in the wind. Many Manzanillo handicraft vendors also sell silver jewelry, though you should ask for confirmation of its authenticity before agreeing to purchase anything.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
As you research Manzanillo in preparation for your trip, make sure not to confuse the city in Colima with popular Manzanillo Beach, located further down Mexico's Pacific Coast in Oaxaca.

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