Manzanillo: two bays, two different towns to experience

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Manzanillo has the best of two worlds. On one hand, it’s a lovely, peaceful destination with a stunning historic downtown. On the other, it’s also a place for water sports lovers and adrenaline junkies.

Only 60 miles from the capital city of Colima, Manzanillo is actually the third most important port in all of Mexico. Besides the heavy trading of goods to and from the other side of the Pacific, it has also become an essential stop for many tourist cruises.

As a destination, it is very versatile. You can stroll through the cobblestone streets and sigh before its beautiful, old mansions on one day and then, on the next one, race across the sea on a jet ski.

Two bays, two towns

One of the first things you’ll notice about the city is how it’s divided naturally into Manzanillo Bay and Santiago Bay. City Express Manzanillo, by the way, is right between them, which makes it the perfect alternative for accommodation.

Manzanillo Bay contains what is a classic, Mexican city, with its recently remodeled downtown, which is more tourist friendly than ever, with wide, pedestrian streets that make life much easier.

The perfect plan here looks something like this: great local food, based around the amazing native seafood, and an afternoon of walking alongside the boardwalk at sunset.

Then, Santiago Bay. This is the newer part of town, where the hotel zone is located. On this side, you get to experience the wild side of Manzanillo, with windsurf, kayaking, jet ski, and diving tours available.


Which side of Manzanillo sounds more compelling to you? The fun part is: you don’t have to choose!

The World Sailfish Capital

Manzanillo is known as “The World Sailfish Capital” because of the abundance of this species in the area. With a bit of luck, you can catch one of the many fishing tournaments that are held throughout the year and even participate in it!


Definitely don’t miss the Colima ceviche, made with the meat from this fish, lime juice, orange, tomato, onion, carrot and red bell pepper. Yum!

Enjoy whichever Manzanillo attracts you the most and fall in love once and for all for this amazing city by the Mexican Pacific.

Manzanillo: two bays, two different towns to experience