Manzanillo is one of the three most important ports in Mexico as international ships arrive here bringing products from different countries. Because of its important port and the growth in tourism, Manzanillo is one of the best destinations in the Costa Alegre which is comprised of the beaches in states of Jalisco and Colima.

Manzanillo, COL

State: Colima

19°03’08”N 104°18’57”W

Altitude: 4 meters above sea level


Time Zone: Central Standard Time UTC-6

Population: 161,420 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)

Area Code: 314

Manzanillo consists of three bays: Bahía de Santiago, Bahía Cenicero, and Bahía de Manzanillo.

Among the beaches that are worth visiting are Salahua, Las Hadas, Miramar, Santiago, La Boquita, La Audiencia, Isla Navidad, and La Colimilla.

The city is proud to have three of the most prestigious resorts in the Costa Alegre: El Tamarindo, Isla Navidad and Las Hadas.

Among the activities highlighted in Manzanillo is sport fishing as this destination is considered to be the Sailfish Capital of the World and every year the International Sailfish Tournament is held in November. Manzanillo is also a stop for various international cruise ships. Moreover, the city's infrastructure has the capacity and quality to meet the needs of visitors because of its various options of hotels, resorts, shopping malls, restaurants, golf courses, and nightlife.

Manzanillo is also known for its culinary specialties such as shrimp a la diabla, shrimp cocktail, lobster in garlic sauce, grilled crayfish, and the pork dishes of tatemado and chilayo.
Among the typical handicrafts of Manzanillo are necklaces, shells, crystals, wooden figures, and embroidered fabric.

The most important festival of Manzanillo is the May Festival with musical and artistic events and contemporary folk dance performances commemorating the anniversary of the city as a seaport.

About 800 km west of Manzanillo is the Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico's protected area formed by the islands of Socorro, Clarion, and San Benedicto, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2008. As part of the ecotourism activities of the islands diving is allowed so you can take in the beauty of marine life.

Getting There

This destination is bordered by the municipalities Minatitlan, Armory, and Coquimatlán in the state of Colima, the Pacific Ocean, and the state of Jalisco.

Manzanillo is served by several highways: Colima-Manzanillo, Manzanillo-Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo-Minatitlan, Ramal-Aeropuerto, Cuyutlá- Manzanillo, and Libramientos-Colomos-Tepeixtles.

The Playa de Oro International Airport serves the area and receives flights from the major cities in Mexico and the United States.

Distance from Manzanillo to other destinations in Mexico

  • Colima, Colima: 88 km.
  • Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco: 287 km.
  • Guadalajara, Jalisco: 290 km.
  • Morelia, Michoacán: 498 km.
  • León de los Aldama, Guanajuato: 509 km.
  • Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro: 558 km.
  • Mexico City, Federal District: 749 km.
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos: 772 km.
  • Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Puebla: 875 km.
  • Xalapa, Veracruz: 1,008 km.
  • Monterrey, Nuevo Leon: 1,059 km.


The climate is warm and humid with an average low temperature of 23 ° C and an average high temperature of 34 ° C.

The hottest months are during the rainy season which is from July to October.

What to Pack

Swimsuit, shorts, cool shirts, hats, sandals, flip flops, sunscreen, sunglasses, and insect repellent.

Clothing for dinners and nights out.

Activities and Tourist Attractions in Manzanillo

Historical Center, Port of Manzanillo, Bahía de Manzanillo, the beach of Playa La Audiencia and its lookout points of La Reina and El Faro.

The beaches of Playa Miramar, Playa Las Hadas, Playa Azul, Playa la Boquita. Bahía de Santiago.

The boardwalk "Malecón Espiritu Santo", and its sculptures: Sailfish Monument, Benito Juarez, the Scorpion, the Fisherman, the Angler, the Merchant Marine, Boat Driver, Star Hunter, and the Dock Worker.

Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Human Perversity Museum of Torture.

Eco-tours of the turtle and mangrove farms, Natura Camp on the high seas, walk along the bay, a sunset cruise, horseback riding, ATVs.

Water sports: catamaran, snorkeling, surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, banana boat rides, diving, sport fishing.

Golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and swimming.

Valle de las Garzas Lagoon. Ride to Barra de Navidad and the nationally recognized Magical Town of Comala.

Revillagigedo Archipelago (800 km west of Manzanillo).

Tournaments and Festivals in Manzanillo

February: Carnival of Manzanillo.
April-May: May Festival.
June 1: Navy Day.
September 15 and 16: Mexican Independence Day.
Oct. 31, 1 and 2 November: Day of the Dead Celebration  (Día de Muertos).
November: Manzanillo International Sailfish Tournament.
December 1 and 2: Novena in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.