Manzanillo, Mexico

Manzanillo is one of the most important ports in Mexico, but also a pretty well known resort place. Back in the 16th century, Manzanillo used to be the first commercial port established by the Europeans in South America. Nowadays, it is mostly visited for a wide offer of adventure sports and the town’s amazing beaches, since the weather is pleasant during the whole year and the town itself is very conveniently placed. The historical center of the town has been recently renovated, so, apart from spending your time at the numerous beaches and getting some attractive tan, you can explore a little bit of the local history. There are two bays near the town, with mostly sandy, long and pleasant beaches. True, Manzanillo might not be the one of the most exciting Mexican locations, since it doesn’t offer as many cultural attractions as some other cities do, it is still a pleasant place to spend your holidays at. Calmer than some locations, it is a perfect choice for those who do not go on vacations, having wild parties or long hours of sightseeing in mind.

If you prefer enjoying calm atmosphere, surrounded by wonderful scenery, make sure to visit Isla Navidad, a very famous location that combines the natural beauty with various tourist activities and a golf club, if you happen to be a player.

Surfers will surely want to check the best surfing place in whole Mexico, situated in the small seaside town of Cuyutlan, not very far from Manzanillo. Admire its specific black-sand beaches, surf or spend some time in the various gift shops and restaurants.

For a touch of culture, visit some of the museums, like the one dedicated to the artist Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo, situated at the building that used to be his hacienda, now the famous Nogueras Cultural Center. It lies in the proximity of both Comala and Manzanillo.

When it comes to dining, Manzanillo is as rich as any popular Mexican resort location and the offer is really diverse and high in quality. The restaurant El Marinero is very happily placed near the ocean, enabling the visitors to admire the view of the beach and the waves. The seafood served there is great and mostly a combination of local and Spanish cuisine.

Bistro Marina, on the other hand, is a more luxurious spot, situated near the famous Las Hadas hotel. Its menus are rich in wines, as well as exclusive types of meals, like lobster bisque and the view includes the yachts that are anchored in the bay of Manzanillo. It also has a rooftop balcony.  El Aguachile is another beach restaurant offering fresh seafood and including some very specific specialties you are not likely to find elsewhere. You can also order spicy Mexican dishes and sample the famous Mexican beer.