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With 350 days of sunshine a year, there can be little reason to doubt why Manzanillo has become one of Mexico’s top beach destinations. The city spreads out across the twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago and looks onto the Isla Navidad and its attendant archipelago. The port was founded in 1531 and it became a major shipyard for the Spanish empire – the fleet that conquered the Philippines was built here. These days the beach and seaside are what draws visitors to Manzanillo. It is named for the manzanilla trees which grow poisonous apples but they are the only thing you won’t enjoy here. There are a plethora of resorts and activities to be found, including wreck diving and deep sea fishing: Manzanillo is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World and has hosted many international competitions.
Manzanillo Bay — The larger of the city’s two bays is where you’ll find the old town and many of the historic sights of Manzanillo. The main plaza offers great views of the bays and is packed with restaurants, bars and shops. Check out the palapas – thatched roof restaurants – and watch the boats navigating their way around the busy waters.
Santiago Bay — The calmer waters of Santiago Bay make it perfect for watersports and most of the activities can be found at the Playa La Audiencia. After a cargo ship sank in 1959 it has become the best place to scuba dive and snorkel.
Isla Navidad — The peninsula to the south of Manzanillo’s centre is packed with golf courses and has views of the peaceful lagoon on one side with the Pacific ocean on the other. The quiet marina is a haven from the bustle of downtown Manzanillo.
Cuyutlan Beach — Just outside Manzanillo is the place to find some of the best surfing in Pacific Mexico. The seaside town is notable for its black sand beaches and banana and coconut palms, as well as some unique handicrafts and delightful cafes.
It’s definitely worth paying a visit to the centro historico, the old town that has been refurbished and now boasts and excellent museum with exhibits dating back to the Spanish conquest. The Sierra Madre Mountains overlook the bays and are lined with trees. The truism of Manzanillo is that you’ll get a great view from virtually wherever you are – the town steps back up the hills providing you with a fresh angle on the landscape everywhere. With eight beaches to visit you can see fishermen, surfers, waterskiers and yachties all going about their business, creating a glorious seaside scene.
The beaches are the key to enjoying Manzanillo so if you don’t like gorgeous golden sand, you’ll be disappointed. Waterskiing, surfing, snorkelling, diving, banana boat rides, kayaking and body surfing are all on offer. But fishing is the main activity for Manzanillos. With sailfish and marlin available all year round, and in large numbers, Manzanillo attracts thousands of sport fishermen every year. If you prefer to simply eat fish, rather than catch them, then the city’s restaurants will provide – there are some excellent waterside eateries ranging from no-frills barbeques to high-class fare. Just remember to leave some space for an excellent Manzanillo ice cream.