The resort area of Manzanillo is comprised of twin bays — Santiago Bay and Manzanillo Bay — stretching five miles along the Pacific Coast of Mexico, divided by the Santiago Peninsula. It’s here that you’ll find the majority of beautiful resorts and the area’s best beaches, each with their own personality: Playa Miramar and Playa Olas Altas are great for surfing, Playa la Audiencia is a good choice for snorkeling and watching the sunset, Playa la Boquita is calm and waveless so perfect for swimming and families with children, and the wide and long Playa las Brisas is superb for a leisurely stroll and a sunset cocktail.
Five miles south of the resort area is the refurbished historic center with a pedestrian-only malecon, sculptures (including a Snoopy from sister city, St. Paul, MN), and a seaside main plaza, surrounded by local shops, restaurants, and bars.
To the north is Isla Navidad where golden beaches, lush hillsides, and offshore reefs surround a resort area with a peaceful lagoon and superb golf course. Across the small inlet is the charming town of Barra de Navidad. Farther north are dozens of low-key beaches and beach towns.
Flights to Manzanillo are seasonal, offered January - April via Minneapolis/St. Paul (dates may vary).
Why Go To Manzanillo
Long associated as the backdrop to the 1970s movie “10”, the Manzanillo of today is just as spectacular with its two large bays, numerous golden-sand beaches that cater to different activities, iconic resorts that sparkle in the sunshine, and the perfect climate that is neither too cool or too hot with sunny skies 350 days a year. Manzanillo offers an authentic and charming Mexican vacation experience and is a perfect escape for warm-weather seeking travelers, especially couples and families.
Who Should Go
Calm waters, smaller resorts, and even a statue of Snoopy from the “Peanuts” comic strip in the city center, make this a favorite destination for families.
Exceptionally romantic resorts, hillside restaurants with stunning sunset views, and charming areas to stroll, shop, or stop for a cocktail are reasons couples return year after year.
Sport Fishing and Boating Enthusiasts
Self-proclaimed as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”, Manzanillo is highly regarded for its sport fishing. In addition to sailfish, dorado, marlin, and tuna are also found in the waters offshore. The area has several marinas where boats can be rented for a try at a trophy-size fish.
The Manzanillo surf at dusk