Manzanillo is a Mexican Riviera resort town with wide, curving beaches, legendary sport fishing, and a highly regarded diversity of dive sites. Golf is also an attraction here. One reason for its popularity could be Manzanillo’s tropical geography with vast groves of tall palms, abundant mango trees, and successive coves graced with smooth sand beaches. To the north, mountains blanketed with palms rise alongside the shoreline. And Manzanillo has perfect weather, with balmy temperatures and year-round sea breezes.
Manzanillo is both Mexico’s busiest commercial seaport and a tranquil town of multicolor houses flowing down the hillsides to meet the central commercial area of simple seafood restaurants, shell shops, and salsa clubs. The activity in Manzanillo is divided into two zones: the downtown commercial port and the luxury Santiago Peninsula resort zone to the north. A visit to the town’s waterfront zócalo provides a glimpse into local life. The exclusive Santiago Peninsula, home to the resorts and golf course, separates Manzanillo’s two golden-sand bays.
Manzanillo is one of Mexico’s safest destinations. Law enforcement is around and there to help if you need it. Standard precautions apply about watching your possessions, and it’s best to avoid walking around the port at night. Area beaches are a mixed lot; La Boquita and Miramar are regarded as safe for swimming, but others less so. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches of the Mexican Riviera, visit here. Now view our Manzanillo Travel Guide to help plan your next Mexican Riviera vacation!
Manzanillo Weather – When to Visit
The best time to visit Manzanillo would be a time when you can completely soak in the experience. The weather of Manzanillo is the most enjoyable with the best of activities during June thru December. This is their peak season. The temperatures range between 48℉ and 91℉ making it the perfect time to head out and check out the best things to do in Manzanillo.
Best Manzanillo Beaches
Playa Los Muertos
Playa Los Muertos is the most popular, the best known and the most visited beach in Puerto Vallarta. This beach is very popular among families, the locals, and visitors from the neighbor cities and states. Enjoy the local culture here. It’s a great place to drink a beer by the edge of the sea and watch the beautiful sunset.
Playa Las Gemelas
Las Gemelas Beach is a pair of small beaches south of the Puerto Vallarta’s main square. It offers blue-green waves and clear, soft sand, and is a wonderful place to get away from all the most popular beaches of Puerto Vallarta. The north beach is easily accessible, but the south beach is protected by a stretch of rocks you’d need to climb over or swim along the coast.
Camarones Beach (a blue flag beach) is of the cleanest beaches in Puerto Vallarta. It is a wide beach that extends from Villa Premiere to the northern edge of the Malecon. This is an excellent sunbathing beach, where you can also enjoy the food and drinks from one of the many bars and restaurants along this beach. Activities incluse parasailing, jet skiing, SUP, or just relaxing on the shore.
Playa Conchas Chinas
Conchas Chinas Beach is one of the most fascinating beaches in downtown Puerto Vallarta. There is a great variety of birds and reptiles, and in the natural pools that form along the edge of the sea, you can see all kinds of fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and other marine animals. It is the perfect place to spend time with your family, relaxing in the warm waters and walking on the rocks.
Las Glorias Beach
Just north of downtown, is Playa Las Glorias, one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta. There are plenty of water sports, volleyball tournaments and boat rentals. This beach covers a broad stretch of sand from Playa Pelicanos to Marina Vallarta.
Manzanillo Tours & Activities
Manzanillo ATV Adventure Tour
Ride the rugged mountain trails of Manzanillo on a 3-hour off-road ATV experience with an experienced local guide. Leave the city behind then get perfect views of the scenic countryside from the slopes of Cerro del toro. Roar along trails in the shade of towering hardwood trees, and spot blooming flowers and ripening fruit in the thick. Read more about Manzanillo ATV Jungle Adventure Tour
On this tour you will enjoy the adventure of traveling by horse, as this fascinating journey to play a sport, while you can interact with a different culture. Beach and Jungle Horseback Riding. Read more about Horseback Riding
Barra de Navidad Tropical Tour from Manzanillo
Spend six hours traveling through the tropical landscapes of Jalisco and Manzanillo on this day tour of fishing villages that showcases the best of local life and includes a stop at Christ of the Fallen Arms Church, where you’ll hear stories of local miracles. Spend the day escaping the urban landscapes of Mexico and head into the countryside. Read more about Barra de Navidad Tropical Sightseeing Tour
Boat Trip Party through the Bay of Manzanillo
Enjoy a pleasant tour of Manzanillo Bay and get to know the secret corners of the sea. During the walk you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the warm waters of the Pacific and get to know the marine flora and fauna. Ideal activity to complement your holidays in Manzanillo. Read more about Boat Trip Party through the Bay of Manzanillo
Tour to rural areas and natural waterfalls where you can swim and canoe. This is an excellent place to escape the heat. You can bathe in the pools that are filled with natural water that springs from the Sierra. Read more about Waterfall Tour
Best Manzanillo Restaurants
El Marinero $11 – 30
This restaurant’s superb ocean front location makes it an ideal place to enjoy the essence of Manzanillo, long beaches, sun, and some great sea food dishes. While the menu does not offer endless options, it certainly makes a smart and well thought out choice of local and Spanish-inspired cuisine such as fish, meat, and chicken fillet dishes, mariscos paella, cream corn soups and cannelloni. El Marinero is a perfect location to enjoy an elegant-yet relaxed-meal in Manzanillo. Telephone: 52-314-333-1103 Web: El Marinero.
Toscana Ristorante $11 – 30
Toscana serves some of the best fine dining cuisine in Manzanillo. It offers a perfect romantic setting with breathtaking ocean front views, candle lit tables and live music. The Italian-inspired cuisine includes classics like green pepper steak, artichoke salad, and Italian pasta dishes, but also grilled lobsters and other fresh seafood. A popular place among expats that are looking for a sophisticated menu in a unique location. Telephone: 52-314-333-2515 Web: Toscana Ristorante.
Mariscos Carlos $ 11 – 30
If you are looking for the real delicious mariscos cuisine, Mariscos Carlos in downtown Manzanillo is the place to go. Offering a variety of local sea food dishes like fresh camarones (shrimps) tacos, tostadas, pescado zarandeado (fresh grilled fish), and pulpo a la Mantequilla (octopus cooked in butter), it is widely considered to be one of the top places to try local cuisine. The restaurant has ample space to accommodate big groups and is overall good value for money. Telephone: 52-314-336-5458 Web: Mariscos Carlos.
Paraiso Restaurant $ 11 – 30
Paraiso Restaurant has picturesque views of the gorgeous bay of Las Hadas, making it an ideal place to enjoy Manzanillo’s natural beauty and high end charms. Its stunning high patio is decorated with colourful tables and chairs, set under a grand thatched roof. Paraiso restaurant offers popular Mexican classics (including fresh fish dishes) and a variety of international dishes like pizzas, pastas, burgers, salads and fantastic margaritas. A small piece of paradise in Manzanillo. Telephone: 52-314-334-1515 Web: Paraiso Restaurant.
Bistro Marina $ 31 – 60
In the marina near luxurious Las Hadas hotel, Bistro Marina is an elegant spot to wine and dine in style. This classy French inspired bistro offers refined menu options like lobster bisque, chateaubriand, chicken breast with a balsamic glaze and apples, as well as a good selection of wines and fresh cocktails. The ambience has an air of exclusivity with the tables set right in front of the yachts in the elegant marina of the bay of Manzanillo. A rooftop balcony is also available from where you can enjoy more dramatic views. Telephone: 52-314-336-5006 Web: Bistro Marina.
Best Manzanillo Bars & Nightlife
Bar de Felix
Bar de Félix is a large bar with crimson faux-velvet settees; a dance floor for Latin tunes, Spanish rock, some American oldies, and electronica; and a giant-screen TV. Telephone: 52-314-333-9277 Web: Bar de Felix.
Colima Bay Café
People of all ages enjoy a night out at the lively Colima Bay Café, with its whimsical style, jazzy background music, and variety of seating options—including pigskin barstools. Call ahead to ask what’s on the schedule for the evening; some nights get pretty rowdy here. Telephone: 52-314-333-6187 Web: Colima Bay Café.
Vog Disco/Vog Bar
Vog Disco invites its guest to dance all night to the throbbing beats in its lively disco. This disco opens its doors at 10 p.m. and the music continues into the night until 3 a.m. As it nears midnight, grab an ice cold drink from the bar and get ready to enjoy the exciting light show. Vog Disco is one of the nicest night clubs in town and is frequented by a younger crowd ready to let loose. Right next door is Vog Bar which satisfies with its great selection at the bar and numerous pool tables. Telephone: 52-314-333-1875 Web: Vog Disco.
Bare Club & Music Hall
Visitors are encouraged to come comfortable, enjoy ice cold cocktails and dance until they can’t dance anymore. Telephone: 52-222-192-6236 Web: Bare Club & Music Hall.
Best Manzanillo Hotels
A private nature reserve offering accommodations in luxury thatched-roof bungalows with spectacular views and awesome sunsets – all nestled in a tropical garden of giant coconut palm trees, towering cacti, brilliant bougainvillea, and producing banana tress. Pepe’s believes in the adage that the land does not belong to us, we belong to the land. The accommodations are picture perfect palapas with 20 foot ceilings, a sitting patio, native equipales (hand made chairs and tables) to take in the awesome sunsets, the nature show in sea in front of you, the magnificent coastline and distant mountains.
Barceló Karmina – All Inclusive
The Barceló Karmina hotel, distinguished with the 4-diamond AAA recognition, is located right on the beach in Manzanillo. Its spectacular architecture, inspired by Mayan temples, together with the tropical gardens and a private beach, make this hotel a paradise for relaxation and entertainment for the entire family. The hotel has all you need for a pleasurable stay, from a magnificent spa to a range of daily performances and activities.
Hotel Villas Los Angeles
Villas Los Angeles features Junior suites and Villas with 1-3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, telephones, flat screen TV’s with cable and a beautiful pool with the best panoramic view on the peninsula. The carefully-manicured grounds offer you a delightful array of birds and flowering tropical plants. All Suites and Villas are designed with your comfort in mind and include free internet access in your suite and near the pool area.
Far from the typical stereotypes, La Casa del Artista is, before everything, an institution with personality. It both conserves and enriches the classic image of the Colima coast. Its proximity to the beach (only 5 minutes away) guarantee the visitor will have an enjoyable stay. Activities and explorations of the town, complement and enrich the stay in the region. Everything here is designed for a relaxing stay that will delight all your senses.
Portozul Hotel Suites & Spa
Located in Manzanillo, 3.4 km from La Audiencia Beach, Portozul Hotel Suites & Spa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center.