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.
This slice of paradise on earth harmoniously blends reefs, cliffs, and golden beaches that surround the tourist developments, like the Grand Isla Navidad Resort, which is home to an extraordinary 27-hole golf course that’s considered one of the best in Mexico.
Downtown Manzanillo offers cultural attractions for a fun family outing. Take a photo alongside the famous sculpture of the giant sailfish and watch the dancing fountain show in the evenings. Go out for a walk and enjoy a traditional “nieve de garrafa” (home-style sorbet) in the main square. This is also where you’ll find the city’s marina and commercial port.
Colima is the capital of the state of the same name. Located just an hour from Manzanillo, this picturesque colonial city is a great place to visit. It is situated in a fertile valley with two towering volcanoes, one of which is still active. The city is home to several beautifully preserved colonial buildings, three plazas, and many interesting museums.
Located less than an hour from Manzanillo, Comala is famous for its traditional outdoor restaurants, its beautiful colonial architecture, and the cultural attractions and archeological sites that are located nearby.
University Museum of Archaeology
This modern space is dedicated to the sharing of information about the cultures of western Mexico. The layout of the museum consists of five halls displaying more than 1,800 archeological artifacts (from a collection of 18,000). It also features the reproduction of two shaft tombs that correspond to the Comala Phase, which date from 300 to 500 AD.
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.
Hotel La Posada
Hotel La Posada, located directly on Manzanillo’s best swimming beach, offers you a truly different vacation. The atmosphere is strictly informal and comfortable. Rooms, at La Posada, face the beach where you can watch the incredible Manzanillo sunsets or enjoy a casual swim. The heart of La Posada is the “sala” or living room. Breakfast (included in the rates) and snacks are served here, and cocktails are available at the bar.
Mar Celeste – All Inclusive
Providing guests with an atmosphere of tranquility and total relaxation, taking advantage of the impressive view of the sea and the beautiful sunsets on Miramar . Relax while enjoying a massage under the gentle sea breeze or while enjoying the delicious dishes and drinks in the fresh palapa of their restaurant Oceanides. Mar Celeste has six exclusive rooms equipped with luxury furniture and amenities, and an impressive view of the sea that you can enjoy from every point of your comforting room.