and Colima state
have two options to go to Manzanillo :
1- You go south from Guadalajara
to Acatlán then we took the highway Jal54 to Ciudad Guzmán
and Colima, capital of the state of the same name, next to the state
of Jalisco. Don’t focus too
much on the road signs or the map without looking at the two natural
beauties, two majestic mountains, the Volcano Nevado de Colima (4260
m or 13,976 feet) and Volcano de Colima (3820 m or 12,532 feet).
This one is still active and its crater spits up smokes regularly.
When reaching Tonilá, you will cross the border of the state
2- You go from Puerto Vallarta
via the Costalegre.
After crossing Tecomán, you take the highway of Manzanillo.
The road runs along the luxuriant banks of the Cuyutlán lagoon
which stretches its 50km (30 miles) long between the Ocean and the
hills covered with coconut trees.
Not far from Manzanillo, there is an ideal beach for surfers. The
best waves are located in Cuyutlan where the main attraction is
the green wave (ola verde), which reaches 20-30 feet high during
the months of April, May, June.
At the south, Playa Pascuales is a large beach where the Rio Armeria
flows. The mouth stretches on a dark grey sandy band, and the deep
waters and breaks are good for surfing.
Manzanillo which is in the state of Colima and not Jalisco (mistake
of some tourist guides) contains a treasure of charming beaches,
whose hotel development sadly grows year after year without a lot
of appeal. By the way, here is the line parting the black sand beaches
from the white sand beaches, and you will be happy to know that
beyond the harbor you will find white sand (not to mention pleasing
to the eyes, the black sand, better conductor of the heat, is unbelievable
hard on your bare feet). The old town of Manzanillo is completely
disconnected with the hotel zone located on the bay. The hotel zone
is not charming.
Downtown, on the evenings of the week-ends and during the tourist
season, you can watch the show of the Zócalo with the senoritas
arriving all dressed up for the traditional paseo. You can also
stroll in the fishermen neighborhood: if you are starting to be
a bit hungry, you can ask for a "cocktail of camarones"
(slightly hot big pink shrimps with lemon, onion, ketchup and coriander).
You can refresh yourself with a "raspado" (crushed ice
covered with concentrated fruit juice).
The row of hotels is not worse than in Puerto
Vallarta. This resort has the advantage of being less invaded
by the tourist, which results in a better atmosphere. It is a safe
town, according to our information, with the activities of the harbor
and fishing ahead of tourism. The atmosphere of this city will fit
families in search of fishing, snorkeling and enjoying the beach.
has two large bays, a succession of nice fine sandy beaches with
shallow and clear waters :
1- Manzanillo Bay with the beaches Playa San Pedrito, Playa Las
Brisas (good for swimming and snorkeling), Playa Azul (located by
the tourist office), Playa Salahua, Playa Las Hadas, Playa La Escondida and Playa Corales. Location : 10 minutes from downtown Manzanillo
and 45 minutes from the airport.
2- Santiago Bay with the beaches Playa La Audienca (one of the best ones for swimming and snorkeling), Playa Santiago,
Playa Olas altas (good for swimming and snorkeling but very crowded),
Playa Miramar and Playa La Boquita. On these beaches, Navajos Indians
make and sell beads jewelry under a "palapa". Location
: 20 minutes from downtown Manzanillo and 30 minutes from the airport
Map of the city :
The Centro El Tortugario - 4km (2.4 miles) on a dirt road headed
south from Cuyutlan - is an ecological center whose goal is to study
, protect and conserve the sea turtles. The entrance fees are 25
pesos. It is open from 10AM to 4PM from Thursday to Tuesday. You
can watch the turtles and crocodiles in several pools. You can also
take a 45 minute boat tour among mangroves in the Palo Verde
Estuary for another 25 pesos, to watch water birds and crocodiles.
See the pages about the sea resorts on the Pacific coast :
Puerto Vallarta & Costalegre
Puerto Escondido-Huatulco-Puerto Angel
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