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As an industrious seaport and thriving tourist destination, Manzanillo offers a glimpse of Mexican life along with its stunning, palm tree-fringed beaches.

Visit Manzanillo and choose from numerous sandy beaches and coves in the town’s twin bays. Surf at the exposed beaches or snorkel with tropical fish in calmer waters. Eat fresh fish in beachside restaurants and enjoy cool drinks watching glorious sunsets. Don’t miss the town’s historical center, where colonial architecture recalls the area’s Spanish-ruled past.

Manzanillo has a dual identity. It is Mexico’s busiest commercial seaport; the trade route between here and Spain dates back as far as 1531. It is also a beach-lover’s paradise with 350 days of sunshine annually and a wide range of stunning beaches. Large-scale investment in tourist areas has added even more to the town’s appeal, though you’ll still see real Mexican life if you venture into the town center.

Select each day’s beach from the long stretch of coast around the city. For something close, walk to Playa San Pedrito from your hotel room and spend a day on your beach lounger watching the locals at play. Playa Audiencia offers calm waters for safe swimming while Playa Miramar is great for surfers. For a little more seclusion, drive up the coast to Oro Beach, where it is rumored that you may find gold washed up with the tide.

Explore Centro Historico’s attractive colonial architecture and meandering side streets. Zócalo, the area’s central plaza, is the best place for people-watching and dining. Here you’ll find restaurants serving seafood dishes, like Colima ceviche and fish stew, and tuba, a local liqueur made from palm tree flowers.

Fly into Playa de Oro International Airport, about a half-hour drive northwest of Manzanillo. If you stay near Santiago Bay, many attractions are within walking distance. Buses will take you into the town center. If you want to go farther afield, rent a car or hire a driver.

With its consistently warm weather, Manzanillo is a great place to visit any time of year. Simply choose your dates, select your beach and get ready to experience the perfect Mexican beach holiday.

Top Hotels in Manzanillo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Barceló Karmina All Inclusive
Barceló Karmina All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Avenida Vista Hermosa, 13, Manzanillo, COL
The price is CA $210 per night

Located in Residencial Salagua, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Hadas Golf Course and Playa La Audiencia. Playa ...

4.1/5Very Good! (751 reviews)

"The only issue was the room smell was a bit musty which is expected when living on a ocean front property."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Barceló Karmina All Inclusive
Tesoro Manzanillo All Inclusive
Tesoro Manzanillo All Inclusive
2.5 out of 5
Sección la Audiencia, L-1, Península de Santiago, Manzanillo, COL

Nestled on the beach, this Manzanillo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Olas Altas and Playa La Audiencia. Playa Miramar is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

3.5/5Good! (757 reviews)

"Very clean facility and staff was always friendly. Room was also clean and very comfortable. Food was very good especially the selection of fresh fruit. The meals in the reservation only restaurants were outstanding. Our only issue with the Tesoro was the fitness area. Very little cardio equipment ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Tesoro Manzanillo All Inclusive
Las Hadas By Brisas
Las Hadas By Brisas
4 out of 5
Ave Vista Hermosa S N, Manzanillo, COL
The price is CA $201 per night

Located in Las Hadas, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Hadas Golf Course and Playa La Audiencia. Playa Olas Altas ...

3.9/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Definitely is the best resort I had been in Mexico! Hotel is beautiful and in excellent condition, staff was great excellent customer service! Food was very good, definitely the drinks were light but you can buy better drinks !"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Las Hadas By Brisas

Popular places to visit in Manzanillo

Playa Miramar
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Playa Miramar

4/5(11 reviews)

Surf the waves, eat in the restaurants and enjoy a day in the sun at one of Manzanillo’s most popular beaches.

Playa La Audiencia
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Playa La Audiencia

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Swim or kayak in the calm, azure waters or join a dive trip to feed the octopuses and eels at this stunning Manzanillo beach.

Oro Beach
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Oro Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Watch carefully for a shining piece of gold when you visit this beautiful secluded beach north of Manzanillo.

Top things to do in Manzanillo

ATV Adventure Manzanillo
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ATV Adventure Manzanillo

94% of travellers recommend
CA $103
Per adult
Tropical Tour to Barra de Navidad
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Tropical Tour to Barra de Navidad

100% of travellers recommend
CA $101
Per adult
Manzanillo City Tour with Shopping
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Manzanillo City Tour with Shopping

CA $47
Per adult

Reviews of Manzanillo


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5/5 - Excellent


Mar 16, 2020

Wonderful area,friendly people. We loved the limited English as it pressed us to apply our limited Spanish that we found it fun to do. Someone was always around with good English to help when needed. Other Canadians are around to get area tips from.

4/5 - Good


Feb 2, 2020

Lots to see and enjoy at Manzanillo. Ask other travellers while there what they may recommend, especially for places to eat. Take in the Saturday market, the two for one happy hour at Oasis, borrow a boogie board and try the waves at Miramar!

4/5 - Good


Jan 18, 2020

wiould be nice if there was a bus from the airport. taxi was 400 mxn (supposed to be 500 but i talked him down). for a solo budget traveller this is expensive.

3/5 - Okay


Dec 9, 2019

We dont think we will be back for awhile. There was definitely a language barrier so communication was a challenge. Also too many stairs!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2019

Manzanillo is quiet. We could run and walk on beaches without seeing anybody at all. You often eat all by yourselves in fantastic restaurants overlooking the ocean and the prices are amazing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 14, 2019

Very far from airport but enjoyed the ride

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