Visitors stopping at the Manzanillo Port in Mexico will experience this small yet modern tourist destination that offers respite for celebrities and varied recreational options for the common traveler. As Mexico's busiest port, Manzanillo is located in the Pacific Ocean and is known the world over for its deep sea fishing. Manzanillo's tourist zone sits on the North side and is where all the gift shops, tour operators, hotels, restaurants, and beaches are located for the traveler's delight.
The Manzanillo port of call is a gateway to one of Mexico's best destinations, in terms of its beaches, shops, water sports, and fishing. Cruisers can go from the Manzanillo cruise terminal to the downtown area to do their shopping, grab a bite to eat, or take a tour. The Manzanillo cruise port area is a busy one, catering to passenger and cargo ships.
Luckily, all the tourist shops and restaurants are located in one area. Shops in downtown Manzanillo surround the town square, known as the Jardin. Continuing down Av. Mexico for about eight blocks, vendors hock their wares, selling anything from belts and hats to shirts and sarongs. As in many Mexican tourist cities, tourists can get their hair braided just about anywhere. Don't be afraid to haggle with vendors and shop owners to get the best bargain for your dollar or peso. This is true in the street markets but not in the major malls. One such mall is Plaza Manzanillo, the largest one in the Hotel Zone.
Things to See
Manzanillo boasts many attractions for its visitors. Golfers can hit the links at the 18-hole La Mantarraya Golf Course at Las Hadas. As mentioned above, Manzanillo is a hub for fishing enthusiasts. Marlin and sailfish, in particular, are year round sports with several charters and tours available at the boat docks. Not too far away is El Salto Park, featuring a waterfall and natural pool. The University Museum of Archaeology offers cultural exhibits, memorabilia, and artifacts pertaining to the rich heritage of Manzanillo. And the Garden Alvaro Obregón, which sits in front of the old pier in downtown Manzanillo, features a unique gazebo, impressive gardens, and decorative lamps.
Restaurants and Bars
Eating and drinking has never been more fun. Manzanillo offers up some interesting choices in terms of dining. Whether you're up for casual fare like burgers and fries or fine authentic Mexican dining, you won't be disappointed. Juanito's on Blvd. Costero is a local favorite for fried chicken and ribs, while Legazpi serves up Italian cuisine within the Las Hadas hotel. Many eateries feature Mexican and international menus to suit all tastes. One such restaurant is Roca del Mar on 21 de Marzo 204. In terms of nightlife, bars like Bar de Felix feature local and popular music, TVs for watching sports, and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Vog Disco lures dancers to its floor, prompted by the DJ, spinning tunes till the wee hours of the morning. The neighboring Vog Bar is somewhat more subdued with plenty of seating and pool tables.
Manzanillo is a unique Mexican destination in that it offers a special blend of natural beauty and recreation. The flavor of Mexico comes through here, inviting cruisers to take their time and enjoy this alluring port of call.