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Manzanillo and Costa Alegre Vacations

Package Includes:

  • Choice of accommodations
  • Hotel taxes and maid gratuities
  • Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Assistance of a local destination representative



Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go?

Couples and Singles
Laid-back charm and exceptional seafood set the scene for romance.

Families
Enjoy the quiet relaxation of the area.


What's the climate like?

  Winter Spring Summer Autumn
Average High 79° F 78° F 88° F 87° F
Average Low 65° F 65° F 76° F 72° F
Average Rainfall Trace Trace 5.0" 2.0"

Typically, Manzanillo has cooler temperatures than Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, Ixtapa, or Acapulco. Its close proximity to the Sierra Madres, and its two bays keep the area cool.


How do I get around town?

Transfers
Roundtrip transfers between the airport and hotels are included with your vacation package.

Walk
Strolling the streets is an excellent way to get around. The downtown area consists of a Malecon, or boardwalk, about a mile long where you can enjoy the view of the harbor.

Taxi
Taxis are very reasonable and easy to find. Make sure you ask the price before getting into the taxi. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers.

Combis
Much like taxis, combis are vans that can be shared by up to eight people.

Bus
Manzanillo has a very simple bus system. Look at the window of the bus, if it says “El Centro” or “Jardin,” it’s going to the downtown area. Make sure you have one and two peso coins for the fare. US currency is not accepted on busses.


What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?

Seafood specialties are featured on most menus. Fitting the general atmosphere, dining tends to be informal, and you may find yourself dining right on the beach. Restaurants usually close one day a week, generally on Sundays or Mondays, so ask your hotel to call and confirm that a particular restaurant is open. Here are some places to try out.

  • Bigote's II
    Diners will enjoy singing waiters, a vibrant atmosphere, and large portions of fresh seafood at this waterfront restaurant.
  • Manos Morenos Restaurant - Bar - Café
    Offering everything from Greek salads with chicken and shrimp to Mexican and continental cuisine. You can also bring in your catch and have Manos Morenos prepare it.
  • Marlin Senorial Restaurant
    Enjoy hamburgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and continental cuisine during the evenings, including a variety of seafood.
  • L'Recif
    Situated high on a cliff overlooking the rock outcroppings of a small cove, L'Recif offers the most spectacular view of any restaurant in Manzanillo.
  • Tacos Julio's
    Tacos Julios offers wonderful, inexpensive tacos wrapped in fresh, hand-made tortillas.
  • La Toscana
    THE place in Manzanillo to enjoy an elegant and delicious meal. Specializing in French cuisine, La Toscana features live classical guitar music to accentuate the stunning views of Manzanillo Bay.

Where should I go shopping?

Most shopping is centered around Manzanillo’s resort hotels. Other areas of shopping interest are:

  • Galeria de Arte
    Offering a fine selection of Sergio Bustamante works, plus a wide selection of others.
  • Indigenos
    The place to go for silver and jewelry.
  • Plaza Pacifico Mini Mall
    Offering an assortment of shops, plus a restaurant, two bars, and a mini-market.
  • Plaza Manzanillo
    A pleasant area featuring a variety of local favorites.
  • El Dorado Bazaar
    Excellent selection of fine craft items and jewelry in front of the Zócalo.
  • El Caracol
    Offering shell jewelry and clothing accessories, located just across from the Zócalo.
  • Pasaje Oscarana
    A small, downtown mall offering clothing, jewelry, and books.

When are the local events?

Festival International of Cumbia, Salsa, and Merengue
March. 20,000 people a day turn out to participate or watch artists and musical groups from Cuba, Columbia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Mexico.

International Fishing Tourney
January. An international fishing tournament that sees some of the best sailfish, marlin, and dorado captains in the world descend upon Manzanillo.

Fiestas de Mayo
May. The founding of Manzanillo is celebrated with many types of events.

La Feria de Todos Los Santos
October. A celebration of all the Saints in Colima.


What are my golf and recreation options?

Golf
Customize your vacation with discounted greens fees and gain access to hotel-affiliated golf courses with a stay at select hotels.

The Mantaray Golf Course
Perfect for golfers who love a challenge, this course features 15 holes with water features surrounded by a gorgeous setting of more than 4,000 palm trees. Named among the "Top 100 Golf Courses Around the World" by Conde Nast Traveler. Designed by Pete and Roy Dye.

The following hotel has use of this course:

  • Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina

Sportfishing
Sport fishing is Manzanillo’s main attraction, particularly for sailfish enthusiasts. The special, medium-sized boats available for hire in the port of Manzanillo allow sport fishing enthusiasts to sail in the high seas a short distance from the coast, where the depth of the water makes it perfect for catching large fish such as sailfish and black, striped, and blue marlin. This gives Manzanillo a definite edge over other ports where you have to sail for two or three hours to reach the depths required for this sport.

Beaches
Playa Miramar, at the north end of Bahia Santiago, is popular with body surfers, windsurfers, and boogie boarders. Calmer waters can be enjoyed toward Juluapan Peninsula at La Boquita Beach. Playa La Audiencia is a beautiful cove along the north side of the Santiago Peninsula and is great for snorkeling and swimming.

Eco-Tourism
From whale, dolphin, and bird watching to exploring the rugged terrain of the Sierra Madre foothills, lagoons, and jungles, the Mexican Pacific offers visitors an ideal haven of natural beauty.


Travel tidbits

Free Snacks and Entertainment
When visiting the Colonial towns of Colima and Comala, experience a "botaneros," where, as tradition dictates, as long as you keep drinking, the food is free! The snacks range from peanuts, popcorn, fresh fruit, seafood, chicken wings, tacos, pork skins in green sauce, soup, or hot dogs! Also, botaneros often feature a live "Las Vegas-style" show.

Hang Ten
If you're looking to catch some waves or to learn to surf, head to Playa Boca de Pascuales. Here, the Armeria river empties into the ocean and you can rent surfboards and take surfing lessons.

Local Flavor
For a taste of the local culture, walk along the Malecon and enjoy spectacular views of anchored fishing boats, stunning beaches, and sculptures done by local artists. As you approach the downtown area, you'll see the Jardin, or garden, which is the town square. The Jardin is where all the locals gather to have lunch, get their shoes shined, listen to bands play in the gazebo, or simply feed the pigeons.

Fresh Fruit & Seafood
For the freshest seafood, fruits, and vegetables, make your way to the mercado. Populated mainly by the locals, but tourists love it for its authentic Mexican atmosphere.

Familiar Faces
When visiting the Manzanillo waterfront, you might recognize Snoopy, from the Charles M. Schulz "Peanuts" comic strip. This Snoopy statue was donated to the citizens of Manzanillo from the citizens of St. Paul, Minnesota to commemorate their status as "Sister Cities."

Safety First
Not only does the state of Colima have the lowest crime rate in Mexico, but Manzanillo has the lowest in the state. With that in mind, it is still best to take necessary precautions and use the same common sense you would in any large city.

Good to Know:

Airport Name:
3-letter Code:
Playa de Oro International Airport
ZLO
Best Weather: January – July
Best Values: October – January
Currency: Mexican Peso
Language: Spanish
Time Zone: Manzanillo is on the same time zone as the United States’ Mountain Time Zone, one hour earlier than Central Time. Daylight Saving Time is observed in Manzanillo, just as in the United States.
Proof of Citizenship: Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
Tipping: Some restaurants, especially in the resort areas, will add a 15-25% service charge to your check. If in doubt if it has been added, be sure to ask.
Dress: Very casual. A true beach resort.

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