The bay was the perfect refuge for the galleons coming from the
east during the colonial period. Many of these ships, such as the
Nao from China, used to hide in Manzanillo
to escape from the dreadful pirates.
Eventually, the sly and greedy pirates who dreamt of laying their hands on the valuable eastern goods, found the hidden refuge, so since then this part of the Pacific coast was bombed in more than one occasion by the furious seamen, thus creating havoc on the small shipyard and port cove.
It was only in 1825 that the bay got the name of Manzanillo
in honour of the homonymous flower (Camomile or Manzanilla in Spanish),
which emanates its delicate fragrance throughout roughly the entire
area of the bay. Its promotion as a city occurred in 1873, and in
1908 it got the denomination of official seaport, thanks to its
connection to the City of Guadalajara.
Today this vigorous port city, located at 1290 kilometres from Mexico
City, is the tourist jewel of Colima, a state of mountainous geography,
with neat valleys and that narrow strip of coast on which Manzanillo
and its beaches of golden sands, Manzanillo
its marina at which cruisers coming from all over the world anchor,
and its perfect settings for the practice
of nautical sports, is situated.
The amazing tourist development of this marine paradise is concentrated
on its two bays: Santiago and Manzanillo
you can find world class hotel compounds, such as Las Hadas, the
location where the film 10, which consecrated actress Bo Derek,
was shot by the late 1970s.
But the main attractions in Manzanillo
its beaches: beautiful, warm, for all tastes. Some have serene currents,
others are of troubled waters. There are also several ones hidden
and many facing the ocean openly. A truly vast fan of relax and
And this sea full of beauty is ideal for the practice of sport fishing,
is considered "The World's Capital
of the Sailfish", one of the most appreciated specimens by this
activity's worshipers. Besides, important international championships
take place here constantly.
Those who decide to visit Manzanillo must make use of their stay to pay a visit to the state capital Colima, a city of crossbred roots, renowned for its singular ceramics, called izcuintli (they have the shape of a dog), and for the monumentality of its pre Hispanic compounds, heritage of the most representative cultures in western Mexico.
Neither can we ignore the traditional towns of Comala and Suchitlán, or fail to breathe the bohemian airs of Barra de Navidad, a community of inspired artists.
Manzanillo is a warm land (the annual average is of 26 degrees centigrade) of beaches that conquer with the twinkle of their waves, and of adventures that become unforgettable. It is a place that leaves its mark on the travellers' souls, because it is not only the sea and the sun, but always a little more.