Manzanillo is a thriving,
diverse city as well as a popular resort destination. The downtown
possesses all of the colorful nitty-gritty expected from the largest
commercial port city of the Mexican west coast. A bustling trade
economy is accommodated by a direct rail link to the capital Colima
and the rest of the country. The twin bays to the north, separated
from all the mayhem by hills and lagoons, have long hosted small
enclaves of luxury homes whose inhabitants enjoy the balmy climate
and peaceful pace of daily life.
It was in the 1960's
that the international jet set, attracted to Manzanillo by the region's
privacy and the Moorish fantasy resort of Las Hadas, began its love
affair with the area. A decade later, the movie "10" (revealing
Las Hadas - and Bo Derek - in all their photogenic splendor) prompted
a tidal wave of calls to USA travel agencies.
complexes are well spaced over the two bays, often worlds unto themselves
where guests have all their needs lovingly met on-premise. The climate
and landscape conspire to create an ambience where sun and surf
are the main attractions. Shopping sprees are best left to a future
vacation somewhere else. Nights are enjoyed at the surprising number
of good restaurants, many open-air where the entertainment is the
setting sun and starlight over the water.
Most charming of all
are Manzanillo's lazy Sundays when the townspeople head en masse
for the beaches, determined to enjoy the best of their world, just
like everyone else.