Travel By Fingertip...Manzanillo

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Sporting Life in Manzanillo

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Many divers and snorkelers opt to explore the exotic underwater sites, including coral reefs, just off Manzanillo's shore. Susan Dearing based at the Hotel La Posada offers both certification and dives. (Ph: 333/3-1899).


Manzanillo has the prestigious acclaim as the World Capital of Sailfish. An international Sailfish tournament is held every November, while the season itself last from November to March. Marlin, dolphinfish, dorado, wahoo and roosterfish are other sport fishing catches, in season at various times of the year. Travel agencies are usually the best bet for boat reservations but a trip to the Fishermen's Cooperative (Ph: 333/2-1031) at the downtown pier is an experience in itself. For parties of 4-7 try Gerardo Montes (Ph: 333/2-0817) who owns the 28 foot Albatros I and 38 foot Albatros I.


The course that put Manzanillo on the international golf map was La Mantarraya at Las Hadas (Ph: 333/30000). Designed by Pete and Roy Day, it is lush, scenic , with the dramatic 19th hole on an island in the bay. For a satisfying 9 holes designed by Larry Hughes and surrounded by palms, try the Club Santiago Course (Ph: 333/5-04-10. A spectacular new edition to the area is less than an hour away, Isla Navidad Golf Course (Ph: 36/418283). Designed by Robert Von Hagge, the attractive 27 holes are strung along beachfront dunes, reminiscent of Scottish links.


Like so much in Manzanillo, tennis is concentrated at the various hotels. Guests have first priority, but it is certainly worth it to inquire about available courts. Club Maeva (Ph: 333/0141) has 12 courts, Las Hadas has (Ph: 333/42-000), the Radisson Plaza Sierra (Ph: 333/3-20-00) has 4 courts.