Our first trip to Mexico was to Manzanillo. This was the year they had vicious hurricanes on the Caribbean side so we opted for the Pacific side. Manzanillo is almost directly west of Mexico City on the coast.
Manzanillo is a city as well as its surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Colima. The city, located on the Pacific Ocean, contains Mexico's busiest port.
In the 2005 census the city of Manzanillo had a population of 110,728 and its municipality had 137,842. It is the second-largest community in the state, after Colima, the capital. The municipality covers an area of 1,578.4 km² (609.42 sq mi), and includes such outlying communities as El Colomo, in addition to many smaller communities. Manzanillo is also a beach resort and, as the self-proclaimed "sailfish capital" of the world, hosts a yearly sailfish fishing tournament.
Manzanillo is Mexico's busiest port, as measured by total tonnage and volume of containerized cargo. In 2007, the port moved 1.4 million TEUs and 18.0 million tons of total cargo.
We liked Manzanillo. It is a working city. We felt very safe there and we were told that most people have jobs, which by Mexican standards would be considered very good jobs, working in industry or in some capacity related to the port. Tourism is not the major economic focus here as it is in the other places we have been in Mexico.
We went on a tour of the city and surrounding area. Here are the pix.
These first few are of the area to the north of our resort - there are some other resorts as above and below. Many of the homes in this part of the city are owned by wealthy Americans and Mexicans - and I suppose a few Canadians as well.
I think these baby turtles were my favourite part of the entire week!
On the way back we stopped in a town that is basically abandoned except for a few blocks where they have some touristy places. This is a part of Mexico that is smack on a fault line and frequently experiences earthquakes. They just gave up rebuilding this place - but apparently at one time it was like a Havana.