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Fast Facts: Manzanillo


Manzanillo is Mexico's busiest port, having surpassed Veracruz in 2005. But the city but still retains its tranquil, laid-back feel and authentic Mexican atmosphere. Manzanillo harbor is actually comprised of two bays: Manzanillo Bay is on the south side of the harbor, and serves as the city's industrial port, while Santiago Bay, on the north side of the harbor, is more tourist-friendly.

The mainstays of Manzanillo's economy are fishing, transportation services and tourism. Located in the State of Colima, Manzanillo's population is just over 100,000 people. A rail and road infrastructure takes the goods unloaded at Manzanillo's port to cities throughout Mexico.

Manzanillo has a tropical marine climate, with average Dry Season temperatures in the mid-70s F (about 27° C). Dry Season lasts between November and April, with pleasant daily temperatures and cool evenings, refreshed by Pacific Ocean breezes.


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First Impressions


Beach

Judging from the amount of commercial ship traffic, Manzanillo is a very busy port. And it is, as Manzanillo now ranks as the busiest port in Mexico. But the city has a lot to offer tourists looking for a pleasant day in the tropics. Situated on the Costa Allegre (Happy Coast), Manzanillo is also a resort town with wide, curving beaches, legendary sportsfishing and a highly praised diversity of dive sites. Manzanillo is also the self-proclaimed "sailfish capital" of the world.

Manzanillo is an industrial port, handling container ships and breakbulk and fishing cargoes. Your ship will dock at the new Cruise Terminal, which is located adjacent to the old town section of Manzanillo. All of the cruise excursions will depart from the cruise terminal. As fate would have it, just as Manzanillo completed its long-promised cruise terminal, Carnival and Holland America elected to cut back their visits to the city significantly, so it sits idle most of the time. Which is too bad, because the state of Colima is one of the safest in Mexico, and there's lots to see and enjoy in Manzanillo and surrounding areas.

There's nothing to do at the port itself, and the downtown area of the city holds little of interest to many visitors.

For these tourists, the main action takes place at the resort area. Sitting on a hilly peninsula dividing the two bays--Manzanillo and Santiago--is Las Hadas, a four star resort featured in the Bo Derek/Dudley Moore movie 10. There are several other high-end resort hotels in the area. When it comes down to it, Manzanillo is a resort town that doesn't have the over-commercialized feel of a resort town.


Time Zone


Manzanillo is on Central Time, six hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time during standard time, or five hours during daylight savings time. In Mexico, daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March, and ends on the first Sunday of November.

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Language


Spanish is universally spoken in Manzanillo; most of the shopkeepers catering to tourists also speak English.


Travel Advisory


Dept of State

The U. S. Department of State has issued this Travel Warning, dated August 22, 2017, to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico about the security situation in Mexico.

Colima (includes Manzanillo): U.S. government personnel are prohibited from intercity travel at night, from traveling within 12 miles of the Colima-Michoacán border, and from traveling on Route 110 between La Tecomaca and the Jalisco border.

U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to this border region, including the city of Tecoman.


Dealing with Money in Manzanillo


Currency



Mexican Peso

The Peso is Mexico's official currency, and uses the "$" sign to denote the peso amount. Each peso is made up of 100 centavos. Bills come in denominations of $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1000 pesos. Coinage comes in denominations of 50 centavos, and $1, $2, $5 and $10 pesos.

Just be aware that larger notes (e.g., $500 Peso notes) are often difficult to change.

The current US Dollar/Mexican Peso exchange rate is as follows:


Banks and ATMs

Banks with ATM machines can be found in the downtown area as well as in the resort areas of the Santiago Peninsula. These ATM machines dispense pesos. Bank-specific ATM machines in the area can be found at the following locations:

  • BBVA Bancomer: At the Las Hadas resort; at Ave. Mexico #122, in downtown Manzanillo; at the left entrance to the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center; and at the Plaza Manzanillo shopping center.

  • Banorte: At the left entrance to the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center.

  • Banamex: At the left entrance to the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center; and at the Plaza Manzanillo shopping center.

  • Citibank: On Blvd. Miguel de la Madrid, Km. 13.5, on Hwy 200, Santiago; and Ave. Mexico #136, in downtown Manzanillo.

  • Santander: On Morelos, across from the Cruise Terminal; at the right entrance to the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center; and at the Plaza Manzanillo shopping center.

  • Banco Azteca: On Morelos, across from the Cruise Terminal.

  • HSBC: Ave. Mexico #99, in downtown Manzanillo; at the Right entrance to the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center; and at the Plaza Manzanillo shopping center.

Manzanillo ATM Map


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See our Manzanillo ATM map for the locations of the above ATMs.



Using US Dollars in Manzanillo

Pesos, or credit cards for that matter, would probably be a better way to pay for the things you're going to buy in Manzanillo. The larger hotels and higher-end shops do accept US dollars, but your exchange rate may be less than the market rate. And if you do use dollars in a smaller shop, they more than likely won't have change for anything larger than a $20 bill, unless the change is in pesos.


Weather


Cafe

Manzanillo has the veneer of perfect weather: balmy temperatures and year-round sea breezes. During the Dry Season, lasting from November through April, the average high temperatures are in the mid-70s to the low 80s F. During the evenings, it frequently feels cool enough to wear a sweater. The wind blows off the Pacific, making the evenings feel quite pleasant.

The Rainy Season lasts from May to October, but as with most monsoonal areas, the rains tend to be fierce and brief in the late afternoon, leaving the evenings dry and refreshingly cool. Average temperatures are in the low 80s. September brings the highest levels of humidity and sees the heaviest rains.

The hurricane season stretches from June to the end of October.

Average Temperatures

Average Precipitation



Keeping In Touch


Internet Access in Manzanillo

Internet Cafes in Manzanillo and surrounding areas can be found in the downtown and on Santiago Peninsula. Rates at a cafe run from $25 to $35 pesos per hour. The following establishments provide internet access:

  • Juanitos Restaurant & Cyber Cafe, Km. 14 Hwy 200. More a celebrated restaurant than a cyber cafe, Juanitos serves up excellent burgers, homemade sausage, and provides a public internet connection. $35 pesos/hour, 4 computers available. Tel: +52 (314) 333-1388

  • internetcafe la luna, Ave. Mexico #69, in downtown Manzanillo. $30 pesos/hour, 8 computers available.

  • Burger King, located in front of the Soriana/Plaza Salagua shopping center, along Miguel de la Madrid, is a WiFi hotspot.

  • Simplemente Deli, located at the corner of Miguel de la Madrid and de las Garzas, sells excellent sandwiches, as well as providing WiFi hotspot services.

  • Starbucks has a store located on Miguel de la Madrid #8714, just east of the Santiago peninsula, across the street from the Walmart. Starbucks offers public Wi-Fi in their Mexican stores too.

Manzanillo Internet Access Map


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See our Manzanillo Internet Access Map for the locations of the above internet access points.


Internet Cafe

Cellular Phone & Data Services

Customers of U.S. wireless carriers can expect the following levels of service in Manzanillo:

Verizon

Cell service: Verizon's CDMA service in the Manzanillo area is provided by local partner Iusacell.
Data services: Through partner Iusacell, Verizon offers EVDO coverage in the greater Manzanillo area.
See details on Verizon's cell and data services pricing and coverage maps.

ATT Wireless

Cell service: AT&T's GSM service in the Manzanillo area is provided by Telcel and Telefonica.
Data services: AT&T offers 3G service in the Manzanillo area through its partners Telcel and Telefonica.
See details on AT&T's cell and data services coverage maps.

Sprint

Cell service: Sprint's CDMA service in the Manzanillo area is provided by partner Iusacell, and with partners Telcel and Telefonica when using a quad-band GSM phone.
Data services: Through Iusacel, Sprint offers EVDO coverage in the Manzanillo area. Sprint also offers 3G coverage in Manzanillo when using a UMTS-capable device with an active SIM card and global plan.
See details on Sprint's cell and data services coverage maps.

T Mobile

Cell service: T-Mobile's GSM service is available in the Manzanillo area through its partners Telefonica and Iusacell.
Data services: T-Mobile offers 2G service in the Manzanillo area through its partners Telefonica and Iusacell.
See details on T-Mobile's cell and data services coverage maps.


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Manzanillo Telephone Information

Travelers with American or Canadian cell phones should be aware that their carriers will add a variety of international roaming charges when their phones are used in Mexico. You can also buy an international roaming plan and/or a "Mexico plan" from your carrier; check with your carrier for the precise details.

Country Code: 52

Manzanillo Area Code: 314

Local Phone Numbers have seven digits: XXX-XXXX

Calling Manzanillo from the US or Canada: Dial 011-52-314-XXX-XXXX

Using your US or Canadian cell phone in Manzanillo

To make a call from:

Manzanillo to the US or Canada: Dial 001 (area code) XXX-XXXX

Manzanillo to a US or Canadian cell in Manzanillo: Dial 001 (area code) XXX-XXXX

Manzanillo to a local Manzanillo number: Dial 001-52-314-XXX-XXXX

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Local Events, Holidays & Festivals


Local festivals, holidays and events taking place in Manzanillo in 2018:

  • Ano Nuevo (New Year's Day), Monday, January 1. National holiday celebrated with dances and fiestas.

  • Dia de los Santos Reyes (Day of the Three Kings), Saturday, January 6. A national holiday celebrating the New Testament story of the arrival of the three wise men who each brought a gift to the Christ child. It's the day that children receive their Christmas gifts as well as shoes full of candy, and people buy a pastry called the rosca de reyes.

  • Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day), Monday, February 5. Public holiday commemorating the signing of the Mexican Constitution of 1917. The day is usually marked by festivals and street celebrations.

  • Carnaval
  • Carnaval (Mardis Gras), Wednesday, February 7 to Tuesday, February 13. The big party is held on Tuesday night, the 13th. Manzanillo's Carnaval is celebrated exuberantly in the city, with parades, floats and dancing in the city streets.

  • Birthday of Benito Juarez, Wednesday, March 21. A public holiday celebrating the birthday of Benito Juarez, who rose from humble origins to occupy the Presidency of the Republic in the second half of the 19th century. Since the day falls on a Wednesday, Mexicans get Monday, the 19th, off to observe the holiday.

  • Semana Santa (Holy Week), Sunday March 25 to Saturday March 31. A religious and a secular holiday in Mexico, where you'll see processions and passion plays taking place in the city. Easter takes place on Sunday, April 1. During Semana Santa, banks are closed on Maundy Thursday, March 29 and Good Friday, March 30.

  • Fiesta de Mayo, Saturday, April 28 to Sunday, May 13. Manzanillo's main celebration. Festivities include art exhibits, parades, concerts, native dances and a carnival.

  • Primero de Mayo (Labor Day), Tuesday, May 1. A national holiday.

  • Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, May 5. A Mexican holiday that commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when the Mexican army defeated a French force twice its size just south of Mexico City. This holiday is really only celebrated (outside of the Gringo bars) in Puebla.

  • Dia de Independencia (Independence Day), Sunday, September 16. Look for the delivery of the "El Grito de Dolores," the official grunt that marks the day. Since the day falls on a Sunday, Mexicans also get Monday, the 17th, as a day off.

  • Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day), Friday, October 12. Dia de la Raza is how Mexico celebrates Columbus Day.

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  • Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Thursday, November 1 (which is All Saints' Day) and Friday, November 2 (which is All Souls' Day). Two days when celebrants honor the deceased. Celebrants build private altars to honor the deceased, using sugar skulls, flowers and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

  • Revolution Day, Tuesday, November 20. A national holiday celebrating the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Since the day falls on a Sunday, Mexicans also get Monday, the 19th, as a day off.

  • Inauguration Day, Saturday, December 1. A national holiday commemorating the inauguration of the new president of Mexico.

  • Fiesta de la Inmaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), Saturday, December 8. Marks the beginning of the Christmas celebration season.

  • Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Wednesday, December 12. Commemorates the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint.

  • Las Posadas, Saturday, December 15 to Monday, December 24. Commemorates the New Testament story of Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem. Consists of candlelight processions as well as stops at various nativity scenes.

  • Navidad (Christmas Day), Tuesday, December 25. A public and religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • Vispera de Ano Nuevo (New Year's Eve), Monday, December 31.

Cruise Port Schedules


Island Princess

Manzanillo has been relegated to a boutique destination for ships making 7- to 15-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Los Angeles and San Diego. The cruise ship season in Manzanillo extends from November through April.

In 2018, you'll spend an average of around 9 hours ashore in Manzanillo to explore the city, the resorts and its surrounding areas.

In 2018, Manzanillo is slated to host 48,200 passengers sailing on 23 ships. For further information, see our Manzanillo Cruise Ship Schedule - 2018.


Cruise Lines Making Port


The following cruise lines will make port in Manzanillo in 2018:

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Norwegian Azamara
Hapag Lloyd Regent
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