There are many diverse destinations, all called "Manzanillo".

From the city of Manzanillo to Blue Bay is about 75 km (46 miles).

Approximate locations, starting in downtown Manzanillo, km 0 and proceeding north along the Pacific:

5 km.....Las Brisas beach and the south end of Manzanillo bay. Nice places to stay including Posada. Many restaurants are close by. Las Brisas is quite close to downtown; however, the roadway has to go around the massive shipping port of Manzanillo.

5 -10 km.....(following Manzanillo bay)  Most of the restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping are in this area; including 2 large grocery stores.  There are also numerous condos and rentals in this area, which includes Salagua.

11 km .....Santiago peninsula.  This is the most popular area for first timers (as well as Manzanillo regulars). You can't miss the turn-off,as it splits the Las Hadas golf course (shared by the Karmina). The most popular destinations are Las Hadas, Karmina, and the Tesoro (formerly the Sierra). The Tesoro is on a nice small beach that is great for swimming (Audencia). There are many other places to stay on the peninsula, from simple accommodations around $50 per night to some of the most exquisite private homes in Mexico, where rates of $500 to $1000 or more per night often include cooks, maids, and drivers. (most of the homes are located in "LaPunta", a gated community at the end of the peninsula). You can spend a day at Las Hadas for a nominal fee.  That fee entitles you to coupons which can be used at the resort for dinner or  beach equipment.  This area is famous for the filming of the movie "Ten". 

12-19 km....(following Santiago bay)  Note: Santiago bay is MUCH better for swimming than Manzanillo bay. First is the town of Santiago, which is not on the ocean. They have shopping, restaurants, and a big flea market on Saturdays. With the exception of Juanito's restaurant, you will find few Americans in this area, or in the nearby hotels/ condos on the water. Next are the very popular beach areas of Olas Altas and Miramar. The latter is by Club Maeva, which is easy to locate due to its pedestrian bridge over the highway This is also where "Cascadas de Manzanillo "is located, an enormous up and coming gated community under development by american investors, mostly from Minnesota. Lastly is Club Santiago, a large, loosely gated, community with golf, restaurants,great rentals, and a very popular beach.

 21 km..... Vida Del Mar and its famous restaurant "L' Recif". A gorgeous gated property that many people find "too isolated" as it is 4 km from the main road (highway 200). The restaurant is not open anymore. Continue on this road bearing left (LRecif is to the right) and you will come to Palma Real Hotel and Timeshare.  There is a wonderful  (open to all) restaurant , very family orientated, La Boquita.  Saul and  Rafael are wonderful and make you feel at home.  Wonderful prices, and you get a real feel for the Mexican hospitality.

35 km.....Manzanillo airport.

40-45 km.....The town of Cihuatlan.

60 km.......Barra de Navidad. Barra is a very charismatic village with lots of interesting shops and restaurants, plus very reasonable accommodations. From Barra there is water taxi service to nearby attractions, primarily the 5 star Grand Bay Hotel. The Grand Bay is  wonderful for lunch or dinner, however few tourists elect to stay there ( I have heard "too far from everything", and "not directly on the ocean") For more information on the area, read the infomative posts by "Barranan".

63 km........Melaque.  A  nice waterfront town that is very popular with the locals, especially for youg swimmers, as the waves are very small.

72 km.......La Manzanilla. A growing fishing town with many accommodations, restaurants, and a vast white sand beach.

75 km......Blue Bay Los Angel. A very popular and economical  AI resort with a great beach; but VERY isolated. 

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