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Manzanilla with kids

We are looking at taking our young kids (2&5)to Manzanillo in December. Any suggestions on great places to stay or things to do that kids like- water slides, playground etc.?

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1. Re: Manzanilla with kids

I've got lots of ideas for you, but some of them will really depend on where you're staying; are you comfortable sharing the name of your hotel?

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We haven't decided yet where to stay. Any suggestions?

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lol! It really depends on what you like. Are you into All-Inclusive hotels? If so, with kids, I recommend the Barcelo Karmina Palace - they have an excellent kids club and an vast pool complex with something for all ages.

If you're into condos, then it's going to depend on what's important to you. If you can live without beachfront, but with easy beach access, then with kids, I'd suggest something in Club Santiago, which is about a 10 minute taxi ride away from shopping and groceries, but is right next to a very nice stretch of beach with good restaurants and good snorkeling.

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We have been to Manzanillo with our daughter 2 times and head down this year as a family of 4. We loved the Barceló. The beach is small but we found it good for DD. The rooms are really big and nice. It is big enough that if we stayed in or went in early we didn't feel that we were sitting on top of each other. It is very centrally located so you can wonder off resort really easy.

We went to Bara and had a great time there. The beach on the lagoon side is really great for kids to swim in. The are some awesome restaurants and great nick-nack (sp) shopping places. The lagoon tour was pretty neat for everyone. The Colima/Coloma (I think that is the name) is a bit of a long drive. We enjoyed it, but would probably not attempt it with a baby. The Turtle sanctuary is great and a quick trip. We did the city tour once and then just hired a cab and did it on our own. Playa Miramar is a great way to enjoy a day. We didn't discover it until late on our second trip after meeting some friendly T.A. people in the lobby. Fresh breads and fruit on the beach with cold drinks = a wonderful way to spend the day. There is a iguana sanctuary in town as well. We have seen it from the outside but have never gotten to go in with our fruit and veg donations. It is quite a site to see even from the road. Maybe our luck will change this year (fingers crossed)

I love Manzanillo and am really excited to be heading back.

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5. Re: Manzanilla with kids

Two AI places with activities for kids are Vista Playa de Oro and Gran Festivall both on Santiago Bay.

The Gran Festivall has a water slide, kids pool, zip line. Vista also has a kids pool and zip line.

They are both located across the street from the beach. Gran Festivall is across from Playa Miramar and Vista is a short walk south of Playa Miramar.

The beach on Santiago Bay is the best beach for walking and swimming. Lots of activity around Miramar

Check both their web sites for a better description of what they are all about.

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Our niece, 6, and nephew, 8, joined us on our trip last year, so we decided to rent a house on Santiago Bay rather than our usual condo at Vida Del Mar. They spent most of their time on the beach and in the house pool. With 5 adults, keeping an eye on the 2 of them was pretty easy, but the beaches on the north end of the bay are well protected from the surf while still allowing plenty of wave action. Near La Boquita (the local palapa style restaurants) most of the visitors are local families with kids of all ages and they interacted nicely with one another. There are many rental properties available in the area, but I've never seen any geared towards kids, so that may be a minus. Regardless of where you stay, a day at La Boquita will be enjoyed by all.

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