Pelicans diving for fish at Miramar Beach in Manzanillo, Mexico
Nestled beside the Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo is home to a lively beach called Playa Miramar. Sunbathing here is only the beginning; Miramar hosts surfers, snorkellers and coral reef divers – anyone looking for a deep-sea adventure. Dip your toes into the lapping waves, or practise your photography skills as you try to catch shots of pelicans diving into the water.
Fishing rods cast from a boat on the waters of Manzanillo, Mexico
Home to scores of marlin, yellowtail and sailfish, Manzanillo's waters are the perfect place to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Contact a representative from a sportfishing company in advance of your arrival to see if they can arrange a day tour, or stay close to port when your ship docks and watch as local fishermen in traditional wooden boats unload their daily catches.
In the mood for a more terrestial experience? To embark on an inland adventure, take a taxi to massive Natura Camp complex, which sits just 10 minutes outside the city, and hike through lush greenery or zipline over it. If you can commit to dedicating a few hours to eco-pursuit, make an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Sierra Manantlán Biosphere, whose misty 'cloud forest' will have you wondering if you're on another planet.
Seafood is king in Manzanillo, and ceviche tostada – citrus-marinated raw fish scooped up with pieces of deep-fried tortilla – is one of the best ways to experience it. If you're not ready to go raw, sample the fish soup caldillo de pescado or pescado a la plancha, a filet of locally caught fish cooked simply over charcoal.
Inspired by the vast Pacific Ocean, Manzanillo shopping is centred on the sea. Take a break from the beach and walk through the adjacent Miramar Flea Market, where picturesque shell jewellery jangles in the wind. Many Manzanillo handicraft vendors also sell silver jewellery, though you should ask for confirmation of its authenticity before agreeing to purchase anything.
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