Lush, palm-filled jungles cover hills that level out toward the ocean and turn into sandy beaches. One reason for its popularity could be Manzanillo’s enticing tropical geography – vast groves of tall palms, abundant mango trees, and successive coves graced with smooth sand beaches. To the north, mountains blanketed with palms rise along the shoreline. And over it all lies the veneer of perfect weather, with balmy temperatures and year-round sea breezes. (Manzanillo has an average of 350 sunny days per year!)

Manzanillo seems to be built for taking advantage of those sea breezes and is largely centered around two bays, (Manzanillo Bay and Santiago Bay) formed by a breathtaking peninsula that juts into the ocean. The beaches in the area are unspoiled and seemingly endless – however, the sand is incredibly hot. (It must explain why the actors in the movie ‘10’ were always running on the beach…) Despite hot feet, the sand in Manzanillo is beautiful. Due to volcanic rock and the heavy mineralization of the area, black sand mixes with brown to form patterns that make any walk along the beach an esthetic delight.