La Manzanilla, Mexico


What to do in La Manzanilla

The town itself is small: one main street runs parallel to the beach and loops around at the far end of town where several expansive homes rise above the bay. La Manzanilla is fast becoming an escape for North Americans seeking a laid-back lifestyle and stunning surroundings.

Further on along the bay, the wide creamy sand at Boca de Iguanas provides plenty of opportunities for gathering shells and interesting rocks that are washed up by the gentle surf. At the north end of the beach, enter the cave with an altar to the Virgen María. Explore the mangroves that knit the local river system, a body of water teeming with wildlife of the swimming and flying sort. Relax on the beach and watch as fishermen work their trade in the frothy waters.

Bring your bathing suit and get ready to relax! Whether you want to laze around on the golden sandy beaches, take a leisurely swim, or tour the crocodile reserve, this is a place you come to rest and rejuvenate. Within an hours' drive, you'll find some of the most picturesque beaches on the Pacific coast.

Here are ten things you won't want to miss on your trip to La Manzanilla:

  1. Tour of the mangrove and crocodile reserve
  2. Biking - you can rent a bike in town
  3. Fishing
  4. Snorkeling
  5. Kayaking
  6. Boca de Iguana
  7. Costa Careyes
  8. El Tamarindo
  9. Natural hot springs
  10. Side trip to Barra de Navidad
Be sure and bring cash.... there are no ATMs in La Manzanilla and most of the businesses do not accept credit cards. The closest ATM machine is about 20 minutes away in Melaque.

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