Manzanillo is a large port city in Mexico's Colima state. The port is on the Pacific Ocean and is currently ranked Mexico's busiest, also serving as seaport for the entire Mexico City metro area. Manzanillo is Colima's largest municipality specializing in resort tourism and business services. The city has population around 185,000.
Since 1957, here are hosted annually major national and international fishing competitions (including Dorsey Tournament), making it a popular deep-sea fishing destination. City's economy is based on commercial fishing (and fish processing), transport/logistics and tourism. Rail and road connections connect the seaport directly with major cities throughout Mexico. Mexico Ave (in downtown) is city's main street lined with shops and restaurants. Shopping options include Walmart Store and Plaza Manzanillo Mall.
As a major Mexican Riviera cruise port, Manzanillo (located between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta) is best-known for its unique city tours (shore excursions) and great watersports activities (swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling). The city has two large bays (Manzanillo and Santiago) with 6-km long, crescent-shaped beaches. Both are located in close proximity to the city. Santiago Bay (to the west) is popular with its wrecks and reefs. Manzanillo Bay is closer to downtown. Both bays are separated by a peninsula, on which are some of the prettiest resorts and hotels.
Since 2005, Port Manzanillo is Mexico's largest commercial port, surpassing even Veracruz. Manzanillo Harbour is comprised of Manzanillo Bay (southern harbor, industrial port) and Santiago Bay (northern harbor, cruise port).
Ship channels at the southeast end of Manzanillo Bay. Large cruise liners enter the port area there. On July 6, 2010, was inaugurated the dedicated to cruise ships dock. The cruise terminal project's 2nd phase included the construction of a shopping mall.
Manzanillo cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Manzanillo Mexico dock at the 2010-built dedicated pier (cruise terminal) located in close proximity to downtown. Alternatively, cruise liners can berth at a cargo terminal located approx 2 km east of downtown. Usually, shuttle bus service (at fee) is provided by the cruise company. Other alternatives for transportation to downtown and the beaches are regularly scheduled and frequent buses and taxis.
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