|Subject: Re: Manzanillo|
I'm in agreement with Ursula in regard to extolling the virtues of Manzanillo and its environs. The coastlines of the states of Colima (the state in which Manzanillo is located) and Jalisco, to the north, are absolutely gorgeous. A series of large semicircular bays dot the coastline beginning at Puerto Vallarta several hours to the north. Santiago Bay is one bay just north of Manzanillo proper.
The volcano you've heard of is the Volcán de Fuego which looms over the state capital, Colima. This is located about 1½ to 2 hours inland from Manzanillo. It is a very active volcano and is quite stunning in it's beauty. Especially when its taller brother, Nevado del Colima is snow-capped. As far as risk is concerned it poses none to Manzanillo. In fact it poses none to Colima either, but instead to just a few villages higher up on its flanks.
Manzanillo is not as tourist oriented as Puerto Vallarta. It is mainland Mexico's largest port on the Pacific and therefore is an important shipping center. Santiago Bay is removed from the port area and has very nice beaches. On the other side of the headland that divides Santiago and Manzanillo Bay's is the famous resort Las Hadas which was featured in Blake Edwards film "10" starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek.
It has been about ten years since my last visit to Manzanillo. So I can't be of any help regarding restaurants. A visit to the center of Manzanillo would be of interest. You'll see a working port and be able to find a few shops. South of Manzanillo is a beach called Cuyutlan which gets a huge wave called the Ola Verde. Throngs of Colimans flock to this beach during Easter week. North of Manzanillo are a series of bays running all the way up to Puerto Vallarta. Melaque Bay, with the sister villages of Barra de Navidad to the south and Melaque to the north is one of the more developed areas. More secluded bays(and beaches) include Tenacatita and Chamela.
The city of Colima is a nice small city with a delightful plaza, friendly people, and a stunning view of the volcanoes. The area is reknown for its quality of fruit. In particular, it is Mexico's coconut capital. So be sure and have a coco loco (rum poured directly into a chilled coconut) and a rollado, a rolled coconut candy.
Boz there is plenty to do and see in the area. But, as is true with all Mexican beach towns, sometimes the most appealing activity is just relaxing in the sand.
John in San Diego