La Manzanilla


La Manzanilla, Mexico is a small village of approx. 1000 inhabitants employed in the fishing industry, local palapa restaurant businesses, local hotels, and small grocery stores.

La Manzanilla has a long, curving, gently sloping beach with gentle surf extending for about a mile. Good swimming, diving. Numerous palapa restaurants line the beach.

The quaint, sleepy fishing village of La Manzanilla, Mexico is tucked away in the southeastern corner of the pristine and yet to be discovered Bay of Tenacatita! A picturesque idyllic half-moon shaped bay on the "Costa Alegre" Happy Coast of southwestern mainland Mexico.

The village and surrounding land originally was a huge privately owned hacienda prior to the Mexican revolution. After the revolution the property was given back to the locals to farm and caretake as ejido land. The population stands at around 1000 local and winter inhabitants. and serves as a popular beach destination for the local Mexican populace in the surrounding mountain villages as far away as Guadalajara, the capital of the State of Jalisco where La Manzanilla is located.

The name of the village comes from a tree and bush that grew in the area. One was used for boat building while the other, when brewed, made a refreshing tea- based drink.

Today the village caters to the adventuresome modern day explorer who can access the area via Hwy 200 either from Manzanillo, a major resort town and Navy port to the south or from Puerto Vallarta, another resort town to the north. The village of La Manzanilla offers the outdoor enthusiast a cornucopia of options while on vacation.

You can hire a local fisherman to go after Dorado, Sailfish,Tuna, and many other varieties of fish that frequent the bay. Wildlife observation is popular for Spotted Porpoises, Whales, Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Brown-footed Boobies, Frigates, and many more varieties of animals.

Next to the village is a Mexican Federal Ecological Zone ( a high tide mangrove lagoon), home to Egrets, Heron, King Fishers, Ibises, Anhingas, and Caimans (part of the crocodilian genus) plus several miles of shrouded waterways accessible with a local boat guide or on your own in a kayak. Playa La Manzanilla is a mellow, user friendly beach with small surf, excellent sand, and several mom & pop sand-floored palapa restaurants offering the catch of the day and a front row view of the Bay of Tenacatita.

Mountain biking and beach hiking are popular along the north beach which stretches unabated for over three miles. A visual outdoor collage of dark blue Pacific ocean waters on one side and swaying palms trees on the other.

Just 1 1/2 hrs to the southwest are two of the highest mountains in all of Mexico. Ideal for the hiking and biking enthusiast.

Accommodations vary with local low priced one star hotels in the village, medium priced beach cabanas along Playa La Manzanilla, and higher priced ocean-view private villa rentals in the surrounding foothills above the village.


The town is so small that for the most part you can get around on foot. There are taxis available at the bus station at the central plaza in Melaque. Cars may be rented at the Manzanillo airport.


Welcome to La Manzanilla

Modified: May 8, 2011