Manzanillo, Colima


Manzanillo, Colima
Manzanillo

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Manzanillo is located in Mexico
Manzanillo
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 19°03′08″N 104°18′57″W / 19.05222°N 104.31583°W / 19.05222; -104.31583
Country  Mexico
State Colima
Municipality Manzanillo
Government
 – Mayor Nabor Ochoa López (PRI)
Area
 – Municipality 1,578.4 km2 (609.4 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 – Total 161,420
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)
Postal code 28200 through 28887
Website www.manzanillo.gob.mx

Manzanillo is a city as well as its surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Colima. The city, located on the Pacific Ocean, contains Mexico's busiest port. Manzanillo was the third port created by the Spanish in the Pacific during the New Spain period. It is the largest municipality within the business sector and tourism of the state of Colima.

The city is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World[citation needed]. Since 1957, it has hosted important national and international fishing competitions, such as the Dorsey Tournament, making it a very attractive fishing destination. [1]

Manzanillo has become one of the country's most important tourist resorts, and its excellent hotels and restaurants continue to meet the demands of both national and international tourism.

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Description

In the 2005 census the city of Manzanillo had a population of 110,728 and its municipality had 137,842.[2] It is the second-largest community in the state, after Colima, the capital. The municipality covers an area of 1,578.4 km2 (609.42 sq mi), and includes such outlying communities as El Colomo, in addition to many smaller communities. Manzanillo is also a beach resort and, as the self-proclaimed "sailfish capital" of the world[citation needed], hosts a yearly sailfish fishing tournament. The Revillagigedo Islands, off the west coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean, are part of the municipality.

Manzanillo is a sister city of the U.S. cities of Flagstaff, Arizona; San Pablo, California; and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

MS Queen Victoria at Manzanillo.

Port Facilities

Manzanillo is Mexico's busiest port, as measured by total tonnage and volume of containerized cargo. In 2007, the port moved 1.4 million TEUs and 18.0 million tons of total cargo.[3] Port business experienced a significant surge during the USA's West Coast Lockout in Long Beach, California, in 2002. The port is connected by Ferromex rail lines to Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Manzanillo is also home to the Navy's Pacific Naval Force. Manzanillo also hosts the most efficient port for tuna landings in Mexico.

Tourism

Bahía de Manzanillo.

The city is well known internationally for deep-sea fishing and the green flash phenomenon during sunsets, as well as the warm waters of the ocean. The city is a destination resort and has many hotels and self-contained resorts, particularly built on peninsula De Santiago jutting out into the Pacific north of the city centre. Also at the North end of Manzanillo bay is the resort Las Hadas ("the fairies"), which is the most famous of the city's resorts, having been featured in the movie 10 starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore. Beach scenes were filmed on La Audencia Bay, just over the hill from Las Hadas. Manzanillo is a popular cruise ship port of call. Many tourists go from their cruise ships on city tours. Excellent swimming, snorkeling & scuba diving is found in Santiago Bay, a few miles north of the city where a cargo ship sank in a hurricane in 1959. Other wrecks and reefs plentiful with fish are scattered throughout the bay.Manzanillo is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World. Since 1957, it has hosted important national and international fishing competitions, such as the Dorsey Tournament, making it a very attractive fishing destination.[1]

Manzanillo, consists of two bays with crescent-shaped Beaches, each about 4-miles in length. Bahía de Manzanillo is closer to downtown and is the older tourist section. Bahía de Santiago, to the west, is the newer and more upscale area. The two are separated by the Santiago Peninsula, a steep outcrop on whose slopes are some of the most Beautiful hotels. Ship channels are located at the southeast end of Bahía de Manzanillo where large cruise ships enter the port area. Manzanillo was once the scene of piracy and adventure. Nowadays, its peaceful bays and sophisticated tourist and port infrastructure have made it one of the main tourist resorts and trading centers in the west of Mexico.[4]

On July 6, 2010, the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) opened specialized dock in cruise ships at the port, which involved an investment of $100 million pesos (MXN) in the first stage. An second phase foresees the construction of a shopping centre. Manzanillo is one of the two embarkation ports for the Mexican cruise line Ocean Star Cruises.

Transportation

Manzanillo is well connected by Highway 200 to Colima City, to the Northwest and to Puerto Vallarta.

Airport

The Playa de Oro International Airport (ZLO) is a small airport located about 35 minutes north of Manzanillo along Highway 200. The airport offers international and national flights. In addition to flights to and from the USA, the airport has international service to and from Canada. The airport is operated by "Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico".Ground transportation is limited to taxis and car rentals. It has daily domestic and international flights and has recently been remodeled.

Sister cities

Sister cities
Flag City Country
United States Flagstaff, Arizona United States
United States San Pablo, California United States
United States Saint Paul, Minnesota United States

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Manzanillo info at visitmexico.com. Ritrieved 05 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Conteo de Población y Vivienda 2005". INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática). http://www.inegi.gob.mx/est/contenidos/espanol/sistemas/conteo2005/localidad/iter/. 
  3. ^ "Informe Estadistico Mensual" (PDF). Coordinacion General de Puertos y Marina Mercante. December 2007. http://e-mar.sct.gob.mx/fileadmin/estadisticas/2007/diciembre2007.pdf. 
  4. ^ Manzanillo info at mexico.us. Ritrieved 05 August 2011.

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Coordinates: 19°3′8″N 104°18′57″W / 19.05222°N 104.31583°W / 19.05222; -104.31583


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