The western state of Colima, Mexico is nestled into the state of Jalisco on its north, east, and west perimeter, the state of Michoacan on its southeast, and the Pacific Ocean on its southwest. Characterized by two natural marvels, volcanic mountains and beautiful seaside beaches, this tiny state of 650,000 inhabitants offers its visitors many exciting attractions, including those found off the waters of the Revillagigedo Archipelago.
Revillagigedo Archipelago (chain of islands) consists of the four islands of Socorro, San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Clarion. The seas surrounding the islands are rich with marine life, such as manta rays, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and sharks, and are excellent scuba diving areas. The waters off Socorro Island are particularly popular with scuba divers.
If you love to fish, you can join a sport fishing excursion to the Revillagigedo Archipelago waters, where anglers boast reeling in giant yellowfin tuna weighing over 350 pounds!
On the border between Colima and Jalisco rests the two main peaks of the Colima Volcano complex. The smaller, Volcan del Fuego (Fire Volcano) is very active and constantly smoking. But, the larger Nevado de Colima is inactive and home to the Nevado de Colima Regional Park. The park is an ideal place for the adventurer who loves rock climbing, hiking, and camping activities.
Along with Colima’s volcanoes and mountains, the state’s towns and villages offer beautiful beaches, tons of water activities, and the charm of Mexico at every turn.
Colima City, the capital of the state of Colima, is a traditional Mexican city with a welcoming, picturesque Zocalo (Main Square). Here visitors enjoy ancient architecture like the historic Government Palace, the Neoclassic style Cathedral, and the Church of San Felipe de Jesus, among others. Colima City also has a Metropolitan Regional Park with excellent recreation facilities, including a wave pool and rental boats, perfect for the whole family.
Nearby attractions include the El Herridero Spa where visitors can indulge in therapeutic thermal springs and the Niños Heroes de Chapultepec Park with its monument to the “boy warriors”.
The mid-size city of Comala, located just 6 km from the capital, is considered one of most beautiful and charming towns of western Mexico with its cobblestone streets and red-tiled rooftops. The town is also known as "America's Town of White" because of its picturesque white houses with tile roofs surrounded by magnificent orchards. Comala is also known for its scenic view of the volcanoes, the very active, smoky Volcan del Fuego (Volcano of Fire) and the Nevado de Colima. It’s a wonderful place to stroll the streets, have lunch, and enjoy the view!
Manzanillo is an outstanding port on the Pacific coast located 98 km west of Colima City. Among its many attractions are beautiful fine-sand beaches with numerous water sports and activities available for visitors. Here you can explore several beautiful beaches, such as Salahua,
La Audiencia, Santiago, and Miramar.
Known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World”, Manzanillo bay is a famous fishing mecca. The town’s most important sporting event is the annual International Sailfish Tournament, which it hosts every February. If you love to fish, put it on your calendar!
Some fantastic kayaking tours can be found around Manzanillo, starting out in the lagoons enjoying the vegetation and marine life and then heading out towards the sea and the area’s10,000- year-old reef, aka the “Aquarium”. Snorkeling tours are also available.
If you’re looking for a relatively unknown tourist destination with a lot of things to do, the picturesque village of Cuyutlan is your place! Located 62 km east of Manzanillo, it’s an amazing tourist destination with a nice black-sand beach, lush palm trees, and wild bougainvillea and hibiscus growing everywhere. Along the sea is the traditional Malecón (boardwalk), with rows of restaurants, hotels, and cafes.
Cuyutlan offers its visitors many fantastic water sport opportunities, such as fishing, sailing, swimming, and surfing. In fact, Cuyutlan is known as an ideal surfing area, famous for the great “Ola Verde” - the Green Wave - that visitors can view during May’s high tide season; the wave reach heights of 20-30 feet. Nearby, the Los Pascuales surfing beach gets 8-15 foot waves or higher on a regular basis.
In Cuyutlan, visitors can also tour the Turtle Sanctuary and Salt Museum. And don’t miss taking a boat tour on the 31-mile long Cuyutlan Lagoon filled with magnificent flora and fauna!
Tecoman is a beautiful coastal town situated 45 km west of Colima City. Here visitors will find a number of fine-sand beaches with lush landscapes, including the beaches of El Real Pascuales, and Tecuanillo. About an hour’s drive away is The Amelo Lagoon, ideal for fishing.
Also check out the picturesque Alcuzahue Lagoon with its lush scenery of palm trees and plantations of bananas, lemons, and tamarind in its surrounding area.
As might be expected, Tecoman is rich in fresh seafood and visitors enjoy the city’s delicious cuisine.
Villa de Alvarez is a picturesque town located only two km north of Colima City. With its quaint cobblestone streets and red-roofed houses you’ll be enveloped in old Mexico charm. While visiting Villa de Alvarez, don’t miss the city’s great attractions, such as the Hacienda del Carmen, which includes a chapel and a terrace, from which you can admire the entire Colima valley and the Rock of Juluapan, which sits alongside the Rio Grande River where you can swim and enjoy beautiful scenery.
Villa de Alvarez is host to the state of Colima’s most important festival, the Charro-Taurino Feast, which has been celebrated here every year since 1857. The celebration is in honor of the patron saint of Colima, San Felipe de Jesus, who protects against earthquakes and hurricanes. Festivities are held each year in January-February and include charros (cowboys) and bullfights, cockfights, concerts, great cuisine, and more. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it!