Getting There :
The Playa de Oro International Airport code is ZLO. Depending on your
hotel location, the trip to your hotel in Manzanillo will most likely
be somewhere between 22 and 28 miles.
If you don't have any pesos when you arrive, there is an ATM machine
in the airport. Most tourist towns will accept US dollars, but the
exchange rate they will give you isn't too good. So grab some pesos
from the ATM machine when you get here and it will convert your currency
at official exchange rates.
As with most Mexico resort destinations, Manzanillo has a tourist
zone which was built after the city was laid out. So in Manzanillo,
you will find that the tourist zone is on the North side and includes
anything you can think of related to tourism (gift shops, stores,
travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, restaurants, beaches, etc.).
On the South side of town, you will find the banks (if you need more
than an ATM machine), government offices and the Market district.
The growth of Manzanillo into a world class vacation destination
is actually similar to the story of its neighbor (Puerto Vallarta).
In the 1950's, PV was a place the wealthy in the know would go to
escape. Then came "The
Night of the Iguana" .
. . a popular movie by Director John Huston with Richard Burton &
Ava Gardner (released in 1964). -- Tourism boomed
and a world class vacation destination began to take shape.
The Las Hadas Resort (now part of the Las Brisas chain) built in
the early 1970's put Manzanillo on the map for the ultra-rich jet
set crowd looking for an out of the way place to escape. Then in
1979, Bo Derek and Dudley Moore put Las Hadas on the map for the
rest of us when the Blake Edwards film "10" appeared
in theaters. So you see . . . it's not an exaggeration to say that
Manzanillo owes its status as a world renowned resort destination
to the Las Hadas Resort (and the movie "10"). Sadly, the beautiful
piano bar in the movie no longer exists . . . but then nothing remains
the same forever. If you are considering Manzanillo Mexico as your
vacation destination and haven't seen the movie "10" .
. . rent it today! Then click on the link below the picture above
and make your reservation!!!
Manzanillo is a destination with great beaches, great resorts, and
a quasi-modern tourist town to get out and shop in. . . And in spite
of its success as a tourist destination, the city of Manzanillo is
still fairly small with a population of around 115,000 people. Manzanillo
tourism began because it was a reclusive destination with all the
amenities offered by a mega-resort. Now it is bigger than
it was in the 70's . . . but it still retains much of the reclusive
flavor that celebrities tend to favor.