LA MANZANILLA ON THE PACIFIC COAST IN JALISCO
September 2003

[Beach at La Manzinilla]

In May of 2004 we travelled down to the Pacific Coast with our new friends recently arrived from Asheville North Carolina, Rich and Ernie. We drove south through Colima and Manzinillo on the coast. We stopped for lunch in the beach resort area of Manzinillo. We loved the colorful men’s room and urinal. The kids loved our dog Honey who was along for the first time with us on a trip.

[Rich, Robin & Ernie at Lunch] [Restaurant Men's Room] [Honey with her Fans]

After lunch we headed north and west up the coast through Barre de Navidad and Melaque to a little village called La Manzinilla. We stayed at the recently built retreat house of another new friend BeeBee. It had wonderful gardens and a marvelous outdoor shower and bathroom. The local kids next door were tending their horses that weekend.

[BB's House in La Manzinilla] [Yard at BB's House] [Local Kids with Horses]

La Manzinilla is a small resort town on a wonderful stretch of beach. Recently discovered by San Miquel de Allende residents and other ex pats who make it their home during the colder months. At the entrance to the village is an ecological park with crocodiles.

[Plaza in La Manzinilla] [Beach in La Manzinilla] [Crocodiles at Ecological Park]

For dinner we went to Martin’s Restaurant where Martin entertained us with his humor and wonderful dinners. His restaurant on the second floor had great views of surrounding village and beach.

[Martin's Restaurant] [Chef and Owner: Martin] [Beach from Restaurant]

We traveled over to Barre de Navidad and Melaque to take a boat tour of the bay, enjoy their beach and had lunch in a local seafood beach restaurant where a young man was playing with his puppy.

[Sea Sculpture in Barre de Navidad] [Juan: Boat Tour Operator] [Young Man at Beach Restarant]

Another day we traveled north up the beach a short distance to a deserted beach at Boca de Iguanas. On the way to the beach we passed one of the largest crocodiles we’d seen, just across a small pond and totally unfenced.

[Beach at Boca de Igauana] [Crocodile at Boca de Iguana] [Beach at Boca de Iguana]

In the rocks just beyond our beach was a small grotto to the virgin. Perhaps she was commemorating the swimmers who have died at this beach which has a dangerous and unpredictable undertow as well as the crocodiles. Between the two, we stayed close to our beach chairs and walked the opposite direction towards La Manzinilla.

[Rocks at Boca de Iguana Beach] [Virgin Grotto] [The Virgin]

LINKS TO OTHER LA MANZINILLA SITES:

La Manzinilla Information and Rentals
La Manzanilla Real Estate & Travel
Pacific Coast of Mexico: La Manzanilla

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Mexico Travel Pages

Jim & Robin's Home Page