The active traveler will not be disappointed by a visit to La Manzanilla. There are ample things to do in La Manzanilla!


Try Experience Mex-ECO Tours. They are located in Melaque and offer wildlife, culture and action tours ranging from Sea Turtle encounters to surf lessons.

Mangrove Tours- Interpretive birding tours through La Manzanilla mangrove are being offered and guided by Dave Collins and/or Joseph Rutherford in collaboration with CIPATLI, the local La Manzanilla ecotourism cooperative. If you’ve never been through the mangrove before it’s a magical and educational journey into another world!

Minimum group size is 3 persons, and maximum is 15. To book, call Dave at 044 (315) 104-5442, or Joseph at 044 (315) 104-4231. Tours are run in a paddle-powered “panga” boat (the guides do the paddling) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. (this schedule may vary depending on time of year), and can be scheduled any day of the week as long as minimum group size is met.

You can find more information about the La Manzanilla Mangrove within this site or at the University of South Florida Website where you can learn about the ongoing research project taking place in La Manzanilla.


If you want to bike rentals in La Manzanilla, stop by Guadalupe’s located one block south of the jardín on Tamarindo Street. She also has a fairly comprehensive street map of La Manzanilla. You can rent by the hour, day, week, or month. She has both kids and adults bikes, helmets, and optional insurance.


Jolanda’s Restaruant and Bar for kayak, snorkel and boogie board rentals in La Manzanilla by the half and full day. They also offer snorkeling tours, stop by the restaurant at Maria Asuncion 136 or call 315-351-5449 for details.


Fishing tours can be arranged through the fishing co-op located across the street from Cafe Risa.


15 miles north of La Manzanilla and 3 kilometers off Highway 200 is Arroyo Seco (Playa Chica). This is a good spot and draws lots of surfers. Not for novices. You can find surf shops in the town of Barra offering lessons.