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“Romantic Walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Centro

Ranked #3 of 32 things to do in Manzanillo
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Owner description: Spanish for "the center" and refers to the center of town.
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“Romantic Walks”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

The Manzanillo city center "Centro" it's nice to visit during the later part of the day when it's not so hot, there are restaurants, a lot of souvenir shops, it's nice to stroll around and take in the scenery.

Visited December 2011
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed January 6, 2012

dirty!!! nothing really there for travellers to do other than market and see harbour.

Visited December 2011
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West Kelowna, Canada
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“Took the bus”
Reviewed December 14, 2011

For 6 pesos or .60 cents you can ride the bus into town, just flag one down and enjoy about a 45 minute ride. Had no idea that Manzanillo was a high port zone for ships ( cargo) very interesting.

Visited December 2011
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“Real Mexico”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

You are greeted downtown by the statue of a large sailfish. Within a few blocks of this you will see stores that offer the typical "tourist" stuff. A few blocks more and you get in to the areas where the locals shop. Some unique treasures to be found in a lot of those stores. Also some pretty neat cliff-side homes to see.

Visited November 2011
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Morelos, Mexico
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“"Downtown" Manzanillo: a Pleasant Mexican Ambience”
Reviewed April 1, 2011

Mexico's busiest port, home to the Mexican Navy's Pacific naval fleet, and yet downtown Manzanillo (El Centro) has the pleasant atmosphere of a small seaside town and provides a relaxing and interesting way to spend a day that is authentically Mexican. Tourists from the hotel area can take a 6-peso bus ride on an El Centro-marked bus from the "Commercial" big box neighbourhood (Walmart, Home Depot and the supers) and get off at the last stop, a short distance from the enormous sailfish sculpture on the seafront.

. A walk along the esplanade (Malecon de Cabotaje) affords views of naval ships, fishing boats and small yachts. Bronze statues of sailors are moving testaments to the "men who go down to the sea in ships." Across from the seaside park is Juarez Avenue running parallel to the sea. On the corner of Juarez and Madera you should be able to obtain a clear city map , and upstairs in the City Hall (Presidencia Municipal) there are free, clean toilets ( Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer!) Further along on Juarez is a small city museum. However, with pesos burning holes in your pocket, the shopping opportunities on Juarez might draw you west again. It is advisable to window shop and get an idea of what is available and of prices before you turn left on to Avenida Mexico, the main drag, also with very tempting stores and inexpensive internet offices, and head toward the central market ( El mercado central) down Calle Cuauhtemoc from Avenida Mexico.

This recently built market sells everything from fresh seafood to mysterious herbs to plastic toys and clothes for the most modest budget. The market has two levels and upstairs are small cafes with real Mexican food at real Mexican, not tourist, prices. The toilets ( sanitorios) are on the main floor and cost 3 pesos---including toilet paper.

By now you may be feeling like having a beer or a meal in a quieter place than the market, so retrace your steps along Avenida Mexico toward the port and on your left you will see the 1940's Hotel Colonial, which is well worth a visit for its traditional architecture alone. You might be able to find there a 3-course meal ( menu del dia) a bargain at 75 pesos. The hotel's Los Candiles restaurant, with its cool courtyard and view of the goings on in the main street is popular with local Mexican businessmen and families. The restaurant's restrooms are a clean place to freshen up before continuing with your day in town.

The downtown souvenir stores and boutiques do not close at midday, so you can do some leisurely shopping or more exploring in the interesting hillside stairs of the sidestreets of the port.

If you work up a thirst, the vintage 1940's Bar Social near the corner of Juarez and Marzo is the Manzanillo watering hole you should visit. Or maybe the charm of downtown Manzanillo will bring you back for another day's exploring and dining.

Visited January 2011
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