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While in Manzanillo, visit Playa La Audiencia. ('Las Brisas/ la Audiencia' Bus)
If you go to the public toilets ( "Sanitarios") you will see a brass plaque.
This is where Cortes had his lieutenant, Sandoval, the Conqueror of Colima construct brigantines for the Spanish to explore the Pacific.(Close your eyes and imagine the scene)
Some 500 years later, Bo Derek ran down this beach in the movie, TEN, Las Hades being the swanky hotel of the time but with an inferior beach. This was the birth of the popularity of cornrow hair braids!
This is a superb beach for safe ocean swimming. An umbrella, 4 chairs and a table can be rented from the beach cafe, at the time of writing, for 100 pesos a day.To the right of the beach is a good area for children to paddle.