Situated between Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta along Mexico's west coast, Manzanillo started figuring historically shortly after Cortes conquered the Aztecs. In the mid-1500's spectacular galleons were built in this natural harbor to explore and develop trade with China and other points in the Orient. Manzanillo's name stems from the manzanilla wood harvested in the surrounding area used in the construction of these daring ships.
The twin bays of Manzanillo and Santiago are separated by Santiago Peninsula where most tourism oriented hotels are situated. Its clean beaches with dark blue water and golden sand attract travelers from all over the world looking for peace and tranquility.
Today's Manzanillo is known as the "Marlin Capital of the World" due to the vast amount of bill fish of this species caught in the deep waters nearby. World class fishing tournaments are held annually.