Manzanillo Colima is a deep-water port located on the Pacific Ocean at the base of Sierra Madre Mountains. Situated between Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo it handles most of the cargo for the Mexico City area. It is Mexico's busiest port, having surpassed Veracruz in 2005. Manzanillo is a commercial city that has tourism as a sideline. The city consists of two large crescent shaped bays, the older Bahia de Manzanillo and newer Bahia de Santiago. To the south of Bahia de Manzanillo is the commercial port with docks for container ships and the newer cruise ship docks. This location was also home of the first ships yards built in the Pacific coast of the Americas.
The city has a fascinating history beginning with the Spanish discovery in 1527. It soon became the departure port for expeditions during the Spanish conquest. Many ships were built here out of the Manzanillo trees and sailed the Pacific Rim. Treasures and goods from the Far East also traveled overland from Manzanillo to the Gulf of Mexico then to Spain. The Spanish ships also had to contend with pirates from Portugal, England, and France all chasing the same goods from the Far East. In 1561 the Spanish government decreed Acapulco a more established city the sole port of entry for Pacific commerce. Pirates still roamed these waters and plundered for 300 more years.
The city got a second life with the building of a Colima to Guadalajara railroad. It's deep water port welcomed the new container ships. A improved highway and its 350 days of sunshine a year Manzanillo welcomed a new tourism boom.