Photos - Santiago Bay, Colima, Mexico
There comes a time in life when one must move on. It's not because we don't like where we are or what the area has to offer. Call it
the curiosity factor; use the coined term "the grass is always greener on the other side". Consider us water gypsies. We get itchy to
move on. That's what we did on Feb. 7th. We departed Barra de Navidad at 9:30 AM and, with white knuckles, passed by the
dreaded sandbar without going aground. The passage was comfortable and we arrived in Santiago Bay, Manzanillo at 3:00 PM.
The following day we were introduced to the local area by Tim and Paula, the kind folks of s/v Hooligan. They had been here before
so they were able to show us the important things such as where to leave the dinghy, how to catch the bus, where the major chandlery
was located, as well as the grocery stores. And, of course, what tour would be complete without stopping at a favorite roadside
restaurant? Delicious and inexpensive!
Manzanillo has a large shipping port. Container ships line up in the outer bays and await their appointed time to enter and unload their
goods. From where we sat at anchor we could see an average of 4-5 large ships all the time. We'd have to be sure and avoid the
cross traffic on our way south.
We visited the city of Manzanillo by bus, a 1 hour bus ride for about 50 cents each. We visited many of the shops, walked to a
lookout and took in the sights. The highlight of the day was finding large iguanas perched in trees and in the waters of a canal near the
bus stop. At first they were difficult to see. They blended in so well with the fauna. Then bit by bit we were seeing more and more.
There had to be at least 50. And, as the locals strolled past they would comment on how delicious they were to eat. Given that info,
we're surprised there were any left to see...they must be difficult to access!
We really didn't spend enough time in Manzanillo to give much more of a report. This was going to be our last southerly stop but then
things changed. We'll do the city justice the next time!
|Panoramic of industrial Manzanillo harbor. Huge freighters are coming and going all day long.
|Tim (s/v Hooligan) enjoying the
world's largest corn quesadilla. We
each had one and they were delicious
|Bridge ready to dive in to a great
waterfront lunch in Manzanillo
Tip: Eat where the locals do.
Guaranteed good, plentiful and cheap.
|Landmark steel sailfish sculpture in Manzanillo.
|Looking for lunch? How about chicken kabobs.
|Giant iguanas hang out in the trees along the canal in
|The neat downtown malecon in Manzanillo.
|What was it these young ladies were advertising?
|Time for a 40 peso haircut.