With its black-sand beaches, gentle waves and laid-back attitude, the low-key resort of Cuyutlán is a great place to get away from it all. Located at the southeastern end of Laguna de Cuyutlán, 40km southeast of Manzanillo, it’s popular with Mexican families but sees few gringos. Bring your flip-flops; the black sand gets very hot!
The town’s original tourist boom in the early 1900s, aided by good railway connections from Guadalajara, came to a screeching halt in 1932, when a monster tsunami hit the Colima coast. Tourism resumed in the 1940s and 1950s, but townspeople rejected moves to bring in discos and other resort-style amenities in the 1970s, allowing Cuyutlán to retain its decidedly retro feel.
If visiting in April or May, keep your eyes peeled for Cuyutlán’s famous ola verde, a giant green wave that appears offshore at dusk. It’s supposedly caused by little green phosphorescent critters, but it’s the subject of much local debate.