Playa La Boquita is a beach with calm waters at the mouth of a lagoon where fishermen lay out their nets to dry by day, and shove off by night. The beach is lined with seafood restaurants where you can hang for the …
Playa La Audiencia, lining a gorgeous cove on the west side of Península de Santiago, has tranquil water and is popular for waterskiing and other noisy motorized water sports.
Boasting the best surfing and bodysurfing waves in the area, the long and beautiful Playa Miramar is an ideal place to take the plunge and rent a surfboard.
True to its name, Big Waves Beach, this appealing stretch of sand has lovely surfable breakers and is backed by a handful of simple beach restaurants.
On the far side of the Península de Santiago from town, this is one of Manzanillo's cleaner beaches and has some good accommodations nearby.
This long, curving strip of sand can suffer from oil streaking. It stretches northwest from Playa Las Brisas to the Península de Santiago.
Just across the harbor from the old town, this spacious stretch of sand is backed by an appealingly quiet zone of hotels and restaurants.
Around a kilometer from the main plaza, this is the closest beach to the old town, but also the dirtiest.