Manzanillo's pristine, unpopulated beaches are undeniably the
most beautiful on the western coast of Mexico. Every beach near Villas
Los Angeles can be easily reached by taxi in 15 minutes or less.
Playa La Audiencia is a short 10 minute walk
down the hill from Villas Los Angeles. A variety of water sports activities
are available, as are beach umbrellas and chairs for rent, and a small
seafood restaurant. There's also an open air market where you can have
your hair braided like Bo Derek, or purchase T-shirts and souvenirs.
La Perla beach (also called Club de Yates beach) is
just a short 15 minute walk from Villas Los Angeles and offers a secluded,
quiet beach which is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Prepare
a picnic lunch and enjoy the sun. This small sand beach is on the southern
side of Playa La Audiencia.
Playa Santiago and the Bay of Santiago is
a 5-mile-long beach winding past beautiful homes and palapa-styled ramada
restaurants . At the very end you'll find a lagoon that's home to many
species of water birds.
Manzanillo has many retail shops and street vendors and all beaches
have vendors selling everything from dresses to jewelry. Bo Derek braids
(trensitas in Spanish) made famous in the movie "10", can
be put in your hair for about 100 pesos or more depending on the style
you choose. Vendors are very friendly, and you'll enjoy bargaining with
them. Playa Miramar has numerous tianguis (open air markets)
that begin at the road and go clear to the beach.
Plaza Manzanillo and Plaza Gaviotas are the two large malls in the
Hotel Zone. Each offers numerous shops as well as a large department
store and supermarket.
The small town of Santiago hosts a large tianguis every Saturday
on V. Carranza street. It goes on for about 20 blocks and has a little
of everything. On Sundays the same tianguis moves to the little town
of Salagua which is very close to Villas Los Angeles.
There are more than 150 restaurants in Manzanillo, most in the "zona
hotelera" (hotel zone), so finding a great restaurant for dining out
is always easy. Villas Los Angeles is conveniently located near many
excellent restaurants such as Toscana in the "Zona Hotelera" which offers
excellent seafood and continental cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere.
It's on the beach, and has live music nightly. LeGaspi in Las Hadas
specializes in continental cuisine while Los Delfines in Las Hadas is
on the ocean and offers an incredible view, especially at sunset.
great golf courses can be found close to Villas Los Angeles. The incredibly
beautiful Las Hadas golf course "La Mantaraya" charges about
$74 USD for 18 holes ($45 for 9 holes) and pro instruction is available.
Club Santiago is a challenging course while nearby Isla Navidad offers
27 holes on fairways lined with lush coconut palms.
If you don't mind driving for about an hour and a half to get to a
truly spectacular course, make sure you visit Tamarindo,
north of Barra de Navidad. Once you enter the main gate, the drive to
the clubhouse will take your breath away. A winding cobblestone road
weaves in and out of the vine-covered mangroves and lush tropical vegetation.
People who have played this course consider it one of the finest in
Hotel Sierra offers 6 excellent courts for only $7/hour ($9 after 7
p.m.). Court hours are from 7am. to 8pm. Private lessons are available
from Javier Correa (an English-speaking pro) for $25/hour. Classes include
all equipment. Tennis tournaments are also held weekly, and you can
enter by calling Javier.
Marina Las Hadas and the famous Las Hadas resort is only a short walk
from Villas Los Angeles. Spend a day enjoying Las Hadas privileges (restaurants,
beach, and shopping). It's what Manzanillo is famous for, and is just
a few blocks away from your suite.
Hiking, Biking, Scuba Diving and
There's an incredible range of activities for you to choose from in
the Manzanillo area. Specialty shops are available to help you with
whatever you might need. You can rent bicycles, join organized hiking
or cyling tours, rent a car to take a drive, or even do some deep sea