La Manzanilla Adventure
There are plenty of things to do in La Manzanilla to keep the active traveler happy! There are ample hiking opportunities, snorkeling just off the beach, biking, kayaking, swimming, tennis, yoga and fitness classes and more.
La Manzanilla Tours
Interpretive birding tours through the mangrove in collaboration with CIPATLI, the local ecotourism cooperative are available with Tierralegre. If you’ve never been through the mangrove before it’s a magical and educational journey into another world! They also offer Whale watching tours during the whale season- November- March. If you are lucky you can see whales breaching from the beach.
15 miles north of La Manzanilla and 3 kilometers off Highway 200 is Arroyo Seco (Playa Chica). This is a good spot and draws lots of surfers. Lessons are available in both Arroyo Seco and at the north end of the bay, Boca de Iguanas. Both beaches see high waves and riptides, if you are not experienced you will be best served in a class.
If you want to rent a bike, stop by Guadalupe’s located one block south of the jardín on Tamarindo Street. She also has a fairly comprehensive street map of La Manzanilla. You can rent by the hour, day, week, or month. She has both kids and adults bikes and helmets. You can bike on the flat sand beach or challenge yourself up in the surrounding hills, another popular ride is from La Manzanilla to Boca de Iguanas on the dirt road paralleling the beach.
Fishing tours can be arranged through the fishing co-op or through several operators in town. Big game fish like marlin and tuna are available in the local waters.
La Manzanilla Water Falls (Las Joyas)
This is another fun outing, plane a few hours, bring water and bug spray. To get the falls you walk through town past the elementary school until you get to a river bed, it’s dry during the winter months, you follow the river bed up away from the ocean and it will end a the water falls. The water is cool and refreshing!
La Manzanilla Tennis
There are clay tennis courts behind Quinta Valentina. Ask there for available times and costs.
La Manzanilla Hiking
There are some nice hiking opportunities in La Manzanilla. From Calle Perula, the south corner of Palapa Joe’s, head up. You’ll pass the Galeria La Manzanilla on your right, continue up until the road splits and you can either continue up or follow the road to right. If you go right you can follow the road further up and it will wind you through the hills to the far side of town.