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Manzanillo is home to the largest volume port in Mexico. The City is well connected to other parts of Mexico and other countries to the north and south via the Pan American Hiway. The port handles more containers than Vancouver. It is also home to Mexico's Navy. The combination of jobs at the port combined with tourisim, rich farmland and all the spin off industries results in only 3 percent unemployment in the State.

Manzanillo's port taken from a cab on route to the downtown area.
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Some of the thousands of containers.
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Manzanillo is also known as the Sailfish capital of the world. There are several international Sailfish tournaments held here each year. This monument is located in the main plaza adjacent to the harbour. Little Kenny was only there for but a moment.
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Manzanillo's harbour.
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Olwyn rests in the shade of a tree in the plaza. It was only 11:00 but the sun was hot and being in town there was very little breeze..
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Downtown Manzanillo. This was the main drop off point for cabs, site seeing buses etc.
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Crime in this area is minimal. It is truely a very safe city. That being said police presence was everywhere, perhaps that's why crime is down. I asked the police from this truck if they spoke English they replied no but with a few words in Spanish we were able to get the directions we needed. Three minutes later I heard him wish someone a good day in English. Hey I said, I thought you couldn't speak English. He shrugged his shoulders and gave me a huge blushing smile. Maybe a little.
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One of the many art shops on the main street.
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This is the plaza side of the main street. Most pedestrian traffic was on the other side where the side walk was covered offering shade from the midday sun. We were quite surprised at the amount of traffic.
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Another shot of the monument. Oh, by the way it's called The Big Fish. A great meeting place, reference and drop off point etc., everyone knows The Big Fish.
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Our friend Snoopy with the Navy base in the background.
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The side streets were also busy...
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As we approached noon many kiosks and street vendors opened for business. Replacing hotdog karts so famous in Winnipeg and throughout Canada were juice, fruit and vegetable vendors. The fruit was cut up fresh and sold in pint sized cups. A mix of pineapple, papaya, and mango or a mix of carrots, beets and jimica were popular. Juice was sold in plastic bags with a straw, very different.
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A side street leading up the mountain to a more residential area.
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By now we were getting tired. Following the directions given by our policeman friend we found the Colonial Hotel. The Colonial was recommended by our representative at the resort.
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Having a drink in the Colonial. Expensive by local standards but dirt cheap compared to home. A beer, pop, small plate of nachos and tip was $50 pesos ($5 US). When we returned to the streets they were deserted! Siesta time. Taking the hint we headed back to the resort for a rest.
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