This is our home away from home in the hills of Santiago, one of the townships around Manzanillo proper. Unlike most expat houses, it is in the middle of a local neighborhood that will give you a real feel for the life in Mexico, yet at the same time was built with enough creature comforts to suit your needs...
We had it built ourselves: 2 floors with high, 11 to 12 foot ceilings, tiles everywhere, solar water heater, 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, open kitchen/living room/dining room area, a small balcony on the first floor and a huge one in the second floor that gives you an incredible night view of the city. During the day, you can see the port and a piece of ocean, and sunrises are spectacular! Manzanillo gets HOT and although we have no AC, we have a ceiling fan in the main bedroom and portable fans that you can place strategically around the house: and by being up in the hill, we usually get a nice breeze that keeps the temperature under control.
The house comes stocked with towels, linen and all basic necessities, beach equipment and the like, and has a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, gas stove, microwave, coffee machine and all the dishware you should require on your vacation, should you decide against taking advantage of all the restaurants in the city!
We left a booklet with all our recommendations, the restaurants we found and places to see, and can't wait to see yours and add them to the list!
One of the main attractions of Manzanillo is all the beaches that extend for miles, that you can reach in a 10min drive, and for us it is the food: from fresh seafood on the beach, oysters and grilled red snapper, to all the traditional tacos, pozole, tortas that you can find everywhere at a very affordable price, as well as some higher end steakhouses which are still affordable by US or EU standards...
The house is new (5 years), solid, has street parking in the back for one or two cars, and feels safe as it is surrounded by friendly neighbors, mostly related, who really take care of each other and give the neighborhood a sense of safety.
Of course because of the proximity and the rural nature of the area, this is not the place to go to if you're looking for absolute calm and tranquility: people have roosters, dogs, on occasions shoot fireworks (xmas, new year particularly), play Mexican music, etc, which really makes for a unique experience!
My in-laws take care of the place in our absence and are absolutely wonderful people, although shy with their English and interacting with foreigners, but they've had to deal with me for a while now! So they'll be absolutely thrilled to support you during your stay, should you need directions, recommendations, extra help around groceries or cleaning during long stays, or if you lock yourselves out (yes it happens...).
We now have a tv with basic cable, as well as wifi, so if telenovelas is not what you're into, you can always plug your device or set up the smart tv to Netflix (and chill) on a day where you feel too lazy for even the beach (if that's possible!)...
So... come on over and discover a town that's not quite yet in the touristic map for a lot of people!