There are a few quaint shopping areas we like to go in Manzanillo. One of our favorite spot is to go to the flea market in Miramar. This is a maze of small vendors with booths on the promenade in Miramar across from the Grand Festival hotel. There are a few vendors open every day, but the best time to go is on the weekends when all the vendors come to life. It is common to shop around and compare prices and then try to negotiate the best deal. They have everything from local handicrafts, souvenirs, beach toys, baskets, t-shirts, a wide array of jewelry…all the usual items found in Mexico. Santiago and the flea market are located only 10-15 minutes north of the hotel on the main street in town; Miquel de la Madrid. There is also a flea market in Santiago that is only open on Saturdays.
Another great spot is Las Primaveras in Santiago in front of the local “Mercado” market. It is a large shop spanning two floors that sells everything from beautiful hand painted pottery and tile, flowers, jewelry, and more. This is about a 10 minutes’ drive north of the hotel.
There are also a few “modern” strip malls in the area that have grocery stores. The three big ones near Dolphin Cove Inn are Plaza Manzanillo, Soriana and Wal-Mart. All three are close to each other so you can check them all out during your stay and decide which one you like best. All three are an easy 10 minutes’ drive south of the hotel on Miquel de la Madrid which is the main thoroughfare in Manzanillo. Commercial and Soriana are located in strip malls with other stores that are fun to poke around in. The indoor air conditioning also offers a nice reprieve from the heat of the day. Wal-Mart is a freestanding “Super Wal-Mart” that offers a full grocery store in addition to all the usual Wal-Mart items. My favorite is Plaza Manzanillo. It is a bigger enclosed mall with lots of cute shops. They have a few surf shops that my kids love to go to. I like the shops and layout of this mall. It is also the closest to the hotel. All three shopping centers are open 7 days per week. It is nice to tip the baggers at the grocery stores as they are not paid by the hour and the tips they earn is their only source of income
In the Soriana shopping center you will find a big Cineplex movie theater. They offer some movies in English (with Spanish subtitles). Other movies are dubbed in Spanish so be sure to read the fine print and make sure you know what you are getting.
Also in this area along Miquel de La Madrid you will find other big name franchises such as Office Depot, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and even Starbucks!