This small state on the central Pacific coast has one of the highest standards of living in Mexico.
Fueled by agriculture (they produce about half of Mexico’s lime crop), forestry, fishing, mining and manufacturing, with commerce and services—mostly linked with the port in Manzanillo—generating about two-thirds of the state’s GDP.
Average temperatures range from 75ºF (24ºC) in March, the coolest month, to 83ºF (28ºC) during the rainy season, which runs from June to October.
The Manzanillo International Airport (ZLO) is located between Manzanillo and Barra de Navidad, and receives direct flights from Houston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis (seasonal); you can also connect via Mexico City on a short 1.5-hour flight.
The Barceló Karmina Palace next to the Mantarraya Las Hadas Golf Course offers all-inclusive luxury in its 324 suites; there are 12 meeting rooms that can host a max group size of 1,000. Next door, the 232-room Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina is still an iconic property for Manzanillo, with its unique Arabian architecture, private yacht marina and three meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 500 people, with outdoor space for up to 1,000.
Just 35 minutes from Manzanillo in the exclusive Isla Navidad Golf Marina & Resort tourist complex along what’s known as the Costalegre, the Four-Diamond Grand Isla Navidad Resort offers nearly 19,000 ft² (1,765 m²) of exhibit space and over 17,000 ft² (1,580 m²) of meeting space—not to mention over 37,670 ft² (3,500 m²) of outdoor function space—with 199 rooms and suites, as well as access to the 27-hole Isla Navidad Country Club Von Hagge golf course with its five ocean front holes.
For an event with a rustic touch, the Rancho Don Andres is a 15-acre (6-hectare) ranch that can arrange events for up to 1,000 people. For more formal events, the Salón de Eventos Marbella has 16,145 ft² (1,500 m²) of flexible exhibit space and over 7,400 ft² (687 m²) of meeting space.
The big game fishing is superb, with yearly international tournaments. Eco-adventures such as zip-lining at Natura Camp are popular; the beaches are a draw for everything from sunbathing to kayaking and myriad other watersports; and the recently restored historical center with its unique museums, shops and the famous Chantilly restaurant offers a fun afternoon of browsing after a morning of meetings. Golf at Mantarraya or Isla Navidad is an added draw for attendees.