History: Manzanillo is a 250-year-old fishing village, originally settled by fishermen searching for the hawksbill sea turtle. They first settled at Monkey Point (Punta Mona), later traveling a
few miles north to settle in what is today known as Manzanillo. The village has developed slowly, mainly due to limited infrastructure – electricity arrived to the area in the 1980s, and
telephone service first became available in 2000. In 1985, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge was established.
Services & Facilities: There are no ATMs, banks, gas stations or pharmacies in Manzanillo. The closest medical facility is the Hone Creek clinic. For all banking and most other needs, Puerto
Viejo should suffice.