Manialtepec Lagoon is a magical place of exceptional beauty bordered by the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur on one side and the Pacific ocean on the other. It is  located about 25 minutes from the house. Surrounded by tropical mangrove, Manialtepec is home to a 100's of birds including cormorant, ibis, parrots, egrets, jacanas and heron and is a wonderful place to go bird watching. At certain times of the year, the river breaks through the sand bar that separates the lagoon from the sea and the lagoon becomes a tidal estuary. In October, there is often an influx of phosphorous plankton into the lagoon , visit it after dusk, and the water lights up as you swim or run your hand through the water! In fact, Manialtepec hosts three completely diverse ecosystems! We love going out with Mike Malone of Hidden Voyages Ecotours early in the morning to bird watch and soak up the peace and serenity of the lagoon. Manialtepec is also a great place to go kayaking.