Dom’s Guide to Manta, Ecuador

Where to stay in Manta?

Hotel Leo: This hotel is my pick for budget travelers, right in the center of town and across from the bus terminal.  Clean, safe, simple rooms with TV and fan await you starting around $12 per person.

Hotel Costa del Sol: Is my pick for those who’d like a mid-range option right on the beach in the top area of Manta, near the Oro Verde Hotel in Murcielago, Manta.  Rooms start around $61 for a single or a double room.

Where to eat in Manta?

When in Rome, you go to the Colossuem.  When in Manta, you should eat seafood, and there’s no place better for it than the reasonably priced restaurants right on the malecon or boardwalk in Manta on the beach.

What to do in Manta?

-Party with the hip locals at one of the many discos around the CC. Manta Shopping.

-Kite board off the beach in Santa Marianita against world-class wind and empty shores.

-Go for a morning jog on the beach or lounge around all day taking in the rays on the expansive city beach.

 

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A typical street in Manta, Ecuador.

 

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The beach in Manta.

 

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The view form one of the high-end condos that dot the Manta coast.

 

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The Hotel Costa del Sol in Manta

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Dom’s Guide to Crucita, Ecuador

Where to stay in Crucita?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Marlin Hostal, $15 per person.

Where to eat in Crucita?

-If seafood is your thing, look no further than Las Gaviotas Restaurant right at the far end of the boardwalk near the mountain in Crucita. Most dishes are under $5.  Try the Shrimp with veggies (Camaron con vegetales, $5)

What to do in Crucita?

-Hand gliding, the top draw in Crucita and a must try when in the area, tandem flights are available for beginners.

-Visit one of the largest fish markets on the coast, walk through it, hold your nose, be amazed, on the far end of the boardwalk opposite from the mountain.

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The Malecon on the beach in Crucita, Ecuador

 

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The local specialty, Shrimp!

 

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Dom’s Guide to San Jacinto, Ecuador

Where to stay in San Jacinto?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Marco’s Hostal in the town center, with prices starting around $10 per person.

What to do in San Jacinto?

-Chat up one of the local fishermen and get them to allow you to tag along on a shrimp fishing outing, Ecuadorian style.  They’ll likely let you go if you ask.

-Dolphin, whale watch right on the beach as the orcas come right up to the edge of the waves, especially in the months July-September.

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The beach out front San Jacinto, Ecuador

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$14,800, Lot for sale in Tarqui, near Cuenca

$14,800, 3,800m2 Lot for sale in Tarqui, near Cuenca, has road access, great for a small hacienda or to build a farm home.

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Dom’s Guide to San Clemente, Ecuador

Where to stay in San Clemente?

-For a clean, safe, Spartan, budget option right on the boardwalk I recommend the Mya’s Hostal in the town center, with prices starting around $10 per person.

What to do in San Clemente?

-Chat up one of the local fishermen and get them to allow you to tag along on a shrimp fishing outing, Ecuadorian style.  They’ll likely let you go if you ask.

-Dolphin, whale watch right on the beach as the orcas come right up to the edge of the waves, especially in the months July-September.

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The houses go right up to the beach in San Clemente, Ecuador.

 

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