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Operates a daily service to Quito ($7 to $8, seven hours).
Punto y Como is a small cozy seafood restaurant that packs in the crowds. Its recipe for success? Big family plates that are piled high with fresh seafood, plus daily lunch specials.
Though it’s not on the beach, El Alcatraz serves great Esmeraldan seafood, and it’s well worth the trip. A full plate of mariscos (seafood) features various clams and shellfish simmered in spices.
Friends Bar hosts live marimba shows on Saturday nights.
There’s a tiny handicraft market on weekends at the west end of the Malecón.
Run by a Sicilian, this handsome restaurant serves up excellent thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and old-world flavors (including real prosciutto)...
For a bamboo beachfront eatery, try Kikes . It serves up mouth-watering encocada de camarón (shrimp and coconut stew).
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