Tarqui Beach & Boatyard

Lonely Planet review

Early in the morning, the east end of Tarqui beach is a hive of activity. Vendors' carts tail the morning crowd, selling rows upon rows of shark, tuna, swordfish, dorado and others (whose size decrease with each passing year). Nearby is Manta's boatyard, where giant wooden fishing boats are built by hand on the edge of the sand. The whole scene merits an early wake-up call.