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Museum in Bahía de Caráquez

Museo Bahía de Caráquez

You’ll find a good introduction to the area’s indigenous history at this well-curated modern museum. The collection includes hundreds of pieces of pre-Columbian pottery, as well as local crafts for sale.
Seafood in Bahía de Caráquez


As the name implies, shrimp is the specialty at this casual open-air spot near the water. Order them grilled, with a cocktail, and enjoy the ocean breezes.
Pizza in Bahía de Caráquez

Arena Bar

Chow down to international rhythms and casual surf decor at this friendly place. The pizzas are good, but there is plenty of other choices, including excellent salads and tasty sandwiches.
in Bahía de Caráquez


This popular family-run restaurant serves up a range of regional favorites like crab, ceviche, grilled river fish and seafood platters.
International in Bahía de Caráquez

Puerto Amistad

Puerto Amistad is an expat favorite for its delicious fare, strong cocktails and the attractive and airy deck over the water. Salads, savory crepes, quesadillas, seafood dishes and steaks are all excellent,and servi…
Ecuadorian in Bahía de Caráquez

Hotel La Herradura

With its high ceilings and wrought-iron chandeliers, this attractive seafront place feels nothing like a hotel restaurant. The original menu offers delicious green-plantain bread and tart ceviches sprinkled with cil…
Viewpoint in Bahía de Caráquez

Mirador La Cruz

High above the peninsula and boasting great views of the city, sea and river, this viewpoint at the south end of town can be reached on foot or by a short taxi ride.
Park in Bahía de Caráquez

Isla Corazon

Bird-watchers shouldn't miss a visit to Isla Corazon, where you can take guided tours through mangroves in search of frigate birds, herons, egrets and other species. It's 7km east of San Vicente, reachable by bus (U…
Church in Bahía de Caráquez

Church of La Merced

Church of Mercy.