The airport is 8km from town, across the Río Esmeraldas. A taxi charges about $25 to go directly from the airport to Atacames, thus avoiding Esmeraldas completely. A taxi to downtown Esmeraldas from the bus terminal costs $3.
A taxi to the beach and Malecon Las Palmas costs $1.50, or you can take a Selectivo bus signed ‘Las Palmas No 1’ northbound along Bolívar. Taxis charge $1.50 minimum, which doubles after 11pm.