Top things to do in Manta

Beach in Manta

Tarqui Beach

The east end of this stretch of sand is a hive of activity early in the mornings, as vendors sell row upon row of shark, tuna, swordfish, dorado and other fish (the sizes of which decrease with each passing year). Y…
Grill in Manta

Parrillada La Vacanisima

This amenable grill in the center of Manta’s nightlife area is a great place for a filling parillada (grilled meats for one, enough for two) and a glass of good Argentinian red wine. A recent redesign brought a name…
Beach in Manta

Playa Murciélago

This beach is less protected than most beaches in the area and has bigger waves (although they’re not very big) along with a powerful undertow. It’s a couple of kilometers northwest of downtown (near Hotel Balandra)…
Cafe in Manta

Trovador Café

On a pleasant pedestrian lane set back just a short distance from the malecón (and Parque de la Madre), this amiable hole-in-the-wall offers frothy cappuccinos, sandwiches and inexpensive lunch plates. There’s outdo…
Cinema in Manta


This former museum is now an arthouse cinema and performance hall with daily film screenings (at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm). Some films are only in Spanish, while films in English may be dubbed in Spanish. There may or not b…
Museum in Manta

Museo Arqueológico del Banco Central

The fully modernized city museum opened in its current location in 2009, and showcases valuable artifacts from pre-Colombian Manta culture, a selection of Ecuadorian paintings and quirky fishing paraphernalia.
Statue in Manta

Big Tuna

An incomparable photo op: the city's iconic fish, a gargantuan albacore tuna (atún), with tin can attached.
Steak in Manta


Near the heart of the nightlife, the popular Beachcomber is a favorite for its grilled meats. Dine in the lush backyard garden or on the open-sided front porch. Unlike its cross-corner rivals, it offers only meat: n…