Top things to do

Community in Santo Domingo de Los Colorados

Tsáchila & Chihuilpe

The Tsáchila people number about 3000. Their eight communities spread across a 10,500-hectare reserve around Santo Domingo. They offer a community tour that includes a demonstration of plants used for medicinal purp…
Spanish in Canoa

Amalur

Owned by a talented Spanish couple (‘Amalur’ means ‘Mother Earth’ in Basque), this trim, minimalist restaurant is a great place to dine and is a major step up from your average Ecuadorian small-town restaurant. It’s…
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…
in The North Coast

Restaurant Aurita

Overlooking the fishing boats bobbing on the water, this simple waterside restaurant serves delectable Manabí seafood. It’s famous for the huge shrimp native to the area, but also prepares tasty ceviche, concha (she…
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…
Museum in Montecristi

Museo Arqueológico

For a peek at some of the indigenous artifacts found in the region, visit the privately maintained Museo Arqueológico. Highlights of the small exhibition space include a primitive percussion instrument, giant funere…
Seafood in Same & Tonchigüe

Seaflower Lateneus

Boasting one of the best chefs along the north coast, Seaflower Lateneus serves delicious plates of grilled seafood. It’s worth reserving a table on weekends, when it’s often packed with a smart crowd of cocktail-si…
in Atacames

Pizzería da Giulio

Run by a Sicilian, this handsome restaurant serves up excellent thin-crust pizzas with fresh ingredients and old-world flavors (including real prosciutto). There’s upstairs balcony seating, as well as grappa, sambuc…
in Canoa

El Oasis

One block from the beach, El Oasis is a simple thatch-roofed restaurant that serves excellent seafood. The welcoming chef, who hails from Esmeraldas, cooks up tasty Manabí recipes including ceviche, encocado and nic…
Museum in Esmeraldas

Centro Cultural Esmeraldas

This combined museum, library and bookstore contains materials ranging from recent local history to fine ceramics and gold work from the ancient Tolita culture. Some of the exhibit signs and documentary videos are i…