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Top Choice Seafood in Same & Tonchigüe

Seaflower Lateneus

Boasting one of the best chefs along the north coast (born here, trained in Europe), Seaflower serves delicious plates of grilled seafood (try the spaghetti marinera). It’s worth reserving a table on weekends, when …
Spanish in Canoa

Amalur

Owned by a Spanish chef (Amalur means ‘Mother Earth’ in Basque), this trim, minimalist restaurant is a major step up from your average Ecuadorian small-town restaurant. A chalkboard lists the day’s specials – a few …
Community in Santo Domingo de Los Colorados

Tsáchila Communities

The Tsáchila people number about 3000; their eight communities spread across a 10500-sq-km reserve around Santo Domingo. A community tour is available that includes a demonstration of plants used for medicinal purpo…
Nature Reserve in San Lorenzo

Reserva Ecológico de Manglares Cayapas-Mataje

Millions of migratory birds pass through this coastal paradise in June and July, creating a cacophonous and memorable spectacle. The 513 sq km reserve supports five species of mangrove, and includes the tallest mang…
Museum in Montecristi

Museo Historico de Montecristi

Revolutionary and two-time president Eloy Alfaro was born in Montecristi, and here is an amazing tribute to the man: a hilltop museum with a panoramic view of the city below. There' s an old train engine in honor of…
Nature Reserve in Canoa

Reserva Ecologico Jama-Coaque

We're hoping this reserve, 26 km south of Perdanales and 3km off the main highway, opens to tourism soon. Last we heard, Third Millenium Alliance (www.tmalliance.org) was working with the community and government to…
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 seem to decrease with each passing …
Wildlife Reserve in Playa de Oro

Playa de Oro Reserva de Tigrillos

Half an hour upstream from Playa de Oro, this 100-sq-km reserve is owned and operated by the community of Playa de Oro. It borders the Reserva Ecológica Cotacachi-Cayapas and protects native jungle cats – but you'll…
Seafood in Cojimíes

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…
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. The salads, savory crepes, quesadillas, seafood dishes and steaks are all excellent, and …