Welcome to Manta
The largest city in the province (and the fifth largest in Ecuador), Manta is a bustling and prosperous port town graced with high-rises, and a few urban beaches that draw mostly domestic tourists. As an important center for the fishing and tuna-processing industries, it’s the kind of place you smell before you arrive, and its quirkiest sight is a huge statue of a tuna (complete with attached tin can). Indeed, there aren't a lot of reasons to come here – the beaches are far better elsewhere on the coast – but it’s an important transportation hub and has lively nightlife. You may pass through if you’re visiting the handicraft town of Montecristi.