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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 grilled seafood (try the spaghetti marinera). It’s worth reserving a table on weekends, when it’s often…
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 – recent…
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…
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…
Peruvian in Same & Tonchigüe

Toquilla y Mar

There is a Peruvian sensibility to the fresh seafood served at this relaxed, open-air beachfront spot. It offers fried rice with shellfish, garlic crab and nine varieties of ceviche. When it's time for dessert, don'…
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…
Argentine in Mompiche

La Chocolata

Ariceli, also Mompiche's yoga instructor par excellence, is known for her wickedly divine desserts, including lemon pie, a vegan crumble, and a chocolate mousse, peanut butter and dulce de leche bon bon: you may eve…
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…