Located on the Pacific coast of Ecuador, Manta is the heart of the Manaba province.
Manaba is famous for its local dishes, its beaches and its friendly people and did I mention its food and spectacular coastline! Manta is one of the most important cities for business and tourism on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. With future plans for Manta to become an International Port, solid infrastructure and planning are putting Manta ahead on Ecuador’s list of most developed cities.
For tourists this means there is an abundance of good restaurants, tour operators, with competitive prices, homely conveniences such as public swimming pool, gyms, shopping malls, cinemas showing the latest Hollywood flicks, as well as a new art house cinema that show foreign films Friday to Sunday, and Thursday there is a free film night with a discussion group held afterwards, normally to focusing on different cultures or global issues.
Being a port town, Manta is the world’s second largest exporter of shrimp and it is bustling with local fisherman from Manta and from the surrounding fishing towns. Every morning you can snatch a bargain at the beach side fish market. You name it, from Yellow Fin Tuna to Shrimp of all sizes, Squid, Caviar, Dorado and the list goes on.
Karaoke is big in Manta and is a good way to fill the void between dinner and midnight 1am when the nightclubs and salsa clubs start to heat up. Be sure to not spend all your energy on the karaoke as dancing goes on until the sunrise here in Manta.
When the sun is in full shine then the beach is the place to be. Santa Marianita is a clean and hidden delight. 12kms from Manta ($1 in a local truck), you will know it by the horizon dotted with colorful kites of the local and international kite surfers. Perhaps you have had enough of party time and feel like chilling out, actually learning something, or participating in local volunteer projects.
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