Fun things to do in Manta Ecuador
If you're in the mood to stroll for your supper, consider the following
options. In Tarqui, seafood comedores line the east end of the beach
along Malecón de Tarqui. Behind them are several restaurants. Playa Murciélago has numerous cafés, front and center to enjoy beach action from beach-volleyball to beauty contests. The Hotel Oro Verde complex includes an American-style delicatessen and sushi restaurant.
Tarqui beach & boatyard
Early in the morning, the east end of Tarqui beach is a hive of activity.
Vendors' carts tail the morning crowd, selling rows upon rows of shark, tuna, swordfish, dorado and others (whose size decrease with each passing year). Nearby is Manta's boatyard, where giant wooden fishing boats are built by hand on the edge of the sand. The whole scene merits an early wake-up call.
In Manta, Playa Murciélago is a less protected beach than Tarqui and has
bigger waves (although they're not very big, there's a powerful undertow). It is
a couple of kilometers northwest of downtown and is the town's most popular
beach, backed by snack bars and restaurants and umbrella rental spots. Further
northwest, Playa Barbasquillo is a more tranquil resort area.