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Manabi beaches (north to south)

Beaches between Cojimíes and Pedernales
Long and beautiful beaches not yet developed for tourism. The town of Cojimies is at the end of the beach, between the ocean and the great Cojimies Bay. How to get there: From Pedernales you take the dirt road along the ocean to the north. You will find lodging and camping sites.
Today this is one of people’s favorite destinations from Quito. It is one of the zone’s most crowded town and an agriculture, cattle, and fishing trade center. Although you will not find luxury hotels, there several others with pool and air-conditioning (please see hotels.) How to get there: You take the Quito-Santo Domingo-El Carmen-Pedernales route; it takes a little over 5 hours. The La Independencia-Puerto Nuevo Road is being conditioned at present; this road will take you directly to Pedernales from the Calacali-La Independencia Road, located north of Quito.
Beaches between Pedernales and Jama:
These beaches are located at 0º latitude. You will find several beautiful beaches along cliffs and interesting rocky formations, such as arches, caves, tunnels sculptured by the tide. In this stretch of the Sun Route you will find the following beaches: Tasaste (with its unique Love Arch), Punta Blanca (Km 36 on the Pedernales-Jama Road), Punta Prieta, Don Juan and Jama. There are several lodging possibilities like unique inns (please see hotels.)
Cabo Pasado, Canoa, and San Vicente:
These fantastic are located on the Sun Route, to the north of Bahia de Caraquez. In the Cabo Pesado Zone you will find the dry tropical forest and ecological crops of Fundación Río Muchacho. You must contact this Foundation in order to enter the sector’s beaches: (593-5) 296-1107, Canoa Beach is scarcely 18 km (11 miles) north of San Vicente. You will find beautiful ecological inns; Canoa is an excellent place to enjoy your vacations and rest. San Vicente is in front of Bahia de Caraquez; you cross the Chone River Bay on a barge by foot or on a vehicle.
Bahia de Caraquez:
Picturesque town located on the tip of the continent, between the outlet of the Chone River and the Pacific Ocean.
Around Bahia de Caraquez you will find all types of beaches – those along the ocean with average and huge waves (depending on the season), and those along the bay, with very calm waves. Bahia has excellent hotels and restaurants; food is particularly good (please hotel & restaurant section.) There is also great night life in discotheques and bars.
Isla Corazon and Isla Fragata: Please see the ecotourism chapter below.
Beaches between Bahia and Manta: In this stretch of the Sun Route you will find the following beaches: San Clemente and San Jacinto, very close one of the other, and Crucita, north of Jaramijo, the latter located only 8 km (5 miles) northwest of Manta. These are serene beaches, great to rest and enjoy with your family or friends! You will find many lodging options (please hotel & restaurant section.)
Manta: This is a dynamic city, the main port of the province of Manabi and the central Coast in general. Manta has plenty of trading, fishing, and touristic activities; it also has a military base and an airport; you will enjoy its famous Murcielago Beach. Here you will find full night fun!! Near Manta is Montecristi, where the famous “Panama” hats are made.
Beaches between Manta and Puerto Cayo: This stretch of the Sun Route is quite picturesque and is starting to be developed for tourism. You will find very long semi-deserted beaches, interesting rocky formations and cliffs. Its main vegetation is dry tropical Holy wood (Bursera graveolens) forests. You mustn’t miss the following sites: San Mateo, only 8 km (5 miles) southwest of Manta; Cape San Lorenzo with an interesting wet forest in its northern part, where it usually drizzles in the midst of an extensive dry area. In this zone you will see palmetto straw plantations (used for the famous “Panama” hats.) Between Cape San Lorenzo and Puerto Cayo there are many non-developed beaches along the Sun Route. Another site is Punta San Jose from where you can clearly see La Plata Island.
The beaches of the Machalilla National Park: The Park’s most visited and touristic beaches are, from north to south: Puerto Cayo: Which has a beautiful islet close to the beach where you can go scuba diving; Los Frailes Beach: ($2 entrance fee for nationals) A beautiful bay surrounded by dry tropical vegetation, interesting rocky formations; its entrance is marked on the Sun Route.
You fill find other public beaches at Puerto López and Salango (most visited beaches but with fishing, craft, bar activities). Isla de La Plata has several beaches (please see description of La Plata below). Tourist resorts: Alandaluz, La Barquita, Piequeros. In the first two you will usually find huge waves.

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