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Located on Ecuador’s Pacific coastline, Bahía de Caráquez is situated on a peninsula that is part of the Chone River. The city suffered from disaster in recent history, struggling with earthquakes, torrential rains and other side effects of El Niño in 1999. Still, the city has rebuilt itself to the point where it is once again suitable for tourism.
Bahía de Caráquez has a few beaches, but these are not as special as those to be found a little way up the coast in other places such as Canoa. However, there are things to see and do around the town, which make it a worthwhile stop for the tourist. Wildlife spotting opportunities are good around here due to the mangrove islands in the area.
Much of the life in the town itself can be found along the malecón. Here you can observe people going about their daily business, which is interesting in and of itself.
While Bahía de Caráquez does not have a huge variety of things to see and do, it is a pleasant place for the traveler to spend a day.
Bahía de Caráquez hotels
Bahía de Caráquez offers a small array of hotels for the traveler to select between. A greater variety of hotels can be found close by in Canoa. However, for those looking for a higher-end lodging option, Bahía de Caráquez has the better hotels. There are a couple of nicer places to stay here, compared to Canoa, which mainly has hostels and backpacker options for the traveler.
Bahía de Caráquez restaurants
As to be expected, and due to its coastal location Bahía de Caráquez offers a wide variety of excellent seafood to the traveler, including the traditional coastal option of fish or seafood served with heaps of rice, menestras (lentils) and patacones (flattened, sliced and fried plantain). However, Bahía de Caráquez does have other options too and unlike in some other towns along the coast, it is possible to find meat, pizza and pasta. Most (although not all) of the better restaurants are to be found along the malecón.
Bahía de Caráquez is a fairly small town and does not have a great deal to offer to the tourist in the way of nightlife. That said, there are a few small bars and other establishments to keep those amused who want to drink and dance the night away.
From Quito, Bahía de Caráquez is easily accessed by bus or airplane. For the latter, it is possible to fly into Manta, the nearest big city, and take a bus to Bahía. Flight times are short, less than one hour. The bus takes between two to three hours. This is the most rapid way to get to Bahía de Caráquez from Quito.
Bahía de Caráquez has good bus links to Quito as well. Journey times are around 8 or 9 hours. Bahía de Caráquez is something of a hub for local towns such as Canoa. To get to Canoa by public transportation, in most cases you will need to go through Bahía de Caráquez.
As with other towns located along Ecuador’s Pacific coastline, you should take care in Bahía de Caráquez at night. Don’t walk along the beaches alone. If you do go out to the bars, do not leave your drinks unattended. Never accept drinks from people that you don’t know. Also, take care of your belongings in hotels – don’t leave expensive items out on display.