The friendly, busy seafaring port of Manta on Ecuador’s central coast boasts a robust tuna-fishing industry, and some fine beaches including the popular Murciélago Beach. The understated Tarqui Beach has a popular waterside fish market.
Inhabited for over 6000 years, Manta has a long history and archaeological evidence of seven different cultures over time is apparent across Manta. The Central Bank Museum contains pre-Columbian relics from indigenous tribes. A good selection of bars and restaurants are clustered along the Malecón Escénico promenade, which reflect the prosperous vibrancy of this city.