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Beaches     Whale Watching      Lodging and Restaurants     Map

The Manabí Coast

Beaches

Punta Prieta beachPunta Prieta sunsetYou can explore many beautiful Pacific beaches near the reserve, on foot or within a short bus ride from the reserve. The Manabí coast from Pedernales to Jama is lined with white sand beaches that are virtually deserted. We especially recommend the beach at Punta Prietalocated just a few kilometers south of the reserve. This beach has showers, bathrooms and a superb restaurant and bar with breathtaking views of the ocean.


Arco de amorBeach lunch spotAnother great beach is at El Arco del Amor, a huge stone arch carved by the action of waves. To get there, head south from the reserve on the coast road for 3 km to the town of Tasaste. Take a right toward the ocean in the middle of town (near the soccer field).  Closer to the reserve is the beach at Hacienda Camarones, just a 20 minute walk south on the road, then right through the iron archway. Here, Leonardo Loor operates several beachside cabins and a cafe for visitors.


Los Frailes beach at Machalilla NPCabo Pasado beachThe entire Manabí coast is rich with beaches and striking rocky shorelines. The city of Pedernales has a large popular beach lined with small shops, restaurants and hotel.  It is a lively local scene on the weekends. Heading southward, other coastal towns such as Cabuya, Don Juan, and Canoa have nice beaches and offer varying levels of tourist infrastructure. In the southern portion of the province, you can find the splendid beaches and interesting coastal scrub vegetation at Machalilla National Park.

Whale Watching

Humpback pod breachingHumpback's spectacular breachPacific humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) spend June - September in Ecuador's warm coastal waters, mating and giving birth to their young. These whales then travel to Antarctica to spend the rest of the year (October - May) feeding in the cold, but nutrient-rich polar waters. Whales can be seen in Manabí waters throughout the summer mating period, but are easiest to spot during the southward migration in August and September.

Many boat tours can be found operating out of coastal cities such as Manta, Puerto Lopez, and Bahia de Caraquez. However, the whale migration also can be observed from any point along the coast. A particularly good spot is the Punta Ballena ("Whale Point"!) just south of the town of Jama.

Lodging and Restaurants

The northern Manabí coast still is relatively untouched by tourism. However, extremely good hotels, guest houses and restaurants already exist in the region. Excellent lodging can be found near the town of Punta Blanca in the Punta Prieta Guest House and the Hotel Punta Blanca; near Jama there are several options in the beachside town of El Matal, and there are many hotels in the main cities of Pedernales, Canoa, and Bahia de Caraquez. All these sites offer good local cuisine, of course rich in seafood. Other noteworthy places to eat include Il Peperoncino in Tabuga, the restaurant at Punta Prieta, several seaside restaurants in Pedernales, and of course, the fantastic yogurt produced by Lalo Loor and sold outside the reserve!

Manabí Coast Map

This map depicts the northern portion of the coast of Manabí, from Pedernales to Jama, and points out the location of some of the attractions mentioned above.  There also are additional maps of the Lalo Loor reserve trails and general location.

Manabi's northern coast

 






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