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Bahía de Caráquez

Altitude: 11 meters (36 feet)
Population: 52,158
Phone Code: 05

This clean and breezy town, sitting on a slender peninsula reaching into the Río Chone, boasts a quiet atmosphere accompanied by tall white-fronted apartment complexes and broad tree-lined avenues. Locals in San Vicente say the best thing about Bahía is the view from San Vicente. To a certain extent, the city does seem a lot more impressive from afar than up-close. Once a holiday haven for high-heeled Ecuadorians, Bahía was tormented by unrelenting El Niño rains in the late 1990s. Severe flooding, coupled with a double earthquake, destroyed buildings and roads, triggered landslides and pretty much washed out tourism in the area. The city has made a brilliant recovery, and along with with the repaired roads and reconstructed buildings came the growth of a new urban trend: ecotourism.

Navigating the town is relatively easy: the Malecón wraps around the edge of the peninsula, eventually becoming Circunvalación as it approaches the shore. Some of the best and most popular eateries line the riverside, close to the ferry, in an area touted as Malecón 69. Lying within striking distance of tropical dry forests, mangrove islands and remote beaches, Bahía is a good place to get down with nature, or just spend a pleasant afternoon meandering along the Malecón.

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Other places nearby Bahía de Caráquez : Canoa, Manta City, Pedernales, Santa Marianita, Jama and Crucita.







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Things to do in Bahía de Caráquez

Isla Corazon

Located just a stone’s throw from Bahía is Isla Corazon, home to endangered mangroves and numerous bird species. Learn about the local Mangrove Forest and estuary ecosystem, while interacting (and ...
Birdwatching
Bahía de Caráquez , Ecuador

Isla Fragatas

Just a 15-minute boat ride from Bahía, Isla Fragatas is a bird paradise and mangrove haven. Check out this unique island ecosystem, and see La Tortuga Miguelito (the local 93-year old Galápagos ...
Eco-Tour
Bahía de Caráquez , Ecuador

Punta Bellaca

As you walk along Bahia\'s Malecón you\'ll probably wonder where the beach is exactly. Just 5 minutes from Bahia in car is Punta Bellaca, or Bahia\'s missing beach. It\'s here that you\'ll find an ...
Beach
Bahía de Caráquez , Ecuador

Museo Del Banco Central

This place houses an excellent collection of archaeological artifacts from a variety of pre-hispanic coastal societies, and is definitely worth checking out if you have more than half a day in town. ...
Museum
Bahía de Caráquez , Ecuador
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