Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
October 21, 2014 — The small city of Bahia de Caraquez is a few hours north of Manta, in Manabi. It sits on a sandy peninsula, with the very wide Chone River on one side and the ocean on the other. The ocean side, from what we could see, has NO beach, except perhaps a little during low tide. During high tide there’s only a rocky shoreline. The Rio Chone side does have a beach, but honestly, it’s nothing to write home about. In fact, there isn’t much for us to say about Bahia, except that it’s a vacation spot for the wealthy of Quito and Guayaquil, and it has certainly drawn many expats.
To be truthful, we found the place quite boring. Seriously. We’re unable to figure out what the draw is. Perhaps because the city is flat? Maybe because Bahia is clean and tidy, with the streets paved, and wide? Maybe because it’s laid back? Or, maybe because for 50 cents you can be tranported anywhere in town, on what we were told are called triciculos — three wheeled bicycles that seat two passengers in front? Okay, so they’re cute.
The real estate isn’t cheap either. We got a price on two different oceanfront condos that were for sale — $250,000, and another for $300,000.
On a high note, there is Coco Bongo. It is a Gringo owned, Gringo hangout serving good food, drinks, and coffee concoctions, starting at 8:30 AM. It is also a hostel. Unfortunaty, they were booked up, so we stayed at Hotel Italia — which was nothing to recommend — neither were the other two hostels that we were told about in town, which we did look at.
On to Canoa.