October 22, 2014 — Okay, so we’re not going to do much bragging about Canoa either, which sits a little north of Bahia. Although, we can certainly understand why there is a draw to this place.
But to be truthful, in our opinion, Canoa’s beach is just not the prettiest. Not to mention, the town is kinda dumpy. None of the streets are paved, so the roads are extremely dusty. Can’t remember if they were sandy, or just dirt roads, or both. Either way, we ‘d hate to be there when it downpours!
Now, that is not to say that Puerto Lopez has an attractive town either, as it does not. It is on the dumpy side as well. In fact, most of Ecuador’s little coastal towns — except for perhaps Montanita, Bahia & Salinas — are pretty dumpy looking, and not attractive or quaint. But Canoa seemed to be even more so. However, that’s just our opinion.
This town is a draw for foreigners, though, as we saw many. Some of them were just vacationing, some of them have built beautiful homes along the beach, and some have set up businesses.
One of those businesses is called the Surf Shak. That adorable restaurant is right on the beach and is owned by a guy from Fort Collins, Colorado. They serve a really good micro brew from Roches Brewing Company. That’s the same beer we raved about when we went to the Galapagos. That beer is brewed and bottled in Canoa. Anyway, the food is really good at the Surf Shak. And if you like burgers, they are humongus! That we can vouch for. And for $3.00 we were served a French Press full of real coffee! Leave it to a guy from Colorado to serve coffee in a French Press, and, a good micro brew. So happy.
There are lots of hostels at various prices in Canoa, Ecuador. One young couple from Spain own and operate this cute restaurant and hostel that we stayed at. It is called Amalur and is close to the beach. A great plus is that they speak excellent English. And the food they served, was delicious. A kind business woman from Canada recommended the place, and even walked Fred over to it. Anyway, we’d stay there again.
So, while Puerto Lopez is not our favorite town, per say, (although the streets are paved) it still is our favorite beach in Ecuador. Canoa, well, not so much.
Now back to Manta!