Canoa Ecuador

Canoa Ecuador is a beautiful spot on the Northern Pacific Coast. Located just north of Bahia de Caraquez in the province of Manabi, you'll find a small town full of fun. The sandy beach stretches north toward towering cliffs that can be explored at low tide.

Canoa Beach Ecuador

The town has lots of guesthouses and hotels to choose from, with something for all budgets. Check out where we stayed in Canoa.

 

The Surf

At low tide the Canoa beach seems to be miles long and miles WIDE. The receding tide leaves behind shells and at times tiny turquoise-blue jellyfish. Crabs can also be seen scurrying along the beach.

High tide arouses the surfers. Canoa fills up between December and February with surfers looking for the best waves of the year. 

Canoa Ecuador

The most surprising thing to me when we were in Canoa -December 2012- was the water was WARM. I never imagined the Pacific Ocean to be so inviting. It was great. And my little guy who had his very first experience with the ocean here, is still asking to go back.

The Food

If anything can beat the beach in Canoa, it's the food. Fresh seafood can be had everywhere. The Manabi Province as a whole is known to have the best food in all of Ecuador, and Canoa is no exception. My personal favorite is Camarones al Ajillo, shrimp in garlic sauce.

Places to try...

We really enjoyed the atmosphere of Bambu. Eating great food with sand covering your feet. Very beachy. We ended up going three different times. (Bambu also has a very popular guesthouse.)

Bambu Restaurant, Canoa

Another great place was Saboreame. Several locals recommended the place and they had reason to. The restaurant has 2-3 locations in Canoa Ecuador.

Saboreame, Canoa Ecuador

The Surf Shak is probably the most popular establishment in the whole town. Each night we went by, the place was overflowing with expats and tourists. If you're looking to try the Shak out when it's a little more low key, stop by mid-afternoon for good pizza or a cocktail.

Speaking of cocktails....Canoa wouldn't be Canoa without a good Caipiriña. This refreshing limeade is made with Caña Manabita, a sugar cane liqueur made right in the province of Manabi.

 Other Stuff to Do 

While in Canoa Ecuador you may want to try out something new. You can:

  • Have a guided tour in sea kayaks 
  • Try paragliding
  • Or have a surfing lesson

Again the Surf Shak can be a great place to ask about the different activities available.

While in the area you can also visit Isla Corazon, which is just off the coast of San Vicente (the next town south).  This mangrove island is a great place for bird watching.

San Vicente is also the nearest place to find an ATM. Canoa doesn't have one.

 Our Vacation on the Beach

We spent several days in Canoa and didn't want to leave. We stayed in a great hotel right on the beach and in quiet part town.

Canoa, Ecuador

My son spent so much time in the water -between the pool and ocean- that we had to make him to lay down and rest.

Although we did nothing more than eat, swim and read, by the end of our stay we couldn't help but dream of living here.


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