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Nice walk

This is the nicest beach directly in Manta. We went there 2 times during the weekdays ... so not... read more

Reviewed 9 December 2018
Manta, Ecuador
Central Beach

This is a big beach right in town, fairly popular with some places to eat, good sand, very... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2018
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago

El Murciélago beach is also known as Bat Beach and apparently it is one of the most popular beaches in Manta. It is close to several shops and hotels

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Brissy2
Reviewed 9 December 2018

This is the nicest beach directly in Manta. We went there 2 times during the weekdays ... so not very crowded. There are many small restaurants around with excellent seafood at very reasonable prices.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NayiU
Reviewed 14 November 2018

This is a big beach right in town, fairly popular with some places to eat, good sand, very accessible. Beach goers will love it.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 13 November 2018

This beach is right downtown where the cruise ship shuttles drop you off. It is clean, lots of restaurants and shops along the back and is easily walked.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Great beach for a morning run with my dog (Halle). On weekends the beach can be quite busy, and the sun is generally shining in the afternoon with the mornings being overcast. There are plenty of activities for the family, banana boat rides, and jet...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank dmistele
Reviewed 3 September 2018

This is a sweeping beach that adjoins the cruise ship terminal. Plenty of booths and restaurants for eats and drinks, so I imagine the night life or the weekends could be lively. It was quiet when we strolled the length and looks clean but my...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Aglassortwo
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Since moving to Manta 6 months ago, I've visited a number of beaches. I love Playa el Murcielago for the restaurants and the proximity to my condo, but I gotta say...you don't have to look hard to find plastic in the sand...it's rare but we've...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JoeG3598
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The nastiest, dirtiest beach I have been to in Ecuador. I would not let my dog walk this beach or swim in this surf. Because the beach faces northwest to protect the bay form the western current for safe harbor of boats, the water is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ScottC4748
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

This beach has rented deck chairs with a roof cover. Beach clean. Sea not so clean. Some restaurants within reach of beach, it's an ok beach really, but not fantastic.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank kaygeorge46
Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

The beach was very nice with the white sand, it was kind of busy because of the weekend but people seemed friendly. Many places to eat and served beverages nearby.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank da-ni-elle-2288
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