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Bahía de Caráquez

Author: Johan Klok | Last update: November 17, 2021
Aerial picture of Bahía de Caráquez


Resort city

See & Do

The main attraction of Bahía de Caráquez is its golden sand beach next to the city center. The length of this clean beach is 0.8 km (0.5 mi). On the beach you will find a new oberservation tower that you can climb. Next to the beach are several restaurants and hotels.

observation tower Bahía de Caráquez
Observation tower on the beach of Bahía de Caráquez.

The Viewpoint La Cruz on the La Cruz Hill gives panoramic views over the river and the coast.

History & Society

Bahia de Caraquez was named after the Cara Indians, who, according to legend, came from the ocean and settled at the mouth of the river Chone. During the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Bahía de Caráquez was an important and wealthy port city for the exports of bananas and cacao. These exports now take place from the ports of Guayaquil and Machala.

Today, the importance of the port of Bahía de Caráques is marginal. The city is well-known in Ecuador as a resort town. Inhabitants of Quito own many of the apartments in the residential towers along the coast in Bahía de Caráquez.

Entertainment & Nightlife

In shopping center El Paseo Shopping is a Supercines movie theater.

Shops & Markets


Banco Guayaquil, Banco Pichincha, Banco del Pacífico, and BanEcuador have offices in Bahía de Caráquez.

Health & Medical

Public Hospital Miguel H. Alcívar was demolished during the earthquake of April 2016. It's being rebuilt at this moment after a long delay. The hospital is now temporarily housed at the foot of the bridge to San Vicente.

How to travel to Bahía de Caráquez

From Guayaquil

Direct bus: Reina del Camino

From Huaquillas (Peruvian border)

Direct bus: Reina del Camino

From Quito

Direct bus (from Quito Carcelén or Quito Quitumbe): Reina del Camino


Local authority: Municipality of Sucre (canton).