Atacames Things to Do
Do a Lot or Nothing at All
Atacames is one of this places where you can do a lot or do nothing at all... For starters, there are plenty of official tourist guides with plenty of ideas of what to do... They offer day trips or excursions around the area. We chose to take a two hour cruise in a small boat to explore the coastline. It was informative and gave us ideas of other places we would like to see. The boat ride with the guide for two hours for just my husband and I was $10.00, well worth the price!
Sua, a smaller beach to the south of Atacames is also worth going to visit. It is less crowded, you can actually enjoy a peaceful day at the ocean doing nothing at all.Related to:
lounge at the beach
What do people usually do at the beach, eat drink and sunbathe.
When I came, there wasnt much of a surf but that was ok. We rested on the hammocks and drank quite a bit.
My favorite drink.....caipirina.
We drank all day with my cousins for $16 total. It was great.Related to:
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taste the exotic fruit
On the road out of the city you will see quite a few stands like this selling exotic fruit. Dont be afraid to try some. It's inexpensive and very good.
different types of bananas
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Restaurante el Cubano: A local's favourite- best seafood!
A standard, very inexpensive, ultra delicious restaurant on the main strip facing the long line of bars that litter the beach. Good service and always packed with locals- a sign that it is a good value and has great food!
Favorite Dish: Encocado!!! It is a local specialty: fresh seafood in coconut curry sauce, served with a side of rice and patacones (smashed, salty and fried plaintain)
You can choose what you want to be in your encocado: shrimp, filete of fish, mixed, crab, lobster etc.
It was $4.50 for encocado with fish and $7 for crab (though watch for whether it is in season or not- it is illegal to fish and serve lobsters and crabs during breeding season)
The batido de coco is super good too, almost like a desert!
There a tons of places to choose from!: Eat Like the Locals!
You can either go into town, a short ride in a bicycle-taxi for about $2.00 and enjoy a decent and inexpensive meal, or eat in one of the many restaurants on the boardwalk. We found all the ones we chose acceptable, however my husband always insisted in seeing the live fish or seafood that we wanted before and while been cooked.
For breakfast the street vendors offering fresh ceviche for $4.00 was a steal!
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed many local dishes made of fresh fish and black shell clams!!!Related to:
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2 Hotels in Atacames
Bar Cheers: Swing in a hammock and sip some...
This is one of many seemingly identical bars on the main strip that face the beach, and is at the farrer end of the strip across from the Der Alte Fritz hotel.
BUT, aside from having swings at the bar (like many bars), it has 6 fantastic hammocks facing the beach- a great place to chill and have drinks day or nighttime. Just watch out for the electric swings at night when the lights are on.
The drinks are a bit more expensive, $3 for a caipirinha with rum or vodka (I really dont like the taste of aguardiente but its cheaper if you dont mind it!).
if you are hungry, get a pina hawaianna - a hollowed out pineapple with ice cream!
Dress Code: None- bathing suits are totally acceptable
Too many to name: Bar Huts
The many bar huts along the beach offered a great variety of drinks and music... You can spend the entire day just enjoying the sea and drinking, (it does not have to be alcohol, many offer fresh fruit drinks). You can also send out for any food you might want to have from any of the neighbor restaurants.
One day we decided to have a fruit salad for lunch, we asked one of the tenders at the bar, he sent out somebody for additional fruits he did not have and made us the best fruit salad I ever had!!!
Dress Code: Beach wear for most!!! Some dress with less!!!Related to:
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Getting to Atacames
It is possible to get to and from Atacames directly from Quito it takes about seven hours. There are buses that leave throughout the day, but there is also the possibility of taking a night bus.
To Guayaquil, 8 hrs. Ticket value around US$5.80, To Quito, 7 hrs. 3 buses daily. Ticket value around US$5.50. To & from Esmeraldas, 40 minutes. Buses leave every 15 minutes. Ticket value around US$0.80.
Bus to Atacames
You can take a bus from Quito to Atacames for the price of $9.00 per person. The trip lasts about 6 hours but if you take it at night you can sleep or enjoy a movie from the many TV screens in the bus.Related to:
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