Museo de Bahía is a good museum with exhibitions on three floors. On the first and second floor there are archaeological exhibitions with items from different costal pre-Colombian cultures, like the Caras, Jamas and Coaques. There is a lot of pottery, but also stone figurines, gold pectorals and jewelry. There are tools from 8800 BC, which belong to the Las Vegas culture, and there is a model of a Manteño balsa raft in life-size. On the third floor there is an art exhibition.
Admission was free to the museum (June 2012). It is open between 9 – 16.30 on Tuesday – Saturday, and between 11 – 14.30 on Sundays.
From the bay at Bahia de Caraquez, take a boat ferry for about $2.00 to the small fishing village of San Vicente. The trip is pleasant with "entertainment" included in some of the ferries. Once in San Vicente explore the town, it is worth it!
We took a 5 hour eco tour of Isla Corazon. It cost $26 per person, minimum of 2 persons for the tour to be conducted. We met our guide at the travel agency near the Hotel Italia in central Biaha. He walked with us several blocks to the ferry. When we arrived at the other side of the river, in San Vincente, we waited on the corner for the bus going to Chone. We departed that bus to the stop for the Isla Corazon tour. There we boarded a dugout canoe and were paddled across the borad river to the island.
Our first stop was to walk a boardwalk amongst the mangrove trees. There are 3 species of mangrove: red, white and black. We saw lots of crabs living in the mangrove roots. The boardwalk culminates at a tower where we could look down on the mangrove trees.
Next we were paddled around the island. We saw many pelacans resting on the mangrove trees. On the far side of the isdland, we encountered thousands of frigate birds, fishing and resting. Our guide took us into an inlet where we were able to see and hear the birds close up.
Finally, we followed a channel through the island. Part of the time, the water was too shallow for paddling, and the guide walked in the mud and pushed the canoe. There were many birds on this portion of the trip.
The guide spoke only Spanish, and we are primarily English speakers. He kept things simpe, and we think we understood.
Apparently, the canoe part of the trip would cost only $15 if people ride the bus and get off at the correct stop.