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"Bahía" Bahía de Caráquez by MalenaN

Bahía de Caráquez Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 92 photos

Bahía de Caraquez is a town with about 20 000 inhabitants. It is more often called Bahía rather than the longer Bahía de Caraquez. The town has got a beautiful location on a peninsula, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Chone River estuary on the east side.

During the strong El Niño years 1997-98 Bahía and the surrounding country side was severely damaged by floods and landslides. Shortly after that the area was hit by a strong earthquake destroying many houses and leaving residents of Bahía without water and electricity for months. After the catastrophes rebuilding was done with sustainability in mind and Bahía is now an Eco-city. There are many organic farms in the surroundings, there has been reforestation projects, on the peninsula there are bicycle taxis (motos are not allowed), plastic bags have been banned and at the market waste is recycled.

Bahía is a clean and quiet town. At least it was very quiet when I was there, but during high season it gets livelier as the town has become a popular holiday destination for people from Guayaquil and Quito. On the peninsula there are many white high-rise apartment blocks. These are mainly holiday homes, but there are a few hotels too.

  • Last visit to Bahía de Caráquez: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dec 11, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I would love to see the Frigate bird like you did!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      It was a whole colony of them, so it was very impressive!

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    Mar 27, 2013 at 5:35 AM

    I wonder how your wrist is doing now?? Hopefully it healed correctly. You certainly needed rest after all you went to. Your opening photo of the beach makes it appear as a good place for relaxing!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Thank you for asking Sylvia! It healed very well and I have no complications.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    It was good that you could find somewhere to rest after the operation, and a friendly hotel where they were helpful :-)

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 19, 2012 at 3:33 AM

    Bahia looks like a good place to rest and relax, esp since you had a broken wrist. Too bad it had to happen at the beginning of your time in Ecuador. Also I am glad to hear that plastic bags are banned here. they are such an environmental threat as people just throw them away and they are everywhere. At home, I only use reusable bags.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you Lori! It is very good that Bahia goes in for being an Eco-city!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2012 at 2:35 AM

    Fortunately you had travel insurance. It is a nuisance, to say the least, getting injured while travelling :(

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 17, 2012 at 3:00 AM

      Thank you Regina for visiting my page! I wouldn't travel without a travel insurance, you never know what will happen. It was really bad luck to break the wrist after only a few days in Ecuador.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    an interesting page about a place that is still missing on my map !

  • Oct 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Hi Malena, I'm glad that you found proper medical treatment! I hope that your wrist has healed well.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

      The wrist has healed very well, thank you Sonja!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    An amazing place, Malena! Museo de Bahía must have been interesting as well as Isla Corazon!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM

      Thank you Sergey! Yes, both the museum and Isla Corazon were interesting places and I am glad I have visited them.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Malena, lovely little page about your adventures in Ecuador. Your room of the Hostal Coco Bongo looks indeed nice. Good to know that the hospital is only an off the beaten path tip and not a things to do tip. *winkygrin*

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Thank you Holger! The hospital is definitely not a thing to do, and not a place I want to visit on my next trip. If Favourites still had been called General tips it would have been better to put it there.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Good that you had proper travel insurance.

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