Joe and I decided we needed to make a trip up to the northern coast for a look-see at the areas above Manta around Bahia. We finalized our plans and started our trip visiting the coast from Crucita to San Vicente. Our plans were to visit several different areas when we first moved to Ecuador but once we got settled into a place it was just so hard for us to break away to visit other areas. But finally we are both feeling up to a trip to other beach towns.
We hit the road on Tuesday leaving at 8am with our trusty driver Eric. He took the inland route heading up to Guayaquil and making his way expertly to the coast and San Jacinto our first destination.
Entering Jipijapa, guess what they grow here?
Most of our trip was made with rain falling and to my surprise we arrived in San Jacinto, in an easy 4 hour ride with the sun shining and the rain gone.
San Jacinto is a very quiet fishing town, with a few small businesses, lots of fishermen and several hostels and hotels.
We made reservations at the Hotel San Jacinto. It is located literally on the beach, the mini resort sits on the malecon side of the beach, surrounded by huge rocks to keep the sea water off of the pool deck at high tide. It has comfortable rooms overlooking the water, pool and outdoor dining area.
This is the view from our balcony with water surrounding us on three sides during high tides.
Joe expertly got this shot of the waves hitting the rocks. It is a breathtaking sight.
This is Joe and I in shadow enjoying the sunset from our balcony.
We enjoyed a fried shrimp lunch.
Jose and Norma are fine hosts with a well-trained staff to attend to your needs. http://www.hotelsanjacinto.com/
The sunsets for the past few days have been just beautiful, I will post at least one picture each day to make your day!
Next week we will travel up the coast and move into the Hostal Coco Bongo in Bahia de Caraquez. We plan on eating our fill of seafood, hopefully made with mani as I have missed that from our time in Puerto Lopez. And maybe even a few places will have the encocado which is actually my most favorite of almost all the Ecuadorian cuisines.