Manta is an important city for Ecuador's economy. As one of the largest cities at the coast it is a hub for goods coming from the US to Quito.
For tourists, Manta is not the favorite place to go. The beaches don't usually live up to the expectations of many visitors, just like the city itself.
If you are up for a party, Manta is a good place to go. There is a good club-scene and there are some nice place to eat too. This is partly thanks to the US army base not too far away from Manta. Expect a lot of American soldiers in Manta.
If you are not up for a big party and just looking for a nice place at the beach you might as well skip Manta and go to some of the smaller places just north of the city. You won't miss a thing.
Places to stay in Manta +
Places to stay in Manta
Mid-range Hotels: Yes
High-range Hotels: Yes
Places to eat in Manta
Manta is a city with all types of restaurants available. Most will cater to locals or Ecuadorian tourists.
Practical information about Manta +
Getting to and around in Manta +
How to get to Manta
You can catch direct busses from Guayaquil, Quito and Esmeraldas to Manta. There is also a small airport for national flights from Guayaquil and Quito.
Map of Manta