One Day in Manta: A Symphony of Sights, Sounds, and Flavors

Manta, Ecuador

Arrival in Manta's Bustling Port

Most often, cruise ships are seen anchoring at Manta's port early in the morning, with passengers ready to disembark by 8 AM. As you step off the ship, you're greeted by the port's warm atmosphere, replete with local vendors, information kiosks, and facilities that make your transition from ship to shore seamless.

Exploring Manta's Heartbeat: The Town and Its Culture

Your day in Manta should start with an immersion in the town's culture and history. Navigate through the bustling streets and vibrant markets, stopping to appreciate the town's architecture and the ever-smiling locals. Do not miss a visit to the Museo del Banco Central, where you can delve into Manta's rich history, and Montecristi, home to the original Panama hats.

Dive into the Pacific: Manta's Beautiful Beaches

For the beach lover, Manta offers an array of options. Manta Beach, conveniently located near the port, is perfect for a relaxed sun-soaked day. Murciélago Beach is known for its lively atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for those seeking more social engagement. For serene turquoise waters and soft sand, take a short trip to Santa Marianita, a favorite among the locals.

Adventures Await in Manta

Manta offers a variety of adventures for thrill-seekers. Join a snorkeling or scuba diving tour to explore the rich marine life beneath the Pacific's waves. You can also visit Pacoche Wildlife Refuge, a haven for endemic species and lush vegetation. If you're keen on surfing, Santa Marianita beach is renowned for its perfect wind conditions.

Indulging in Manta's Gastronomy

Manta's cuisine is a delicious mix of fresh seafood and traditional dishes. Sample the local ceviche or 'viche de pescado', a delightful fish soup. Make sure to try 'encebollado', a tasty tuna stew often paired with 'chifles', thin crispy plantain chips. For drinks, don't miss out on 'canelazo', a warm spiced alcoholic beverage, or fresh tropical fruit juices.

Ending the Day: Souvenirs, Gifts, and Departure

Before you head back to the ship, take a stroll through the local markets to pick up some unique souvenirs. Montecristi is a must-visit for hand-woven Panama hats and artisanal crafts. After a fulfilling day, return to the ship by 5 PM, ready to sail off into the sunset, carrying memories of a day well-spent in Manta.

Manta from Miami Cruise Schedule

A cruise that begins in Miami and stops in the Manta would enchant even the most seasoned tourist with its natural splendor. Cruises to the Manta are ideal for those who fantasize about lovely beaches dotted with palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Azamara Club Cruises Panama Canal 16-day route

16-day Panama Canal from Miami, Fl

Azamara Journey, Azamara Club Cruises

Date: January 7, 2025

Ports of Call: Miami, Key West, Grand Cayman, Puerto Limon, Cartagena, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Manta, Guayaquil, Trujillo, Lima, Lima; View Itinerary

Oceania Cruises Panama Canal 14-day route

14-day Panama Canal from Miami, Fl

Marina, Oceania Cruises

Date: December 7, 2024

Ports of Call: Miami, Costa Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan, Puerto Limon, Panama Canal, Panama City, Manta, Salaverry, Lima, Lima; View Itinerary