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Bahia de Caraquez

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Country  Ecuador
Founded  Jose de Larrazabal
Mayor  Manuel Gilces Mero
Population  19,703

Bahia de Caraquez, officially known as San Antonio de Caraquez and founded under the name of Villa de San Antonio de la Bahia de Caraquez or simply known today as Bahia, formerly called Bahia de los Caras during the period of the Spanish conquest, is a coastal city belonging to the Sucre county, in the Ecuadorian province of Manabi. The city is located on a sandy peninsula on the countrys western coast at the mouth of the Rio Chone and has considerable tourism infrastructure that positions it as the main regional town. It has seen significant development during the last 15 to 20 years, particularly because it has become a vacation destination for people from Quito and Guayaquil. The city is located one hour north of the city of Manta and in the pre-Columbian era was host to the ancient Indian city of Caran. Across the bay is the town of San Vicente.


Map of Bahia de Caraquez

Bahia became an Ecocity on February 23, 1999 due to the devastation caused by two natural disasters in 1997 and 1998. The city features the worlds first certified-organic shrimp farm.

Across the Rio Chone is the city of San Vicente. Locals cross the river by bridge and boat. The bridge was completed as of November 2010.

Travel from cuenca to bahia de caraquez day 1

Bahia differs greatly from the neighboring San Vicente. Featuring great condominia and hotels the city is a popular tourist destination for the wealthy.

The city also boasts a well-known archeological museum, which displays artifacts found in Manabi from very different periods. The collection includes statues from the Valdivia culture as well as several other lesser-known historical communities.


Although Bahia is a city with great tourist potential, its main economic activity is the breeding and fattening of shrimp in captivity. In the bay or estuary of the Chone River there are about 6,000 hectares of cultivated pools of this crustacean. The local industry is very new, there is only one processing plant and exporter of frozen shrimp, Empacadora Dufer, an ice factory and a purified drinking water factory. In rural areas of the parish of Leonidas Plaza, farms or ranches are engaged in raising cattle and pigs. Around a dozen poultry farms, with egg laying hens can also be found.


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