During most of our travels chasing waves or checking out potential beachfront real estate opportunities, we mainly travel around the Manabi Province of Ecuador, and one of my favorite locations is a popular coastal destination named Puerto Lopez. Puerto Lopez is one of the relatively larger fishing villages on the coast of Ecuador. It is popular for tourists not only for the food, but also as a hub for other activities, one of the most popular being the June to October season of whale watching. Puerto Lopez is in close proximity to Machalilla National Park, known for the popular beaches of Los Frailes. Puerto Lopez is also the jump off point for Isla de la Plata, sometimes known as “The Poor Man’s Galapagos.”
Fishing is the main activity in Puerto Lopez. The street running along the beach, Malecon, is lined with restaurants serving the freshest, most delicious seafood. Also along the beach you’ll find cabanas serving drinks and some fun nightclubs. One of my favorite dishes to eat here is Octopus Spaghetti. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s cooked octopus served in a marinara sauce over pasta. This unusual but delicious dish will prepare you for a fun night in Montanita — more on that later. Another of my favorites is Pescado al Vapor, which is steamed Sea Bass in tomato, onion and herb sauce. These two dishes are just the tip of the iceberg; I can’t even begin to tell you how much more good —even exotic — food is here, so be sure to stop in Puerto Lopez and bring your appetite!
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