It was fitting that our first stop upon arriving in Manta, Ecuador, was a place that many locals frequent every morning.
The only way to get fish fresher than at the fish market in Manta is to go out and catch it yourself. Which is why this is where the locals come for their seafood, whether they’re buying a couple of fish for the family’s evening meal or stocking up for a busy day in their restaurant.
There are all sorts of freshly-caught fish available, including marlin, shark and mahi-mahi, not to mention a wealth of shellfish. Sadly, I wasn’t very good at recognising most of them.
The market is located right on Plage de Tarqui (Tarqui Beach), and in fact spills down onto the beach itself.
There’s even an area right beside the fish market where you can get your fresh purchase cleaned and prepared.
And next door to that, you can visit a boatyard right on the beach, where fishing boats are built and repaired.
Our visit to the Manta fish market was quite an experience, and the perfect start to our day. Thanks to Mauro from Manta SOS Guide for showing us around!
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