Puente las Caras bicycle/walking lane. You are not just crossing Ecuador’s longest bridge, but an historical estuary teaming with life. To arrive, walk one block towards the police station crossing the street you will see a playground where the circular walking lane ramp starts.
Central Bank Museum of Archeology and History. This Museum is packed with amazing archeological artefacts and boasts the country’s most complete showcase of how this specific area, its people and the culture have evolved. Often adapting to catastrophic events, ethnic overthrows, the ebb and flow of prosperity and its role within Ecuadorian society. The Central Bank Museum houses life-size exhibits portraying the seafaring ways of Bahia, plus an active archeological research center, permanent visual arts exhibits. And visiting exhibits. Here, the highly coveted Spondylus shell which was aggressively traded in pre-Hispanic society is on display. Ask for Carlos the English speaking museum director.
The Cross viewpoint, Mirador la Cruz. Here you can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view overlooking Bahia’s both sides of the peninsula. Views reaching to Heart island, Canoa, and the white caps of the submerged ancient lost city Los Bajos de Santa Martha 5 km in front of Bahia.
Miguelito, the giant 106 year old Galapagos turtle, who lives at Miguel Valverde elementary school.
The farmers market.
San Roque, Bahia’s oldest house
Sunset 6pm -10pm in front of Parque Pista de Patinaje is very popular amongst the locals
.The Chone Bay beach is popular amongst the locals; they have a life guard house, On weekends you can rent kayaks, paddles boards. Call Luigi (cel#0994817922) at the tourist office to arrange rentals during the weekdays. Another popular beach especially for surfers is directly in front of Park Pista de Patinaje.
We organize transportation and tours direct with the island guides during the best time of the day. Every day there is a different, working with the tides. The price is $30usd and the trip last 3 hours. Bring a hat, snack and a water bottle. Heart Island is like a Jurassic park of 25000 birds over 55 species. Including the Galapagos Fragata.
We are fortunate to have an International gold medal chef right here in Bahia. At HJ restaurant, Located top floor Pintura del Maestro. (Across from the marina) you will need to make a reservation with Rosy Hidalgo cel# 098916844. Opens at 7pm $10-15 per dish).
Bahia is recognized not only as the cleanest but the safest city in Ecuador. Although due to a higher volume of tourism and the new bridge, crime is rising. Some spots to be careful or avoid all together are around parque Infantil (Paul Harris Park). The very point on the Peninsula between el faro beach and Chone bay beach Av Quito, and past the tennis club towards Bella vista.