Manta doesnít entice international visitors with many attractions, though it's popular with Ecuadorians. Itís a busy, working port, second only to Guayaquil
, handling shipments of sugarcane, fiber, pepper, cacao
and other agricultural products of the region. Though less crime-ridden than the other big coastal towns, its less-than-pristine beaches are patrolled by naval police.
||Article contributed by Dominic Hamilton|||