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 SAN VICENTE
North of Rio Chone and reachable via a small ferry ride from Bahia de Caraquez is San Vicente, with a nice sandy beach side and water front and a church [Santa Rosa] with beautifully decorated murals and stained glass mosaic windows to view, as well as a few hotels and a small airport. The views from the main hill are magnificent and peer down onto the nearby Bahia de Caraquez town. You can also visit the local daily market in town or further up on the road to San Isidro. There is also some good restaurants serving freshly caught fish.

Getting there. Boat. There are frequent "Pangas" crossing to Bahia de Caraquez [US$0.30*, 10 minutes] and a car ferry, which doesn't cost anything for foot passengers.

Bus. To Guayaquil, Portoviejo and Manta with Coactur, located by the panga dock. Also, Reina del Camino has a frequent bus service to Portoviejo [US$2*]. To Guayaquil [61/2 hours, US$5*]. To Chone [50 minutes, US$1.50*]. To Esmeraldas [US$6*] and Quito [8 hours, US$6.50*], amongst other routes.

*The prices are approximately
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