Atacames has a well-deserved reputation as a party town. The beachfront Malecón is lined with an almost uninterrupted string of open-air thatch-roof bars that have loud reggae and Latin music and cheap drink specials. This is the perfect strip for a leisurely pub crawl, stopping in at whichever spot seems the most happening or appealing. Many of these shacks have celebrity-sounding knock-off names such as Friend's Bar, Cheer's, Hard Rock Café, and Planet Atacames. In addition, I like Madera Fina, which may be related to the popular bar of the same name in Manta. Two of the more established dance clubs include the Scala Disco (tel. 06/2720-404) and Ludos (tel. 06/2731-225), both on the Malecón.
There's much, much less nightlife to be had at the beaches west of Atacames; in fact, they are rather dead after dark. Though that can be a good thing to some travelers.
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