You really can't go wrong at any of the open-air seafood joints that line the Malecón Esenico on Playa Murciélago. All have a menu of ceviches, fish, shrimp, lobster, and mixed seafood plates for around $2.50 to $6 (£1.65-£4). Of these, Las Velas (tel. 05/2629-396), toward the western end of the strip, is my favorite, with pretty patio tables under broad canvas umbrellas. Another good option, toward the eastern end of the walkway, is Peces & Peces (tel. 05/2623-574). For Ecuadorean fare and local seafood, consider Rincón Criollo (tel. 05/2623-183), on Avenida Flavio Reyes and Calle 20.

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