Gritty and unpretentious, Tarqui is Manta’s working class beach. The shipbuilders and piles of shark fins* are just up ahead, barely out of this photo’s reach.
Sitting just to the east of the Rio Manta that cuts Manabí Province’s largest city —and fifth biggest in Ecuador— in half, you’ll see more cars parked at the water’s edge than beach chairs and umbrellas, giving it a forlorn air of practicality. It’s a good fit if you don’t mind the litter. Plastic mostly, like in most parts of the world.
* I’ve pieced together a few updated stories on the shark finning situation at Tarqui, Puerto Lopez and Ecuador in general: one is on Medium (if you use Medium, recommendations there will be greatly appreciated) and another, more heavily illustrated, is in the photoessays section of my main website here.