We didn't think we'd like Manta but actually Manta turned out to be a pleasant surprise. We talk more about Manta (and 19 other towns on the Ecuador coast) in our new coastal guide book coming out soon. In the guide we help you get oriented with Manta and help you find a decent and frugal place to stay. There's no reason to spend thousands of dollars getting acquainted with the coast of Ecuador. Let us show you what we did and how we saved money doing-it-ourselves.