Esmeraldas, also known as 'The Green', is a coastal city with a range of outstanding beaches. The island is inhabited by an Afro Ecuadorian population, known for their enjoyment of tropical cocktails and beat driven music. Visitors can relax on the bar lined beaches and enjoy a range of cocktails. Jungle treks are among the most popular forms of recreation in the area. Esmeralda has an affordable choice of hotels to choose from.
Anos Viejos or Old Years marks the end of its year with an interesting and unique ritual. Various elaborate effigies and puppets representing negative things from the previous year are paraded through the towns before being set alight at the stroke of midnight.