There are 1,390 miles of coastline, where the Pacific Ocean meets Ecuador, but there is so much more to this scenic region than just pristine beaches. The bustling port city of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest, offers sophisticated hotels, shops and restaurants. Numerous marine and wildlife reserves ensure a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Esmeraldas is the center of Afro-Ecuadorian culture and the birthplace of the Marimba. Choco-holics can indulge their passion by traveling the Cacao Route, visiting three historic cacao haciendas, gaining an in-depth knowledge of (and succulent experience with) Ecuador's renowned chocolate.