Where can you play golf and find Panama hats near Bahia, Ecuador? Here is a link to the golf course called the Monte Cristi Golf Club. Monte Cristi is 56 kilometers (35 miles) from Bahia. Besides golf, Monte Cristi offers tourist activities such as shopping for the fine woven Ecuadorian hats. Most people refer to the hats made in Ecuador as Panama hats, but the famous hats are made here in Ecuador and were misnamed Panama hats when the Panama canal was under construction. Monte Cristi is one places where the hats are made from the fiber that is selected and hand woven by women who live in the surrounding villages.
There are many traditional Ecuadorian restaurants in town as well as a fabulous Italian Restaurant that sits on a hill above the city. The ambiance is charming and the food is amazing. You can read reviews on Trip Advisor.
Trattoria da Gabriele Restaurant
Address: Cerro de Montecristi. Ciudadela Eloy Alfaro, Montecristi, Ecuador
Hours: 12–3PM, 7–10PM