Oliba Seledina Nieve Arroyo (born 1977-11-25 in Esmeraldas) is a female weightlifter from Ecuador. She won a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games for her native South American country in the + 75 kg weight division.
Adalberto Ortiz (February 9, 1914 - February 1, 2003) was a novelist, poet and diplomat born in Esmeraldas, a province of Ecuador.
Iván Jacinto Hurtado Angulo (born 16 August 1974 in Esmeraldas) is a retired Ecuadorian football centre back. He is one of the most capped male footballers of all time.
Eduardo Estíguar Hurtado Roa (born December 2, 1969 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador) is a footballer who plays as a striker. He has the record of being the 2nd all-time leading scorer for the Ecuador national football team with 26 goals in 74 caps.
Bolívar Efrén Gómez Valencia (born July 31, 1977 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian football defender. He obtained one international cap for the Ecuador national football team, making his only appearance in 1999.
Jackson Quiñónez Vernaza (born 12 June 1980 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador) is a Spanish hurdler of Afro-Ecuadorian descent. He represented his birth country Ecuador until October 2005.
Edwin Rolando Tenorio Montaño (born 16 June 1976 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian football midfielder who currently plays as a defensive midfielder for Deportivo Quito.
Enrique Roberto Gámez Quintero (born July 13, 1981 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Esmeraldas Petrolero.
Máximo Wilson Tenorio Quiñónez (born 30 September 1969 in Esmeraldas) is a retired Ecuadorian football defender. He was a member of the Ecuador national football team at the 1997 Copa América, and obtained a total number of 38 caps during his career.
Alberto Guillermo Montaño Angulo (born 1970-03-23 in Esmeraldas) is a retired Ecuadorian international football central defender. He played 57 times for the Ecuador national team, and was part of the Barcelona SC squad that reached the final of the Copa Libertadores in 1998.
Banner Geovanny Caicedo Quiñónez (born March 28, 1981 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer.
Eduardo Andrés Boné Saá (born February 22, 1990 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Patria.
Isaac Bryan Mina Arboleda (born 17 October 1980 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays club football for Deportivo Quito of Ecuador.
María Alexandra Escobar Guerrero (born July 17, 1980) is an Ecuadorian female weightlifter.
Thompson García (born December 16, 1970) is a former boxer from Ecuador, competing in the heavyweight (> 91 kg) division. He was born in Esmeraldas.
Jorge Daniel Guagua Tamayo (born September 28, 1981 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuador international football defender who plays for Emelec.
Miler Alejandro Bolaños Reasco (born June 1, 1990 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays as a Striker for Grêmio of the Brazilian Serie A.
Jimmy Roberto Blandón Quiñónez (born January 1, 1969 in Esmeraldas) is a former Ecuadorian football midfielder. He played in 30 matches for Ecuador between 1997 and 2000. He was a strong defensive midfielder with great movility and tireless physical condition.
Óscar Dalmiro Bagüí Angulo (born December 10, 1982 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Emelec in the Ecuadorian Serie A.
Luis Enrique Capurro Bautista (born May 1, 1961 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador) is a former football player. He played 100 games for the Ecuador national team
Petter Villegas (born November 15, 1975 in Esmeraldas) is an Ecuadorian-born Puerto Rican footballer currently playing for Puerto Rico Islanders in the North American Soccer League.
Humberto Toledo Valverde (born August 10, 1979 in Esmeraldas, Ecuador) is a professional Ecuadorian boxer in the Light Welterweight division. He's the former WBC Latino Super Featherweight and is the current WBC FECARBOX Lightweight champion.
Rixon Javier Corozo Hurtado (born August 8, 1981) is an Ecuadorian footballer who played for El Nacional and Independiente del Valle.