Beaches in Ecuador to add to your travel bucket list

Beaches in Ecuador to add to your travel bucket list

Ecuador, a privileged country located in the middle of the world, has a lot to offer visitors.

Its geography is so diverse that it offers many attractive destinations throughout the country. In addition to the exceptional and famous Galapagos Islands, undoubtedly its most precious jewel, Ecuador has a coastal region full of fabulous beaches that offer different characteristics and that satisfy the taste of different types of travelers.

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Here are four beaches that no visitor should miss when planning their trip to this lovely South American nation.

Montañita's waves are a favorite of professional and amateur surfers.  (Photo via El Universo).
Montañita’s waves are a favorite of professional and amateur surfers. (Photo via El Universo).

Montanita

Located three hours away from Guayaquil, this place is perfect for a family trip because it offers many different experiences, especially surfing among its big waves, diving and places to enjoy long walks during the day, along a long beach of over 1500 yards.

This place is a favorite of more and more tourists from the United States, Europe and Latin America, especially because of the attractiveness of its beaches and the charm of the town, full of shops, bars, hotels and open-air restaurants that offer excellent seafood, at very affordable prices . It is highly recommended to walk along the so-called “cocktail street” reaching the beach to enjoy refreshing drinks accompanied by live music and partying.

In the evening, the streets of Montañita dance to the rhythm of reggae, and visitors buy crafts and dishes typical of the rich cuisine. The ideal time to visit Montanita is during the season from December to May, months when the sun is always shining and the temperature is maintained at an average of 78° F.

Humpback whales can be seen in Ecuador from June to October.  (Photo via El Universo).
Humpback whales can be seen in Ecuador from June to October. (Photo via El Universo). Width: 711 Height: 464 Humpback whales can be seen in Ecuador from June to October. (Photo via El Universo).

Manta

With a wonderful climate all year round, this city located in the province of Manabi, apart from being a very active commercial port in terms of tuna production, is one of the most attractive destinations for planning holidays due to its wide hotel offer and excellent services.

The city of Manta has great infrastructure with many luxury condos and Florida-style coastal housing projects, making it a very good option for those looking to purchase property and retire in this privileged location by the Pacific Ocean. In addition, Manta has a rich repertoire of restaurants with international cuisine that offer an abundance of menus with a selection of fresh seafood, meats and especially extraordinary fish recipes such as the famous lemon fish, crabs, lobsters, shrimps and sushi tuna, among many others.

Friars Beach

Located within the Machalilla National Park, Playa de Los Frailes is surrounded by large mountains and does not have accommodation services as it is in a protected area, but it is possible to camp and enjoy nature in a free and ecological environment.

This beautiful beach stretches for about two miles of pure sand. At some point there is a path that climbs the mountain to a viewpoint that allows you to admire the beauty of the place from the heights. From June to September, you can enjoy the impressive colonies of whales that visit the site.

Playa de los Frailes is a protected area where there is no construction around.  (Photo via El Universo).
Playa de los Frailes is a protected area where there is no construction around. (Photo via El Universo).

Atacames Beach

Fun is guaranteed at Atacames Beach, a place that offers a wide range of activities such as surfing, boating, bird watching (frigatebirds, pelicans) and humpback whales that arrive from June and October to the shores of Ecuador, but especially in Atacames.

Atacames is located in the province of Esmeraldas and is next to Tonsupa, Sua and Same beaches. Here, water sports like surfing are very popular thanks to the high waves that form at the place and serve as entertainment for experts and novices who visit this wonderful place that has a maximum climate of 89° F.

Although most of the hotels in Playa Atacames are small, as are the restaurants, their services are very developed and the villagers are known for being very friendly to visitors. The extension of this beach is about 5 miles and more than 500 yards wide. Along the beach you can find typical cabanas, music, dancing and tropical drink service. Its selection of seafood dishes such as lobster, shrimp ceviche (raw shrimp) and several fish recipes are worth mentioning.

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