10 BEST BEACHES
IN ECUADOR NEAR QUITO AND MORE: GREAT MANGROVES & NATIONAL PARKS & other
fabulous places along the Pacific coast
Ecuador's Pacific coast has a variety of very different landscapes, which
include, beaches, mangroves, humid tropical rainforests in the north, that gradually turn
into dry forests as one travels from the North to the South.
Beaches vary in quality and popularity, while fishing villages occur all
along the coast. The proper coast plays a significant role in Ecuador's economy
for its fisheries, its shrimp farms and beach tourism.
The inland however consists of an agricultural economy, varying from
small-holders agriculture to large scale rice farming in the Guayas; however,
most farmers are poor smallholders.
The climate is hot and humid, with temperatures averaging 25ºC to 31ºC. The
rainy season last from December to May, with a higher humidity. The dry season
is a little less humid but often the air is not really dry either.
The provinces along Ecuador's coastal are: Esmeraldas, Manabi, Guayas, and El
Oro, with the 10 best beaches of Ecuador near Quito being
in Guayas, which is only 45 minutes away by airplane.
Fishing along the
coast of Ecuador is one of its main activities, both at large and small scale.
Not surprising, ship
building along the coast can occur anywhere on the beach.
Montañita is a small
coastal town in Ecuador located in the Parrish of Manglaralto in the province of
Santa Elena about 180 kilometers northwest of Guayaquil. Translated as
"little hill", it became famous very slowly, decades ago, as a place only for
surfing, with only a few rustic fishermen houses and one or two surfers tent on
summer time. In 1960, Montañita was the place where many foreign people
linked with the hippie movement became enamored and decided to settle
permanently. A popular destination for surfers from around the world and
considered one of the best beaches in Ecuador's south coast, Montañita is a town
located on the Peninsula of Santa Elena
The Montañita beach is much
less mundane than
those of the
great resort beaches.
It is still
possible to find a quiet spot on the beach, particularly off-season.
Guayaquil is a port
city in Ecuador, known as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos
Islands. Stretching along the Guayas River is the waterfront Simón Bolívar
promenade, home to La Rotonda monument. In the north, Las Peñas is a
neighborhood full of colorful houses. Stairs lined with cafes and art galleries
lead up Santa Ana Hill, site of Santa Ana chapel, a lighthouse and views of the
Puerto López is a
town that has the perfect blend of relaxation and fun. It’s beachfront cabins
will make you feel you are in paradise. You can take tours to the island of La
Plata and also admire the mating of the humpback whales (during the season); a
ritual of great love. In addition, near Puerto López is the beach of Los Frailes,
within the Machalilla National Park. On this beach of calm waters and white
sand, you can also explore forests and trails.
Puerto Lopez is a gentle
beach town in Ecuador with lots of activities, varying from snorkeling, watching the
fishing boats, whale watching to just enjoying a quiet walk on the beach.
Frailes Beach in
Machalilla National Park is the most prestine beach in Ecuador.
Bahía de Caráquez,
officially known as San Antonio de Caraquez and founded under the name of Villa
de San Antonio de la Bahía de Caráquez or simply known today as Bahía, formerly
called Bahía de los Caras during the period of the Spanish conquest, is a
coastal city belonging to the Sucre county, in the Ecuadorian Province of Manabí. The city is located on a sandy peninsula on the country's western coast
at the mouth of the Río Chone and has considerable tourism infrastructure that
positions it as the main regional town. It has seen significant development
during the last 15 to 20 years, particularly because it has become a vacation
destination for people from Quito and Guayaquil. The city is located one hour
north of the city of Manta.
Bahía de Caráquez is a
relatively small but friendly and among the best beach towns in Ecuador at the peninsula of the mouth of the Chone
Rive with its beaches.
Bahía de Caráquez has many
charming small hotels for very reasonable prices.
At the other side of the
Cone River bay is a small fishermen harbor.
It is one of the most
popular beaches in Ecuador. You’ll find a wide range of bars, juice stands, ice
cream parlors, cevicherías and more. The postcard that makes Atacames unique is
to see in its background the rock that adorns its horizon, like a mole on a
mouth. It’s the Pájaros de Súa Island, the nearby beach.
Park is in the Manabí province on Ecuador's central coast. Offshore,
Isla de la Plata is known for its marine birds
and migratory humpback whales. Near Puerto López town, secluded Los Frailes
Beach shelters nesting sea turtles. In the park's tropical dry forest, Agua
Blanca village has a sulfur lake. Farther inland, the cloud forest in the
Chongón-Colonche mountains is home to toucans and monkeys.
This park is one of the country's first protected areas. Its early
declaration in 1979, in the beginning of the National System of Protected Areas
of Ecuador reveals the importance of the area and the importance of protecting
its ecosystems. Its ecosystems include arid and semi-dry forests and the coastal
ecosystems of South Manabi. Its name comes from the Machalilla culture, one of
the most important pre-Hispanic cultures of the coastal region, who lived in
this area for 800 years (1800 BC - 1000 AD) Culture.
Inside the park and surrounding areas there are archaeological sites from
various cultures, from Valdivia more than 5000 years ago to the Manteño -
Huancavilca culture, 500 years ago. The park is full of evidence of the ancient
inhabitants of Manabi. The protected area includes beaches, several near the
waterfront as Salango, Horno de Pan, Sucre, Pedernales and El Sombrerito, and
also the famous Isla de la Plata. Machalilla National Park also as the most
pristine beach and therefore the best beach of Ecuador's Pacific coast.
Isla Corazón1 is an island of mangroves, with a natural shape that resembles
that of a heart, 1 that has more than 50 hectares1 of surface and is located in
the estuary of the river Chone of the city of "Bay of Caráquez", in The coastal
province of Manabí2 in Ecuador.
The island is deserted and constitutes a nesting site for one of the largest
frigate colonies in the Pacific Ocean along with a number of other bird
species.3 The island was expanded thanks to the efforts of mangrove restoration
of local fishermen And was named National Wildlife Refuge soon after. This group
of fishermen began Tours or tours to Isla Corazón and now they travel by canoe
through the mangrove ecosystem, leaving from Puerto Portovelo.
The islands of Corazon and Fragatas are localted close to the outlet of the
Chone river, offshore from the cities of Bahia de Caraquez and San Vicente. The
refuge protects the remaining mangrove habitat that is within this estuary. The
area is a resting and nesting site for seabirds and shorebirds, among which we
find an important colony of frigatebirds. Due to its ease of access and its
relative proximity to the beach, it has become a preferred destination for
recreational activities. The tour through its canals and hikes among the
mangrove will allow you to understand why this area is considered refuge for
The Cherute mangrove reserve
is one of the southernmost mangrove and semi-humid lowland forest reserves. Both
mangrove birds and forest mammals, particularly Howler Monkeys are common in the
In the Gulf of Guayaquil, freshwater rivers that descend from the mountains
converge with the salt water from the sea; together they form the largest
estuary of the Pacific coast of South America, where you'll find the largest
area of mangroves in Ecuador's estuaries.
Towards the south of the region are the Churute mangroves, Ecuador's first
protected mangrove area.
Besides the mangroves, the reserve also protects arid ecosystems and cloud
forest ecosystems located in the hills of the Cordillera Churute.
The reserve is home to many wildlife species, some endangered such as as the
Canclón, an aquatic bird that lives in a lake of the same name, and a coastal
crocodile, which has already disappeared in other parts of the coast.
Because of the diversity and the expanse of wetlands that the reserve
protects, the reserve in 1990 was declared a Ramsar site, an internationally
recognized wetland of importance.
The reserve protects the mangroves that grow in the estuary that incoporates
the rivers Cayapas and Mantaje in the north of the Esmeraldas province; in doing
so it safeguards both the area's high biodiversity and the many traditions of
the communities and ancient peoples in the surrounding area, who rely on the
mangroves the mangroves for their livelihood. Within this protected area there
are records of mangrove trees of up to 60 meters tall; considered the largest in
the world. The mangroves thrive here as result of abundant nutrients and the
stability of the climate, which enjoys a small annual temperature range. You
will not find many beaches of the Pacific coast of Ecuador however, along
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