Soak Up the Sun on an Ecuador beach
Ecuador's western coast is bordered by the South Pacific Ocean and its coastline is made up of many fine beaches of all shapes and sizes. There are also a few islands just off the coast which can be explored. Below is a brief description of some of the many beaches along Ecuador's coast:
Salinas is perhaps the most well known of all of Ecuador's beaches. Essentially a beach resort town, Salinas is the place where many locals flock during the high-season for a bit of fun in the sun. Here you can see whales, surf, sea-kayak, skydive, hang-glide, jetski, ski, and yacht. There are also a few thermal baths not too far away that are most enjoyable.
Puerto López is a great place to spend a few days. Here you will be able to enjoy sunny beaches and the rhythmic sway of salsa-clubs at night during high-season. The Parque Nacional Machalilla and the Isla de la Plata are accessible from Puerto López and make for fascinating day trips and some amazing sight seeing. Puerto López is definitely one of the must-see beaches of Ecuador.
Montañita is also a highly recommended beach. This beach-based town is constantly in motion and you will find no shortage of things to do and see. You can relax, surf, go wall-climbing, paragliding and much more. Montañita is the perfect place to indulge yourself.
Atacames is a great party spot in Ecuador. Though the beaches of Atacames themselves are quite beautiful, the real attraction for most visitors to this beach is the perpetual party atmosphere.
Hostería and Pueblo Ecológico Alandaluz is a fascinating place to visit if you have the money. Built as an eco-friendly beachfront resort, it offers plenty of interesting ecotours and nature-related activities.
Salango is a good beach to visit if you intend to see the underwater world of Ecuador. Here you can go snorkeling, scuba diving and also enjoy an interesting, historical look into the ancient cultures that used to live in the area.
Mompiche is quite a popular spot amongst backpackers and surfers. It has big waves, black sand and lots of inexpensive lodging.
Bahía de Caráquez is an upscale town with a lot to see. While the beaches are beautiful, you might spend less time at the sea and more time seeing sights such as the last dry tropical forest in Ecuador.
Súa is a small beach with budget accommodation facilities. Its main attractions are short hikes, coves and good views.