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Best Ecuador Beaches

There is plenty of sun and sand on the coasts of Ecuador, where some of the region’s most pristine and undeveloped beaches can be found. We’ve rounded out the top five Ecuador beaches to get you started.

Atacames, Province of Esmeraldas in Ecuador

Photo: Andrew Hall

1. Atacames, Province of Esmeraldas

If you want to escape the typical foreign tourist locations, Atacames offers a long strip of wide, sandy beach and a lively party atmosphere. Be warned; it is very popular with the locals who flock there on holidays and weekends. Probably one of the Ecuador beaches to avoid if you’re looking for more off the beat and path.

Muisne, Province of Esmeraldas

Photo: Jose Gildela

2. Muisne, Province of Esmeraldas

If you want a quieter, more relaxing experience, Muisne is an ideal location. The beach is a long, quiet strip of sand on an island just off the coast and requires a short boat ride.

Montanita, Province of Guayas

Photo: Matt Woottan

3. Montanita, Province of Guayas

Montanita is where the surfers go, with large waves, best attempted by intermediate to expert surfers. The easiest way to get to Montanita is by bus from Guayaquil.

Salinas, Province of Guayas

Photo: Johnny Chunga

4. Salinas, Province of Guayas

If you are looking for a developed beach town with a great deal of activities, then choose Salinas. Two hours from the busy port city of Guayaquil, Salinas is one of the most upscale beaches in the country, with many high-end resorts and five-star hotels towering along the shore.

Canoa, Province of Manabí

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5. Canoa, Province of Manabí

This picturesque, sleepy fishing town is ideal for a relaxing getaway. Although popular with foreigners, it is not as crowded as some of the more well-known beaches in Ecuador. The beach is long and wide, and often empty, stretching on for miles. Canoa Ecuador is one of our pics up and coming spots.

Which Ecuador beaches are your favorites?

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2 thoughts on “Best Ecuador Beaches

  1. 1

    Ecuador has a lot more than these 5 beaches, about 100 actually. It just depends on what you’re looking for… restaurants and bars, tropical jungle, surfing, snorkeling or diving. Ecuador has it all. You can see a live webcam of Salinas beach right here:

  2. 2

    Mark, we are seeking a hidden gem…looking for a non party town, quiet clean lovely beach area that isn’t highly populated. We seek to rent a nicer 3 bed house or condo and would like to keep rent under $1500. We also do not want to be totally isolated either which could make us feel unsafe and a bit bored. Finally, we still desire to have access to some excellent shopping within an hour of where we live. Knowing all of this, could you please “heroically” recommend one or more places to research?

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