Atacames is the party beachtown for Ecuadoreans. During the holidays this small city fills up with young people from Quito and Santa Domingo. You will have a hard time seeing the beach, it will be that full with beachtowels.

Small beach bars fill the boulevard and blast reggae out of their speakers.

Discotecas and salsotecas are the place to be in Atacames. Prepare to dance, drink, party and have a good time!

Ayampe

Ayampe is not like other destinations at the Ecuadorean coast. It has more to offer than a pretty beach and fresh seafood.

The area inland is spectaculair. Mangroves and other spectacular natural areas are just a little ride away (you can arrange horses in the village). The inhabitants of Ayampe are making an effort to preserve the beautiful mangroves by offering guided tours.

A former president of Ecuador, Sixto Duran, made Bahia de Caraquez into one of the most popular beach resorts of Ecuador back in the nineties. After building a little house there, a lot of wealthy Ecuadoreans followed.

Bahia de Caraquez is still a popular place for rich Ecuadoreans to enjoy a holiday. In many ways it is similar to Salinas near Guayaquil. Skyscrapers and apartment buildings have been built in Bahia de Caraquez 15 years ago and are usually filled with Quitenos enjoying a weekend at the coast.

Canoa

Canoa is an up and coming beach destination in Ecuador. Just a few years ago Canoa was a quiet little fishing village getting hardly any attention from travellers. Over the past few years it has gained populairity, especially with backpackers looking for a fun low-budget place to enjoy the beach and work on a tan.

Crucita

Located nearby the city of Manta, Crucita is the capital of Ecuador for kitesurfing and other extreme sports. This cool little place offers hardly anything for other travellers, but extreme sport fanatics will love it here. There is one basic accommodation available in Crucita and some small restaurants where they serve fresh fish every day.

The coastal road slightly less traveled, takes you away from the crowds of Atacames or Montanita to visit small working fishing communities which even though slightly unfamiliar to tourists, will welcome visitors with open arms and show you around. The description below gives a recommended trip around the small peninsula between Muisne and Atacames stopping at the very special village of Estero de Platano.

Las Tunas

Las Tunas is the place to go for the combination of catching waves and relaxing in a nice little town. The deserted white sandy beach stretches out for several kilometers. You only have to share it with the local fishermen and very few tourists.

It is amazing to see that Las Tunas is only half hour away from the bustling tourism town Puerto Lopez, but there are no tourists to be found. Las Tunas is the ideal place for people trying to get away from things and immerge in the tranquil life that this little commuity has to offer.

Manta

Manta is an important city for Ecuador's economy. As one of the largest cities at the coast it is a hub for goods coming from the US to Quito.

For tourists, Manta is not the favorite place to go. The beaches don't usually live up to the expectations of many visitors, just like the city itself.

Even though word is quickly spreading about this lovely beach and surfing spot, Mompiche still remains a quiet fishing village set back from an extensive 3km long beach, lined with palm trees, with few tourists. The sand and sea may not be Carribean white and turquoise but the beach is pristine and scattered with small fishing canoes with a magically relaxed and safe atmosphere.

Montanita

Wandering along the endless white sand beach and between colourful cocktail stalls, the average visitor to Montanita will fall in love with the place immediately.

Even without its much-lauded surfing opportunities, Montanita has more than its fair share to offer holidaymakers and travellers, with its vast array of coastal view bars and cheap hostels, set within naturally beautiful surroundings.

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