Mompiche Recommended

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.

Being a beach there is little to do apart from relax and join the rest of the town in splashing in the waves, lounging in a hammock and eating seafood fresh from the sea. Surf boards, body boards and classes are available at very reasonable prices at the DMCA - Surf Hostel just to the right of the main ´road´ when looking at the beach.

A short walk from Mompiche and you will find La Playa Negra, a beach of black sand, which you are likely to have all to yourself. When facing the sea walk left to the end of the beach past the Casablanca cabañas and head left up a gravel road. After 10/15 mins passing grazing cows and horses, an unmarked path on the left will take you back to the sound of the sea.

A further 30 mins down the road will bring you to Portete, a stunning beach with all the coconuts you can eat. Ask in town if you can get a ride there. Back in Mompiche make sure you take a wander on the beach after dark where you will find local fishermen, their families and friends, sorting through the last catch of the day by oil lantern giving you a real taste of life on the coast.

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Borders: 

North to Columbia, south to Manabi and Pichincha, east to Carchi, Imbabura and Pichincha, west to Pacific Ocean.

Population: 

450,000

Altitude: 

From the Pacific ocean to the highest peak near San Lorenzo

Capital: 

Esmeraldas

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