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Esmeraldas beaches - The best in the country

The Green Province, as it is called, is located on the country’s northwestern coast. Here, the temperature ranges from 21 to 25 degrees Celcius. Esmeraldas’ beaches are undoubtedly one of its main attractions.

Mompiche

Mompiche ranks among the most idyllic, unspoiled beaches on the coast, little more than a sprinkling of huts and fishing boats.

Its 7 kilometres of beach allow to enjoy and to relax in the shade of the palms. The water here is clear and warm (77-81F). Mompiche has been kept secluded for the better, good with species of fauna and flora. It possesses one of the most extensive waves of the Ecuador of almost a kilometre of length. Mompiche is the ideal place for the lovers of the surf. Mompiche has an excellent shortboarding and longboarding wave and has a playful inside section with a sand bottom good for novices. Mompiche is Ecuador's most beautiful beach and this can also be a very romantic getaway for surfing couples.

Tourists contribute to its tropical beauty, its vegetation and a tourist attraction basically for its extension of beach and the hospitality of its people in which the afro-Ecuadorian community finds itself.

Legend tells that a ship full of slaves, heading in the direction of Colombia was shipwrecked in the Esmeraldas-Monpiche coast. The people aboard the ship found their freedom and began a new life there. The MARIMBA is the favorite music that they sing and dance to. It features chonta, a musical instrument made of hard bamboo

Muisne

Muisne is a small Island that boasts one of the wildest beaches of Ecuador. It attracts people both from the highlands and from the coastal regions of Ecuador. There are mangrove forests and swamps in the area, and this is one of the few places where mangroves are, to some extent at least, protected.

The island of Muisne, known for its unspoiled beaches and tranquil waters is bucolic and solitary, is ideal to find the interior peace and to reconcile with the world.

Playa Escondida

Tucked away and hidden and secluded, some fourteen kilometers from the nearest village, lie ecolodges Cumilinche and Playa Escondida (Hidden beach). A departure from the often wild party life of other beaches, this ecological reserve of 100 hectares that boasts a safe, private, pristine beach offers a relaxing alternative for families and travelers. Playa Escondida is located in a beautiful bay. In Playa Escondida you'll see pelicans, frigate birds, hummingbirds, sandpipers, giant and tiny kingfishers, horneros, parrots and parakeets, azulejos, caciques, flycatchers, masked tyrants, mot mots, herons and even ospreys escaping from the cold northern climate.

Same

The small village of Same is a quiet beach resort about 6km southwest of Sua. Same lacks the crowds of other beaches and is slightly more expensive. The attractive gray-sand beach is palm fringed and clean. Nestled among palm trees and set along a strip of coast known for its crystal-clear water.

Sua

This small fishing village is more bustling than Atacames from a fishing point of view, but it's a much quieter place to stay if you'd rather watch the boats at work than just hang out on the beach. The fishing industry attracts its attendant frigatebirds, pelicans and other seabirds, and the general setting is attractive.

Atacames

An all-year-round tourist resort, is just 30 km from the city Esmeraldas. Atacames’ well-developed tourist infrastructure and plethora of seaside restaurants, bars make it a great beach destination for enjoying local food and the great night life. It’s markets selling locally made handicrafts, jewelry, and coral products make Atacames a great place for an affordable shopping spree, as well. A great place if you are looking for contact with local culture and are a big party fan. Atacames always offers the potential of an all day & night party. The small beach resort town of Atacames is immensely popular for visitors from Quito, as well as from Colombia, and gets very crowded on weekends and holidays. Along the beachfront are the main restaurants, boasting the region's best traditional dishes. Next to the beach, bars offer typical beverages made from water and coconut. If you are searching for peace and relaxation there are other beaches that are much more quiet.

Tonsupa and Playa Ancha

Other popular beaches include Playa Ancha and Tonsupa, located 20 km from the city of Esmeraldas. At only 45 minutes by bus from Esmeraldas, Tonsupa and Playa Ancha have big and comfortable hotels and tourist complexes, apartments, cabins, hotels, inn, pensions and discotheques of great category to take pleasure to the most demanding tourists who seek to enjoy its calm beaches and the sunny days. Tonsupa and Playa Ancha a destiny for the family, you can come to the nice beach with your children and your parents. It has beautiful waves and clean sand. You can eat many dishes of the sea, fish, lobster and "ceviche".

The sport can you practice in Tonsupa is the snorkelling, since it possesses a beautiful submarine landscape.

Camarones - Colope and Rio Verde

There are more beaches to the north, towards the Cotacachi Cayapas reserve and the Choco rainforest, all of which are small fishing villages namely Camarones where you can arrange to go out with the fishermen, Colope, and Río Verde - this last is located at the outflow of the river with the same name and offers great opportunities for bike riding, water sports and sea kayaking up river, their are rainforsts nearby and the beach gets little use, it is clean, calm and the waters are warm. A large Frigate bird colony nests nearby and there are possibilities for volunteering with local schools.

Las Peñas

This beach is not as well known as the Southern beaches, the waters are warm and there are miles and miles of sandy beach. It is a calm beach and it mainly catters to people from Ibarra.

El Cauchal

The village of El Cauchal is located on an Island within the Cayapas Mataje Mangrove ecological reserve. The beach at Cauchal is beautiful and solitary. To reach Cauchal it is a one and a half hour boat ride from San Lorenzo. At Cauchal it is possible to spend the night with one of the families in the community and enjoy the local seafood, crab ceviche, tapado de pescado (smothered fish) or encocado de pescado (cocunut fish). The beah is surrounded by cocunut palms and other fruit trees. Visitors are welcome to join the communities activities fishing and collecting clams in the mangrove swamps.

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