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The 5 Best Beaches in Ecuador

Ecuador beaches are slowly becoming the place to visit for experienced travelers. Ecuador is a country that offers a great variety of terrain and is located on the west coast of South America straddling the equator. While there are plenty of places to visit in the interior of the country, Ecuador is also known as a popular destination for beach holidays. There are some excellent sandy beaches that can offer remote and quiet surroundings while others are just yards from thriving towns with excellent nightlife.

Whether you hit the beach for South America's best surfing, relaxing and socializing with friends or just to get a little peace and quiet, there are so many Ecuador beaches you can choose from.

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Montañita

The small town of Montañita is on the south coast of Ecuador and has developed gradually from a tiny surfing resort and fishing village to the popular backpacker resort that can be seen today.

Like the majority of Ecuador's coast, the main tourist season in the area is between December and May when visitors can enjoy slightly milder temperatures and the waves offer better surfing conditions. The town has also developed a relaxed and liberal culture and is one of the few beaches in the country where women sunbathe topless. The nightlife is also vibrant with a range of beach bars and nightclubs that are particularly busy during the high season.

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Los Frailes

Los Frailes Beach, Ecuador

A short distance to the north of the beach resort of Puerto Lopez lies the stunning Los Frailes beach. It is one of the most idyllic and pristine beaches in the country.

The beach is located in the coastal portion of Machalilla National Park, which is home to monkeys as well as over two hundred and seventy different bird species. The golden sands and clear blue waters help make Los Frailes one of the most peaceful and relaxing Ecuador beaches. Although because it is a part of the national park it doesn't have any fixed facilities in place, so visitors will need to take any towels, drinks, and snacks with them when traveling to the beach.

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