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Altitude: 21 feet (69 meters)
Population: 28,047
Phone Code: 06

A well-guarded secret among surf enthusiasts, Mompiche is quite possibly the nicest spot to drop your bags, grab a beer, and bum around for a few days. Located in a sheltered bay, this once-sleepy fishing village has awakened to a burgeoning tourist industry, leading to a number of beach bungalows and even all-inclusive resorts popping up in recent years. And it's not hard to see why: a backdrop of emerald green hills encircles the stunning seven-kilometer stretch of dark sand beach. Surf gurus say this is the best break in Ecuador, but even those who would rather hang out than hang ten will find the surf and sand of Mompiche agreeable.

Considering its mythic status in the travel community, it should come of no surprise that Mompiche harbors a secret of its own: ask around town for boat rides to a nearby, even more remote (and from what we hear, more beautiful) island off the coast. We'd love to tell you more, but travel to such a spot seems to be a rite of passage granted only to those adventurous enough to ask.


Other places nearby Mompiche: Same, Súa, Esmeraldas (City), Muisne, Chamanga, Atacames and Tonchigüe.

08 Apr 2013

Things to do in Mompiche

Surfing in Mompiche

121462Those who grew up in Mompiche have surfing ingrained in their blood from an early age. So, don’t feel bad if you decide to try riding the waves and six-year-olds are flying past you looking like ...
Mompiche, Ecuador

Portete Beach

Portete is a virtually untouched and uninhabited beach that sits hidden a ways behind the main shore. Palm groves border the beach as far as the eye can see, yielding to green hills on your right and ...
Mompiche, Ecuador

Playa Negra

You can walk from one end of Playa Negra to the other in under five minutes. But you’ll probably have the whole place to yourself: a smooth sheet of shimmering black sand to play on, unbroken save ...
Mompiche, Ecuador

Boat Tours

Boat tours are offered throughout the week, typically you’ll find the boatmen advertising their tours along the Malecón during high season. If they\'re not, just head on over to the beach ...
Mompiche, Ecuador

Horseback Tours with Doña Fabiola

Charming and incredibly calm in her demeanor, Doña Fabiola is an animal lover and the owner of some 20+ horses that she keeps in Mompiche. She offers guided tours (3-4 hours) of the mountain on ...
Horseback Riding
Mompiche, Ecuador

Casa Yarumo

Want to relax extra hard while at the beach? Then head on over to casa Yarumo to get an incredibly relaxing rub. German owner Katharina gives some really great shiatsu massages at $15 and hour, or $8 ...
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Mompiche, Ecuador
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