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Playa Negra - Beach Mompiche - Ecuador

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 for a few hulking pieces of driftwood. This sand is not only remarkable for its color, rather, it is its texture that makes it so special. This is the softest sand you may ever set foot on. Pick up a handful. It’s heavy and slick, almost like a silky black mud. There isn’t much to this beach other than the sand, sea and trees, but to many visitors it will be a treasure worth basking in.

To find Playa Negra, go all the way to the south end of the main beach, toward the cliff and rocks. You will see a dirt road heading into the tree line, this is the entrance. Head down the road for about 30-40 minutes, passing a major turn-off on your left and continuing straight. Keep going past a few more hills, and you will find the path to Playa Negra on your right, indicated by two posts, and swinging gate (if you hit the Royal Decameron Resort you've gone too far). Trek down the hill from here and you’ll discover this little piece of paradise. You can only access Playa Negra during low tide.


Mompiche, Ecuador

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Here are other activities in and around Mompiche that may be of interest: Portete Beach and Boat Tours.

12 Jul 2013

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