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The Southern Coast

The Southern Coast of Ecuador stretches south of Manta in Manabi through the new Santa Elena province to Guayas and El Oro.

The highlight is Ecuador鈥檚 only protected coastal zone, Machalilla National Park. Further south are the busier beach resorts of La Ruta del Sol (The Route of the Sun). Most famous is the surfer鈥檚 sweet spot, Monta帽ita, with some of Ecuador鈥檚 best waves on the coast and a lively, Bohemian atmosphere.

About three hours inland by bus is Ecuador鈥檚 largest city, Guayaquil. Although still not a very popular tourist destination for foreigners, the city has undergone an award-winning redevelopment in recent years. With a stunning waterfront , new museums and glitzy malls, there is more than enough to keep tourists busy for a couple of days en route to the beach or the Galapagos. South of Guayaquil the highway soon reaches the most convenient crossing to the Peruvian border at Huaquillas.

Uplands of El Oro, El Oro,

08 Apr 2010

The Southern Coast's Best Beach Towns


101097Altitude: 8 meters (26 feet)Population: 1,653Phone Code: 04The lively beach town of Monta帽ita is a mecca for surfers, hippies and party-goers, and has grown quite the reputation among foreigners. ...
Monta帽ita, Ecuador


103033Guayaquil used to be a place to avoid with little to offer tourists, but Ecuador鈥檚 largest city and commercial hub now has more than enough to keep you busy for a couple of days. The 3km-long ...
Guayaquil, Ecuador


101095Ayampe is a tiny sleepy fishing village just recently being awakened by tourism. The town is surrounded by rain forest, excellent views and top-notch surfing. It\'s the perfect place to get away from ...
Ayampe, Ecuador

Salinas de Bol铆var

(Altitude: 3,560 m / 11,677 ft, Population: 1,100, City Code: 03) A windy bus ride on dirt roads through the Ecuadorian countryside brings you to the small town of Salinas. Not to be confused ...
Salinas de Bol铆var, Ecuador


101091A small fishing village just six kilometers (3.7 mi) south of Puerto L贸pez, Salango鈥檚 main features are its excellent seafood and an archaeological museum, Museo Salango. The town has a nice beach ...
Salango, Ecuador

La Ruta del Sol: Sun and Fun on Ecuador's Coastline

La Ruta del Sol

La Ruta del Sol is a strip of some of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Ecuador, with some of Ecuador鈥檚 best surfing. The area is best from December to June, when the weather is hottest. ...
La Ruta del Sol, Ecuador

Explore Ecuador's Southern Coast

Parque Nacional Machalilla

Parque Nacional Machalilla (136,000 acres) is a nationally protected area which includes a stretch of beach and dry tropical forest as well as two islands, Isla de la Plata and Isla Salango north of ...
National Park

Isla de la Plata

One of the highlights of the Parque Nacional Machililla, Isla de la Plata has earned the nickname of the Poor Man麓s Galapagos because of the unique variety of birds, seals and iguanas that are found ...
National Park


130235Whale-watching can be arranged from any number of tour operators with offices along the Malec贸n. The season is June to September, when the humpback whales arrive in the warm coastal waters looking ...
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Puerto L贸pez, Ecuador

Los Frailes

Relaxing and remote, Los Frailes is widely considered one of the most gorgeous beaches along the Pacific coastline, and it's easy to see why:  its lovely landscape includes pristine waters and ...
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Museo Marino

The museum is located in the Jambeli Islands, and to get to this island you need to get a boat ride from the Puerto Bolivar part of El Oro province in Ecuador. Jambeli offers restaurants, cabins and ...
Isla de Jambeli, Puerto Bolivar, Ecuador
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