Ecuador Beach

Whilst the country cannot quite compete with the scale of Chile’s coastline or the majesty of Colombia’s Caribbean resorts, there is still enough choice to findan Ecuador beach to suit your mood. This strip of beaches is often more commonly referred to as ‘la Ruta del Sol’ and here are a couple of the most renowned places you will find along Ecuador’s Pacific coastline.

Travel up La Ruta Del Sol and you are sure to find an Ecuador beach to suit your mood. Whilst the country cannot quite compete with the scale of Chile's coastline or the majesty of Colombia's Caribbean resorts, there is still enough choice to make a jaunt up the Ecuadorian coast worthwhile. This strip of beaches is often more commonly referred to as 'la Ruta del Sol' and here are a couple of the most renowned places you will find along Ecuador's Pacific coastline.

Montanita



The beach at Montanita
The beach at Montanita

Translated as 'little hill', Montanita is often seen as Ecuador's surfing paradise and is now also a really hip and trendy town filled with bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to chill out and wind down for a few days before heading across to the more frantic capital and you may well find yourself staying longer.

The waves are pretty good all year round but the best time of year to come is between December and May and indeed there is an international surf competition staged here each February during Carnival. But the beaches can cater for people of all levels and if you want to try your hand then there is plenty of opportunity to hire a board or get some lessons while your there.



A street in Montanita
A street in Montanita

You will certainly feel something of a hippie/reggae vibe whilst you are here and walking round the dirt roads there are numerous peace symbols and illustrations of the likes of Che Guevara and Bob Marley scattered around the walls of the wooden huts that line the streets. The only worries you have in this place are choosing the best spot to sunbathe, selecting a place to eat amongst the diverse choice of restaurants and picking where to spend the evening!

Puerto Lopez Ecuador



The Red Footed Booby are unique to the Island
The Red Footed Booby are unique to the Island

In contrast to Montanita, Puerto Lopez is a quiet and tranquil fishing village flanked by a really eye-catching Ecuador beach. Whilst there is enough to occupy your time for a couple of days in the village itself, this area is most synonomous for being one of the best spots for whale watching when you travel South America. It is also the place to base yourself for a trip to Isla De La Plata and Machallilla National Park.

Isla De La Plata in particular is a real gem and although it is often referred to as the "poor man's Galapagos Islands" it is advantageous in that it comes without the commerciality, tourism and soaring prices. Furthermore you are likely to catch the rare site of a majestic humpback whale on route to the islands as I did. Much like the Galapagos, Isla De La Plata is home to a range of endemic species of its own including the amusingly named red and blue footed boobies which decorate the islands.