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Playa de los Frailes

Parque Nacional Machalilla, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
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Speaks for Itself!

Although this once hidden gem has become extremely much more popular since entrance to the beach... read more

Reviewed February 16, 2017
Tanis E
Quito, Ecuador

An absolutely gorgeous mile-long crescent of soft sand & warm water. It's in a National Park a bit... read more

Reviewed January 19, 2017
Michael B
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Parque Nacional Machalilla, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador

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Reviewed February 16, 2017

Although this once hidden gem has become extremely much more popular since entrance to the beach became free, (as it really should be!) you shouldn't miss a visit to Los Frailes Beach if in the area. Most will tell you that it is one of...More

Thank Tanis E
Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

An absolutely gorgeous mile-long crescent of soft sand & warm water. It's in a National Park a bit north of Puerto Lopez, entrance is free but they will want to check your ID at the entrance, so have something available.

Thank Michael B
Reviewed January 19, 2017

A little hard to get to and back again, but well worth the effort. It's hard to imagine a more beautiful, peaceful cove on the shore of any country in the world.

Thank Steve L
Reviewed January 10, 2017

Located in the Machalilla National Park, the Playa de los Frailes is probably one of Ecuador's finest beach. The bay is surrounded by cliffs covered by some typical tropical dry vegetation and the view from the Mirador is breathtaking. It is quiet easy to get...More

Thank Alex D
Reviewed January 3, 2017

The trip to the national park is an easily arranged 15 minute journey from Puerto Lopez. We took a camionetas (green & white) from the town centre. It costs $15 return for 2 people, agree a pick up time with the driver. We arrived at...More

1  Thank T-SGlobetrotters
Reviewed December 11, 2016

Los Frailes is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ecuador, characterized by its natural environment, the peaceful and transparency of its waters, its incredible landscape and rock formations. Located in Machalilla National Park, 15 kilometers from Puerto Lopez. At the Frailes Beach can enjoy...More

Thank Mauricio X
Reviewed December 5, 2016

I visited Puerto Lopez with my co-workers last year. We travelled a weekend. When you travel to Puerto Lopez you can enjoy a wonderful landscape, also you can admire the sea from afar. Here, we Know friendly and charismatic people. This place is located in...More

Thank Jasmin T
Reviewed December 3, 2016

Machalilla is an excellent village located in the province of Manabi where you can visit on weekends with friends or family and where tourists can perform all kinds of sports. Its people are very friendly and nice with people who visit its beaches, most of...More

2  Thank Silviaeliza C
Reviewed November 6, 2016

This really is the most beautiful beach in Ecuador. It is part of the National park so the attempt on keeping it clean is strong. I like that, even though it is facing the open ocean, you can still swim there because the waves are...More

1  Thank SpaciousEarth
Reviewed October 17, 2016

We enjoyed the beautiful long stretch of beach in this national park. So peaceful and scenic with the crystal clear waters and rocky mountains around. Must see for yourself to truly appreciate this tropical paradise. :)

1  Thank Christine M
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