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“The best beach in Ecuador”

Playa de los Frailes
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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18 reviews
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“The best beach in Ecuador”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

You have to visit it, the beach is totally clean but be aware that just 800 people can enter, this should not be a problem if you arrive early

Visited October 2012
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Esmeraldas, Ecuador
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“The most beautiful beach in Ecuador”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

It's really a must to spend a day at Playa los Frailes to enjoy the beautiful beaches (there are several if you walk all the way on the path to the right) and the tropical dry forest (with it's lizards, birds and plants) that is resurging since the area was made natural park.some 30 years ago. It's absolutely worth the walk to go first up to the mirador and then visit all the beaches. Peaceful, clean, beautiful, there is no other beach on the mainland that comes even close. And it's free, since 2011 there is no natinal park entrance charge in Ecuador. Don't miss it! I've been there twice, in January 2011 with my husband and brother visiting from Finland, and last March with more family and friends. This month my husband and I are going to spend our anniversary there. Don't forget to bring enough sunscreen, water etc.

Visited March 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Incredible”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This was the best beach I went to in Ecuador. We went there twice, we liked it so much. The water was great and not crowded at all. To get there, you need to take a bus that will drop you off at the entrance of the National Park, where you will be signing in at the gate. You will hire a motorbike to take you to the actual beach. When you go to the beach there are some rock formations all the way to the left where you can have smaller beaches all to your own.

Visited March 2012
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