The beaches in Ecuador are better known as the Sun's Route. They are amongst the most beautiful in South America.
This route guides you through the nature, history, entertainment, water sports and tourism services of the coastal provinces of Guayas and Manabi.
Nature lovers have the opportunity to explore unique dry forests with their two contrasting seasons. Visit cloud forests and their rare fauna and flora.
Observe the gigantic whales in the wild during their matting season, dive within coral reefs surrounded by exotic sea life, admire the numerous bird species of the region, and submerge in the most isolated and exotic beaches in Ecuador. There are plenty of opportunities to fish, sail, surf, ski and dive.
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Along the Sun's route you'll also find good accommodations and services that will allow you to just relax and comfortably enjoy the tropical sun and beaches of Ecuador.
Salinas is one of the most luxurious beaches in Ecuador, it is located on the Santa Elena peninsula, the furthest western point of Ecuador on the Pacific Ocean.
The boardwalk of Salinas is a safe place that offers lots of entertainment day and night. More information about Salinas Beach
It's an amazing beach which name means Little Whale in English. In this beach you can find the Farallon Dillon Restaurant-Museum.
It has a wonderful viewpoint that is the perfect setting for bird and whale watching.
The museum displays modern practical artifacts made out of antique marine pieces. Most of the artifacts are for sale. The restaurant has a unique personality, as it resembles a ship.
Continuing North, the beach of Montanita is a favorite spot for surfers and young adventure visitors.
This charming town by the sea offers a variety of inexpensive hostels, national and international food, and an exhilarating nightlife.
The town holds a mix of locals and foreigners, mostly dedicated to surfing and handicrafts.
Several artisans that work jewelry and clothing are found along the main street. Surf shops and surf rent stores are at your service.
The wide and beautiful beach of Olon is crowned with an outstanding Sanctuary, where the Virgin is believed to have cried once.
The Sanctuary is unique in its kind, with open walls and a breathtaking view of the beach. At Guayas province you can also visit the beach of General Villamil (Playas).
Continuing the Sun's Route to the North is the province of Manabi. The outstanding Machalilla National Park is found on this province.
This unique park holds various attractions:
Isla de la Plata off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Los Frailes Beach, the Archaeological Site of Agua Blanca, Salango and the beaches of Crucita, Puerto Rico and Puerto Cayo.
Manta is an important city at the province of Manabi. Until recently it was only known for its important tuna fishing fleet, the production and bottling of vegetable oil and commercialization of Panama Straw Hats
Today, the visit of cruise ships full of tourists, the aerial base rented to the US Air Force by the Ecuadorian government for the anti-narcotics operations and the construction of modern hotels like Swiss Hotel and Howard Johnson have improved Manta's economy and transformed the city into an important international tourist destination. Here's more information about Manta
Is a great Tourist attraction basically for its vast beaches and the "hospitality" of its people among which is the Afro-Ecuadorian community.
Tourists facilities are improving and inexpensive hotels, as well as cabins can now be found in the exotic beaches of:
Atacames (a beach with a wonderful night life, visited by thousands of foreigners), Tonsupa, Same, Punta Galeras, Muisne and Mopiche, just to mention a few.
You can also find modern hotels as Juan Sebastian in Atacames beach, Club Casa Blanca is one of the best in Same beach with great restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, etc. Learn more about Esmeraldas here
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