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Playa de los Frailes

Parque Nacional Machalilla, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador
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Best beach on mainland Ecuador

The trail gets you to Playa la Tortuguita, La prieta and finally los Frailes. They are all worth... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Betina F
via mobile
The hike is the best part

The hike to Playa de los Frailes is definitively worth an afternoon or morning. The round trip... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
via mobile
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  • Poor1%
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Parque Nacional Machalilla, Machalilla National Park, Ecuador

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The trail gets you to Playa la Tortuguita, La prieta and finally los Frailes. They are all worth the walk. The beach is well preserved as it is part of the Machalilla National Park. If you want to go to Guayaquil from Los Frailes, the...More

Thank Betina F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The hike to Playa de los Frailes is definitively worth an afternoon or morning. The round trip takes about two hours. You will be able to visit 3 beaches, of which Los Frailes is the largest one, and walk along a few miradores with stunning...More

Thank Raphael144
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful beach. The care and protection of the area is also commendable. The water is wonderful and recommend taking a little path to the Mirador. One of the most wonderful places ever.

Thank MiguelinaMishina
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

This is hands down the best beach in mainland Ecuador, only some Beaches in Galápagos will rival Frailes. For small children the breaking waves maybe a bit to much. There are parasols for 4 $ at the entrance, get one!

Thank Mats W
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped at Los Frailes during its regular hours on a Monday but was told it was closed for maintenance. Luckily we were staying close by and returned the next day since it came highly recommended. The beach was clean and not crowded at all. The...More

Thank shannonk1974
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This protected beach is great for a day trip. It opens from 8 am to 4 pm, so it's important to go there before sunset. The water is clean and clear and the beach is very clean. There is a short uphill walk possibility to...More

1  Thank Margarita C
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Review # 3 The Puerto López canton is located in the Ecuador, extreme south-west of the province of Manabí. Part of its territory is protected area of Machalilla National Park. It has an important inventory and tourist attractions, ecological and cultural. It has several services...More

Thank Gabi A
Reviewed 24 May 2017

I visited Playa de los Frailes twice in March, once with my family and once with my friends. Both times, we spent pretty much the entire day on the beach and loved every minute of it! We paid a taxi driver $15 to take us...More

3  Thank adisonhaley
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This beach is really amazing, is the most beautiful in all ruta de el sol. I really recomend doing the path that start at the begining, is a 2 hour walking rout is pretty easy and you can get to 2 other beaches before going...More

1  Thank Chalo261088
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I'm not sure if this warrants to be the best beach in South America or even Ecuador but it's the best beach we've been to so far and definitely worth a visit! At time of writing - it closes at 4 pm and we've heard...More

2  Thank JosephMcGhee
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