Playa de los Frailes
Playa de los Frailes
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Weezi2013
Toronto, Canada73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We came here mid-week and it was not crowded at all.

A beautiful long pristine stretch of beach, with a mirador on a clifftop at the north end. (We didn't do the mirador).

I found the waves a bit strong because I currently have mobility challenges, but we moved further north along the beach to where the waves were gentler and then it was fine, even on a red-flag day.

Walking into the water was like stepping into a warm bath. Swam for an hour and still didn't want to get out.

There are lots of trees and shelter at the edge of the beach, but there are no bathrooms or concessions so make sure to bring a picnic (the town of Puerto Lopez is close by and in much of Ecuador you are not far from a roadside stand) and water and a good book. Also bring a copy of your passport (required for entry) and lots of sunblock.

There are showers and bathrooms adjacent to the parking lot, for a small fee.

On a Wednesday the beach unfortunately closed at 4pm, so get here early if you want to make a day of it.
Written March 26, 2024
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cindyanddoug
Detroit28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The beach was beautiful, and there were changing rooms and restrooms. Umbrellas were available for rental. It was very busy, though it was Sunday so may be less busy during the week. The beach has quite a steep incline so the waves break late and there is an undertow. Not recommended for small children.
Written March 24, 2023
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veronicaL640HE
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Los Frailes, for me are one of the best beaches in Ecuador... I like it´s a reserve and there is no commerce any where inside it... where allows animals to visit at same time humans.
Written September 13, 2022
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drsarav
Arivaca, AZ55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Lovely grey sand beach with pounding waves, ringed by cliffs. Good for body surfing, sunbathing, naps. No lifeguard that I could see! No restaurants or bathrooms on the beach itself, in the parking area is a concession and clean bathrooms. Some short trails to follow into the hills but lots of gnats. Very relaxing. Accessed by taxi or inter-city bus, walk up a short dirt road from the highway.
Written June 1, 2022
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J-P
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
We visited this park/ beach from Puerto Lopez.

We were advised to take a take ($15,- incl pickup, which brings you straight to the beach). However we took the bus from the bus terminal just outside Puerto Lopez.
From there take a bus in the direction of Machalilla en ask the driver to stop at las Frailles ($1,00 p.p.)

At the park entrance registration (bring passport) is required, there is no entrance fee.

We opted for the complete walk (counter clockwise). Total distance is 7,7 km. The first 4,5 km has some small climbs. The last 2,5 km is more or less flat.

Signing is clear on the path. And at the playa las Frailles there are toilets, shower (did not try them) and a small souvenir shop.

The big beach itself is not spectacular, but the walk is very nice.
To take the bus back to Puerto Lopez terminal just wait alongside the road for the bus (appr. every 20 min). From the bus terminal you can walk back to Puerto Lopez (2,5 km) or take a tuktuk ($??).
Written November 16, 2021
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Ana M
Lexington, KY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Pristine beach like hour away from Manta. Well preserved area. No restaurants or hotels. Closest city is Puerto Lopez like 15 minutes away.
Perfect place to relax
Written March 6, 2020
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laura j
Cuenca, Ecuador607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great wee spot. I had the camarones in salsa verde, very tasty. The patacones were mi rico! Large portions, great price. My partner had the fish of the day, Dorado, pan fried. It was excellent. Swerve the wine, not so great! Decent prices.
Written January 10, 2020
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TandTSwitzerland
Zurich, Switzerland1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Located in a national park, very nice scenery. There is long drive on unpaved road, but it is worth it. There is a parking close to the beach where they offer showers and bathrooms as well as some shop to buy water. The beach is really stunning, long sandy beach good for Long Beach walks. There is also a very nice viewpoint overlooking several beaches- fantastic! Water is a bit cool but nice.
For me definitely one of the best beaches in Ecuador!
Written October 2, 2019
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yycyycyyc
Calgary, AB653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Los Frailes (the Friars) is definitely the best beach in Parque Nacional Machalilla, and certainly must be a candidate for the best beach on the mainland. We did find better beaches on some of the Galapagos Islands. It is a semi-circle of fine sand, and about a mile long, so it's easy to get away from the busy part near the car park. Safe for swimming too. We saw whales in the distance, and flying fish about 200yds offshore, and frigate birds trying to catch them.

There is precious little shade, but you can rent parasols. And there isn't a lot of beach left at high tide.

You need to register at the park entrance, with copy of your passport. You can take an easy, 2.5km or thereabouts hike past 2 other beaches, or drive down to Los Frailes' car park, or let a tuk-tuk take you down. ($1 per person)
Written September 20, 2019
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Veronica P
New York City, NY8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We visited Los Frailes before leaving the coast as our last stop and were so glad. It was like saving the best for last!
Written August 25, 2019
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