The Most Beautiful Beaches Near Guayaquil

Punta Blanca, Ecuador | © Rinaldo Wurglitsch/Flickr
Punta Blanca, Ecuador | © Rinaldo Wurglitsch/Flickr
Photo of Angela Drake
Founder, Not Your Average American23 July 2017

While the big city of Guayaquil is a port town, it has no beaches of its own. Guayaquileños usually head directly west to beaches in Guayas, or northwest to those in the neighboring Santa Elena province. The drive to the furthest beach on this list is only a couple of hours, but watch out on weekends and holidays when the single-lane highway just isn’t large enough to handle the traffic.

Playa Delfin

From General Villamil traveling south along the peninsula is the lesser-known area of Playa Varadero. This community lies in the opposite direction of more popular beaches in the Santa Elena province, but does provide a draw for families with children—a 270-foot (82m) long statue of a dolphin.

Playa Varadero, Via a Chacras, Progreso, Ecuador

Playa del Mar Bravo

Access to the Playa de Mar Bravo was recently limited to Ecuadorian military and their families. Much of the beach lies on the two military bases of Salinas. But today, the government has opened the area to tourism. In the zone between the famous La Chocolatera—the point of Ecuador that sticks out furthest into the Pacific Ocean—and the Lobería—a rock that is home to a sea lion colony—is one of the best surfing breaks in the region. The beach itself, while beautiful, is dangerous for its massive undertow.

Playa del Mar Bravo, Salinas, Santa Elena, Ecuador

Playa de Chipipe

Playa de Chipipe is home to the vacation villa of the President of Ecuador. Despite that, the beach can be a quiet oasis in the off season, as it is slightly off the beaten path for the majority of finer hotels in the city. This beach is popular with families with children, as the surf is light and the water a safe place to play. Be warned: New Year’s Eve through Carnival, this beach will be packed with vacationing Ecuadorians.

Playa de Chipipe, Salinas, Santa Elena, Ecuador

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