Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park

Lounge on Playa de los Frailes, a secluded white sand beach shielded from crowds by a national park. Swim in the crystal clear water, where the gradual slope and small waves are suitable for all skill levels. Large cliffs protect the crescent-shaped beach; snorkel at their bases to see numerous colorful fish. The site boasts plenty of facilities, such as food stands, changing rooms, and restrooms; note, however, that it is only open during the day and not available for camping. See Playa de los Frailes and all Machalilla National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Machalilla National Park trip website .
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  • This beach is very nice, quiet, and its waters are very clear. I loved this very beautiful place.
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  • Think that in our beautiful country Ecuador there is still a Virgin Beach, is almost impossible... but there was, as waiting for us, quiet, peaceful, radiant, just stunning for us! ... Our first attempt to arrive was unsuccessful, since without having much information on the matter, we decided to go a Friday holiday at 2 pm, which was a terrible mistake, because as a protected area belonging to the Machalilla National Park, it has a rigid schema 8 am to 4 pm and by being a holiday, turnout was at the top, traffic even if the Commission were in charge, it wasn't of much help for the amount of tourists q had. Turned out to be that there is a port of entry and when the internal parking is full, do not let go to more cars and play park at the level of the road, where you have made a few parking lots improvised guards who charge you according to your pocket, in any case , that day didn't want to stay since he played us parking us out then rent a scooters of 3 passengers (1 dollar per person) that take you in about 6 minutes to the entry to the beach, or but touch walk approximately 30-40 minutes on a highway internal nothing nice for my taste, dust, Sun and guess to terminate bad temper until... So we decided to return the next day, at 8 am on the dot arrived from Ayampe, staff was ready in garita, admission is free, and prohibit the entry of pets, at last! Zero tumult, as handled by the internal road thought that should invest in fixing it, so many tourists, do a cycle way, a few trails pra you are people who enter walking more comfortable... and we got! We were able to Park perfectly and I could see that the available parking spaces are short and were already occupied some by those who work in the place, there are bathrooms, changing rooms, bar, souvenir shop... we were the first, that happiness! As I imagined it, movie, we walked to a point where we could see the power of water, erosion has made some beautiful cracks worthy of being photographed! And absolute silence, the world comes to a standstill while there, we and the sea, nature in its maximum expression!
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  • As we entered the National Park at around 3 PM because the bus from Puerto Cayo was late, the guard told us we need to tell him ID number, name and other personal information. After he told us we can'...  more »

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