Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park

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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. Plan your visit to Playa de los Frailes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Machalilla National Park trip itinerary builder.
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  • We travel from Ayampe friars, in Ayampe it rained instead in Los Frailes was nice. We could be just one hour, because they closed at 16:00. I hope to return to be able to take walks or cycling:). The beach is ideal for swimming, there is almost no waves, preferable to keep floating to not step on a manta ray. We enjoyed very much the sand color is white. The day was cloudy. There are showers and changing rooms. It is ideal to rest and get out of the noise.
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  • It was an unforgettable, these beaches, surrounded by nature that can only be enjoyed in few places in the world. Hiking trails inspire the adventure and the view from the observation deck is simply wonderful, we are glad to have found this little paradise very close blanket. It was an unforgettable experience, in these paradisiacal beaches, surrounded by nature that can only be enjoyed in few places in the world. The walks along the trails to inspire adventure and the view from the vantage point is simply wonderful, we are glad to have found this little paradise nice blanket.
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  • 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...  more »

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