Playa de los Frailes, Machalilla National Park

(4.9/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Los Frailes beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ecuador, is characterized by its natural environment, by its crystal clear waters, with its beautiful rock formations and breathtaking scenery. Located near the Machalilla National Park, about 12 kilometers from Puerto Lopez. Los Frailes beach you can enjoy swimming, walking up to a high escampado which leads to a beautiful viewpoint of wood with a breathtaking view, they can not miss visit this small paradise within our beautiful coast of Ecuador.
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  • We have make small excursion walk and the views were beautiful, all green. The last the most beautiful beach, pity that they were already closed and we could be just 10 minutes. If I return to Ecuador without a doubt I have to return to this natural park
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  • 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 an...  more »