“I didn’t know Ecuador had anything like this!” My Ecuadorian friend said upon arrival.
“Me neither,” I responded.
It was a couple weeks ago, and we had just arrived to BY FAR the nicest beach I’ve ever seen in Ecuador.
I know what you’re saying, where?
It’s small, and undeveloped, but I’ve visited over 80% of the Ecuador coastline and walked maybe 40%, and its the best.
Truely caribbean-esque white sand, turquoise water with nothing but palm trees in sight.
Portete is a small island just off shore a few kilometers south of Mompiche on the north coast of Ecuador about an hour or so south of Esmeraldas.
You park your car in a guarded lot and then catch a small motorized dingy a few minutes to the island. To your right you will be able to see the all-inclusive luxury resort De Cameron and straight ahead the palm-fringed islet.
You’ll think you were in the Caribbean, or southeast Asia as most Ecuador beaches don’t have this feel.
There are places to eat as you can see in the pic below by the shrimp lunch I had right on the beach there for $3, but to sleep I’d stay in nearby Mompiche where you can find decent rooms with AC and WIFI for around $15 per person.
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