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Atacames has a long, broad beach, stretching for over 4 km, offering a variety of water sports including surfing, fishing, and whale watching tours. There is even a small aquarium El Museo y Acuario Marino.
Many of the inhabitants are Afro-Ecuadorean, giving the town a friendly Carribean feel in the food, the music and art. The main town is set in a lush river valley. The river winds its way through the town and runs parallel with the beach for about 1 km, forming a small peninsula filled with beachfront hotels, restaurants, bars and discos along the Malecón.
Atacames is known for being a bit of a party town especially during the high season from June to Sept. It is one of the most popular weekend and holiday destinations for people from Quito, since it is only 4-5 hours drive, or 30 mins by plane. It also attracts visitors from nearby Colombia. If you want a quieter spot, consider some of the nearby villages.
To the north, the other side of the river estuary, is another attractive beach called Tonsupa, and at the south end of the beach is the small fishing village of Sua sheltered by the headland with a distinctive landmark called Suicide Rock (Peñon del Suicida).
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||2.5 mi / 4 km|
|Wind Direction||light cross-shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Many on Beach and Malecón|
|Distance to Salinas||334 mi / 537 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||283 mi / 455 km|
|Distance to Manta||214 mi / 344 km|
|Distance to Quito||205 mi / 330 km|
Party: There are lots of discos and bars, if you want to party all night long. You’ll find lots of great Afro-Carribean music.
Whale watching: You can take whale watching tours from the beach during July thru September.
Bird watching: Check out bird island near the village of Sua, plus take a boat up the Atacames river, inland from the town you will see a wide range of tropical birds.
Surf and weather by surf-forcast.com
Hotels and Hostals around Atacames Beach
|El Hotel-Cabañas Caída del Sol||Cabañas||$15-25|
|Rincon del Mar||Hostal||$10-20|
|Hotel San Jose||Hostal||$10-20|
|Andy Hotel Internacional||Hostal||$10-20|
|Hotel Palmera Real||Hotel||$10-20|
|Hotel El Tiburón||Hostal||$15-25|
|Hotel Via Via||Hotel||$15-25|
|Hotel Cielo Azul||Hostal||$25-50|
|Hotel El Marques||Luxury Hotel||$50-$100|
|Hotel Juan Sebastian||Hotel||$50-100|
|Hotel Club Del Sol||Luxury Hotel||$50-100|