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The Ensenada de Mompiche (Cove of Mompiche) is a tropical paradise, filled with exotic birds and wildlife. It is one of the most beautiful areas along of the coastal region of Ecuador, and the beach stretches north east for almost 16 kilometers all the way to the river estuary at Musine. It is a broad beach, with fine golden / white sand.
Surfing is a popular attraction with consistent surf throughout the year, and near-glassy conditions a lot of the time, because the headland provides good protection from the south westerly winds.
Mompiche beach is close to the Mache Chindul national reserve, which is a mangrove region and dry forest area. You’ll find a wide range of trees including ebony, balsa and oak, and unusual creatures such as howling monkeys and aardvarks.
Mompiche offers a lot of activities for visitors. You can trek in the jungle, ride horses on the beach, watch whales, or go bird watching in the mangroves and rivers. The Rio Verde river winds its way down the coast and along the side of the town. Water is everywhere.
The small fishing village of Mompiche is has about 150-200 rustic style homes mostly constructed in bamboo and wood. Over the last decade eco-tourism has become a major source of income, with a growing number of hotels and Hosterías being constructed.
You know this is a uniquely beautiful area, when enterprises such as Royal Decameron invest in a massive all-inclusive resort hotel complex. The Decameron group is renowned for only choosing the very best locations throughout South America and has only two locations in Ecuador.
The Mompiche Beach Resort is located about 4.5 km from the town, set on a promontory with several spectacular rock formations. It is a very striking location with a view of Isla Portete. On-shore 10 knot winds allow for some decent kitesurfing and occasional windsurfing here.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden / White sand|
|Length of beach||3.7 mi / 6.0 km|
|Wind Direction||Cross-shore (8-10 kts)|
|Restaurants and Cafes||At the edge of town|
|Distance to Salinas||296 mi / 477 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||289 mi / 466 km|
|Distance to Manta||175 mi / 281 km|
|Distance to Quito||217 mi / 349 km|
Surfing: At the south eastern end of the beach there is a left point break with a 400 meter wave. It mostly breaks onto rocks and partly on sandy beach. November thru April is best, the wave is protected from light winds from the south west leaving clean faces all day long. During small swells get out the longboard. Beginners can surf the point on the inside section.
Isla Portete: About 20 minutes awa by boat, this small island is covered in mangroves, and is a great place for bird watching either by foot or by kayak through the mangroves.
Kitesurfing: Farther north up the beach, where it is less sheltered by the headland, you’ll find 8-12 knot cross-shore trade winds from the south west from May to October, providing suitable conditions for kitesurfing. Plus the beach is really broad and flat, which makes rigging and water entry very easy and safe.
Bird Watching: Birds are everywhere, water is everywhere.
Horse riding: You can ride horses on the beach or go on treks into the forest.
Whale watching: Go out on a tour boat to see the whales only $15-20 per head.
Surf and weather by surf-forcast.com
Hotels and Hostals around Mompiche Beach
|Mompiche Beach Lodge||Eco Lodge|
|Royal Decameron||Luxury Hotel|
|La Facha Hostal||Hostal||$10-20|
|De Mompiche Con Amor||Hostal||$10-20|
|Hotel San Marena||Hotel||$10-20|
|Cabañas La Cotona||Cabañas||$15-25|
|Bernabeth Mompiche Beach||Hotel||$50-100|