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General Villamil Beach
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Though not as developed as Salinas in Santa Elena, General Villamil Beach (a.k.a Playas) receives a great deal of tourism because of its proximity to Guayaquil. Being only 96 km away, General Villamil Beach is the closest beach resort for quick getaway. In the winter months when Guayaquil is blazing hot, the beach is packed with local Ecuadorians.
Luckily it is an enormous beach, stretching 14 km, so it never seems crowded, on the beach at least. Best of all, its almost always sunny. In fact Playas claims to have 320 sunny days per year and was allegedly designated the 2nd best climate in the world by UNESCO.
The crescent-shaped beach is fabulous for sunbathing and swimming, and there are loads of seafood restaurants along the Malecón, and in town. You can expect the usual array of hawkers trawling the beaches with everything from ice cream to empanadas and beer. There are lots of hotels and hostels available at very reasonable rates.
Near the town, the entrance to beach is pretty untidy, smelly and busy, but farther round to the south, it is more tranquil. As you follow the road south around the perimeter of the beach, you will find a variety of condominiums, gated communities and private homes. In general, the beach front properties get progressively more upmarket the further south you go. Every few blocks along the road, there are dirt lanes between the houses, that take you down to the beach.
There are a lot of Surf spots in the area. Approx 13 km away is Engabao, the best known spot, offering three separate breaks. And there are many others which are not mentioned in most surf websites, which are much closer to the beach. Just walk north from the jetty in front of the three hotels and you will find several breaks. During July thru December when there are big south west swells there is also surfing at several points inside the bay.
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|Type of beach||White / Golden sand|
|Length of beach||9 mi / 14 km|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Lots along Malecón|
|Distance to Salinas||63 mi / 102 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||59.5 mi / 96 km|
|Distance to Manta||174 mi / 281 km|
|Distance to Quito||298 mi / 479 km|
Skateboarding: For skate boarders, there is a popular skate park in the town.
Surf and weather by surf-forcast.com
Hotels and Hostals around Playas / General Villamil Beach