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Puerto Lopez attracts a lot of visitors year round, as it is a gateway to Machalilla National Park. From Puerto Lopez you can tour the park, hire a boat to take you whale watching, or go on dive tours to Isla de Plata and Salango. Accommodation around the town is plentiful, and the environment is lush.
A well protected crescent shaped bay, makes for calm waters with light winds, providing great swimming and snorkeling for youngsters. Surfing for beginners is available on the point, and a few hostels have boards for rent. Loads of sea food restaurants line the Malecón.
If you are driving to Puerto Lopez from the south, stop at the restaurant on the hill just before the town for an amazing view of the bay.
Puerto Lopez prides itself on being Eco-friendly, some say it is the Ecotourism capital of Ecuador or at least Manabi province. You will find many hotels use organic materials and maintain beautiful grounds.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||1.5 mi / 2.5 km|
|Wind Direction||light on-shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Many along Malecón|
|Distance to Salinas||70 mi / 113 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||118 mi / 190 km|
|Distance to Manta||64.5 mi / 104 km|
|Distance to Quito||309 mi / 498 km|
Whale watching: For about $25 per person, you can take a whale-watching tour with one of several operators. Go down to the Malecón and ask or look around, you will find operators with signs out on the street.
Scuba diving: Several operators offer snorkeling and diving tours to Salango (~45 mins by boat) and Isla de Plata (~3-4 hrs by boat). Isla de Plata is known as the Poor Man’s Galapagos, and offers several good dive and snorkeling spots.
Activities and Services around Puerto Lopez
|EXPLORAMAR DIVING||Dive Center||099 724 0254|
|Blue Tortuga Divers||Diving Tours|
|Mares Dive Center||Diving Tours||099 945 2058|
|Machallila Tours||Eco Tours||05 230 0234|
|I Love Puerto Lopez||Guided Tours|
|Puerto Lopez Spanish School||Spanish Tuition||05 230 0234|
|Arrecife Marino||Sports Fishing||098 543 5539|
|Centro de Vuelo Libre||Paragliding||099 469 9586|