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Playa San Clemente
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San Clemente is a moderate sized fishing village with approximately 2000 inhabitants. The long beach is split into two sections by a small compound containing a few restaurants. Directly in front of the town is San Clemente beach, while to the north below the bluff known as Punta Bikini is a smaller section of beach referred to as Playa Punta Bikini. Combined, these two beaches stretch for 3-4 miles. Both sections of beach are broad and flat with fairly calm water, which is great for families with kids.
Ecuador has so many beaches, it is often hard to tell where one ends and the next begins, San Clemente is a perfect example of this. According to the detailed San Clemente street map from the Canton of Sucre, between the adjacent town of San Jacinto and Punta Bikini there are no less than seven different beaches, but actually its really one continuous stretch of sand!
Across the street from the beach there are restaurants and kiosks line the Malecon, and the town is right behind, so its no trouble to find alternative places to eat or drink, if you are fished-out!
San Clemente is know for having sunshine for much of the year, even during the wet season, and for its spectacular sunsets. During the wet season thunderstorms are common, but it soon dries up and the sun comes out again.
Most local visitors to the area come from Manta which is only 50 Km away. But it is also a popular vacation destination for people from Quito. In recent years, a few housing projects from US expat developers have resulted a growing base of vacation rentals, and there is now a small but growing Expat community in the area.
Whale watching is a common passtime during whale season from June/July thru Sept, and you may get lucky and a few dolphins close to the shore.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||3.7 mi / 6 km|
|Wind Direction||Light on-shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Several along Malecón|
|Distance to Salinas||140 mi / 225 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||158 mi / 255 km km|
|Distance to Manta||32 mi / 51 km|
|Distance to Quito||215 mi / 346 km|
Kayak: Kayaking in the ocean and among the mangroves along the Rio Portoviejo is a lot of fun.
Surfing: There is one area along the beach that is suitable for surfing, but its mostly for to beginners and kids except on very occasional big swells. Its small a beach break called Puerto Polo.
Whale Watching: Whale watching tours are a popular pass-time in the right season, you can catch a tour out of Bahia or if you ask around, you’ll surely find tour operators in San Clemente too.
Montecristi: The original and official home of the Panama hat is actually here, not Panama! Come visit this town, you’ll be dizzy with choices of style, color and texture.
Puertoviejo: About the same distance as Manta, is the capital city of the province Puertoviejo.