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|Playa Bruja runs directly alongside a 3 mile dead-straight stretch of the Ruta del Spondylus, which has a steep hillside on the inland side of the road.
About 4 miles directly in front of the beach you can see the islet El Pelado which is the nearest snorkeling and dive spot.
This location is best known as one of a few spots suitable for paragliding in Santa Elena province. The paragliding launch site is on top the hill directly in front of the beach.
What makes this a choice site, is a steady on-shore / cross shore wind, a flat hilltop, no hazards like electric pylons or radio antennas, and a decent length ridge for gaining altitude. The site is accessible to the public, and is used regularly by two or three paragliding operators and individual flyers.
Whether you want to fly or not, you can spend an entertaining afternoon at this location. From the top of the hill, you can see all the way north to Montañita and south to Ayangue. If you’re lucky, you may see a hang glider or two as well as paragliders. A tandem ride for 10-15 minutes is typically $35 per person.
The beach itself is rarely used as it is completely barren, with no shelter, no facilities and no vendors. Not even fishermen! The beach is quite flat, but not very deep, and when there’s a decent swell, the ocean is very dangerous with some serious currents and rip tides.
With the road so close to the beach, there is no opportunity to build beach front properties here, except at the southern end of the beach, which is currently occupied by some sort of private marine park.
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|Type of beach||Golden / Grey sand|
|Length of beach||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
|Wind Direction||On-shore / Cross-shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||None|
|Distance to Salinas||37 mi / 60 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||102 mi / 164 km|
|Distance to Manta||92 mi / 149 km|
|Distance to Quito||339 mi / 546 km|
Snorkeling: The small islet of El Pelado, offers snorkeling and diving activities. You can charter a boat to get there from Ayangue. A two-three hour round trip will cost you about $40 per head with a minimum party of four people.
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From the north, after you pass communa Libertador Bolivar, look out for paragliders. If there are none, the landmark you’re looking for is Parque Marino In front of you at the end of a 2-3 miles stretch of straight road. Then look out for the advertising sign labelled Playa Bruja and dirt track on the left side of the road.