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|Playa Chipipe is off the Malecón just west of the Salinas Yacht Club, directly in front of several upmarket hotels and apartment buildings.
At the west end is the Salinas Naval Academy. The sea is calm, allowing swimming for all ages. It is a great beach for families with small children.
In high season Chipipe beach gets more crowded, but as it is such a broad beach, it is not claustrophobic. Since the Chipipe Malecón is mostly lined with apartment buildings and hotels there are few shops and restaurants nearby, so there is much less bustle than along the Salinas Malecón. While the nearby restaurant options are limited, you will find hawkers going up and down Chipipe beach selling beer, sodas, ice creams and certain foods such as chifles, empanadas and choclo con queso (corn with cheese).
If you’re interested in active sports, you can rent a jet ski on Chipipe beach or Salinas beach for about $15 per half hour. In the high season the rate gets hiked up to $25 per half hour. You can also water ski and parasail, and there are lots of banana rides and tubes for the kids.
In Chipipe there is a lot of new construction of apartment buildings on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th row from the Malecón, with new apartment prices ranging from the low $60Ks for a one bed studio, up to $200K for a two bedroom apartment overlooking the beach.
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|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||2.7 mi / 4.3 km|
|Shops and restaurants||Few|
|Distance to Salinas||1.2 mi / 2 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||87 mi / 140 km|
|Distance to Manta||126 mi / 203 km|
|Distance to Quito||379 mi / 610 km|
Salinas Museum: Around the corner from the beach is Salinas Naval Base which has restricted access, but near the gate is a small museum called the Salinas Siglo XXI Museum. Among various naval artifacts such as old weapons, coins recovered from sunken ships there is a replica of one of the balsa wood rafts used by the Manteña culture in the 16th century.