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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. A great spot for families with small children.|
In high season the beach is very crowded. However, since it is mostly lined with apartment buildings and hotels there are few shops and restaurants nearby, so there is 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.
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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.