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La Rinconada beach is a quiet, hidden away surf spot at the base of a cliff. If you find your way to the Punta Rinconada headland, you can overlook the surf breaks, get a panoramic view of the Rinconada coastline, and witness glorious sunsets.
All around is lush tropical forest elevated 100-200 feet above sea level. This part of La Ruta Del Sol receives a lot of rain, and is more humid than other areas. The road winds thru the jungle with dense foliage either side, giving you occasional glimpses of the forest and the ocean.
La Rinconada is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 100 different species of exotic marine and tropical birds. There are a few hidden away homes, lodges and hostels – hard to find, even in daylight!
To get to the surf spot, you need a car, or its about a 40 minute trek from the main road.There are several tiny private beaches along the Rinconada coastline, mostly rocky with grey sand and coral fragments, but they are virtually inaccessible except by water, unless you really know your way around.
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|Type of beach||Mostly rocky, grey sand|
|Length of beach||100 meters|
|Restaurants and Cafes||Only in the town|
|Distance to Salinas||56 mi / 90 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||122 mi / 196 km|
|Distance to Manta||79 mi / 127 km|
|Distance to Quito||325 mi / 523 km|
Sunset Vista: The photos on this page were taken from a tiny restaurant on a hill above the town near to Punta Rinconada, owned by Marcy and Alexa. It is 50m off a small dirt track, located about 500m before La Rinconada town, just before the last decent. The menu is limited, but tasty.