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Punta Chulluype Beach
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|Punta Culluype is not the prettiest beach in Santa Elena province, nor the cleanest nor safest. But it does offer some of the best surfing in the Santa Elena peninsula.
It is popular with regular local surfers, throughout the week as well as weekends.
At weekends, the tiny beach is used by local families and there are 4 or 5 small kiosks serving food and drinks at the entrance to the beach.
It is a bizarre scene, with loads of ruined buildings all around. A true testament to the erosive power of the ocean. Overlooking the point break are several abandoned houses, poised to fall into the sea due to erosion of the bluff.
I have been warned several times not to leave stuff in the car, or it will get robbed in broad daylight. Consider yourself warned! That said, the small beach itself is not half bad. It is sheltered from the wind, and the waters edge has a very shallow gradient, making it safe for youngsters. This also makes it a good place for learning to surf. You catch some decent longboard waves just standing there, and not get exhausted paddling around, so you can save your energy for catching a wave or standing up.
At least there are some kiosks where you can get a bite to eat, many comparable beaches of this size have nothing. The kiosk owners try to keep the place clean with a series of recycling trash cans. But the fishermen, who don’t seem to have noticed, continue to litter the beach with fishing related debris.
At low tide, more beach is exposed, and you can take a pleasant walk all the way round to the next surf spot north, at Punta Murciélago.
Beach activities include:
|Type of beach||Golden sand|
|Length of beach||500 ft / 0.2 km|
|Wind Direction||Cross shore|
|Restaurants and Cafes||4 or 5 Kiosks|
|Distance to Salinas||8 mi / 13 km|
|Distance to Guayaquil||75 mi / 121 km|
|Distance to Manta||115 mi / 181 km|
|Distance to Quito||368 mi / 592 km|
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