Where are the ATMs? Where's the best seafood? Is there malaria? We've got answers to these questions and lots of other essentials for your trip to Ecuador's fabulous beaches.
Too poor to visit the Galapagos? Isla de la Plata, only ninety minutes off the coast, offers a great budget alternative for backpackers looking for a taste of Ecuador's wildlife. Blue-footed boobies are just one of the highlights!
By far our favourite spot on the coast, and our top pick for budget backpackers, Mompiche is a true small fishing village. Whilst it is definitely set-up for tourism, it will be some time before it is taken over by it.
A sensible jump-off point for any coastal adventure in Ecuador, Atacames is a rough and ready holiday town extremely popular with locals. There's nothing much to keep you there, but you'll welcome the sun and sand!