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Atacames

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

The beach has a powerful undertow and lifeguards work only midweek to weekends. People drown here every year, so stay within your limits.

The beach is considered unsafe at night when assaults and rapes have been reported. Visitors should stay near the well-lit areas in front of the hotels. Stay away from the isolated stretch between Atacames and Súa, as knifepoint robberies have been reported. Needless to say, the beach is not a place to bring your valuables. It should be fine during daylight hours but if you’re a woman alone you may find you attract more attention than you’d like. Little can be done, but if there are other beachgoers set up near a family for less hassle. Camping here would be ludicrous.