Dangers & Annoyances
The beach has a strong 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. Stay near the well-lit areas in front of the hotels, and avoid 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 at any time of the day. If traveling at night between Atacames and Súa, take a taxi or Ecovia.