Famed for its world-class waves and gorgeous 7km-long strip of pristine (if grayish) sand beach, this little fishing village has long been popular with backpackers and surfers for its good waves, and cheap eats and lodgings. Mompiche had barely been touched by the modern world until the creation of a good new road nearly a decade ago, but even now there's not extensive vehicular traffic, and everyone in town still knows everyone else. Besides its fabulous stretch of palm-fringed sands, Mompiche has little else (not even an ATM), and that’s its beauty.
Like much of the region, Mompiche's was hit hard by the 2016 earthquake and is still rebounding. Rising sea levels have brought the high tide all the way to the sea wall, effectively eliminating beach time for a quarter of the day, and cutting off land access to the beach hotels north of here. Surprising amount of decibels per capita for a small place.