Playa Murciélago

North Coast & Lowlands

This beach is less protected than most beaches in the area and has bigger waves (although they’re not very big) along with a powerful undertow. It’s a couple of kilometers northwest of downtown (near Hotel Balandra) and is the town’s most popular beach, backed by snack bars, restaurants and umbrella-rental spots.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Coast & Lowlands attractions

1. Big Tuna

0.51 MILES

An incomparable photo op: the city's iconic fish, a gargantuan albacore tuna (atún), with tin can attached.

2. Museo Arqueológico del Banco Central

0.87 MILES

The fully modernized city museum opened in its current location in 2009, and showcases valuable artifacts from pre-Colombian Manta culture, a selection of…

3. Tarqui Beach

1.45 MILES

The east end of this stretch of sand is a hive of activity early in the mornings, as vendors sell row upon row of shark, tuna, swordfish, dorado and other…

5. Museo Historico de Montecristi

9.21 MILES

Revolutionary and two-time president Eloy Alfaro was born in Montecristi, and here is an amazing tribute to the man: a hilltop museum with a panoramic…