Playa de Chipipe in Salinas, Ecuador.

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Chipipe Beach

South Coast

To the west of San Lorenzo Beach is Chipipe – equally well maintained, but with a fraction of its neighbor's crowds. If you're looking for a quieter beach experience, or more space to play beach games, this is the option for you.

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1. San Lorenzo Beach

0.54 MILES

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2. Whale Museum

1.31 MILES

Run by the passionate Ben Hasse, a pioneer of whale-watching in the area, this small and informative whale museum has several whale skeletons, including…

3. La Chocolatera

2.26 MILES

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4. Los Amantes de Sumpa

8.09 MILES

Located a couple of blocks from the main road, on the west side of Santa Elena, this museum sits on an ancient cemetery of the indigenous Sumpa people…

5. Acuario Valdivia

26.3 MILES

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