Canoa Beach

Ecuador’s longest beach, Canoa Beach offers 17 kilometres of often uncrowded sand. In fact, very little of the beach stretch is populated with most people centering around the undeveloped fishing village of Canoa. However, surfers do come to this area when the swell is up, while others visit to simply relax or party at the handful of restaurants, bars, and hostels. Most of the amenities in the area are rustic and cheap, but those seeking a higher-end experience can rent one of several luxurious beachfront homes. It doesn’t matter where you stay — you’re bound to fall in love with the expansive ocean views and sunsets.

Getting there

Travelers flying to the capital city of Quito can take a bus from the Quitumbe bus station in Quito to Canoa at midnight, and the duration of the ride is roughly 6 to 7 hours. Buses also run between Pedernales and San Vicente, and stop on the main road in Canoa. Travelers looking for a faster route can fly to Manta’s Eloy Alfaro Airport, then take the bus or taxi to Bahia. The airlines Aerogal, Tame, and Icaro all fly daily between Quito and Manta for roughly $100. Using flight search engines, you can find the best prices and the best times to book your journey from Cuba, Mexico, Iceland, Thailand, Ireland and many more destinations around the world.