On the rocks at Tortuguita Beach

Los Frailes Beach Park

Los Frailes is an enclosed beach park composed of a nature trail and three individual beaches, the largest being Los Frailes. This is the place to come to explore and relax.

The trailhead to your right immediately after the main gate takes you through a shaded trail that runs through all beaches and lookout points.

A facility next to Los Frailes beach has bathrooms, changing rooms, and fresh water showers.

The beach is open from 8am-4pm

You may NOT camp on this beach.

How do I get there?

Los Frailes Beach Park is 10km north of Puerto Lopez, just south of the next town, Machalilla. A bus will take you to the front gate for US$0.50, while a mototaxi may charge you between US$3-US$5 depending on whether they drop you off at the gate or at the main beach.

If you don't wish to walk back to the gate and catch a bus back, do arrange a pickup with a mototaxi.

How much?

Entrance has been free since February 2012. You no longer need to purchase a permit to enter Los Frailes, Isla de la Plata, or Machalilla National Park.

What should I bring?

  • Water
  • Food
  • Camera and dry bag for that camera
  • Sunscreen, a hat, and sun glasses

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