Ecuador Beaches: Puerto Lopez is a small beach town south of Manta in Manabi province. It’s the closest town to Parque Nacional Machilalla. You’ll find the park headquarters near the town square.
Puerto Lopez is somewhat reminiscent of another popular tourist beach town further south, although Montenita’s exuberantly riotous and individualistic building style is more extreme. Puerto Lopez has a lot of downright ugly buildings but others are artistic architectural anomalies that catch your eye and are fun to photograph. They beg to be noticed, but what else would you expect in a tourist town keen on capturing your tourist dollar.
Their whimsical nature and hand-drawn designs gently entice tourists to stop by for a drink or a trinket.
Suddenly nothing is more important than kicking back with a coco loco and watching the sun go down.
I’m not sure if the sign reading, “Sexo en la Playa,” is announcing a specialty drink or is an invitation for something more physical. If you’ve experienced this particular offering and would care to share with us, drop us a post.
In a pinch or if cash is scarce, a hammock is sufficient for long periods of loafing or sleeping.
I noticed lots of hammocks and lots of loafing.
If you spend any time in Puerto Lopez, be sure to take an extended stroll around the town to enjoy the interesting local buildings. And should you find any especially quirky ones, please post them on our Ecuador Travel Stories webpage.