Exploring a Secret Beach on Ecuador’s Central Coast

La Boca is a place just a few miles south of where we live in San Clemente, Ecuador. We love to take a journey to this little secret beach that lies in the crook of the San Jacinto River and the Pacific Ocean. While only miles away, we feel like we have been transported to another world. These sandy shores snuggle up right against a mangrove forest, that lends home to thousands of shorebirds, including a large number of the Great White Egret.

We typically seek out this beach at low tide, when the swirling river and ocean tides leave behind a moon-like landscape and water filled jumping craters. We love to hop across these tiny temporary islands, pretending like we are astronauts jumping on the moon. And when we come across an ideal tide pool, we huddle in together to bask in  nature’s hot tubs. Once we are refreshed, we go on a shell and creature hunt, to see who can find the best sea treasures.

It’s easy to lose track of time in this masterpiece of sea and sand, and it’s essential to bring water and a snack to survive an afternoon in the area’s forgotten beach. Part of the charm, are the relative lack of tourists, vendors, restaurants, and vehicles. Although there are a select few desirable homes in the area, and the occasional ice cream man; one can not be guaranteed any respite from the blistering sun.

Due to it’s remote area and unique mix of sea and salt water, some interesting observations and dwellers can be found here, not excluding a few rare and coveted large seashells.

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Rippled Sand and Tide Pools at The Boca Beach.
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Hopping on the “Moon”.
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Exploring the Tide Pools
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The kids admiring a Great White Egret up close.
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The Mangrove Forest and a bamboo hut for bird watching.
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An out of place Autumn leaf brought in by the sea. The sparkling black swirled  cocoa colored sand.
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It’s no problem to bring the whole family along, toddlers and pup alike!
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The winner of the beach find: A mostly intact, ripe coconut…”Mom, Can we eat this?!”
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26 Replies to “Exploring a Secret Beach on Ecuador’s Central Coast”

  1. First of all, I have to say that kudos to you for traveling with children. I can hardly take care of myself on the road, let alone kids too! Looks like a pretty quiet beach, glad you had a good time.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 Traveling with kids isn’t always easy, but I do believe it’s better. The world is so much more beautiful through their eyes of wonder. We are learning to let them inspire us and to lead the way on our family journeys.

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  2. I love exploring of unexplored!! While travelling through Ecuador I also discovered almost unknown beach called ” Los Frailes” and I loved the idea of no tourists, no overcrowded beaches, completele relax … So thanks for another tip 😉

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    1. We haven’t been to Los Frailes yet, but hopefully someday soon although I do believe that it’s one of the few beaches in Ecuador that is not dog-friendly. We might have to skip it based on that, but we have heard that it is the place to find the biggest and best seashells. We have seen the evidence and it’s certainly tempting to make the trip!

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  3. Very beautiful and fun looking place, makes me want to visit Ecuador! I’m far from ready to have kids of my own, but it’s really cool and inspirational to see you travel with your children. More people should do that!

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    1. It is pretty special place! How wonderful to get a reader from Poland, I’m thrilled! 😀 This will be our first “winter” here, and we are pretty excited to experience this part of the year from a sub-tropical viewpoint!

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    1. Thank you! Surprisingly, great beach pictures can be tough to get. When the sun is not shining, the whole scenes looks very monotone. When the sun is shining and the tide it out, we got running to the beach to get the “good shots”!

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    1. No, it’s not hard but it’s one of those places you probably wouldn’t hear about unless a local pointed you there. If you have an idea at all about the fishing villages here, it is on the other side of the river from Crucita before you enter San Jacinto. If not familiar, these villages are half way between Manta and Canoa.

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